People have been rooting the Android operating system for decades. But ever since apps like Android Pay existed, things started to change. In particular, for security reasons, Google no longer wanted the Android OS to be rooted when apps like Android Pay were in use. But the folks behind Google are also pretty kind and are aware many still wanted root access. The solution was to create a SafetyNet feature, and if a smartphone owner wants to get root access to Android, they’re going to need a toggle switch that allows users to toggle off root access when apps like Android Pay are being used. That solution to date has been Magisk.
The Magisk Manager app lets you hide root access temporarily so you can use apps like Android Pay without tripping Android’s SafetyNet feature, which is there to ensure those with root access cannot use services sensitive to having money stolen. Alternative rooting methods, such as SuperSU, are not as capable of hiding root access, so they are not as commonly used on newer versions of Android since SafetyNet was introduced.
Note: Starting from version 22.0, Magisk and Magisk Manager are merged into the one package. Up until then, there were seperate Magisk (core) and Magisk Manager (companion app) files. Thus this page does include the Magisk Manager files if that is what you are looking for.
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In conclusion, that is how to download Magisk/Magisk Manager to root Android with the systemless root method.
July 13, 2022 @ 16:15
Technically there is no option to turn off root access. There is a button to try to hide magisk called MagiskHide. Magisk is a technical root method that will try to hide itself from the apps that try to find out if your device has root access or not. No one can say how long Magisk will last as the defacto rooting method because app intelligence is advancing by the day and we can only hope that magisk keeps managing to hide from them. Though Google’s apps like Google Pay certainly want to see if you are rooted, many other apps want to know as well. It’s not only related to payment but rather the entire Android ecosystem. This makes it very difficult to say exactly what the future holds. But the future is good for now because the developer who made Magisk is currently working for Google. Presumably, this means Magisk will be fine to use with Google apps for the foreseeable future. The developer keeps a much lower profile than Chainfire used to, so it’s hard to say exactly what he thinks.
July 13, 2022 @ 16:20
John Wu does not hide himself online. He’s as popular as Chainfire ever was. And he has mentioned on his Twitter that he doesn’t work on the SafetyNet team. What he does for Google has nothing to do with enhancing the security of SafetyNet or ensuring his developments continue to work on Android. From what I can gather, Google noticed his work and just offered him an unrelated job.
July 13, 2022 @ 15:54
Is this the systemless root method?
July 13, 2022 @ 16:01
Magisk utilizes a systemless root method. This means it manages to modify the system, but only by modifying the boot partition instead of the actual system files. This allows for root access to be hidden upon request, such as when you use apps like Google Pay.
Because we are using our smartphones more each year, and as we head toward a potential cashless society, Magisk is going to remain the most popular rooting method for a long time to come. So you can download this tool knowing that it is a very well known tool and likely will be for the duration of the smartphone you’re using now . . .and then some.