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CF-Auto-Root is Already Ready for the T-Mobile Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

If you buy (or at least plan to) a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge through T-Mobile and want to hole up in your parent’s basement with a case of 22oz Mountain Dew Kickstart and a Costco-sized plastic bin of cheese poofs with Skrillex playing in the background root and begin tinkering straight out of the box, we have good news for you! Chainfire, creator/keeper/hax0r of the root, posted on his Google+ page today that his CF-Auto-Root tool is primed for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge under model numbers SM-G920T and SM-G925T. 

According to his post, CF-Auto-Root was tested on a real device and it rooted it. That’s it!

Oh, he is worried that if you root, you may trigger Samsung KNOX which could cause problems with mobile payments. That’s not confirmed, but be warned that something could happen on that level.

Via:  +Chainfire
  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Dont use NFC payments so no biggie

  • Joseph

    Now buy the S6 and S6 Edge for a huge discount only at http://goo.gl/r329HX

  • danielsba

    What I like the most about S6 is S pay.
    I do not need to carry all of the cards any longer – bank, credit, membership, gift, cash, key-chain membership and so on, except a driver’s license.

  • Sergio Bridgett

    Root is still very much worth the work. I had put it off with my Note 3 but even now – Rooting to reduce the Notification bar was a little thing – but worth it. This is still a good look.

  • Franklin919

    I normally root to get rid of unwanted stock apps, and use blackout apps and xposed with wanam and a few other modules.

  • DanSan

    if i could get the verizon model to unlock its bootloader i’d take this thing over the nexus 6 but we all know that ish isn’t happening. too bad, this phone is gorgeous i want it!

  • d-rock

    I really wish that DL would provide better news coverage on things like rooting and ROMs. I used to be able to rely on this, but it’s mostly miss and sometimes hit on development news. Most articles on DL are copied from other news outlets like BGR/AndroidCentral/etc. This is a good example of what I would like to see more of, but not just on Samsung phones. There’s hardly any dev info on HTC/LG/Sony. If it’s not Samsung or Moto, I guess it’s not newsworthy?

  • jerflash

    That strike-through is pretty great. i love the utility you get when rooting but i would really want to try out the mobile payments and such. Touchwiz with another launcher is really not that bad

  • Johnny

    And I’m still waiting for root on my tmobile z3…

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    Devs are awesome ! ! !

  • The Doctor

    Rooting the S6 will probably be the only way to get that tiny battery to last all day.

    • Daistaar

      Really? Not the BIG.little CPU configuration? Not the insane powersaver mode that gives you a full 24 hours with only 10 percent charge? Not the 10 minute turbo recharge? Thank goodness for rooting.

      • The Doctor

        No matter how efficient everything is, 2550 mAh is still a tiny battery.

        • Daistaar

          Life lesson # 207: Size is relative. If your device sips energy and manages it well it’ll go for days. Blackberry batteries were less than half this and lasted multiple days. I think we’re at a point where Android is managing decently well and battery life will only get better optimization without having to increase capacity.

          • The Doctor

            So you actually think a QHD display + a 2550 mAh battery = all day battery life?

            If you think that, I have ocean front property to sell you in Arizona.

          • Daistaar

            Ooooooohhhhh what’s the square footage? I think I’m in!

  • John Friend

    The only reason I root is to control battery drain and for tethering. With my unlimited I only go over 5gbs twice a year and consume under 30gbs. Just because people tether with unlimited don’t assume they are using tons.

    I would like to say despite hating Samsung in general, the color emerald on the s6 edge is beautimous and schmexy. It’s obvious why buying a non carrier exclusive device has its perks. Hence why I’m using a lg g3 and not a superior droid turbo. Life is good though.

    Just make a phone that lasts over 2 years, with 4gbs ram, that converts to a tablet, with a full keyboard dock w full size hdmi , each with removable batteries a la padfone. Come on Lenovo and Motorola! Make a phone tablet laptop thinkpad with Windows 10 and android runtime. I’m sick of gadget redundancy!

  • StankyChikin

    Will root help remove the front physical button?

    • Jprime

      might help you download a joke book

      • StankyChikin

        Don’t need one.. Thanks for trying though 😉

  • flosserelli

    Freaking sweet. Another reason I love T-Mobile. I swore I’d never have another Touchwiz device…but I am seriously considering this now.

  • Detonation

    This article should specify that the device’s bootloader needs to be unlocked first

  • seattle tech

    Wow the author really thinks its that hard to root a phone. Clueless

    • Jprime

      nah youre wrong bro

  • New_Guy

    Chainfire is the man

  • Chris VanAnden

    I can’t possibly be the only one that is reminded of the KRZR when I see the note edge profile…..

