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If you’ve been around the world of Android for the past couple of years, you’ve probably heard the term “Magisk” thrown around. It is a relatively best method for Android devices to be customised. It was created in 2016 by topjohnwu of XDA Developer. Magisk is an alternative to the SuperSU of long standing, but it is much more than just a root process. Until you dive in there are some key things you should know about this famous method.
Required to flash Magisk
- A device running Android 4.2+
- Custom Recovery (how to install). We’ll be using TWRP in this guide
The first thing you’ll need is the Magisk zip file, assuming your phone got a custom recovery. This is the file that we are going to flash up in the next step. The most recent version of the zip can be found on the official XDA thread. Install and pass the new zip to your phone / tablet, or install it directly to your phone / tablet. An easy way to do this is to install the Magisk Manager app (found in Step 3) that will prompt you to download the latest zip available at the moment.
Now let’s flash Magisk
Go to recovery mode and flash the zip. Using this guide to find out how to boot to recovery mode on your computer. Typically this will be a combination of the power button and the volume key. Follow these steps once you boot up into your custom recovery:
- In recovery mode, select the Install button.
- Find the folder where you download the zip file.
- Select the zip file
- Swipe the slider to install Magisk
- Tap Reboot System
Now you have the Magisk system installed on your computer. You’ll need the suitably appointed Magisk Director to handle it. That’s what lets you install modules. Download the latest Magisk Manager APK here and make sure that you have enabled “Unknown Sources” in the Settings. Download the document, and open it.
The Manager software allows you to adjust root settings and also to add modules which are plugins that can be installed. The software serves as a repository for a whole bunch of great plugins that can quickly expand your device’s functionality. An important part of getting the most out of this root system is using the Manager software.
The final step is to verify that all is working properly. Open the Manager app that has just been installed. We want a bunch of green check marks to appear in the script. It means you got root successfully. Good job!