How to Install Magisk App v23 [Full Guide]

If you already have Magisk installed, it is strongly recommended to upgrade directly via the Magisk app using its “Direct Install” method. The following tutorial is only for the initial installation.

Getting Started

Before you start:

  • This tutorial assumes you understand how to use adb and fastboot
  • Your device’s bootloader has to be unlocked
  • Make sure to remove any “boot image mods” such as other root solutions before installing Magisk. The easiest way is to restore the boot image with factory images or reflash a non-prerooted custom ROM
  • If you plan to also install custom kernels, install it after Magisk

Download and install the latest Magisk app. We use the app to gather some information about your device. On the home screen, you should see this:

all-new-magisk-app-full-guide

Pay special attention to the Ramdisk info. If the result is Yes, congratulations, your device is perfect for installing Magisk! However, if the result is No this means your device’s boot partition does NOT include ramdisk. This means you will have to go through some extra steps to make Magisk work properly.

If your device does not have boot ramdisk, read the Magisk in Recovery section after installing. The information in that section is VERY important!

If you are using a Samsung device and the SAR result is Yes, please check its own section.

If you are using a Huawei device and the SAR result is Yes, please check its own section.

Otherwise, continue to Patching Images.

(P.S.1 If your device has boot ramdisk, you can also install it with Custom Recovery)
(P.S.2 If you are interested in how Android boots and how it affects Magisk, check out this document)

Patching Images

If your device has a boot ramdisk, you need a copy of the boot.img
If your device does NOT have a boot ramdisk, you need a copy of the recovery.img

You should be able to extract the file you need from official firmware packages or your custom ROM zip (if using one). If you are still having trouble, go to XDA-Developers and look for resources, guides, discussions, or ask for help in your device’s forum.

  • Copy the boot/recovery image to your device
  • Press the Install button on the Magisk card
  • If you are patching a recovery image, make sure “Recovery Mode” is checked in options.
    In most cases, it should already be automatically checked.
  • Choose “Select and Patch a File” in the method, and select the stock boot/recovery image
  • The Magisk app will patch the image to [Internal Storage]/Download/magisk_patched_[random_strings].img.
  • Copy the patched image to your PC with ADB:
    adb pull /sdcard/Download/magisk_patched_[random_strings].img
  • Flash the patched boot/recovery image to your device.
    For most devices, reboot into fastboot mode and flash with the command:
    fastboot flash boot /path/to/magisk_patched.img or
    fastboot flash recovery /path/to/magisk_patched.img if flashing a recovery image
  • Reboot and voila!

Custom Recovery

In some custom recoveries, the installation may fail silently (it might look like success but in reality it bootloops). This is because the installer scripts cannot properly detect the correct device info or the recovery environment does not meet its expectation. If you face any issues, use the Patch Image method as it is guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Due to this reason, installing Magisk through custom recoveries on modern devices is no longer recommended. The custom recovery installation method exists purely for legacy support.

  • Download the Magisk APK
  • Rename the .apk file extension to .zip, for example: Magisk-v22.0.apkMagisk-v22.0.zip. If you have trouble renaming the file extension (like on Windows), use a file manager on Android or the one included in TWRP to rename the file.
  • Flash the zip just like any other ordinary flashable zip.
  • Check whether the Magisk app is installed. If it isn’t installed automatically, manually install the APK.

Uninstallation

  • The easiest way to uninstall Magisk is directly through the Magisk app.
  • If you insist on using custom recoveries, rename the Magisk APK to uninstall.zip and flash it like any other ordinary flashable zip.

Magisk in Recovery

If your device does not have ramdisk in boot images, Magisk has no choice but to be installed in the recovery partition. For these devices, you will have to reboot to recovery every time you want Magisk.

When Magisk is installed in your recovery, you CANNOT use custom recoveries to install/upgrade Magisk! The only way to install/upgrade Magisk is through Magisk Manager. The app will be aware of your device state and install to the correct partition and reboot into the correct mode.

Since Magisk now hijacks the recovery of the device, there is a mechanism to let you actually boot into recovery mode when needed: it is determined by how long you press the recovery key combo.

Each device has its own key combo to boot into recovery, as an example for Galaxy S10, it is (Power + Bixby + Volume Up). A quick Google search should easily get you this info about your device. As soon as you press the combo and the device vibrates with a splash screen, release all buttons to boot into Magisk. If you decide to boot into actual recovery mode, continue to press volume up until you see the recovery screen.

After installing Magisk in recovery (starting from power off):

  • (Power up normally) → (System with NO Magisk)
  • (Recovery Key Combo) → (Splash screen) → (Release all buttons) → (System with Magisk)
  • (Recovery Key Combo) → (Splash screen) → (Keep pressing volume up) → (Recovery Mode)

Samsung (System-as-root)

If your device is NOT launched with Android 9.0 or higher, you are reading the wrong section.

Before Installing Magisk

  • Installing Magisk WILL trip KNOX
  • Installing Magisk for the first time REQUIRES a full data wipe (this is NOT counting the data wipe when unlocking bootloader). Backup your data before continue.

Unlocking Bootloader

Unlocking bootloader on modern Samsung devices have some caveats:

  • Allow bootloader unlocking in Developer options → OEM unlocking
  • Reboot to download mode: power off your device and press the download mode key combo for your device
  • Long press volume up to unlock the bootloader. This will wipe your data and automatically reboot.

