Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with a high standard of security features including the KNOX counter, which keeps track of how many times you flashed any custom ROMs or tweaks over the stock firmware.
Consequently, it becomes impossible to root the Galaxy S6 without tripping the KNOX counter and voiding your hardware warranty.
With due credit to the industrious XDA member, idler1984, it is now possible to root Samsung's flagship smartphone without tripping KNOX by using PingPongRoot tool.
This rooting method does not require Odin to flash a custom recovery and the process is fairly simple. It works at the click of a button and has been reportedly successful on several ROM builds, which are listed below:
Supported ROM Builds
The number of supported builds may go up as the developer claims to add support for more S6 variants in the near future.
Interested users with supported S6 devices (see list above) can go ahead and root their smartphone with PingPongRoot tool, using the step-by-step guide posted below.
IBTimes UK reminds readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to device during or after the root installation. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
- Back up important data and settings on your phone before you continue with the steps below.
- Ensure the Galaxy S6 is charged to at least 80% before you proceed.
- Download the PingPongRoot tool: party_beta2.7z
Steps to root Galaxy S6 without tripping KNOX
- Download party_beta2.7z zip file and extract it to your desktop.
- Open the extracted folder and copy pingpongroot_beta2.apk to the root folder on your Galaxy S6's internal storage.
- Now open My Files app, go to the APK file and install it.
- After the installation completes, launch the app drawer and run the installed app.
- Hit the "Get Root!" button.
- If prompted for app permission, allow it and continue.
- Reboot your device and let the file changes take effect.
- After the reboot, run the Kinguser app from the app drawer and manage your desired permissions for every app.