No thanks to new security advancements such as Google SafetyNet, the way people root their devices has now changed. Older versions of Android would allow rooting tools like SuperSU to root a device and use root apps as well as apps that didn’t require root access all at the same time.
You don’t get that same kind of opportunity these days anymore. SafetyNet is put in place to specifically stop a rooted device from being able to use an application such as Android Pay . . . there are also many other applications that won’t run either: Pokemon Go, Netflix, and lots of stuff that requires access to your banking details.
Google is willing to gamble on your making your operating system less secure with root access, but it isn’t when things start to include money. Should a user have root access and installs malware without realizing, it could result in that malware beginning to pinch finances from ones account, or even do things like go on a shopping spree with that juicy Android Pay access.
Google’s SafetyNet feature can detect whether or not you are using a rooted device. And when it gets the signal it then Blocks access to the apps such as Android Pay that it doesn’t want you to use. You still get to run the vast majority of the other root applications out there, though as we move into the future, these few, specific apps that Google has blocked will likely be used a lot, so something needed to be done about it.
The solution that has been brought forth is a new tool called Magisk: it can give you root access, and then, just by pressing a button, take the root access away—opening up the doors for you to do things like start using Android Pay. Once you’ve finished using your application that was blocked by Google’s SafetyNet, then you just open up Magisk, press the button and get root access enabled again. It’s a great solution to the problem: rooted users get to keep using a device with root access and just press one button from time to time to take it off, and Android gets to keep its operating system very secure by never allowing people access to the few root apps that SafetyNet clocks so long as the device has root access.
Download Magisk to Root Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
Use the links below to download the versions of Magisk that work with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop:
Note: Use the latest version possible. And if that does not work, downgrade to the one previous until one works for your device.
How to Install Magisk
There are two general methods for installing Magisk. Most people install it via the TWRP custom recovery image. However, there is also a method to install Magisk without TWRP.