Installation


Where to start

It’s always a good idea to read through, at least, the release thread for information about what Magisk is and how to install it. Other useful information can be found in the official Magisk Documentation over on GitHub and the support thread.

Known issues

There may be issues with certain devices, ROMs and/or apps and Magisk. Check the release thread for information about currently known issues.

Things to keep on your device

There are a couple of things that are good to keep on your device, making it easier to recover from any problems that might arise.



Installation

Installing Magisk is usually quite straightforward, but make sure to follow the installation instructions in the official Magisk Documentation. After you've got Magisk installed you can install Magisk Modules through the Manager or via a custom recovery (e.g. TWRP).

Since Google and different OEMs are changing things a lot starting from Android Pie, there are popping up more and more limitations for installing and running Magisk. Make sure to take a look at the docs to see if there's any specific instructions that apply to your device.

Note! On A/B devices it might be a good idea to not install TWRP, but only boot it through fastboot:
fastboot boot twrp.img

Actually installing TWRP may lead to issues booting the device if you also install Magisk, since the recovery resides in the boot image.

Install options

Preserve AVB 2.0/dm-verity
This is used to disable or preserve Android Verified Boot on your device. Dm-verity is used by the system to ensure that the device hasn't been tampered with in and let's the user know if this is the case. Since we do want to tamper with the system, most devices want to disable this when installing Magisk. But, there are those devices that need it to still be enabled or they won't boot. See "DM-verity and Forced encryption" for more details.

Preserve enforced encryption
By default, Android encrypts user data and the kernel enforces this state so that you cannot use your device without encryption. Some user do want to disable encryption on their devices, and if so they need to have this option disabled. See "DM-verity and Forced encryption" for more details.

Recovery mode
What is this "Recovery mode" that I see in the Magisk Manager?

Recovery mode needs to be enabled if you are installing Magisk on a system-as-root device that does not have a A/B partition setup. On these devices you need to install Magisk into the recovery image rather than the boot image, hence "Recovery mode".
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