Guide to Root Android Using Magisk 15.0 Update

The latest stable version of Magisk, Magisk 15.0, is finally available for download. Read to know how to download and install Magisk 15.0 to root any Android device.

It has been quite some time since the last stable version of Magisk was released. After so many beta updates, Magisk 15.0 has finally been released by the legendary developer topjohnwu and it is available for download; just in time for Christmas! As long as I can remember, I have always used SuperSU to root all my devices until recently. Until Magisk came into existence. Why, you ask? Apart from letting me root my device, it also comes with a few other tricks up its sleeve. For example, it hides root hence it doesn’t break SafetyNet and there are Magisk Modules which offer a variety of customizations. Without much further ado, lets jump right into Magisk 15.0 and all its goodness.

Magisk 15.0 Stable Update

Magisk is one of the greatest additions to the never-ending Android customization lineup in recent times. It has now become the default preferred root method for a number of users and with the features it offers, why wouldn’t it? Magisk 15.0 is even more awesome. There are two major things that caught my attention in this update:

Magisk 15.0 Update Changelog
  • Better support for Project Treble [A/B partitioning found on Pixel phones]
  • Fix the bug that Magisk cannot properly detect /data encryption state
  • Add merging /cache/magisk.img and /data/adb/magisk_merge.img support
  • Update to upstream libsepol to support cutting edge split policy custom ROM cil compilations

If you want to dive into all the technicalities of the Magisk 15.0 update, you can read developer’s full announcement here.

Read ahead to know how you can root your Android device by flashing Magisk 15.0.

Prerequisites

Guide to Root Android using Magisk 15.0 Update

There are two methods to flash latest Magisk 15.0 update on your Android device. One, to install Magisk 15.0 Update with TWRP Recovery and the other to install Magisk 15.0 Beta Update without TWRP Recovery.

Method 1: Install/Flash Magisk via TWRP Recovery

  1. Download Magisk 15.0 Zip file from here: Magisk-v15.0.zip
  2. Transfer the downloaded Magisk 15.0 Update Zip file to your phone’s internal memory.
  3. If your device is connected to your PC, disconnect the same.
  4. Reboot your device into TWRP Recovery.
  5. Once you are in TWRP Recovery: Tap on ‘Install‘ and select the downloaded latest Magisk Zip File and ‘Swipe to confirm flash‘ to install Magisk 15.0 Update.Download-Install-Magisk-15-0-root-Android
  6. Once the above process completes, reboot your device.

Method 2: Install Magisk without TWRP Recovery [Patching Stock Boot Image]

f you do not have TWRP Recovery but still want to install Magisk without TWRP on Android device, follow the below guide:

  1. Download the latest Magisk Manager v5.5.1 APK from here: MagiskManager-v5.5.1.apk. Install the downloaded APK file.
  2. The second thing you are going to need is the stock ‘boot.img‘ file of your device. You can get it from the official stock firmware images of your device. Where to download them? If you are using a Nexus or a Pixel device, you can get it here. For other devices, check the official support channels.
  3. Once you get hold of the stock ‘boot.img’ file of your device, copy it to the internal storage of your device.
  4. From the Magisk Manager main screen: Tap on ‘Install’  > Again tap on ‘Install’ > Select ‘Patch Boot Image File’. Download-Install-Magisk-15-0-Patch-Boot-Image
  5. You will be asked to select the ‘boot.img’ file of your device. Navigate to and select the ‘boot.img’ which you had saved in the internal storage of your device previously.
  6. Magisk Manager will take the things from here. Wait for the process to complete.
  7. The ‘patched_boot.img’ file will be present in the ‘Magisk Manager‘ folder on your device. [Check both Internal and External Storages.].
  8. Copy the ‘patched_boot.img’ file to the folder where ADB and Fastboot are installed on your PC.
  9. Open a command window on the folder where ADB and Fastboot are installed.
    1. Go to the folder where ADB and Fastboot are installed.
    2. Hold down Shift Key + Right Click > Select ‘Open Command Window here’ or ‘Open PowerShell Window here’.Download-Install-Magisk-15-0-root-Android-Open-CMD
  10. Reboot your device into Fastboot mode by executing the following command in the command prompt:
    adb reboot bootloader
  11. Execute the following command to install Magisk 15.0 Beta update:
    fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img
  12. Once the flashing process completes, reboot your device using the following command:
    fastboot reboot
  13. Done!

This is the easiest method to flash/install Magisk 15.0 Beta Update on any Android Device. Go ahead and explore the latest Magisk Manager now that you have rooted your Android device via latest Magisk.

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