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Root Galaxy S6 SM-G920F on Beta Android Marshmallow

Update (24th Dec. 2015): Samsung is now rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow beta build to Galaxy S6 and S6 edge owners in the UK via OTA updates. Also, Chainfire’s latest SuperSU beta v2.64 root works on both the S6 and S6 edge running the beta Marshmallow update.

Root Galaxy S6
Root Galaxy S6

Thanks to  arter97 -developer at XDA Forum, you can root beta builds of Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Galaxy S6.

This guide will work for Samsung Galaxy S6 with the model number SM-G920F. If you have the Edge variation or other variant of the device, don’t continue with this guide. Additionally you won’t have the access to get future updates from Samsung to beta builds of Android Marshmallow once you get rooted. You will need to re-install the stock Android and will need to experience the whole process mentioned in the linked article to get the beta forms of Android Marshmallow.

Benefits of rooting

  • With the help of root access, one can remove those apps which are pre-installed by your network provider or by manufacturer.
  • Because of rooting you can also get the free storage space, rooted apps are available for efficient memory management.
  • After rooting user can also update their phone to the latest version of Android (by flashing a custom recovery/ROM).
  • It provides customization options when you use your new administrative rights to flash a custom ROM (again, see the end of this procedure for more info on that).
  • Rooting also increases the battery life of the Smartphone because those running constantly can be removed).

Files to Download

Root Galaxy S6 SM-G920F on Beta Marshmallow

  1. Download [BETA] SuperSU 2.64, ODIN and the other necessary tar files zip file onto your phone from the link given above.
  2. Put your device into download mode and connect your device to your PC via USB cable.
  3. Start ODIN and make sure ODIN has detected your device. You must have installed the proper USB drivers on your system, unless ODIN will not detect your device.
  4. Now make sure “Auto-reboot” is unchecked from ODIN’s options menu.
  5. Select ‘oldsboot.tar‘ in the AP tab of ODIN, then click Start to install it on your device.
  6. Now hold down <Volume down> + <Power button> + <Home button> for more than 5 seconds to re-enter download mode.
  7. Make sure “Auto-reboot” is unchecked from ODIN’s options menu.
  8. Install PhilZ Touch recovery(tar format), to do so click on the AP button to browse the file and then click the Start button.
  9. Now hold down <Volume down> + <Power button> for few seconds until the screen goes black.
  10. Then hold down <Volume up> + <Power button> + <Home button> right after the screen goes black. Hold it until PhilZ Touch recovery pops up.
  11. Once in the Philz Recovery select Install zip and browse for the downloaded ‘SuperSU 2.64 zip’ file, then confirm to install it on your device.
  12. After installation is finished, select “Reboot system”.
  13. Do not select “Yes – root” option, if PhilZ Touch recovery asks you to root your device.
  14. Right after the screen goes black, hold down <Volume down> + <Power button> + <Home button> for 5+ seconds and re-enter download mode.
  15. Now make sure “Auto-reboot” is checked from ODIN’s options menu.
  16. Install ‘newsboot.tar‘,to do so click on the AP button to browse the file and then click the Start button.
  17. During the first boot-up after installing SuperSU, your device will reboot once.
  18. Done!

It’s done, now enjoy the root access on your device. If you come across any issue or doubt, feel free to drop us a line in the comment section below;