How to Root Galaxy S6 SM-G920F (International variant)

galaxy s6 display

The Samsung Galaxy S6 may not be out yet on the streets but that isn’t stopping Chainfire from releasing root for the device. Earlier this week the rootstar developer released root for the T-Mobile variants of Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and now he’s releasing root for the European Galaxy S6 SM-G920F (International).

The root exploit kicking here is the good ol’ CF-Auto-Root tool. Samsung devices have always come as bootloader unlocked and that is the reason why CFAR is still able to root even the latest of Flagship devices. Thanks to Samsung for keeping things playable for everyone!

The Galaxy S6 SM-G920F is the European International variant of the device, but it remains to be seen if the same model number will expand to Asia as well. There’s no Qualcomm running variant of the device this year so all of the Galaxy S6 phones (worldwide) will be featuring the same hardware.

However, while rooting is all fun and games, there is a strong reason why you shouldn’t do it on the Galaxy S6. Samsung introduced a new feature with the Galaxy S6 ─ Samsung Pay, and as far as we can tell there’s a strong chance that the new Payment service will not work with rooted Galaxy S6 devices. Why? Check out the link below:

Read: Samsung Pay on a rooted Galaxy S6? Not likely

DOWNLOAD GALAXY S6 ROOT

  Download CF Auto Root for Galaxy S6 (SM-G920F)

GALAXY S6 ROOTING INSTRUCTIONS

Important Note: Backup important files stored on internal SD card of your device, so that in case a situation arises requiring you to do a factory reset after rooting, which might delete internal sd card too, your files will remain safe on PC.

  1. Extract/Unzip the CF-Auto-Root file, CF-Auto-Root-zeroflte-zerofltexx-smg920f.zip on your computer (using 7-zip free software, preferably)You’ll get the following files:
    • CF-Auto-Root-zeroflte-zerofltexx-smg920f.tar.md5
    • Odin3-v3.07.exe
    • Odin3.ini
    • tmax.dll
    • zlib.dll
  2. Disconnect the Galaxy S6 from PC if it is connected.
  3. Double-click the Odin3-v3.07.exe file to open Odin.
  4. Boot your Galaxy S6 into Download Mode:
    1. Power off your phone first and wait for 6-7 seconds after display is off.
    2. Press and hold these 3 buttons together until you see Warning! screen: Volume Down + Power + Home.
    3. Press Volume Up now to continue to Download Mode.
      Samsung Download Mode
  5. Connect Galaxy S6 to PC. Odin window will show an Added!! message in bottom left box. Odin’s screen would look like this:
    Odin 1.85 CF Auto Root Device Added
    If you don’t get the Added! message, here are some troubleshooting tips:

    • Make sure you have installed driver for Galaxy S6 as said above.
    • If you have already installed driver, then uninstall them and reinstall back.
    • Connect using a different USB port on your PC.
    • Try a different USB cable. The original cable that came with your phone should work best, if not, try any other cable that’s new and of good quality.
    • Reboot phone and PC and then try again.
  6. Load the Root file (extracted in Step 1) into Odin as instructed below:
    • Click on the PDA button on Odin and select the CF-Auto-Root-zeroflte-zerofltexx-smg920f.tar.md5 file (from step 1).
      Your Odin window should look like the screenshot below:
      File-Added-CF-Auto-Root
  7. Now in the Option section of Odin, make sure that Re-Partition box is unchecked. (Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time boxes remain checked, while all other boxes remain unchecked.)
  8. Double check the above two steps.
  9. Click the Start button to begin flashing CF-Auto-root on your Galaxy S6, and wait until you see a PASS! message in Odin’s top left box.
  10. When you get either RESET! or PASS! message, your phone will reboot into recovery and root your Galaxy S6 and again restart automatically. You can then disconnect your phone from PC.
    RESET-or-PASS-Message-CF-Auto-Root

If you see FAIL message instead of the RESET or PASS in Odin’s top left box, that’s a problem. Try this now: disconnect your Galaxy S6 from PC, close Odin, reboot into download mode by pressing “Power + Home + Volume Down” buttons for a few seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

Also, If device is Stuck at setup connection or on any other process, then too, try this: disconnect your Galaxy S6 from PC, close Odin, reboot into download mode by pressing “Power + Home + Volume Down” buttons for a few seconds, open Odin and then repeat from Step 3 of this guide again.

That’s all. If you need help regarding this, feel free to ask us in comments below.

Thanks Chainfire!

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