Samsung Pay breaks upon rooting the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
Samsung Pay debuted on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and it’s the company’s take on mobile payments, just like Apple Pay and Google Wallet. However, Samsung took it to the next level (thanks mostly to the acquisition of LoopPay earlier this year), making its own service compatible also with the MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) standard, meaning that you can use your device to pay at terminals which otherwise required you to swipe your magnetic credit or debit card.
Samsung Pay will debut in the US and South Korea sometime this summer (partners include MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase, and U.S. Bank), but you won’t be able to use this awesome feature if you root your Galaxy S6 or Galaxy S6 Edge, claims a recent report.
Once rooted, features like KNOX and Samsung Pay will stop working, as the integrity of the system is being compromised. These features heavily rely on said integrity and security. It’s not the first time we’re seeing or hearing reports of root leading to loss of functionality. For instance, the Xperia Z3’s camera quality deteriorates once the device gets rooted.
If Samsung Pay is something you’d like to use in the future (again, not just NFC payments, but regular swipe-able magnetic POS terminals), refrain from rooting your Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones.