Updated on February 08, 2019: Today announced a new version of Magisk 18.1 which brings support for Huawei’s EMUI 9 and Kirin 960, and also extending support all the way down to Android 4.2 (which was released in 2012, just to refresh your memory).
Updated on December 08, 2018: XDA Recognized developer topjohnwu has finally upgraded the version of Magisk to 18.0 which brings more which migrates all the codes to C++ and brings lots of bug fixes and a bunch of new features as well.
Updated on October 26, 2018: The Popular Rooting app, SuperSU has been removed from Google Play store. The disappearance is not entirely surprising as SuperSU has not been updated for some time. If you still using the SuperSu, then you can now change from SuperSU to Magisk by following the simple guide.
Here in this guide, we will share the full instructions to download and install Magisk zip on your Android Phone. This guide is also for the newbies/noobs who never installed root on their phone.
Magisk , the well-known tool for acquiring root permissions on Android devices, has received a new update that fixes some unexpected bugs and introduces the obfuscation feature. If you already have magisk root on your phone, then you can simply upgrade your phone to Magisk Zip 18.1 and Magisk Manager apk to 7.0.0. If you are installing Magisk root on your phone for the first time, then you can simply follow our instructions to install it on your phone.
Customizing an Android smartphone and performing advanced tweaks like flashing custom kernels, custom ROMs, overclocking and changing system settings is fun, but you need root access to your device to be able to do these. Some time ago, SuperSU was the popular way of gaining root access on an Android smartphone, but since its release, Magisk has become the go-to way of rooting a smartphone. You can easily manage root access with Magisk Manager apk, and implement many functionalities with the various modules available.
There are many root apps available out there that you can use to gain root access on your Android device, but perhaps the simplest and easiest to use is Magisk. Magisk is an Android utility that grants you systemless root on your Android device and managed with an application called Magisk Manager.
- 1 What is Magisk?
- 2 What is Magisk Manager?
- 3 Advantages of Magisk
- 4 Why is Magisk so important?
- 5 Magisk Modules
- 6 Changelog:
- 7 Download Magisk Zip and Magisk Manager
- 8 Steps to Install Magisk Zip on your phone:
- 9 Method 1: Install using TWRP Recovery
- 10 Method 2: Install Magisk using Patched Stock Boot Image
- 11 How to Uninstall Magisk and Unroot Android
What is Magisk?
Magisk is a systemless interface helps you add different modules to the device. It is based on phh superuser which is an open source root solution. With this tool, you can increase the usability of your device and you get the most out of your Android device. It is not only a rooting app, it also allows the user to hide root from certain apps, and further provide the ability to easily inject additional features into the Android OS. If you install the new Magisk Manager you can simply update to the Magisk from within the manager app.
Thanks to the XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu who is a developer and maintainer of this popular rooting app.
What is Magisk Manager?
Like we said, Magisk is currently ruling the Android ecosystem to root and mods. It is the best alternative to Chainfire's SuperSU. With Magisk Manager, you have the ability to install new updates and add or delete the modules on your phone. With the Manager app, you can hide the root to bypass the SafetyNet check, download modules, and you have the option to Grant or Deny the permission of any application with the help of MagiskSU.
Advantages of Magisk
- Main Advantage is their systemless root: You can carry out any system or vendor modification on your Android smartphone without tampering with the system partitions.
- MagiskSU: You have the option to Grant or Deny the permission of any application
- Magisk Manager: You have the ability to install new updates and add or delete the modules on your phone. With Manager, you can also hide the root to bypass the SafetyNet check, download modules, and you have the option to Grant or Deny the permission of any application
- ByPass SafetyNet Check: Google's SafetyNet detects when the system has been tampered with and blocks certain apps from working properly.
- OTA Updates: With Magisk, you can also enjoy seamless OTA updates without any problem.
- Install Systemless Xposed: You can install the Magisk modules to tweak, enhance, and add functionality to your device. You can use them for everything from improving battery life to installing iOS emojis on your Android phone.
Why is Magisk so important?
Googley SafetyNet is the main reason why a lot of people use this tool over other methods like SuperSU, Kingoroot, etc. Google's SafetyNet detects when the system has been tampered with and blocks certain apps from working properly such as Google Pay, Netflix, and Pokemon GO are a few examples. Unlike SuperSU which only grants or denies root permissions for specific apps, Magisk can hide root from an app completely. By hiding the root from an app, banking app or Pokemon GO on your rooted device can work if you’re rooted.
