How to root Galaxy S6 with one click without tripping the KNOX counter (Verizon included)


Samsung's devices of late have been tricky to root not because they are with a restricted bootloader, or anything of the sorts, but rather because of KNOX - Samsung's enterprise-grade security software that comes preinstalled. So far, there hasn't been a reliable way to root the S6 without tripping this software's counter, and flagging it as such means that your warranty will be void. Samsung's after-sales service will read "KNOX WARRANTY VOID: 0×1", and refuse to bother with your perceived drama.

Thankfully, when there is a will, there is a way, and this either/or situation is finally coming to an end thanks to the new PingPong root tool by developer idler1984. It allows you to gain Superuser access without getting the official KNOX counter all hot and bothered about it. Here's what you need to do to get one-click root with PingPong, keeping KNOX intact:

1. Download the party_beta5.7z package on your phone, or sideload the archived app;
2. Unpack it, allow apps from unknown sources in your settings, and run the PingPong root installer;
3. Open PingPong, and just tap on the "Get root" button - if it asks for any permissions, allow those. Run it another time, if it doesn't root from the first time;
4. Reboot when recommended, then go and search for the new Kinguser app that PingPong would have installed;
5. Open Kinguser, and tap on the "Root authorization" section, then grant access to the Root Checker app by tapping on the "Prompt" arrow on the right of the Root Checker app listing, and choosing the green "Allow" checkmark;
6. Run the Root Checker app, and pat yourself on the back if it says "Congratulations!"

That's all, folks, you now should have root access to your precious little Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones without having tripped the KNOX counter, confirmed working on the Verizon version, too - can't get much easier that that. Alternatively, there is a nice and sweet video tutorial you can follow.


source: idler1984 (XDA-Devs)

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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)

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23 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Does this mean that i will still be able to receive and install OTA updates?

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

Nope. But your warranty will not be voided.

3. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Damn it. I will never root my phone again until they find a way for the OTA updates issue.

4. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

2 things maherk: 1. You can always flash new Samsung firmware through Odin. Official firmware doesn't trip KNOX. 2. A new OTA update will break root, and might even patch whatever security flaw this method exploits (if they get wind of it) in which case you wouldn't be able to re-root (until a new method is found).

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Thanks for the reply. I do realize that i can always update my software using sammobile and odin, and i can even do that simply by using kies. My problem with these 2 solutions is that both will need to download the whole software which is about 1.8GB, and i am sure you aren't aware of the slow internet we have here in Lebanon(it is among the worst in the world). 1.8GB would need more than 7 hrs to get downloaded, and there are no torrents for such files, which means I am screwed if the download decides to call it a quit(which happens a lot due to the slow and unstable internet).

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Well you can use some kind of download manager so you can resume your download if something goes wrong

11. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

which one you would recommend?

13. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

How about get the OTA zip and ADB flash it in stock recovery.

15. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

This one should do the job https://www.internetdownloadmanager.com/

5. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't think rooting a $600+ phone is a good idea. Oh well, brick at your own risk.

8. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

If you think like that, a $300 phone can do everything you need.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I don't think he knows what rooting is or how it works.

10. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

S6 is an expensive phone so when I shell out big money, I expect it to be of superior quality and won't make me complain on anything. That's why I don't get the idea of rooting it when it's supposed to be doing it's job without giving me any problems. Unless, samsung s6 is just a problematic, overhyped product so people would want to modify it's internals.

12. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I used to root my phones to disable ads, and modify the UI. I have never tweaked the CPU nor the kernel, and my Galaxy phones used to run like a champ.

16. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Rooting gives you (almost)full control of the device. It is one of the things that separates regular users from power users.

22. origamiman72

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 14, 2015

I am a oower uuser bbut dn't want to lose samsung pay; what should I do? I am on 5.1.1

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It has nothing to do with being problematic, it has to do with complete control. Some people like to tinker, some don't.

21. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Doing it's job with a bunch of bloatware, locked down WiFi tethering? No thanks

14. waddup121 unregistered

KNOX KNOX...who's there? One tap root!

17. Ardoleon

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Anyone know if this method works on any other phones? If I tried a Note Edge, would it work there?

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Honestly, don't expect a solid answer for something like this here. Head over to the Note Edge forums at XDA and do some digging there.

20. Blazers

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

It doesn't say it, but it works on AT&T S6 as well. And to answer the question if this root method will work on other devices like the Note 4 and Edge, the answer is no. This root is from an exploit found in the exynos processor used only in the S6

27. TheGamingPanda88

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

How do i download the Party_beta5.7z package, the link takes me to some random page, not a download. i want to root my phone but i cant get the download

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