Rooting has been around since the dawn of the Android operating system, and there have been many different tools that have come and gone since then.
Oftentimes the Android developers change the way the operating system security works, and then the rooting developers need to create new tools to help get around the roadblocks.
That same situation happened again when Android introduced SafetyNet, a new feature that can detect if a device has root access and then prevents that device from being able to use certain apps if it does.
The decision by Android to do this was in the wake of new applications such as Netflix and Android Pay arriving onto the market. These types of applications involve having direct access to your banking details, and that’s something that Android doesn’t want to risk falling into the wrong hands.
There have been many reports in recent times about how most viruses on a Windows operating system happen from people using the account with administrative permissions, which his the same account that first gets created on the computer. That’s one of the reasons why Microsoft recommend people start using separate user accounts and only give the admin permissions to those in need. The results have shown a large drop in viruses causing computers problems.
When you root the Android operating system, in a way, you are making your device to be similar to that first Windows user account that gets created—the one with the all-important administrative permissions assigned to it. And the same bad things can happen when you use that account: if malware or a virus were to be installed, it has an ability to create real issues, particularly with these flood of new applications like Android Pay that are soon going to set the world alight.
Magisk is an application that solves the problem that others couldn’t: it can root your device so you can start using most of the root apps, but then when you need to use one of the apps that trips SafetyNet, you can toggle the root access off temporary, use the app in question, and then toggle the root access back on again. This method sure beats having to root, unroot and then get root access again just to use the apps like Android Pay—something that most users wouldn’t have bothered doing—while at the same time still keeps the Android developers happy as well: since there is no root access when you toggle it off, your device is 100% as safe as an unrooted device when you go to use the apps.
How to Install Magisk Root Tool on Android 5.1 Lollipop
Download the Magisk installer from the Downloads section of the XDA-Developers thread.
If you already have rooted your device, you’ll need to unroot it now before going ahead with the installation of Magisk. If you have used TWRP and then flashed Chainfire’s SuperSU, you can just remove the SuperSU by opening it up and then choosing to uninstall it from the menu. For everyone else, you might be interested in installing the unSU script instead.
You can only use Magisk if there is a custom recovery image available for you to install. You can look for a custom recovery image made for your device from the TWRP website. Remember that before you can install a custom recovery image, you need to have the bootloader unlocked first. The way you unlock the bootloader changes depending on your smartphone manufacturer. If you find a guide made for your manufacturer, then chances are you can follow it because it’s the same for all devices from the one manufacturer.
Find out the steps required to boot your smartphone into the custom recovery. The way manufacturers choose to enter recovery mode changes depending on who it is, but the good news is that booting into custom recovery is always the same steps as booting into the stock recovery for your phone because it just replaces it. So, all you really need to do is find out what steps you need to boot your device into the standard recovery mode that all devices come with and then you’ll be able to boot to the custom recovery as well.
Once you are in the custom recovery, tap on the “Install” button and then tap on the Magisk SuperSU zip file. Then to install the zip file you have selected, tap on the “Install Image” button (if you are using TWRP Recovery.) You’ll also need to swipe at the bottom of the phone’s display to confirm the installation of the zip file if it is TWRP Recovery.
After the Magisk SuperSU is installed, you then need to reboot the phone from the TWRP Recovery menu. Once your phone boots back up again, it’s time to install the Magisk Manager application directly on the phone. Before you can install it, though, you first need to enable the Unknown Sources option from the Android Settings. To do that, swipe down from the top of the Android homecreen to pull down the notification shade, and then tap on the “Settings gear icon” at the top.
Tap on the “Security” link from the Settings.
Inside the settings is the “Unknown Sources” option that you now need to tap on.
You’ll get a message letting you know about the risks of enabling the Unknown Sources before it turns on for you. Tap on the “OK” button to continue.
The Unknown Sources toggle is now turned on.
Next, you need to get the Magisk Manager application from the XDA-Developers thread under the same Downloads section that you got the Magisk SuperSU earlier. Download it like you would any other app and then tap on the ‘Install” button to install it on your device.
The Magisk Manager sends a superuser request to your device. Tap on the “Grant” button to continue.
You’ll need to allow Magisk Manager permissions to access your files from the device if you want to get the best experience. Tap on the “Allow” button here.
It lets you know that Magisk Manager is not yet installed. Tap on the “Go to Install” section” to continue.
At the bottom of the next screen is the “Download and Install” button that you need to tap on now.
You can choose to view the release notes if you want before installing. When you are done, just tap on the “Install” button, and then the Magisk manager is finally installed.
Wait until you get the “Installation succeeded!” message on the phone’s display and then tap on the “Reboot” button.
Once the reboot is complete and the phone starts up again, you can start using Magik on your device to have root access as well as Android Pay and Netflix working again.