Rooting the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will break Samsung Pay

Samsung Pay is coming later this year. Photo: Samsung

Samsung Pay is coming later this year. Photo: Samsung

Want to root your Galaxy S6 or S6 edge to access features and capabilities you don’t get out of the box? Think again if you want to use Samsung Pay.

Samsung’s new mobile payments service, which is similar to Apple Pay but isn’t restricted only to NFC, is disabled as soon as you gain root access on your device — and there is no way to get it back once it’s gone.

Samsung device were once some of the best for tweakers who wanted to install custom ROMs and other third-party tweaks. But in recent years, the South Korean company has somewhat spoiled that.

While you can still root your device and install different firmwares, doing so will void your warranty and break key features. With the Galaxy Note 4, rooting disables KNOX, Samsung’s own security platform, and triggers a counter that cannot be reset.

Thanks to that counter, it’s easy for Samsung to see that your handset has been tampered with, and the company can refuse to repair your device under warranty. With the new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the consequences are even worse.

Not only will rooting trigger the KNOX counter and void your warranty, but it will also disable Samsung Pay — a key feature on the company’s new flagships.

Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay allows users to pay for goods using their smartphone. But it doesn’t just work with NFC like the iPhone; it’s also compatible with magnetic stripe card readers as well, so almost every retailer you visit will support it.

What’s more, Samsung has already reached deals with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and many more who have agreed to support the service.

You might not care about Samsung Pay for now, then, but when it begins rolling out later this year and Samsung really starts pushing it, you’re going to want to use it. With that said, unless rooting is really important to you, it’s best to just avoid it — at least for now.