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How to Root OnePlus Pad via Magisk [Video]

In this guide, we will show you the steps to root your OnePlus Pad via Magisk. There has been a slew of noteworthy additions to the tablet domain lately, and OnePlus decided to give it a shot as well. However, it took everyone by surprise by disclosing that it doesn’t have any cellular connectivity. Moroever, the underlying OS is also mostly inclined towards ColorOS as opposed to the beloved OxygenOS, thereby giving a bloated usage experience.

While things aren’t too good in the custom development [with the lack of MSM Tool and underlying MediaTek chipset], but there’s no stopping the tech enthusiast from gaining administrative access over their tablet, which in turn will open the floodgates to the plethora of mods and tweaks. So without any further delay, let’s make you aware of the steps to root your OnePlus Pad via Magisk right away.

Benefits and Risks of Rooting OnePlus Pad

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Once you root your device, you will be in a position to flash a plethora of mods. These include the likes of Magisk Modules, Substratum Themes, Xposed Framework via LSPosed, and Viper4Android among others. Along the same lines, you could also flash a custom kernel and implement your desired CPU profile. However, such tweaks do come with a few risks as well.

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To begin with, rooting requires you to unlock the bootloader- which will wipe off all the data and could nullify the warranty as well. Likewise, SafetyNet will be triggered which will result in your inability to use banking apps (though you could still pass SafetyNet in Rooted Android 13). So if all that’s well and good, then let’s get started with the steps to root your OnePlus Pad via the Magisk patched boot.img file.

How to Root OnePlus Pad via Magisk Patched Boot.img [Video]

The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow the same sequence as mentioned. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device and data by performing the below steps.

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

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First and foremost, you will have to install the Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This is the official ADB and Fastboot binary provided by Google and is the only recommended one. So download it and then extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so will give you the platform-tools folder, which will be used throughout this guide.

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

Next up, you will also have to enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. The former will make your device recognizable by the PC in ADB mode. This will then allow you to boot your device to Fastboot Mode. On the other hand, OEM Unlocking is required to carry out the bootloader unlocking process.

So head over to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.

STEP 3: Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus Pad

Next up, you will also have to unlock the device’s bootloader. Do keep in mind that doing so will wipe off all the data from your device and could nullify its warranty as well. So if that’s all well and good, then please refer to our detailed guide on How to Unlock Bootloader on OnePlus Pad.

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STEP 4: Download OnePlus Pad Firmware

Now download the stock firmware for your tablet from the OnePlus official website or from a third-party app like Oxygen Updater. Make sure to download the same firmware which is currently installed on your pad.

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STEP 5: Extract OnePlus Pad Payload.bin

  1. Once you have downloaded the firmware, extract it to any convenient location on your PC.
  2. Doing so shall give you a couple of files, including the payload.bin.Root OnePlus Pad
  3. Now extract payload.bin and get the stock boot image file. Then transfer the boot.img file to your device.
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STEP 6: Patch OnePlus Pad Boot.img via Magisk

  1. Download and install the Magisk App on your device.
  2. Then launch it and tap on the Install button next to Magisk.
  3. After that, choose ‘Select and Patch a File’, and navigate to the stock boot.img file, and select it.
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  4. Then tap on the Let’s Go button situated at the top right.
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  5. The boot.img file will now be patched and placed under the Downloads folder on your device.
  6. Rename it to magisk_patched.img transfer this file to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
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STEP 7: Boot OnePlus Pad Fastboot Mode

  1. Now connect your device to the PC via a USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  2. Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
    adb reboot bootloader

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  4. To verify the Fastboot connection, type in the below command and you should get back the device ID.
    fastboot devices

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  5. if you are not getting a serial ID, then please install Fastboot Drivers on your PC.

STEP 8: Boot OnePlus Pad using Magisk Patched Boot.img

Now, there exist two different methods to proceed ahead. You could either directly flash the patched boot.img file or temporarily boot it. The second approach is highly recommended because you could easily test if everything is working well or not. If it is, then you could proceed ahead with the permanent installation.

On the other hand, if things don’t go as planned and your device ends up in a bootloop/softbrick, then just a normal reboot will fix the issue. So on that note, let’s get started with the second approach. For that, execute the below command in the CMD window and your device will be booted to a temporarily rooted OS.

fastboot boot magisk_patched.img

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STEP 9: Permanent Root OnePlus Pad via Direct Install

After executing the above command, your device will be booted to the OS with a temporary root. Here’s how to make it permanent:

  1. To begin with, launch the Magisk App.
  2. Then tap on Install > Direct Install and tap Let’s Go situated at the top-right.
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  3. Once done, hit the Reboot button situated at the bottom right.
  4. That’s it, your device will now boot to the rooted OS.

So with this, we round off the guide on how you could root your OnePlus Pad via Magisk patched boot.img. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.

Important Discussions Regarding Rooting OnePlus Pad

  • If in rare cases, booting via patched boot gives out an error, then you should consider directly flashing it via fastboot flash boot magisk_patched.img.
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  • Talking about flashing, you could also manually flash it to both the boot slots via fastboot flash boot_a magisk_patched.img and fastboot flash boot_b magisk_patched.img.
  • If something goes wrong during flashing, then there are two approaches that you could take, depending on which command you initially used:
    • If you used the temporary boot, then a simple restart will rectify the underlying issue.
    • If you had permanently flashed it, then you’ll have to flash the stock boot.img file.
  • Moroever, there have been confusing doing te rounds wherein some users have flashed the patched boot.img in the FastbootD Mode. It is recommended that you don’t do so and instead flash the file in Fastboot Mode itself.

  • Bigtweety

    Hi Hassan,
    thanks a lot for the tut’.
    I managed to get to the fastboot & patched_boot.img step, but there my pad does not accept the boot command (as you stated possible).
    Also the same patched_boot.img runs fine using the flash option.
    But on that setup MagiskMngr fails to install locally with the error unsupported/unknown image format while trying to unpack the boot image.
    While magisk & root seem otherwise to run OK, this looks un-healthy and I fear that next time I get an OTA update, I won’t be able to patch over from the running magisk.

    I got build number OPD2203_13.1.0.592(EX01). My model is EU version.
    I use magisk manager 26.1.

    Can you please advise ?

    If you have an older version of the OS, could you please upload & share so I can try to downgrade.