Sprint finally approved the Android 6.0.1 update for the Galaxy S6 (SM-G920P) in Mid-March 2016. At the same time, the S6 Edge variant also gets the update, since both these devices have comparable software. This phone is the first carrier-branded variants in the US who have received Marshmallow update, this is not surprising because Sprint is usually faster in releasing updates when compared to the other three major US carrier. The other good news is we can still regain root on Sprint Galaxy S6 running Marshmallow updates with a well known method
The update published with G920PVPU3CPB6 software version, this also the ninth OTA update that have been acquired since the device was released in April last year. According to the changelogs on Sprint’s support page, there’s no specific improvements or bug fixes in this release, only the OS has been updated to Android 6.0.1, which carry tons of enhancements and wipe out several bugs from the Android 5.1.1. You’ll also get the chance to experience some new features like Now on Tap, Doze and enhanced app permissions.
One of the challenges (especially for rooted users) after a phone get new software is how to retain superuser privileges. When it’s difficult to maintain, then you have to restore the phone to stock or unroot it before the update, once updated you have to find a way to regain it.
But you do not need to worry because we still have a chance to get root on the Galaxy S6 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (G920PVPU3CPB6). We must thank to Chainfire for developing the CF-Auto-Root (CFAR) utility which is extremely powerful. Although there’s no specific package for this variant (SM-G920P), but we can still take advantage of the package created for the unlocked version of S6 (SM-G920F).
The success of this utility to gain superuser access has been proven by some XDA members, the following is an overview on how to get it done, and it’s also works with Boost Mobile variants.
- A Windows computer
- Get the latest ODIN flash tool, v3.10.6 or higher is recommended.
- Download the CFAR Utility for SM-G920F.
- Grab the SM-G920P stock Marshmallow recovery.
- Connect the phone to the computer, then flash the CFAR with the help of Odin.
- Wait for the script to complete, as soon as the phone reboot, force the phone to enter into download mode. Once getting into download mode, flash the stock Android 6.0.1 recovery.
- Back into recovery mode wipe cache and perform the last reboot.