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How to Root Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge with TWRP Recovery!

For those of you who want to root and install custom ROMs, you will want to root your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge with TWRP recovery.

This method is ONLY for Android 5.0.1 or 5.0.2, for Android 5.1.1, please see our update root method on How to root Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge on Android 5.1.1!

This is the preferred method since it will root and install TWRP recovery simultaneously on your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge and will work on ALL Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge models except AT&T SM-G920A, SM-G925A and Verizon SM-G920V, SM-G925V since they have locked bootloaders (unless you got the developer’s edition).  If you don’t neeed TWRP recovery, you just want root, then follow How to Root Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge instead.

This root method works on the following models:

  • SM-G920F, SM-G925F (international)
  • SM-G920I, SM-G925I (international)
  • SM-G9200
  • SM-G9208
  • SM-G9209
  • SM-G920K, SM-G925K (KT Olleh Korean)
  • SM-G920L, SM-G925L (LG U+ Korean)
  • SM-G920S, SM-G925S (SK Telecom Korean)
  • SM-G920P, SM-G925P (Sprint)
  • SM-G920T, SM-G925T (U.S. T-Mobile)
  • SM-G920R4 SM-G925R4 (US Cellular)
  • SM-G920T1, SM-G925T1
  • SM-G920W8, SM-G920W8 (Canadian)

 

Step 1. Power off your Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge then hold down Volume Down, Center Home, and Power buttons together until you see a warning screen like shown below:

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74 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    What’s the latest on rooting the Verizon or att version

  2. adam says:

    Does this method trip Knox counter?

    • Max Lee says:

      Yes all root methods currently trip Knox counter.

      • Ajames says:

        please give me Flameware + TWRP + GPPS for Android 7.1 Nougat for my “Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A”–>> (Baseband Version: G920AUCU4DPH5 & Build Number: MMB29K.G920AUCU4DPH5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow “current device” ) ???? Help me 🙁

  3. adam says:

    Does this method trip Knox counter

  4. HR says:

    Hey Max, the Galaxy S6 notification fonts are so small and tiny. Is there any way to make the notification font bigger?
    Thanks,
    HR

  5. Chance says:

    Same as to what Steve said, any news on the AT&T and Verizon models?

  6. Lee Long says:

    Galaxy S6 Gp20i is hanging at Samsung Screen. Any thoughts?

  7. Lee Long says:

    Well, I gave up and just rooted it. Not sure why it didn’t work. I’m on the G920i S6

  8. Josh says:

    Hey, I was thinking about doing this on the SM-G920V (Verizon S6). Before I do it, I just wanted to see if there was anyway I could see the Knox status. I tried the Volume-Down + Power + menu button. and that brings me to the Odin screen. But I do not see any reference to Knox in the information. Is that normal? what does everyone else’s look like?

  9. Johnny Chung says:

    Hi Max,

    My Canadian S6 is SM-G925W8

    would this still work?

      • Eric says:

        I just tried this on G925W8 – stuck in bootloop. I flashed in Odin (AP), but didn’t do key commands for TWRP while flashing was happening…. any way to get around this now?

      • Ajames says:

        please give me Flameware + TWRP + GPPS for Android 7.1 Nougat for my “Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920A”–>> (Baseband Version: G920AUCU4DPH5 & Build Number: MMB29K.G920AUCU4DPH5 Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow “current device” ) ????

  10. Jason says:

    When I installed Superuser, on reboot, it blinks the Galaxy S6 (black and white) screen. How can I fix from here?

  11. Dustin says:

    I can’t get Super Su to show up in TWRP for me to install it. It makes no sense.

