Best and outstanding custom Android ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge



Regardless of what you think about the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, there's one aspect that can be hardly argued with - TouchWiz on both is times lighter and more streamlined than its previous renditions.

However, this doesn't mean that a custom ROM is not a viable option for the phone. On the contrary, a custom Android build usually promises even better performance and improved battery life, and let's be honest here, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge can totally benefit of a better battery endurance. They've been out for some time now, and naturally, the restless developers have had more than enough time to develop a custom ROM or two for both phones.

Unfortunately, a problem arises. Due to the fact that the newest Samsung top-tier phones come with proprietary Exynos chipsets, developing custom ROMs is troublesome. This doesn't mean that there aren't any custom ROMs for the handsets, but the notable existing ones are merely a handful. Here's hoping this will change as soon as possible.

As usual, it goes without saying that if you're eyeing one of the ROMs listed below, you need to think twice before flashing them. Carefully reading and following the provided instructions for each ROM is also a no-brainer.



XtreStoLite Deodexed Mod Edition 1.2

Available for SM-G920F / SM-G920I / SM-G920T


A rather small (467MB) and further-slimmed TouchWiz-based ROM for the Galaxy S6, XtreStoLite claims to be the most barebone TouchWiz experience you can currently get. It's based on the stock G920I DVU1AOE3 Lollipop 5.0.2 firmware and apart from ditching some 1.5GB of system code in comparison with the stock firmware, XtreStoLite also flaunts a pretty extensive number of mods and tweaks. XtreStoLite comes with a five-way reboot menu, no high volume warning, newest SuperSU and BusyBox baked into the firmware right out of the box, no KNOX, native call recording, numerous interface tweaks (such as removable S-Finder and Quick Connect buttons in the notification shade), lots of build.prop edits, and many, many other improvements. What's more, some issues of the stock firmware are reportedly fixed - bye, bye, ColorFade memory leak, au revoir, "no deep-sleep" bug. For more information about XtreStoLite, navigate to the links above.


VN ROM 

Available for SM-G920F

This ROM comes with a number of new features on top of... yes, you called it right, stock TouchWiz. For example, it comes with a new baseband modem (XXU1AOE3), supports the Edge Contacts feature of the S6 edge, allows you to modify the status bar clock, key backlight duration, remove the keyboard switcher notification, multi-user switch, various new stock launcher settings, network speed in status bar, and many others. It's not as lightweight as some other ROMs, but this does not mean you should disregard it.


AllianceROM

Available for SM-G920F

With a handful of different system-wide interface themes available from the get-go, AllianceROM is all about personalization and customizing the Android experience as per the individual requirements of each user. A pretty impressive list of added features can be found here, folks - it is even claimed that some of the tweaks and mods in AllianceROM are exclusive to it and can't be emulated elsewhere. We won't mention them all for the sake of brevity, but the most important ones deserve a mention - AllianceROM for the Galaxy S6 is a pre-rooted, zipaligned, de-odexed distribution with the latest BusyBox, init.d, and Sqlite 3 scripts pre-installed; all stock features of TouchWiz, as well as various build.prop tweaks are here; there's also an Aroma installer that will allow you to easily choose which features of the ROM you want to install and which ones not. 


WanamLite

Available for SM-G920F

WanamLite comes with a solid feature list that makes it an appealing option for those who are looking for a mostly "stock", yet improved user experience. First of all, it's a debloated ROM which comes with a stock kernel that has been tweaked a bit; root access and BusyBox support are also two important custom-ROM features you get right out of the box. If you are a fan of added functionalities, the baked-in call recording, tweaked camera app, and other interface enhancements should also float your boat.


 

CarHD ROM v.1

Available for SM-G925F

While it might now suite everybody, CarHD ROM for the S6 edge is a notable representative of the scarce ROM population for the edgy handset. This custom firmware characterizes with inverted, semi-transparent interface that is an either love it or hate it affair. This ROM is based on one of the latest official firmwares (XXU1AODG) and comes with the usual paraphernalia of a custom ROM - pre-rooted, zip-aligned, with the latest SuperSU and BusyBox script being pre-installed. There don't seem to be loads of non-stock features, but it's still an option for those S6 edge users that are not fans of its stock firmware.


VN ROM

Available for SM-G925F

That's right, one of the few ROMs for the regular Galaxy S6 is also available for the S6 edge as well. VN ROM comes with a new baseband modem (XXU1AOE3), supports the Edge Contacts feature of the S6 edge, allows you to modify the status bar clock, key backlight duration, remove the keyboard switcher notification, multi-user switch, various new stock launcher settings, network speed in status bar, and many others. It's not as lightweight as some other ROMs, but this does not mean you should disregard it.

Related phones

Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I flashed xtrestolite on my S5 and I must say that this ROM is one of the best if not the best for S5, dont know how its on S6. Also dont forget some good custom kernel for it

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Well, dev support for Exynos always sucked so I wouldn't expect many great kernels and AOSP for S6 if any. Just look at Exynos S5, I wanted to buy it, but when I saw that there isn't any AOSP for it and the two kernels that I found on whole XDA were abandoned and buggy as hell I gave up. I can't stand TW, even on Lollipop, Samsung makes great, capable hardware but I would like to replace TW with Vanilla.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yes before where they were more Snapdragon devices than Exynos. Well most people go with TW or CM as I saw so you can try CM if you like it. I only went with TW and one time with CM but didnt like it.

