Rooting your Galaxy S6/edge will make Samsung Pay stop working

Uh, oh, it seems that you won't really be able to pay for stuff with your Samsung phone if you have a rooted device. Rooting used to trip KNOX, Samsung's enterprise security service, but the unauthorized kernel modifications are seemingly going to affect your ability to use Samsung Pay as well, at least until someone finds a workaround.

Samsung Pay is a pretty great mobile payment system to have, as it can be used anywhere cards with magnetic strips are accepted, which is millions of locations worldwide, unlike Apple Pay, for instance, which requires that merchants install dedicated equipment. Using it is pretty straightforward, while the service is ready for a prime time and an immediate launch in the US.

If you have a rooted device, though, the following message will be displayed when you try to use Samsung Pay: "locked due to unauthorized modification." Bummer. 

It's not yet clear if unrooting the device will bring back the ability to pay with your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, but this should become clear soon enough. Still, the fact that there are one-click solutions now which can root the handsets without tripping the KNOX counter, bodes well for the future of Samsung Pay on rooted devices.

source: SamMobile

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1. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

2. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

This is a good thing

3. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

This is old news but a good thing.

4. Shocky unregistered

It's for the best I think, besides Samsung Pay isn't even available in most countries yet. Add to that we've lost our method of rooting without triggering knox and even those that root probably won't now.

5. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Samsung pay can work anywhere you can swipe your card. So it is available in most countries.

6. brholt6

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 24, 2015

It's only available in S. Korea at this moment. It WILL BE available in most countries in the future.

7. Shocky unregistered

That's not correct, it's delayed until September last I heard.

16. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Not Indonesia. CC transaction in Indonesia must use EMV (chip card). NFC and magnetic card is not accepted.

8. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Makes sense, Sames for the use of S-Pen (even thou you can dodge using a 3rd party but Sammy Pay u can't)

9. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Root cloak (exposed module)worked for the G2 I had. Softcard worked great then. I've had my S6 for 3 months which is as long as I've had an unrooted device in a few years, but I guess it has it's benefits. Now with so many carriers and manufacturers thwarting root attempts and apps that won't work if rooted I may just stay stock.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would think when you install the firmware to its original state, that Samsung Pay would be working. I mean, rooting makes many things not work like they did, but putting the phone back to factory has never left those things continuously not working.

11. jellmoo

Posts: 2585; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It could be an issue if it's Knox that's blocking the usage. Unless there's a rooting method that doesn't trip Knox, even returning the device to factory state won't help.

12. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Better that than receiving crap from the media when someone with a rooted device gets hacked and has their monetary data stolen.

13. MedLEB unregistered

But what if I disabled the root / re-install the stock ROM again?

15. corvette72778

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Seriously? Who cares about Samsung pay? I don't and I will never use Samsung Pay.

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