What is Magisk Manager and How to Use It

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What is Magisk Manager and How to Use It

Magisk Manager is an app for managing Magisk as obvious from the name.

But what is Magisk? Magisk is currently the best alternative to Chainfire’s SuperSU. Developed by XDA developer topjohnwu, Magisk is in fact much better than SuperSU in some aspects. No wonder it is becoming the default choice of custom ROM developers. Unlike SuperSU which only grants or denies root permissions for specific apps, Magisk can hide root from an app completely. Meaning that banking app or Pokemon GO that you couldn’t get to work on your rooted device can work if you’re rooted with Magisk.

Magisk works system-less-ly, in that it doesn’t alter your system partition in any way. This means you can still install official OTA updates without losing root. The rooting method is based on phh’s SuperUser which is an open sourced rooting solution for Android. But rooting is not all that Magisk can do.

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It packs within itself a Universal Systemless Interface that other developers can use to build custom MODs for Android devices without altering the system files. Much like Xposed Framework. Although, Magisk modules are a very new thing compared to Xposed modules and there is a severe lack of modules if you compare the numbers with Xposed. At least, for now, that is.

How to Install Magisk

  1. Magisk can be easily installed using a simple flashable zip from a custom recovery. However, Magisk does not support every Android device. If your device is not supported, you might get stuck in a boot loop. Hence the best way to install it if you’re unsure is to download the Magisk Manager app from Playstore.
  2. However, if you know that your device is supported, go ahead to Step 3.
  3. Download the latest Magisk Installer zip. Since Magisk is in constant development, it’s possible that there are newer versions available in case you are reading this article a few months or years after being published. In that case, make sure to check out the xda thread for the latest version.
  4. Transfer the downloaded zip to your Android device.
  5. Reboot your device to recovery mode. Depending on your device, the button combinations can vary.
  6. If you’re using TWRP recovery, select Install from the menu and select the Magisk zip.
  7. Swipe right to install.
  8. 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.
  9. Although, if you’re already rooted with anything other than MagiskSU, Magisk phh’s superuser or Chainfire’s systemless SuperSU, the installer will try to delete the binaries and the root app from the system partition too. Otherwise, it wouldn’t touch your system.
  10. Once Magisk is flashed, you’ll see the Reboot System option, tap on it.

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Magisk Manager

Once your device boots up, go to the Google Play Store and install Magisk Manager. This is like the SuperSU app and the Xposed Installer app mixed into one. Except you can not download modules with it. You can manage your root settings as well as installed Magisk modules with Magisk Manager.

To hide root from an application, you will first need to enable it in Magisk settings. Pull the side drawer menu by swiping from the left edge of your screen and then go to settings. Enable the option named Magisk Hide. The option will then be enabled in the side menu drawer. Now you can tap on it and select the apps that you want to hide it from.

Magisk modules

As mentioned, Magisk Manager does not allow downloading modules like the Xposed Installer app does. Nor is there an official Magisk repository like Xposed which makes finding mods/modules a bit more difficult than it should be. An XDA user named LarappsOfDongle created a thread for listing all of the Magisk modules in an effort to make finding them easier. If you want to try out some Magisk modules visit the xda thread. We’ve listed some of the self-explanatory ones here but the thread will, of course, have more modules.

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To install these modules just boot into recovery and flash them just like you installed Magisk.

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  • Martina Neumayer

    Magisk is imcompatible with rooms which use lz4 compressed boot image, because it expects a gzip compressed one. This issue is already reported on the github developer webste.