How to Install And Use Magisk on Android

Any person who has a rooted device must be familiar with SuperSU. It has been around for ages and has become the standard for rooting. However, with the latest apps making use of Google’s SafetyNet to check for root status and thus blocking usability, SuperSU is slowly becoming quite obsolete. This is where Magisk comes in. Magisk is currently the best alternative to SuperSU, as well as the future of rooting. Having said that, there’s a lot of confusion around Magisk and if you have confused too, let me first tell you what actually Magisk is.

What is Magisk?

Magisk is an in-house development project by XDA developer topjohnwu, focused on providing root access to the user system-less-ly. It does so by modifying the boot image file and writing contents to the /data and /cache partition. What this essentially does is create a ‘mask’ of the /system partition. As such, all the modules and root access is granted in this mask and the original /system partition is left untouched. Also, think of Magisk as a mix of SuperSU and Xposed Framework.

Now that you have an idea what Magisk is, let’s talk about how you can install Magisk on your Android device:

How to Install Magisk


  • Unlocked Bootloader
  • TWRP or any other Custom Recovery

1. Magisk can be easily installed with the help of a flashable zip. You can get this .zip from here. Download it, and transfer it to your device.

2. Then, reboot to recovery mode using your device’s specific key combinations.

Note: Before proceeding further, you may want to create a Nandroid backup of your current ROM, just in case things go wrong.

3. Here, just tap on the Install button and browse for the Magisk ZIP file that you just transferred.

How to Install

4. After that, swipe right to flash the ZIP file and continue installing Magisk.

Confirmation for Flashing

5. The installer modifies the boot image of your device and creates a new magisk.img partition in your smartphone’s root directory. It also places necessary files in /cache and /data partition. Once the flashing process has been completed, you’ll see a “Reboot System” button. Tap on that.

Installation Sequence

6. Magisk has now been installed. Now, to manage it, you need to install Magisk Manager. Magisk Manager was recently removed from the Play Store, so you’ll have to install it through the APK file of the app. First, you must enable installation of apps from “Unknown Sources” in Settings->Security. Now, download the APK file from here to your device and just install it.

Magisk First Run

That’s it, you can now use the Magisk Manager to manage different elements of Magisk.

How to Use Magisk Manager

Once you’ve installed the Magisk Manager, you’ll be presented with a variety of options to tweak around with the features of Magisk. A simple swipe from the left will reveal the navigation drawer that’ll present you with a list of various options.

Magisk Side Menu

Head over to the “Install” section to check the version of Magisk that has been installed onto your device, as well as check for any updates. In case of any updates, you can easily download and install the new version from this section only. If you head over to the “Superuser” section, you can manage which apps you have granted or denied root privileges and alter them.

Install and Superuser

Next up is the “Modules” section. You can use this section to manage the already installed modules, as well as offload any Magisk module that any third party developer may have made but is not available on the Magisk repo yet. The “Downloads” section is the direct link to the Magisk repo, from where you can directly download and install modules of your choice.

Modules and Downloads

Next, we have the “Magisk Hide” page, that can be used to hide Magisk from being detected by any specific app. To do so, simply toggle the button next to the specific app, and they won’t be able to detect any Magisk installation. Magisk also offers a “Log” section, which basically, like the name suggests, keeps a log of all the activity involving Magisk.

Hide and Log

Lastly, we have the “Settings” option. You can head here to alter various settings of the Magisk framework, such as enable the built in BusyBox, install support for systemless ad-blocking, and alter various prompt settings for Superuser.

Magisk Settings

Various Uses of Magisk

1. Use Android Pay while being rooted with Magisk

As you might be aware, while Android does allow modifications and customizability to suite the consumer’s choices, it does refrain some of its essential elements to be used on a stock and non-rooted device only, for security purposes. One such feature is Android Pay. Android Pay rigorously checks the system for root access, and does not work on any system that has root access. This can be avoided with the help of Magisk.

