What is Magisk?
If you’ve been in the Android world for the past few years, you’ve probably heard the term “Magisk”. Magisk is a tool that allows you to use root access. It is also a new root authorization system. It was developed in 2016 by XDA developer topjohnwu. Magisk is an alternative to the long-standing SuperSU, but it’s much more than just a root method.
Magisk is known as the “no change system” root method. It is actually a way to change the system without actually changing it. Changes are safely stored in the boot partition rather than replacing the actual system files. This is the most important feature of this tool. The changes may not be detected by Google SafetyNet, as the original system files remain unchanged.
Googley SafetyNet is the reason many people use this tool over other methods. SafetyNet detects system tampering and prevents certain applications from working properly. Google Pay, Netflix, and Pokemon GO are a few examples. SafetyNet is an important safety measure, but it can be overly aggressive. Magisk allows users to have root and other changes while continuing to use these popular apps. Methods like SuperSU change system files that trigger SafetyNet to block apps.
Some Features of Magisk
Magisk opens your device to a world of change. Root access is just one of many modules you can install. The “module” is an installable modification that allows easy customization. If you’ve heard of Xposed, the module is also a similar concept to Xposed. These modules include ad blockers, emoji replacements, CameraAPI2 enabler and much more. They are useful mods that can increase the functionality of your Android device. You can find many useful modules in Forum XDA and Magisk Manager app.
Another factor in Magisk’s growth is that it is constantly updated and can outperform new Android versions and SafetyNet systems.
How to Install Magisk?
Now let’s get to the most asked part. How to install Magisk or root the device? First of all, we need certain things to install Magisk on our device.
- TWRP or a similar custom recovery must be installed on our device.
- Magisk: Github
- Magisk Manager: If you don’t have Magisk Manager app installed on your phone when you turn it on, you may need to install it additionally. You can also download them from this link. Github.
- We copy the downloaded Magisk file to our device’s memory.
- We turn off our phone, hold down the volume up and power keys. When the Logo comes up, we take our hand off the power button, when the TWRP logo comes up, we pull the volume up button and TWRP is turned on.
- Click on the Magisk-v20.4.zip file that we downloaded in the Install section and slide the bar below. When the process is completed, we restart our phone by pressing the “Reboot system” button.
How to Uninstall Magisk?
- Magisk Uninstaller: Github
- We copy the downloaded Magisk Uninstaller file to the memory of our device.
- We turn off our phone, hold down the volume up and power keys. When the logo comes up, we take our hand off the power button, when the TWRP logo comes up, we pull the volume up button and TWRP is turned on.
- Click the Magisk-uninstaller.zip file that we downloaded in the Install section and slide the bar below. When the process is completed, we restart our phone by pressing the “Reboot system” button.