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Download and Install (or Update) to Magisk v22 [New Method]

In this guide, we will show you the steps to download and install (or update) the latest Magisk v22. When it comes to the rooting domain, if there’s an app that needs no introduction of sorts, it definitely ought to be Magisk. Allowing you to gain administrative-level privileges without actually making any tweak to the system partition, well we couldn’t have asked for more. Apart from its systemless act, there are quite a few other nifty benefits that it beholds. These include the ever-popular Magisk Modules that could be flashed in just a single tap.

Likewise, you could also hide root from various banking apps or pass SafetyNet on rooted devices. Moreover, it also gets regularly updated with the addition of useful functionalities and fixing of underlying bugs. And as of now, it has been bumped up to version 22, with probably the biggest change to date. In this guide, we will be discussing more on these changes. Furthermore, we will also show you the steps to download and install (or update) the latest Magisk v22. Let’s get started.

What’s New in Magisk v22

Here are some of the noteworthy features that deserve your attention. I have also listed out their explanations as well.

Magisk App is now a Merger of Magisk ZIP and Magisk Manager APK

While going through the update changelog, there was one listing that caught my eyes: “Magisk and Magisk Manager is now merged into the same package!”. So what does it mean? For the unaware, till now there was two standalone Magisk package, one was the Magisk Installer ZIP while the second one was the Magisk Manager APK. The first one (ZIP) was flashed via TWRP to obtain root.

After this, you had to install the Magisk Manager app to manage root on your devices. These included the likes of flashing modules, hiding roots, among others. However, this has always lead to a little confusion (especially to the users who are new to this scene) as to which file they should ultimately install. Now with both of the builds getting merged, this doubt might finally be put to rest.

Magisk Manager will now be known as Magisk App

Then the next changelog speaks that The term “Magisk Manager” is no longer used elsewhere. We refer to it as the Magisk app”. It only made sense, since both of them have been build into a single package. So from now on, you wouldn’t the Magisk Manager term used, rather the Magisk App is the only thing that you would need. Inside this ‘App’, you would get all the packages: the earlier magisk manager app, the Magisk Installer ZIP, as well as the Magisk Uninstaller.

Hide Root on Android 5.0+

Next up is the “Support hiding the Magisk app with advanced technique (stub APK loading) on Android 5.0+”. Up until now, the Magisk Hide functionality was supported on Android Pie 9.0 and above devices. But with Magisk v22.0, the support has been further expanded ranging way back to Android 5.0 Lolipop+.

Root Support for Galaxy S21 series

Furthermore, the update also brings in good news for the Samsung flagship device owners: “[MagiskInit] Support Galaxy S21 series”. Up until now, you had to change the Magisk channel to the Canary build and could then only patch the AP tar file and flash it via Odin to root your Galaxy S21 series. But with the Magisk v22, you could now use the Magisk Stable build as well. Here are all the required instructions for the same: Root Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra via Magisk.

Other Changes

Here are some other technical changes that you should get aware of:

  • [App] Disallow re-packaging the Magisk app on devices lower than Android 5.0
  • [App] Detect and warn about multiple invalid states and provide instructions on how to resolve it
  • [MagiskHide] Fix a bug when stopping MagiskHide does not take effect
  • [MagiskBoot] Fix bug when unpacking lz4_lg compressed boot images
  • [MagiskSU] Fix incorrect APEX paths that caused libsqlite.so fail to load

Download Magisk V22.0

Before we list out the steps to install or update the latest Magisk v22, you should first download this build onto your device. As before, the entire credit goes to XDA Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu for this build as well.

How to Install Magisk v22 APK?

When it comes to rooting, you could flash the Magisk Installer ZIP via TWRP. But since it is no longer a ZIP and is rather an APK file, how could we flash it via TWRP? Well, here comes the interesting part. This APK is still a flashable ZIP. You just need to change its extension from APK to ZIP and then flash it via TWRP (see below screenshot). If you don’t yet have TWRP installed, then refer to our guide on How to Install TWRP Recovery on Android.

What about the other method of rooting without TWRP? In this, till now we used to patch the stock boot.img file via Magisk and then flash it via Fastboot. That still stands true, with Magisk v22.0 as well. Just download and install this new Magisk App and carry out the patching of the stock boot.img as before. To know more about that, please refer to our comprehensive guide: Patch Stock Boot Image via Magisk and Flash it using Fastboot.

How to Update to Magisk v22.0

So we have just discussed the steps to install Magisk to root your device. But what about when you already have rooted your device with an older build of Magisk such as v20.4? Well, in those cases, there’s not much that you need to do. Here are the required instructions to update your device to Magisk v22.0 (make sure you’re connected to the internet).

STEP 1: Update Magisk Manager to Manager App v22.0

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  1. Launch the already installed Magisk Manager app on your rooted device.
  2. Then tap on the Update button situated next to Manager.
  3. It will now ask you to download the latest magisk build, tap on Install.
  4. You will now get a popup asking if you want to install the update over an existing app, tap on Install.
  5. Once done, launch the app and it stands updated.

With this, you have updated the Magisk Manager app, you should also see the Manager word now changed to App. Moving on, let’s now update the Magisk Installer ZIP as well.

STEP 2: Update Magisk Installer ZIP to v22.0

If you have hidden the app or renamed it to a random name to hide root, then you will have to revert to the original build. In other words, please unhide Magisk and let it retain its original name. To do so, go to Settings and tap on Unhide the magisk App option [Once updated, you may again hide root via How to Pass Magisk SafetyNet on Rooted Android 11]. When that is done, proceed with the below steps:

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  1. Tap on the Update button next to Magisk.
  2. Then select the Direct Install (Recommended) option
  3. Tap on the Let’s Go option situated at the top right.
  4. The process shall take only a couple of seconds. Once done, tap on the Reboot option.

That’s it. With this, we conclude the guide on how to download, install and update Magisk v22. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments section. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

  • Hi Sadique,
    First I’d like to thank you for your outstanding guides, both in detail and clarity.
    Following your guide I was able to root my Fire HD 8 6th generation. Then I followed up by updating Magisk to the latest version as suggested in your original post “Root any MediaTek Device on Locked Bootloader” of March 3, 2021, and the above from within the older Magisk Manager. Then I turned to updating Magisk Installer ZIP… and it rebooted my unit and went into a bootloop. I am sad beyond words. A few minutes ago I was a happy camper, Now I feel like a broken blokehead. Is there a way out of this boot loop? Please help!

  • Perfect english, perfect guide. Thank you for helping.