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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

XDA will have a full guide on pretty much any device. Just make sure you follow the directions to the T and toy should be fine. It's really not as scary as your mind makes it out to be. Just remember that back ups are key.

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[–] Pineapple00 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Dammit, I wanted to eat key!!

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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Do not eat the key!

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What is the best way to back up the phone before root?

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[–] CHAIRMAN__PAO 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The guide will tell you when to make the backup, just don't ignore it cause if something doesn't work you're going to be in a bad spot.

Here is the guide specific to your phone and carrier

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[–] Deceptive_Robot 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Rooting really isn't something you can 'practice' on with another phone. The entire process may vary drastically from device to device. On some, it may be downloading an app and pushing a button. On others it may be a full adb command script.

Your best bet will probably be to do your research (google et. al.) and read what others have done/experienced. Read through all the instructions and make sure you understand them before doing anything and you should be fine. Don't forget to make backups beforehand if you're worried about losing anything.

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[–] Scraps 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Okay lots of things to go over here.

  1. Rooting devices from each OEM is typically different especially if you are going to have to use an exploit like with any Verizon phone

  2. Root has very little to do with getting rid of touchwiz, what you seem to be talking about here is a custom rom which is basically a different operating system (yes there are methods of running a new rom on a locker phone but it isn't complete)

  3. There is no non-touchwiz rom for the S6 and there likely won't be one for a while still (possibly never for the VZW version)

  4. The S6 is being updated to 5.1.1 and there is no working root for 5.1.1

Honestly anything root/rom related on VZW devices is typically a royal pain (the Nexus 6 being the exception)

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

After root, isn't there a way to disable touchwiz?

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[–] Scraps 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Touchwiz isn't a part of the OS it is the OS

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[–] squidzorz 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Rooting phones is a different experience on each device. So no, practicing getting root on a certain HTC phone won't do you any good on a phone from another OEM, or even on another HTC device as it will more than likely have a different method of obtaining root.

You'd probably be better off getting a different phone honestly. Most of the features on Galaxy devices are tied in with Touchwiz. If you use a non-Touchwiz ROM (may or may not even be available), which I'm pretty sure would be the only way to "get rid" of Touchwiz, you won't have any of the features the phone shipped with. Why not just get a phone that you'd actually like using instead? There are plenty of similar devices out there. No point in buying a GS6 if you're just going to gut it and turn it into an AOSP device.

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What would you suggest for a phone then? Personally I am not a huge fan of the Lg G series. I do not like the volume rocker on the back. Possibly Sony?

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[–] squidzorz 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I'd wait 3 months and see what happens with the new Nexus device(s). The Note 5 should be coming out in a couple months as well.

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[–] 2716057 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Honestly, I need to ask: If you're going to root the device and change out TouchWiz, why wouldn't you go for a GPE of something... like a Nexus device? Comparatively, rooting a Samsung device vs rooting a GPE device would be like fixing a top-fuel dragster vs a bicycle. I rooted my Galaxy Nexus and it was almost like it was designed to be rooted... because it was. I rooted my GS5, and it was more trouble than it was worth, since AT&T pushed an update that broke my root access.

Once you gain root access (which, again will be easier with a GPE phone) and remove the UI, what's the purpose of getting a GS6? Is there something specific that you're looking for that you can't get anywhere else?

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[–] jenkinsc11 [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I really need access to a good camera. That is one thing I absolutely hated about the M7 and I am very impressed with the s6's camera from shots I have seen online. Should I wait to see if A GPE of the s6 comes out on verizon?

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[–] TheMemphisExp 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Unless a GPE device comes out for Verizon, a rooted GS6 will likely lose out on some camera quality vs Touchwiz. Touchwiz, like most other manufacturer skins, has some camera drivers baked in.

If you are wanting to make sure you have a good camera device but don't want Touchwiz or other skins, the Moto Nexus 6 is probably going to be as good as you can get, particularly on Verizon.

If you can live with Touchwiz, which isn't as bad as it used to be, and can even be themed now, the GS6 is a solid choice with excellent camera capabilities.

It does not seem like GPE devices are forthcoming anywhere, though. Good luck in your search.

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[–] 2716057 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Honestly, I doubt any Nexis/GPE devices will come out for VZW any time soon. The way VZW likes to brand their phones and pre-load their own bloatware... it's just not a good time for anyone. Nobody is going to agree on updates, which is one of the staples of a GPE device -- think the Galaxy Nexus -- and the phone will nearly stay at a standstill.

I don't really look at the camera quality of phones (since I don't use that feature other than snapping the quick picture for information/reference in something I'm doing), but doesn't the 1+ come with a pretty good camera? And don't they have a new version about to be announced? And they run pretty stock Cyanogenmod with an icon pack.