If you think the bootloader is fully unlocked, it is actually not! Samsung introduced VaultKeeper, meaning the bootloader will still reject any unofficial partitions before VaultKeeper explicitly allows it.

  • Go through the initial setup. Skip through all the steps since data will be wiped again later when we are installing Magisk. Connect the device to Internet during the setup.
  • Enable developer options, and confirm that the OEM unlocking option exists and is greyed out. This means the VaultKeeper service has unleashed the bootloader.
  • Your bootloader now accepts unofficial images in download mode

Instructions

  • Use either samfirm.js, Frija, or Samloader to download the latest firmware zip of your device directly from Samsung servers.
  • Unzip the firmware and copy the AP tar file to your device. It is normally named as AP_[device_model_sw_ver].tar.md5
  • Press the Install button on the Magisk card
  • If your device does NOT have boot ramdisk, make sure “Recovery Mode” is checked in options.
    In most cases it should already be automatically checked.
  • Choose “Select and Patch a File” in the method, and select the AP tar file
  • Magisk Manager will patch the whole firmware file to [Internal Storage]/Download/magisk_patched_[random_strings].tar
  • Copy the patched tar file to your PC with ADB:
    adb pull /sdcard/Download/magisk_patched_[random_strings].tar
    DO NOT USE MTP as it is known to corrupt large files.
  • Reboot to download mode. Open Odin on your PC, and flash magisk_patched.tar as AP, together with BL, CP, and CSC (NOT HOME_CSC because we want to wipe data) from the original firmware. This could take a while (>10 mins).
  • After Odin is done, your device should reboot. You may continue with standard initial setup.
    If you are stuck in a bootloop, agree to do a factory reset if promted.
  • If your device does NOT have boot ramdisk, reboot to recovery now to boot Android with Magisk (reason stated in Magisk in Recovery).
  • Although Magisk is installed, it still need some additional setup. Please connect to the Internet.
  • Install the latest Magisk app and launch the app. It should show a dialog asking for additional setups. Let it do its job and the app will automatically reboot your device.
  • Voila! Enjoy Magisk 😃

Additional Notes

  • Never, ever try to restore either boot or recovery partitions back to stock! You can easily brick your device by doing so, and the only way out is to do a full Odin restore with data wipe.
  • To upgrade your device with a new firmware, NEVER directly use the stock AP tar file with reasons mentioned above. Always pre-patch AP in Magisk Manager before flashing in Odin.
  • Use HOME_CSC to preserve your data when doing a firmware upgrade in the future. Using CSC is only necessary for the initial Magisk installation.
  • Never just flash only AP, or else Odin can shrink your /data filesystem. Flash full AP + BL + CP + HOME_CSC when upgrading.

Huawei

Magisk no longer officially support modern Huawei devices as the bootloader on their devices are not unlockable, and more importantly they do not follow standard Android partitioning schemes. The following are just some general guidance.

Huawei devices using Kirin processors have a different partitioning method from most common devices. Magisk is usually installed to the boot partition of the device, however Huawei devices do not have this partition.

Generally, follow Patching Images with some differences from the original instructions:

  • After downloading your firmware zip (you may find a lot in Huawei Firmware Database), you have to extract images from UPDATE.APP in the zip with Huawei Update Extractor (Windows only!)
  • Regarding patching images:
    • If your device has boot ramdisk, patch RAMDISK.img instead of boot.img
    • If your device does NOT have boot ramdisk, patch RECOVERY_RAMDIS.img (this is not a typo) instead of recovery.img
  • When flashing the image back with fastboot
    • If you patched RAMDISK.img, flash with command fastboot flash ramdisk magisk_patched.img
    • If you patched RECOVERY_RAMDIS.img, flash with command fastboot flash recovery_ramdisk magisk_patched.img

2 Comments

  1. Hi team,
    I have installed Magicka v22.0 with TWRP.
    I installed v22.1 from Magisk App.

    I cannot pass safety net. Hide feature seems to fail. Any idea?

  2. I have a OnePlus 8, running Android 11 (it’s the stock OnePlus Oxygen ROM for this phone – which implies also stock recovery, as there is not yet TWRP for Android 11). The phone does have a ramdisk. The problem is that i don’t have the proper cable, and so i would like to install wirelessly if possible. As far i can tell, i can easily connect wirelessly via adb, but not via fastboot. Would the following scheme work, do you think:

    1. Connect adb wirelessly
    2. Create the patched boot.img and put it on the pc. I’ll call it boot_patched.img
    3. Type

    adb boot boot_patched.img

    This should give me a rooted phone. I might have to run the insecure adbd or grant some privilege to adbd on the phone, but basically i then reconnect to the phone via abd wirelessly and then side load by typing on the pc:

    adb flash boot boot_patched.img

    4. Then i have to start magisk on the phone, and choose that option which is “install to inactive slot (after OTA upgrade)” or something like that. (Apologies for being not precise, its just that I’m writing on the phone itself – i hope it’s clear despite that)

    Then i should be able to reboot via magisk and it will now be a rooted phone — withoutv the need for either fastboot or any cable.

    I realize that you can’t make any guarantee, and i don’t intend to hold you responsible, etc etc bla bla bla. But your opinion on this procedure would be EXTREMELY appreciated.

    And certainly, if you have a different/better way to install wirelessly, i am all eyes/ears. I just don’t see a way to connect fastboot wirelessly.

    With thanks,
    Scott

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