Android Pay Working

2. Use Pokemon GO and Snapchat while being rooted

Pokemon GO and Snapchat are some apps that make use of Google’s SafetyNet Check to verify root access on a device. If a device is reported as rooted, the app would fail to load, which is evident in these apps. In case your device is rooted via the traditional SuperSU, both Pokemon Go and Snapchat would fail at the login stage only. But with the help of Magisk, you can go ahead and play these games with ease, (and use additional rooted mods as well), without any fear.

Magisk Safety Net Bypass

3. Use Magisk to install System-Less Xposed Framework

Xposed Framework is one the most widely used system alter methods available out there. It contains various sub-modules that one can use to tweak their device to one’s liking. As such, even Xposed Framework requires root access, but this can be bypassed with the help of Magisk. Simply go to the Downloads Section and download the Xposed Framework according to your Android version (SDK 21 – Android 5.0.x; SDK 22 – Android 5.1; SDK 23 – Android 6.x)

Xposed Modules Magisk

4. Install Sound Mods such as Viper4Android

Viper4Android is one of the most widely used sound mods for Android, simply because of the plethora of options it offers under the hood. While Viper4Android doesn’t require root access as such, it does require one to change their SELinux Status. This is overcome by installing Viper4Android from the Downloads Option. Once you’ve installed the module from Magisk, you need to install Viper’s Android app to be able to make use of the settings. You can download the app from here. Once you’ve installed the app, you can make use of large number of mods offered by Viper4Android.

Viper4Android Driver

How to uninstall Magisk

In case you want to uninstall Magisk, simply download the uninstaller’s Flashable zip from here to your device, and flash it via TWRP. Make sure to wipe cache/dalvik upon uninstallation of Magisk to avoid any conflicts.

SEE ALSO: 15 Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices

Easily Root Your Device and Do Much More With Magisk

You can use Magisk to gain root access, modify various elements, install handy modules and gain complete control over your device, without ever tampering the /system partition. So, have you ever used Magisk? Let us know about your experiences and your use cases. Also, if you know about some other features that we have missed out on or if you have any doubts regarding Magisk, do mention them in the comments below.

comment Comments 9
  • vikas says:

    does installing magisk our mobile data and apps get deleted??
    and can we install flash file with realme own bootmode??

  • Jay Solanki says:

    Can you please make a dedicated video on YouTube???

    • Akshay Gangwar says:

      Thanks for pointing that out. We’ve updated the link. You’ll be able to find the latest stable ZIP for Magisk there.


  • leekendra says:

    hiii there,
    please reply me guys…
    is it possible to uninstall system apps(inbuilt apps) using magisk??…. if so
    i would like to know whether the Android Pay works, if i uninstall the system apps using Magisk.

    • vaibhav kesarwani says:

      Hey. Yeah you can uninstall system apps after rooting…just remove any unnecessary bloatwares if you don’t need them

  • Yves says:

    I would use the application “Molotov TV” on my Galaxy S7 Edge. When connecting this application to a TV channel I get the error message “Error while recovering the DRM license”.
    So I installed Magisk-v13.0 (96f8efc) and Magisk Manager-v4.3.3 to replace SuperSU. I activated Molotov in Magisk-Hide and checked that SafetyNet was turned off.
    In spite of this I always have the same error message with Molotov.
    For information I installed the rom SuperStock V2.8 and SuperKernel V2.6.1 on my S7 Edge.
    Thank you for your help.

    • steven stone says:

      That is because a DRM license has nothing to do with the root status of your device.
      It must be a problem with the app not able to connect to some external source.

    • Shikhar says:

      DRM is Digital Rights Management. It is what Netflix requires when you play it for the first-time ever on Firefox on a PC, for instance. It has nothing to do with the root status of your device. It is a completely application-level issue that needs to renew their DRM license or reapply for a new one. Isn’t there any alternative to this application that you could use though?

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