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  13. Cody says:

    after using Odin and going to my bootloader I just get the yellow bug droid and I can’t figure out why here is my phone info if someone can assist

    S6 non edge
    Carrier: Rogers Canada
    Model ending in: 920w8
    Odin does pass

  14. androidvergen says:

    I can’t get it to reboot, after I hit start in odin. I do the vol+ home and pwr combo but it never goes from download to recovery it just stays in download mode and odin then fails. 925w8

  15. laurence says:

    I just want root do I have to install twrp if I don’t want a custome recover

  16. laurence says:

    Also can any phone that has a Knox counter on it S3 s4 s5 what ever be rooted with out setting of Knox? ?

  17. Brian says:

    I see that the root and custom recovery is here, but I cannot find any custom ROM’s to install, are they not available, in the works, or can you direct me to a source for DL?

  18. bruno says:

    SM-G920W8, SM-G92 0 W8 (Canadian)??? you meant SM-G920W8, SM-G92 5 W8 (Canadian), right????

  19. David says:

    Max, after the TWRP boot while on the TWRP screen, my Sprint SM-G925P touchscreen is unresponsive and will not let me select anything. This is my first time rooting this particular phone.

  20. sahli sethi says:

    what about s6 SM-G920X

  21. sahli sethi says:

    This root method works on the following models:

    SM-G920F, SM-G925F (international)
    SM-G920I, SM-G925I (international)
    SM-G9200
    SM-G9208
    SM-G9209
    SM-G920K, SM-G925K (KT Olleh Korean)
    SM-G920L, SM-G925L (LG U+ Korean)
    SM-G920S, SM-G925S (SK Telecom Korean)
    SM-G920P, SM-G925P (Sprint)
    SM-G920T, SM-G925T (U.S. T-Mobile)
    SM-G920R4 SM-G925R4 (US Cellular)
    SM-G920T1, SM-G925T1
    SM-G920W8, SM-G920W8 (Canadian)

    cannot find it in the above mentioned devices

  22. caleb says:

    I downloaded the odin file twice but there is no .tar file in it. Am I doing something wrong?

  23. caleb says:

    does the mobile hotspot on sprint version work with this root?

  24. Hau tran says:

    Not work for sm-g920s

  25. Tyson says:

    Any roms out for the s6 sprint?

  26. Fernando says:

    I cant rebbot into recovey. ive tried it many times the satus reads PASS but i just cant rebbot to recovery to be able to instal supersi zip…what can i do?

  27. shrikanth says:

    Thanks for such a detailed post. I am on OE3 firmware (gm-925I) and its blocking the installation of custom recovery. While i press start and immediately hold volume up,home center and power button Odin says failed and on the phone it gives some message saying custom recover blocked or something. Any other way to Root? Thanks in advance !!

  28. shrikanth says:

    Okay now i did it !! I had switched on the “Find my phone” thing which was blocking the custom recovery installation. Read it on droidviews and after disabling it i was easily able to root it. You might want to include this as well. It might help people like me 🙂

    • BenHolwell says:

      THANK YOU!!! I’ve been battling for days trying to install ANY custom recovery on my 910f COJ3 without success and this cured it!!
      Thanks again!

  29. hassan says:

    hi i am using s6sm-g920f and i follow your all steps but at last i click on normal but there is coming installation failed please reboot and i try to reboot after that same error is coming please help me

  30. Chun Hua says:

    Hi, I have tried from step 1 to step 8, however, when I reached step 9, it doesn’t work anymore and my screen is stucked on the Samsung S6 logo. Any help.

    My phone model is Samsung S6 SM-GT902I

  31. Ahmed says:

    I have s6 SM-G920F with Android version 5.1. 1
    Will this method work on it?

  32. stephane pare says:

    On the canadian s6, After getting into TWRP and rebooting to system, im in an infinite boot loop

  33. Ervin says:

    Testeado en Telcel Mexico. Trabajando.