  • pyro74boy .

    The phone of the year the Samsung GS6 Edge or at least until the Note 5 comes out

  • Laymans Terms

    The question is… Will it work on an s5 mini?

  • mcdonsco

    Quick question as I just moved off version for first time in a LONG time. My nexus 6 I bought from T-Mobile and took it over to cricket, no problem there, but can I do the same with an s6? Or do I have to buy a specific cricket version or just a gsm unlocked one?

  • shamatuu

    why would you want to root a flagship phone?

    • Arthur Dent

      The question is, why would you NOT want to?

      • shamatuu

        because it already good and should be ready out of the box and not to be messed up unless if it was a mid range or lower than sure but not top of the line phone.

        • Detonation

          Root isn’t only about tweaking performance. If anything I root simply to use Titanium Backup to backup/transfer app data and freeze bloat.

          • shamatuu

            aren’t there apps to do that without root?

    • flosserelli

      Obviously this article is not meant for you.

  • Arthur Dent

    Does T-Mo S6 have the right bands for AT&T HSPA and LTE?

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Good to see. I know a lot of people based getting root on their purchases. I don’t care much anymore either way.

    • EdubE24

      After the G -Nex my want to flash Roms everyday calmed down. But with the OG, Incredible and the G-Nex I was a crack flasher for sure!!

  • s0uth

    Lucky tmobilers. Hopefully Verizons will be rootable.

  • Mech_Engr_09

    Thanks Obama

  • Matthew Merrick

    That’s an… oddly specific redaction.

  • Tyler Durden

    lol Samsung Knox, nobody asked for that

    • Arthur Dent

      Ain’t nobody got time for Knox …

  • gpaine

    In comparison to the S5 time to root: well, that escalated quickly.

    • Detonation

      This is only for variations that you can already unlock the bootloader on. So, the Verizon version for example, will probably take significantly longer to root, if it ever gets it at all.

      • gpaine

        Well yes obviously. I just remembered the crazy time it took last year for anything on the S5 – unless I missed it.

  • Supraman21

    Sweet Jeebus! I just wanna change that nasty ugly notification shade and I’m golden.

  • Will ⚽

    A Galaxy S6 Edge without Touchwiz is tempting. Never thought I’d even consider buying a Samsung.

    • Carlos Lopez

      I’ve normally hated entirely on touchwiz but from what ive played with on in store models its not bad this time around

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    That’s the most random strikethrough haha

  • cgalyon

    Wow, that’s impressive! Eager to see if this still holds at launch (no launch patching shenanigans) and if all major features remain intact (a concern with Sony devices). Then I’ll be hoping to see this achieved with Verizon as well, or for the T-Mobile version to be compatible with Verizon’s network (though AT&T would work too around here). Then I’ll have to give thought to selling my stock Note 4.

  • Suicide_Note

    Gotta love Chainfire’s work.

  • Nathan Bryant

    There are still some quality features skins have that stock can definitely use. I don’t root nearly as much if at all because of this. It’s not as simple as stock on good hardware like this. You lose quality in the camera and other features, because some software and hardware work together. If anything I would have a rooted and slightly tweaked stock skin ROM. All in all, this is good news.

    • MicroNix

      Couldn’t have said it better.

    • Tyler Durden

      Root doesn’t mean throw on another rom, also remove bloat/tweaks/etc

      • TheDave1022

        It does make OS upgrades a pain though. That being said, I love having root on my devices and do agree, the stock camera software is really crappy vs a skinned rom.

        • Chris VanAnden

          not always…YMMV on that. Plenty of times you can upgrade and keep root.

        • MicroNix

          Not really. Most of the time someone on XDA has a rooted stock rom available in a day or two of carrier release. Download the zip and flash. Like the OP said, there are useful features in the stock OEM ROMs and I don’t want to sacrifice experience for some ROM that the camera doesn’t work right, has FCs, etc and is forever in a beta state. The devs that just debloat and slightly tweak stock is where its at for me.

          • TheDave1022

            It may depend on your carrier. Verizon with the moto x was a bit more of a pain especially if you arent bootloader unlocked

      • Nathan Bryant

        That’s why I said, “If anything I would have a rooted and slightly tweaked stock skin ROM.” That way I could benefit off the useful features, but de-bloat, and speed up ;).

        • Ben Landwehr

          I think he means that TouchWiz isn’t a ROM.. If we’re talking about a TouchWiz ROM that would be like a deodexed ROM still flashable through TWR. You just talking about rooting and using TitaniumBackup or something of that sort to to debloat your phones OS/Skin.

