For those you bummed out because you thought Galaxy S7/S7 Edge have new software features that your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge doesn’t, we are here to give you good news that you can now easily convert your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge into Galaxy S7/S7 Edge using root and custom ROM called Noble ROM.
Author: Max Lee
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow stock firmwares have begun to roll out. If you are rooted or need to upgrade manually (using ODIN and stock firmware, follow our unroot directions), you can grab these stock firmwares yourself and flash. Please see updated Marshmallow stock firmwares on our Galaxy S6 Edge stock firmwares. If you are rooting and installing custom ROMs, it may be a good idea to always have the original copy of the stock firmware for your model of Galaxy S6 Edge handy just in case something goes wrong (that way it will save you time to restore your phone). Also, rooting the Marshmallow stock firmwares can be seen here.
For those of you who are rooted or didn’t receive the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update on your Galaxy S6 SM-G920F model, you can update manually using ODIN and stock firmware (see our unroot guide here).
We’ve updated with new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow stock firmwares on our Galaxy S6 Stock Firmwares page.
For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, or even Note 5 on latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, you can do so using SpaceX kernel.
Currently the following models of Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, and Note 5 are supported:Galaxy S6 – SM-G920F, SM-G920FD, SM-G920L, SM-G920K, SM-G920S Galaxy S6 Edge – SM-G925F, SM-G925L, SM-G925K, SM-G925S Galaxy Note 5 – SM-N920C
We knew that once Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus were released, we’d soon have Note 5 or S6 Edge Plus ROMs for Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Well, it’s already here for you! If you install the latest Noble ROM, you will get all of the features of Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.
For those of you who want to root your Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, you will want to follow a different root method as Google has changed how rooting works with newer Android 5.1.1. Due to Android 5.1.1 changes, you can no longer root your S6 or S6 Edge without causing it to soft-brick. But there’s a work-around, this goes back to the days of older Android ICS and Gingerbread where we flash a modified kernel to make root possible. It’s unfortunate that the newer Android 5.1.1 makes rooting more complex but it is still doable with a custom kernel.
Want to turn your Galaxy S6 into an S6 Edge? There’s a ROM for that called VN ROM.
Based on latest Android 5.0.2 SM-G925F firmware, VN ROM brings you S6 Edge features like Edge Lighting and People Edge to your Galaxy S6.
The best part? You can install this ROM on any Galaxy S6 model except AT&T and Verizon (as they have locked bootloaders). I was able to install it just fine on my T-Mobile Galaxy S6 SM-G920T (but you will lose WiFi calling since this is an international ROM although you will have all language support).
For those of you who have been waiting for root on your AT&T/Verizon Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge(SM-G920A/SM-G925A/SM-G920V/SM-G925V), we have some good news for you, there’s now a new root method called “PingPong Root” that will root it easily within 5 minutes.
This will also work on many other variants of Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and will not trip KNOX. If you don’t need custom ROMs, you can also use this root method to give your S6 or S6 Edge “root” only.
For those of you who want to root your Sprint Galaxy S6 SM-G925P, we have good news for you, TWRP recovery (that works) is available now, you can grab it on our Galaxy S6 Edge TWRP Recovery page.
This is actually TWRP recovery for the Chinese SM-G9250 model but developers and users have confirmed it works fine on the Sprint Galaxy S6 SM-G925P. Previous TWRP recovery for other variants for some reason caused problems but this TWRP should get you up and rooted easily along with ability to backup, restore, and install custom ROMs. So, definitely give it a test drive this week(end) and do let me know how it goes for you!
For those of you with an AT&T SM-G920A/SM-925A or Verizon SM-G920V/SM-G925V, you may be happy to hear that there is a root method that may work soon called “PingPongRoot” on XDA. This is still work in progress but have been confirmed to work on many S6 models including SM-G920F, SM-G920I, SM-G9200, SM-G920P, SM-G920T, and many more.