  34. Shiro says:

    Custom Binary(Recovery) Blocked By R/L

    In this way it floats error on the screen of my mobile phone. What are the solutions

  35. ASD says:

    Help me SM-G920S Stuck not included

  36. John says:

    Max I follow the instructions to the t on my SPrint Galaxy S6 Edge. Immediately after i hit start on odin i hold vol up power and center home i the galaxy s6 edge splash green comes up i release power i am still on the flash screen I am using the proper s6edge twrp file G9250-TWRP-2.8.6.0-CN(0421).tar I am not sure whats going on?

  37. nathan says:

    None of these work for me. everything is sending mine into bootloop dunno what to do 🙁

  38. Jason says:

    Hey Max is it possible to root a Canadian wind mobile sm-g925w8 since I don’t see it listed?

  39. John says:

    Max i rooted following the procedure twrp.. then got a bootloop the followed the cf root method. I still have twrp recovery however i now have the error “unauthozed actions detected…” pop up. Does any one have a solution?

  40. Ahmadullah SAIFI says:

    Mr. Lee,
    i am happy that you are here and helping us,
    i have a samsung galaxy s6 edge (SM-G920F) and its os has been deleted, only two things are accessible:
    1- downloading mode
    2. emergency recovery function in the smart switch PC software.
    i have tried many times to install stock firware via odin software, but it fails…
    so kindly advice me how to fix this cell phone back..
    thanks
    Ahmadullah SAIFI

  41. s6 guy says:

    will this work for the SM- G920AZ cricket phone cant find this anywhere

  42. Ned says:

    Hi max,
    I’m using us cellular s6 edge plus sm-G 928R, can I use this method to install Tmobile software on the phone. The phone is unlocked and is currently connected to Tmobile network, however I would like to have WiFi calling, which only supported if you have Tmobile os. Thanks

  43. zikran says:

    does my galaxy s6 G920F MID root by the same way? please

  44. TAZ says:

    you said: “Step 9. Hit “Start” then IMMEDIATELY hold down the Volume Up, Center Home, and Power buttons together.”
    What about not check “REBOOT” in ODIN and let phone to terminate installation and after 1-2 minutes reboot the phone by yourself (if possible remove the battery)? So, in this case, you will start the phone directly into recovery mode without having to hurry (or need to be quick to press VOLUME UP + HOME + POWER). 🙂

  45. heryanto says:

    hi max, i got stuck after i Reboot->System. my phone keep showing the samsung galaxy s6 edge sign. cant get into the phone menu. please help 🙂
    Thanks

  46. heryanto says:

    please help. my phone got stuck in the start up screen showing samsung galaxy s6 edge sign. T.T

    Thanks alot

  47. abdulwahab says:

    Plxxxxx tell me site for cwm or twrp img for moto ultra maxx

  48. Max says:

    Just wanna make sure everyone knows that the G925W8 is not supported. It’s kinda confusing since Max Lee write: SM-G920W8, SM-G920W8 (Canadian)

  49. Dale says:

    My S6 edge keeps going into a loop at start up. Ran the recovery and tried installing twrp again but got the same issue.

  50. chuck says:

    Does this work on sm g925p on 6.0.1 b6 build???

  51. Steve says:

    Hey do they have a TWRP avaleable for galaxy s6 edge sm-g925p android version 6.0.1
    6/7/2016

    • Steven says:

      Hey Steve, haha our names.
      Man i’ve been going nuts looking for what you are! I can find G925P OR Android 6.0 but not both in one. Have you found a way to root the same device I have?

  52. Kat says:

    So for the model number SM-G925A there is no way to root it? Are there any alternative ways to root this model, or am I just screwed?

  53. Al says:

    I NEED HELP MAX PLEASE!!!!! so i followed the guide step by step but after odin install twrp 3.0.2 on the phone i booted into twrp just fine i then wiped my cache and after phone is stuck in a boot loop and i didn’t back up any of files.i even tried a factory wipe from twrp which deletes system, cache and deliv cache but no luck 🙁

  54. leny says:

    sm g925p build number and does it work?

  55. ed sheeran says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on galaxy s6.
    Regards

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