          • Nathan Bryant

            I’m not talking about titanium back up at all. I never used that, but I know what it is. I’m simply talking about the benefits of keeping a skin ROM/skin ROM with extra tweaks/speed/and other features that require root vs slapping on something like Cyanogen and lose the quality of some of your hardware that was dependent on the skin software.

            You’re over thinking what I said. He thought I meant rooting meant using shutter ROM. Which I didn’t.

    • pyro74boy .

      This is what I have always been saying to people who feel that stock is better vs a phone running a U.I not to mention all of the bug fixes I see people waiting for on the next Nexus updates. These bug fixes simply sees to exist on non Nexus devices. I also feel that a lot of people forget that Nexus phones are still running beta versions of Android because their not the finished product until they leave the Nexus platform.

      • mcdonsco

        “not the finished product until they leave the Nexus platform”

        Where do you get that from?

        • pyro74boy .

          something called common sense.

          • mcdonsco

            Sounds pretty damn stupid to me.

            Why would google release a phone into the wild on all carriers with “beta” as you claim, software?

            Makes zero sense…nexus users aren’t beta testers.

          • pyro74boy .

            Yeah it makes zero sense how my friend with his Nexus phone always is waiting for a bug fix update and I have NEVER EVER had any of these same issues with any of my non Nexus devices. LOL

            I also seem to remember that Nexus users where having so many issues with lollipop when it first came out that people on the Android podcast’s where telling them to call back to jelly bean and kit kat so please don’t make me laugh.

            I don’t have to wait for bug fix updates on my Note 4 it just works as it should wow that’s because it’s not in beta software. LOL

            Thank you so much for working the bugs out of the system for us non Nexus users. LOL

          • mcdonsco

            You’re an idiot.

          • pyro74boy .

            WOW I bring up valid points about why I don’t like Nexus phones and that’s the best you can do? LOL

          • rick

            whose kool-aid are you drinking

          • pyro74boy .

            I don’t drink

          • Ian

            Podcasts…what a reliable source. The Nexus program is not a test bed, its Google’s example implementation of the hardware portion of the Android ecosystem.

          • pyro74boy .

            How can anyone claim that Android podcast’s are not a reliable source? That’s where many people including myself get some of our info from and the fact remains that I’m not and NEVER have had to have bug fixes on any of my phones that are not Nexus devices. Crying to me and down voting me does not change this fact.LOL

          • Ian

            Either way, most Nexus users understand what it takes to be on the cutting edge, if not for a simple bug fix here or there we’d have nothing to complain about. Its also a great exercise in why we are drawn to the Nexus program in the first place…timely updates. Enjoy your 8 months waiting for new functionality. I guess when you look at it that way we are blazing the trail for you. Which is fine, you need a little hand holding obviously.

          • pyro74boy .

            So you think that just because you have a Nexus device that this means that you’re on the cutting edge? I will try to remember this the next time I tune into the Android podcast,s and listen to everyone on the show who is using Nexus phones complain about how they are still waiting for an update because they are having so many issues with their Nexus phone. These are issues that ONLY people with Nexus phones are having. NO THANK YOU I would much rather wait 8 months [For a finished software version of Android] then have to deal with all of these stupid bugs that you Nexus users have to deal with. And some of these bugs are a huge deal I heard of this one person who was using his Nexus phone and had a software bug that was so bad that it made the battery die in less then 30 mins even on standby mode. WOW that really sounds like a cutting edge phone LOL Have fun waiting for bug fixes each week. LOL

          • Ian

            Yep. Every Nexus user has that problem…no way it could be isolated to just that user or even an individual hardware defect. If things were really that bad and each issue affected every user then how would you explain the success of the Nexus lines?

            At this point its apparent I am arguing with a wall, thanks for your time, have a good day.

          • pyro74boy .

            The issue that I was talking about was a software flaw not due to hardware. You’re trying to justify why you feel that Nexus phones are on the cutting edge when a phone that is as you claim on the cutting edge should NEVER have these types of issues in the first place.I also do understand that there is a market for Nexus phones [I NEVER CLAIMED OTHERWISE] and that if I was a software developer I would be using nothing but a Nexus device. But these Nexus phones are not meant for the everyday user and that was and still is my main point here.

            All of my points are %110 percent valid and as long as you like the phone that you have that’s all that matters.

  • NeilOMalley

    I don’t tinker with Android as much as I used to but I am extremely happy to see people still working hard on it.