The Samsung Galaxy S6 is one of the biggest smartphone launches of the year and it has already been rooted by thousands of users around the world.
But like all rooted Android phones, there’s some controversy about where users actually should root their phones or not.
AndroidGuys.com recently published a list of 5 reasons not to root your new Galaxy S6. Rooting disables over the air (OTA) updates, for example, disables KNOX security features, and deactivates Samsung Pay.
But given all this information, should you still root your Galaxy S6? Here are 4 important things to consider about rooting your new Galaxy S6.
You Will Lose Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay is Samsung’s answer to Apple Pay. This past week, it was revealed that Samsung Pay will be disabled when you root your device.
The idea here is that the integrity of your device gets breached after rooting. Users can edit their core Android files and let root-only apps tinker with integral device settings. Disabling Samsung Pay lets Samsung potentially avoid a data breach in the future.
In any case, if you root your Galaxy S6, you won’t be able to use the touch-based fingerprint sensor and NFC chip to pay for purchases.
You Don’t Have to Use TouchWiz Anymore
TouchWiz is one of the most controversial parts of owning a Samsung device. Some people love it. Others hate it.
The controversial UI is new and improved in the Galaxy S6. Even users who have hated every version of TouchWiz UI so far admit that it’s pretty good.
With that being said, rooting the S6 doesn’t mean you have to get rid of TouchWiz. Rooting the S6 doesn’t mean you have to do anything. It just means you can do anything. Feel free to keep TouchWiz if you like.
Disabling KNOX Might Actually Be a Good Thing
If someone told you that your phone had a security system created by the NSA, would you still use it?
But Samsung’s KNOX uses technologies patented by the National Security Agency. Look at Page 2 of this PDF document – Samsung doesn’t try to hide that fact.
KNOX is supposed to protect your data and information. It does do that. It also lets you lock out your phone if it’s reported lost or stolen – which means thieves won’t be able to wipe your $700 device.
But here’s the problem: you don’t need KNOX to do these things on your Android. Android has powerful security features already baked into every Android device. Plus, Android Device Manager already lets you remotely lock your device, erase its data, or find its geographic location.
You Can Still Get OTA Updates
Rooting your Galaxy S6 doesn’t instantly disable OTA updates.
OTA updates are only disabled when the update package detects changes in your core system files. The update will not install itself if it detects some files have been changed.
This is for your own protection: you don’t want an OTA update to messily install itself, only to crash your rooted Android device.
If you never change the core files of your Android, you’ll still get OTA updates.
If you do change the core files, then that’s okay too: you can still get OTA updates. In fact, you can get them sooner than you normally would. Third party ROM developers will release the latest versions of Android as soon as they’re released on AOSP. That means your Galaxy S6 can enjoy powerful new features long before non-rooted users get them over the air.
Conclusion: Rooting Your Galaxy S6 Comes With Few Real Disadvantages
Anyways, if you see some of the common complaints listed above as “reasons not to root the Galaxy S6”, then there’s an argument against each complaint. The fact is: rooting lets you take complete control over your device. And when you just bought a brand new $700 device, that complete control can be quite helpful.