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Root Samsung Galaxy S6 on Android 5.1.1 Official Firmware

When Samsung made the shift to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop on it’s Galaxy S6 smartphone, the root procedure got updated as well. Prior to previous traditions, this time round, you just need to flash a simple kernel in order to gain root. UniKernel is very popular and has a lot of development going on, it also supports SuperSU or commonly known as root. With this procedure, if you are on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop then you can easily root your Samsung Galaxy S6. As this is a kernel, it also supports a variety of features such as overclocking, custom controllers and much more. However, if you are just here for the root, you don’t need to mess around with kernel settings. The pre-requisites for this article to work include a compatible Samsung Galaxy S6 variant and it should be running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. UniKernel is firmware dependent so it will only support the recent Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmwares. We will be updating the download link whenever a new version is released in order to provide our readers with best compatibility. Not sure about rooting? Please read this out: Benefits of rooting an Android device. You can root Galaxy S6 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop official firmware using the tutorial given on the next page.

Our guide will be an all-in-one tutorial for rooting the Samsung Galaxy S6. This is also why we chose UniKernel. Compatibility, reliability and security are few of the things which sets this kernel apart from others. Even though this is a recent project, it has gained much popularity. To be on the safe side, we want you to go through some of the precautionary tips that you have to remember. Make sure you backup all your data before trying out the root method tutorial, even though no data will be lost, we still recommend making a backup of all your data. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial now.


Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root Galaxy S6 on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop – UniKernel Method Details:

A few important things to note here. UniKernel method works well with the Galaxy S6 and is probably the most safest root method available. It fully supports Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmwares.

What is your Samsung Galaxy S6 Model Number?

Please check for the exact Samsung Galaxy S6 phone model that you have. You will be required to download the root package later in the post which would be different for every variant of the Samsung Galaxy S6, depending on your region of purchase. How to check phone model? Follow the quick easy steps given below.

  • Go to Settings on your phone
  • Scroll down till you see “About device” or “About phone” and tap there
  • Note down what is written under “Model number”

This is the exact model number of your Samsung Galaxy S6.

NOTE: Using this root increases your flash counter. You should run Triangle Away after rooting to reset the counter. Note that if you want to run custom kernels or custom recoveries, your flash counter will be set to 1 at every boot. Either configure Triangle Away to reset the counter at every boot (Play version only) or only reset the counter when you need to go into warranty.

For those interested, check out these other related articles as well:

Samsung Galaxy S6 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy S6 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy S6 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Lollipop.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

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All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and root Samsung Galaxy S6 on Android 5.1.1 official firmware.

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Taimur Akmal

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