How to Root your Galaxy S6/Edge without tripping

The Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is without a doubt one of the most powerful and most popular smartphones today. However, there are those who feel “limited” with what the device can offer in terms of personalisation and customisation. The solution? Root your device.

Technically, root is the administrator, such as the admin user account on your computer which allows you to make changes as you desire whereas the Standard Account on your computer will not allow you to make changes, such as installed programs.

Although there are already root methods available for the Samsung Galaxy S6, these root methods, when used, trip the KNOX counter on the device. For those not familiar with this, KNOX detects system-level changes (such as rooting) on your Samsung Galaxy S6. A tripped KNOX counter on your device means your device’s software has been modified and this effectively voids your warranty.

If you want to root your Samsung Galaxy S6 without tripping KNOX, developer idler1984 came up with PingPong Root, a new root method that gives you root access to almost all variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6 without tripping the KNOX counter.

To root your Galaxy S6; follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Ensure that the firmware version of your Samsung Galaxy S6 is supported.

Although PingPong Root is compatible with most variants of the Samsung Galaxy S6, this rooting method only supports certain firmware versions of the handset. To check if you can use PingPong Root to root your handset, take note of your Samsung Galaxy S6’s firmware version by going to Settings > About device.

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Write down your build number because this is what we need to check.

See below the supported devices:

Samsung S6 with following ROM versions:

G9200ZCU1AOD5
G9200ZHU1AOD3
G9200ZHU1AOD9
G920R4TYU1AOD3
G920IDVU1AOD1
G920FXXU1AOCV
G920PVPU1AOCF
G920TUVU1AOCG
G920VVRU1AOC3
G920FXXU1AOBN
G920FXXU1AODG
G9209KEU1AOCI
G9209KEU1AODA
G9208ZMU1AOD5
G9208ZMU1AOCI
G920FXXU1AOD9
G920AUCU1AOCE
G920FXXU1AODE
G9200ZCU1AOD9
G920W8VLU1AOCG
G920FXXU1AOD4
G920R4TYU1AOCB

***new*** Use Download Data!

G920FXXU1AOCY
G920IDVU1AOC4
G920FXXU1AODI
G9209KEU1AOD5
G920IDVU1AOBQ
G9208ZTU1AOD9
G920FXXU1AOE3
G920IDVU1AOE3
G920FXXU1AOD8
G920FXXU1AOE4
G920AUCU1AOE2
G920T1UVU1AOCH
G9208ZTU1AOCI
G920IDVU1AOC6
G920IDVU1AOD3
G920FXXU1AOCZ
G920AZTUU1AOD1
G9200ZHU1AOE4
G9200ZCU1AOE4
G920KKKU1AODC
G920IDVU1AOE4
G920LKLU1AODC
G920SKSU1AODC
G920IDVU1BOE2
G9208ZTU1AOE4
G920PVPU1AOE2
G920W8VLU1AOE1
G920VVRU1AOE2
SC04GOMU1AOE1

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with following ROM versions:

G9250ZCU1AODC
G925VVRU1AOC3
G925FXXU1AOD9
G925PVPU1AOCF
G925FXXU1AOCV
G925AUCU1AOCE
G925TUVU1AOCG
G925W8VLU1AOCG
G925IDVU1AOD1
G925SKSU1AOD5
***new*** Use Download Data!
G925FXXU1AOD4
G925R4TYU1AOD3
G925FXXU1AODG
G925FXXU1AOCZ
G925IDVU1AOD3
G925LKLU1AOD8
G925SKSU1AOD8
G925FXXU1AOE3
G925PVPU1AOE2
G925FXXU1AOD8
G9250ZTU1AODC
G925FXXU1AOE4
G925AUCU1AOE2
G925TUVU1COE6
G925FXXU1AOCY
G9250ZTU1AOE4 (5/11 kernel, seems not fixed yet, please test)
G925R4TYU1AOE2
SCV31KDU1AOCP (Japan version of S6E?)
G9250ZCU1AOCH
G9250ZCU1AOE4
G925IDVU1AOE4
G925IDVU1BOE1
G925LKLU1AODC
G925IDVU1AOE3
G925IDVU1AOE2
G925KKKU1AODC
G925SKSU1AODC
G925W8VLU1AOE1
G925VVRU1AOE2
G925R7WWU1AOE3

 

Compare with the list above if your version is supported; if it is, we move on to the next step. If it isn’t, then we can’t root it until it becomes supported.

STEP 2: Install PingPong Root

Before installing PingPong Root, you need to make sure that apps can be sideloaded on your Samsung Galaxy S6. To do this, go to Settings > Lock screen  -> Security and enable the “Unknown sources” option.

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Once “Unknown sources” is already installed, the next step is to install PingPong Root. To download a copy of the PingPong Root APK installer file, connect your Samsung Galaxy S6 to the internet, open a web browser, and go to this LINK.

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Once downloading is complete, tap the “Download complete” notification to launch PingPong Root.

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Tap “Install” and you will see a warning message that PingPong Root “contains code that attempts to bypass Android’s security mechanism.” Don’t worry – this is how PingPong Root works. Put a tick right next to a box that says “I understand” and tap “Install Anyway.”

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Once PingPong Root is installed, tap “Open” and the installer interface of Android will be launched. This time, it will ask you to install SuperSU, a root management app developed by Chainfire. Tap “Install” then tap “Done” once SuperSU has finished installing.

STEP 3: Root your Samsung Galaxy S6

Once you have the main menu of PingPong Root up, you have two options – “Get root!” and “Download Data.” Select the “Download Data” option if the firmware version of your Samsung Galaxy S6 is listed in the “Download Data” section from Step 1. If it is not listed, tap “Get Root” to get the rooting process rolling.

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A “Please Wait!!” screen will then come up. This means you should just wait and not do anything on your phone while the root process is taking place. Once the process is completed, reboot your phone.

STEP 4: Update the Superuser Binaries

Once your Samsung Galaxy S6 has been rebooted, you will see the SuperSU app installed in your app drawer.

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Launch SuperSU and it will ask you to update the SuperSU binaries. Tap “Continue” to do this.

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The app will then ask you how you want to update your binaries.

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Choose the “Normal” option and wait for the binaries to be updated. Once the process is completed, tap “Reboot” to reboot your handset.

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STEP 5: Verify that the root process is successful

After the second reboot, your Samsung Galaxy S6 should be fully rooted. To check this, download Root Checker from the Google Play Store (the app is free) by clicking HERE. Once Root Checker has been installed on your Samsung Galaxy S6, launch the app and it will give you a popup. Just tap “Agree” then “Okay” and proceed to the next step.

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You will then get the main menu of Root Checker. Tap the option to “Verify Root” to check if the PingPong Root process was successful.

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Root Checker will then access SuperSU – just tap “Grant” on the popup.

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Once the process is completed, Root Checker will tell you that root access is properly installed on your Samsung Galaxy S6.

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If for some reason the PingPong Root process is not successful, all you have to do is place your Samsung Galaxy S6 on Airplane Mode and run PingPong Root again starting from Step 3.

Once you gain root access on your Samsung Galaxy S6, you can start customising your handset like never before. Be cautioned though that although PingPong Root will not trip your KNOX counter, it will disable OTA updates for your device.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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