How Can You Root Galaxy S6 5.1.1 – Steps

Have you guys ever been impatiently that is waiting for a working root method for your Galaxy S6 running on Android 5.1.1? Well, there is actually some good news. Root has finally been achieved on Android 5.1.1 builds for all of the variants of the Galaxy S6. We are going to discuss How Can You Root Galaxy S6 5.1.1 – Steps.

This is actually a combined effort from XDA users g.lewarne, mikeyinid (to make a custom kernel), and bigbiff (for 5.1.1 compatible TWRP recovery). The 5.1.1 based custom kernel from g.lewarne includes auto-root. So just flashing it through TWRP does the job.

But, this may not work on the Galaxy S6 edge variants. The TWRP recovery has to be modified for the edge variant, and unless TWRP works. You can’t actually flash the custom kernel’s .zip file to your S6 edge. Do not be sad though, this should be sorted out soon and also either an edge compatible TWRP recovery. Or Odin flashable kernel should be available soon to root Galaxy S6 edge on Android 5.1.1.

For the Galaxy S6, g.lewarne’s custom kernel along with auto-root is universal. So it will work on all variants of Galaxy S6 — G920F, G920I, G920T (T-Mobile), G920S, G920K, G920L, and G920W8 as well.

You have to grab the Android 5.1.1 compatible TWRP recovery and g.lewarne custom kernel. Along with auto-root from the download links below and then you have to follow the instructions in order to root your Galaxy S6.

How Can You Root Galaxy S6 5.1.1 – Steps

Through ODIN

Downloads

Steps

  • You need to download UniKernel for ODIN (.tar) and Odin 3.10.6 from the downloads section above.
  • Then open Odin 3.10.6 on your PC.
  • Boot your Galaxy S6 into Download Mode:
    • Just switch off your tablet.
    • Tap and hold the “Home + Power + Volume down” buttons for just a few seconds until you see a warning screen.
    • Tap on Volume Up on the warning screen in order to accept it and boot into Download mode.
  • When your S6 is in download mode, then connect it to the PC with a USB cable. The Odin window on PC should detect the phone and also show an “Added!!” message.
  • Now tap on the AP button on the Odin window and choose the S6_UniKernel_v2-0003-ODIN.tar file. That you just downloaded above.
    └ Note: DON’T plays with any other options on the screen. You guys are only needed to connect your Galaxy S6 and choose the KERNEL file in the PA tab.
  • Tap on the Start button on Odin and wait for it to finish the process. When it has finished successfully, you will see a pass message on the Odin screen too.
  • Your phone will automatically reboot whenever Odin is done flashing. You guys should now have root access, look for the SuperSU app in your app drawer. Also, download and then install this root checker app from Play Store in order to verify the root access.

Through TWRP Recovery

root galaxy s6 5.1.1

Downloads

We are flashing the 5.1.1 TWRP recovery first through Odin and then flash the custom kernel along with auto-root through TWRP recovery.

NOTE: This guide is only for Galaxy S6 running on Android 5.1.1 actually. Do NOT try this on Android 5.0.2 builds as well.

Install Android 5.1.1 TWRP Recovery
  • You have to open Odin 3.10.6 on your PC.
  • Boot your Galaxy S6 into Download Mode as well:
    • Switch off your tablet.
    • Tap and hold the “Home + Power + Volume down” buttons for just a few seconds until you see a warning screen.
    • Tap on Volume Up on the warning screen in order to accept it and boot into Download mode.
  • When your S6 is in download mode, then connect it to the PC with a USB cable. The Odin window on PC should detect the phone and also show an “Added!!” message.
  • Now tap on the AP button on the Odin window and select the TWRP-2.8.7.1-zeroflte.img.tar file that you downloaded above too.
    └ Note: DO NOT play along with any other options on the screen. You are only needed to connect your Galaxy S6 and choose the FIRMWARE file in the PDA tab.
  • Tap on the Start button on Odin and wait for it in order to finish the process. When it has finished successfully, you will then see a pass message on the Odin screen.
  • Now your phone will automatically reboot when Odin is done flashing. TWRP recovery should now be installed on it too.
Flash Custom Kernel with auto-root through TWRP Recovery
  • First, just download and transfer g.lewarne’s custom kernel along with auto-root to your Galaxy S6.
  • Now boot your Galaxy S6 into TWRP recovery:
    • Power off your Galaxy S6 too.
    • Tap and hold the “Volume UP + Power + Home” buttons together and as soon as you guys see the Galaxy S6 logo on the screen. Release all of the three buttons. This will boot you into TWRP recovery actually.
  • Click on Install on the TWRP recovery main menu and choose the custom kernel zip file that we transferred to your phone in Step 1.
  • Flash the custom kernel and then simply reboot your S6 now. You DO NOT need to clear anything.

Conclusion

Alright, folks, I hope you like this article and understand now. If you have any issues and queries related to it, just comment down and let us know.

Keep Smiling!

Also See: How to Root Moto Z2 Force and Install TWRP

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