15. waddup121 unregistered

No NONE of these roms man lol. What's a good custom kernel for it?

17. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

22. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Don't want to derail, but not sure how else to contact you. Have you used a recent Cyanogenmod nightly from at least the last month? How would you compare and contrast them. Here is a burner email for me 66f882fb@opayq.com in case you don't want to blow up this thread. Thanks. I like CM, it's rock solid, but I am always open to something else. Thanks.

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well I only used it once on S3http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/development/rom-archidroid-v1-7-16-power-hands-t2228171 and never again since I missed the features from TW and then I installed back to noot 4.4.4 from arter87http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s3/development/i9300-to-n00t-bring-lte-fun-to-3g-t2886574. I would say that if you like TW features and feel then its for you if you like more stock aproach then CM is the way to go, CM is faster too.

2. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Rooting Galaxy devices had always been an nightmare for average joe. maybe except galaxy nexus because you know, nexi.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its pretty easy job when you got tutorials in every corner of the internet

5. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

WTF are you talking about , stupid ? Double click on ODIN , connecting device to USB and flashing Chainfire auto root is a nightmare ? You must live in some f**ked up retard country then, mate.

6. thunderc8

Posts: 98; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Then you get knox 0x1 for rooting and bye bye warranty.

8. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Or simply installing App without getting knoxed. Literaly just install app. I hate when people start spreading bulls**t. Samsung devices = easiest to root and mess with. LG = Semi easy HTC = Super hard / sometimes even require opening device and using copper wiring , lmao , + there is fastboot , s on and s off.

12. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Well to be fair, Rooting MIUI is basically just 3-5 tap away (srsly). nexus is, i dont know, maybe 1-2 step more? i didn't saying its hard for me, it's For "the average joe", so calm your tits, idiots :D, for them maybe the process of connecting it to the PC is i dont know, too quirky. especially in the past when installing that software KIES is mandatory to simply connect your phone (S3-S4 era (dont have samsung device since, maybe i'll get the s6 edge)), more step to mess with. thank god we have 1 tap root app now (it bricked my phone tho, and f**ked up my warranty)

14. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Nope, one tap root wont brick your device. The only time when you can really brick your device is flashing wronf firmware or wrong AP for root. One tap root check for device support before rooting so it cant be

16. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

No but seriously tho, it happened to me. i dont know what or where did i do it wrong, it's bricked my phone. cant even go to the bootloader after that. i guess it's my fault? had to replace the flash storage. which mean the entire motherboard(or not), and cost me like $100, couldnt bother, i just get another device.

26. MrMorris

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Is it possible to root the samsung galaxy s6 edge plus Android 5.1.1 Sm-g928 And how because everywhere I go seems to be available only for stock android version

27. MrMorris

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Is it possible to root the samsung galaxy s6 edge plus Android 5.1.1 Sm-g928 And how because everywhere I go seems to be available only for stock android version

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well that can be reverted back with proper tools. I rooted my S4 after one week of use and still not needed for warranty.

10. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Bye bye software warranty in fact. Samsung (in Vietnam) still does most hardware warranty, maybe except IMEI lost or bricking the phone.

11. CAMBODIANPATRIOT

Posts: 226; Member since: May 10, 2015

Useless and jobless android tards just complicated their users. It is highly risky, brick your phones, morons!

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I can understand a moron like you bricking device when you dont even know how to enter recovery mode

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No more riskier than Jailbreaking an iPhone. Hmmmm!

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The S6 is perfect as it is. Unless you have one where you can unlock he bootloader, I don't see the point in the custom rom anymore. Loving my S6. The only thing is I was very spoiled by the battery-life of my Note 4. It lasted 2 days on a single charge. Usually I pull m hone off the charger at about 745AM. When I am heading home, my Note 4 still had roughly 70% of its charge left. My S6 Edge yesterday had 70% and when I got home I used it for 3 hours off ad on and when I went to bed it was beeping at 20%. Also after transferring 53GB of music to the phone, and about 100 wallpapers, and installing roughly 50 apps, its starting to show some hiccups...lol. Still very fast, but it could use more refining based on my experience o far. I do miss some of my favorite Note features. But I can live for 3 months until the Note 5.

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The iPhone easy show some hiccups if you do the above

20. Tronlol

Posts: 35; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Alliance rom is best if you want never to see updates and always be like 2 updates behind the recent one. Slow development is slow. I do not advice using it.

23. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

So I read that the s6 and s6 edge are more failures for samsong. I think it is past time for samsong to sell its failing mobile division to a chinese company for the stockholders sake. Samsong can make lots of money making parts for iphones.

25. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Sorry dude but thats a bunch of bs. If something will happen with its mobile division is maybe they will cut some mid end and low end phones

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