If you’ve rooted an Android device recently, you’ve most probably heard of Magisk. It’s the most popular rooting solution currently for Android devices, overtaking Chainfire’s SuperSU. Magisk is a systemless method of rooting, which means it doesn’t change anything in the system partition. Thus, a device properly rooted with Magisk can pass Google’s Safety Net checks. The Safety Net is used by several apps such as Netflix, Pokemon Go, banking apps, etc. in order to stop usage on rooted devices. Magisk has another big advantage over SuperSU, support for Magisk modules. Magisk is pretty much a systemless Xposed.
Although to be fair, Magisk doesn’t even have half the number of modules that Xposed framework probably does. Yet, there are many Magisk modules out there, many of them not even in the official repositories. In fact, you can even install Xposed systemlessly via Magisk. We’ve previously mentioned some Magisk modules that might come in handy if you’re just getting started. If you’re new though, you might want to take a look at how to install Magisk. Today, we’ll take a look at some Magisk modules that are a must try. But before that, you’ll want to know how to install Magisk Modules.
How to install Magisk Modules
- Open Magisk Manager.
- Swipe from the left edge of the screen to open the sidebar and select Downloads.
- You’ll now see a list of available Magisk modules. Tap one to read more information, including any additional instructions on how to install or use it. You’ll want to be careful here since not all Magisk modules are meant for every phone. Some are exclusive to devices from a certain manufacturer or even a specific device such as these modules for the OnePlus 5/5T.
- To install a module, tap on the download icon next to its name. A popup will then appear giving you three choices of which you can choose one. Download saves the module to your phone’s storage, after which you’ll be required to manually install it and Install downloads and installs automatically.
- Select Install. The process doesn’t take too long, but it will depend on your internet speeds and the size of the module.
- Tap Reboot when prompted, and your phone will restart and the module will be working when it boots again.
1. ARISE Magnum Opus
It isn’t as popular as something like Viper4Android FX, but that doesn’t mean it is not better. ARISE Magnum Opus Sound Mod works with every Android device running Android 4.2 and above. In a nutshell, ARISE is a combination of all the best audio mods available. It also includes a slightly modified version of Viper4Android called Viper4Arise, as well as other mods such as Sony audio enhancements, AM3D Zerene, Dolby Atmos, etc. Users can choose which of these mods to install during the installation, so you won’t be filling up your device with mods you didn’t want.
The best part is none of these mods interfere with one another and can work together to deliver the best sound experience. We have already put up a detailed guide on how you can install ARISE on your device since the installation is not as straightforward. You can check it out by following the link below.
2. App Systemizer
It does what its name says, although it may not still be very clear. What it does is, it allows you to systemize certain user apps. In other words, App Systemizer lets you turn user installed apps into system apps. Why on earth would you want to do that? There can be various reasons actually. The more common ones can be the elevated privileges enjoyed by system apps. Certain battery savers or similar apps that need to constantly run in the background perform better as system apps. Moreover, system apps cannot be uninstalled as easily as other apps. This adds a layer of security to some apps which can prove beneficial for app lockers.
The module has two versions one of which is a GUI version whereas the other works via a Terminal app. You’ll want to make sure you install the one with an interface. App Systemizer is available in the Magisk repositories and can be easily downloaded via the Magisk Manager app as shown above.
3. Pixel Experience
When it comes to Android devices, Samsung’s flagships reign supreme in terms of sales. But for us enthusiasts, Google’s Pixel is the king and this year’s crown rests with the Pixel 2. We’ve seen so many mods and efforts at porting the Google Pixel camera, the launcher, and other features. The Pixel Experience Magisk module brings all those mods under one roof. We’ve discussed the Pixel Experience module in detail before. It brings the launcher, Camera2API, system audio, look and feel, themes, Google fonts, etc to your non-Pixel device. This one may not work on your Samsungs or LGs or any other heavily skinned Android devices. But if you have an Android device running stock, or a close to stock experience, you should definitely give this one a try.
During installation, you will be required to make a few choices so as to choose the version of the Pixel Launcher you want to install. This module is also available in the Magisk repos and can be easily installed using Magisk Manager.
4. YouTube Vanced
YouTube Vanced is a modded version of the YouTube app, packaged into a Magisk module which can be installed as a system app. This modded version of YouTube brings a lot of the sought after YouTube features that Google currently offers only to YouTube Red subscribers. Unlike a Netflix subscription though, YouTube Red cannot sell itself based on content. So Google requires users to have a Red subscription in order to enjoy basic features such as Picture-in-Picture. YouTube Red is why you cannot even enjoy background playback on the YouTube app. This module solves all those problems and more. You can override video resolution limits, use the pinch-to-zoom gesture, use dark mode and automatically play videos on repeat. We’ve covered YouTube Vanced in greater detail before too.
It can be downloaded via Magisk Manager.
5. Xposed Framework
We mentioned it earlier, so you had to know this was coming. Magisk is great but Xposed Framework still has no real alternative if you’re into modding every detail about your Android device. The Xposed repositories are home to such a huge number of modules that it’s virtually a mod store in itself. Not long ago, Xposed Framework used to be the sole reason or at least a big reason for users to root their smartphones. After development seemingly came to a halt due to several changes introduced with Android Marshmallow, the fan following may have gone down a little but there is still a thriving community behind the project.
Xposed can be systemlessly installed as a Magisk module via the download section in Magisk Manager.
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