Similar to the Xposed Installer, the Magisk has its own Modules which the users can install and take benefit from. You would find a lot of modules like Busy Box Installer, AdBlock, Action Launcher and much more. Installing a module is not at all difficult, all you need to do is just select the module and tap on install.
You may further download various modules from the official repository or from here.
Magisk 18.1 Beta:
- [General] Support EMUI 9.0
- [General] Support Kirin 960 devices
- [General] Support down to Android 4.2
- [General] Major code base modernization under-the-hood
Magisk 18.0 Beta:
- Migrate all code base to C++
- Modify database natively instead of going through Magisk Manager
- Deprecate path /sbin/.core, please start using /sbin/.magisk
- Boot scripts are moved from <magisk_img>/.core/<stage>.d to /data/adb/<stage>.d
- Remove native systemless hosts (Magisk Manager is updated with a built-in systemless hosts module)
- Allow module post-fs-data.sh scripts to disable/remove modules
- Use component names instead of process names as targets
- Add procfs protection on SDK 24+ (Nougat)
- Remove the folder /.backup to prevent detection
- Hide list is now stored in database instead of raw textfile in images
- Add "--status" option to CLI
- Stop unmounting non-custom related mount points
- Add FLAG_INCLUDE_STOPPED_PACKAGES in broadcasts to force wake Magisk Manager
- Fix a bug causing SIGWINCH not properly detected
- Support new av rules: type_change, type_member
- Remove all AUDITDENY rules after patching sepolicy to log all denies for debugging
- Properly support extra_cmdline in boot headers
- Try to repair broken v1 boot image headers
- Add new CPIO command: "exists"
Magisk Manager v7.0.0
- Major UI redesign!
- Render Markdown natively (no more buggy WebView!)
- Support down to Android 4.1 (native Magisk only support Android 4.2 though)
- Significantly improve Magisk log disply performance
- Fix post OTA scripts for A/B devices
- Reduce memory usages when verifying and signing boot image
- Drop support for Magisk lower than v18.0
Download Magisk Zip and Magisk Manager
Latest version Magisk 18.1 and Magisk Manager 7.0.0
Steps to Install Magisk Zip on your phone:
There are two methods to install this on your device. If you have TWRP Recovery, then you can now flash the flashable zip without any hassle. All you have to do is just download the latest version from the link given below to enjoy systemless root and their benefit on your device. Also, make sure to download the latest Magisk Manager apk file.
There are several ways to install Magisk on your Android smartphone, and the one you go for depends on the current state of your device. If your phone is not rooted at all, you can install Magisk and gain systemless root access on your device in one pass by using TWRP Recovery. If you don't have TWRP Recovery, then you can either install the TWRP recovery or you can simply follow the second method by patching the stock boot image (kernel) and flash the modified boot on your device.
In case your phone is already rooted and you want to use Magisk, you can unroot your phone and remove all existing root software on your phone, and then install Magisk using TWRP. Here is the complete guide on how you can switch over from SuperSU to Magisk. I'll be covering all of these methods in this guide.
Method 1: Install using TWRP Recovery
First things first, let's see how to install TWRP Recovery on your Android smartphone
TWRP Recovery is a custom recovery that offers far more features and functionalities than the default Android recovery. With the default Android Recovery, you can only perform a factory reset, wipe data and cache and carry out some other minor functions. but with TWRP Recovery, you can install custom modules, flash custom ROMs, install custom firmware, root your Android smartphone, perform a full Nandroid backup and carry out a host of other functions.
TWRP is short for TeamWin Recovery Project, and it's an open-source custom recovery image for Android smartphones developed by, (you guessed right) TeamWin. In this guide, we'll be using TWRP Recovery to install Magisk and root your Android device.
The fastest way to install TWRP is via Fastboot (pun unintended), and as most Android smartphones have fastboot, I'll be covering only this method in this article. If you already have TWRP installed, you can skip this step.
Note: If you own a Samsung smartphone, follow this guide to install TWRP using Odin.
Steps to Install TWRP Recovery:
We already covered many guides on how to install TWRP Recovery on each device. In case if you are here for the first time, then let's make things more clear. Make sure to download and keep the required drivers and files on your PC.
- Download the latest Android USB drivers [Here is the guide on how to install Android USB drivers]
- Download TWRP Recovery for your device from the here
- Download ADB drivers on your PC and extract it to C:/ drive.
- You need to Unlock the bootloader on your device.
- First of all, Install ADB and Fastboot on your PC.
- Enable Developer mode on your Android device by tapping continuously on Build Number on your phone About Phone settings.
- Open up the Developer Settings, find the OEM Unlocking settings and toggle it on.
- Next, you need to unlock your bootloader. If you've performed an advanced tweak on your device before, you've probably done this, and you can skip this step. Note that unlocking the bootloader will wipe your device data.
- Run adb on your PC with your device connected via USB cable.
- If your smartphone is running on Lollipop (Android 5.1) or lower, run the following commands
fastboot oem unlock
if it's running on Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or higher, run
fastboot flashing unlock
- Use your Volume buttons to move up and down and highlight Yes, then press your power button to confirm the process and your bootloader will be unlocked.
- Download the latest TWRP image file here and extract it into the same folder in which you installed ADB and Fastboot.
- Power off your device.
- Boot the device into bootloader. To do this, press the Volume up and Power buttons together until the bootloader menu comes up.
- Connect the device to your PC via USB.
- On your PC, navigate to your ADB installation folder. Right-click on any space within the folder while holding the shift key on your keyboard, and click Open command window here.
- Run the following command in the open command prompt.
fastboot flash recovery [filename.img]
- The flashing process will begin. Once done, run
to reboot the device. You now have TWRP installed on your Android smartphone.
Install Magisk using TWRP Recovery
- If you already moved the latest Magisk zip to your root of internal storage, then you can simply boot into TWRP Recovery.
- In TWRP Recovery Interface, Tap on Install Button.
- Navigate to internal storage where you transferred or downloaded the Magisk zip file and proceed. Tap on the file and proceed.
- Once selected, Now you have to Swipe to confirm the flash.
- When the flashing process completes, you can tap on the reboot button to reboot your phone.
That's it! You can now download and install the Magisk Manager apk to enjoy systemless root on your device.
How to Verify if your phone has systemless root?
- Download and install the APK above, and launch the Magisk Manager app.
- To verify that you have systemless root, check the top of the screen and if you see all option with Green Tick which means you have successfully rooted and bypassed SafteyNet.
Method 2: Install Magisk using Patched Stock Boot Image
To do this, you need to patch the stock boot image. You can follow this method by installing the Magisk Manager on your device.
- First of all, you need to grab the stock boot image for your current firmware installed on your phone. You can always get this file from the stock firmware or extract (Read) it using tools like CM2, Miracle Box, NCK etc.
- Download and Install latest Magisk Manager APK from above
- Download ADB drivers on your PC and extract in C:/Drive
- If you have the Stock Boot image, then moe the boot image to your phone's internal storage.
- Launch Magisk Manager. When a popup appears asking to install Magisk, select INSTALL and choose install again.
- Tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
- Navigate to internal storage and select your phone’s boot image that you transferred earlier.
- Wait for a couple of seconds. Magisk will start patching the boot image.
- Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and move it to the C:\ drive adb folder on your PC.
- In the same folder, hold the SHIFT key and right-click on an empty space.
- Select “Open PowerShell window here”.
- Now you need to boot your device into Bootloader/Fastboot mode.
- Connect your phone to the PC using USB Cable
- In your command window shell, you need to type the below command to install Magisk and root your Android device.
fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img
- Once done, reboot your phone using:
Once your phone reboots, open the Magisk Manager and confirm that the installation was successful.
Now, if you wish to uninstall Magisk for any reason, the steps below will assist you in doing so. The most certain way to do this is via the Magisk Manager app itself. Before you uninstall Magisk, make sure to disable and remove all the modules.
How to Uninstall Magisk and Unroot Android
- Open “Magisk Manager” app on your phone.
- Now Tap on the “Uninstall” button
- Now confirm uninstallation by taping the “COMPLETE UNINSTALL”
- Once the uninstallation process is done, you can reboot your device.