In this guide, we will show you the steps to root your Realme GT Neo 2 device via Magisk. The new addition to the Realme family has bought in a plethora of goodies for the end-users. With the likes of Snapdragon 870 chipset, 12GB RAM, 5000mAh battery, and an impressive AMOLED display with 120HZ refresher rate, well, there’s not much left to ask. Along the same lines, these devices are quite an active player in custom development.
Be it for flashing custom ROMs or installing a custom recovery like TWRP, there’s a lot to try out. Furthermore, you could also gain administrative privileges by rooting your device via Magisk. This in turn will allow you to flash a plethora of mods and tweaks. In this regard, there exist two different methods through which you could root your device- using TWRP or without TWRP (via Magisk Patched Boot.img). In this guide, we will be focusing on the TWRP method as it is quite easy to execute and could be carried out in under a minute.
On the other hand, if you opt for the Without TWRP method, then you will first have to download the stock firmware, then extract the OZIP firmware via Python to get the boot.img file. After that. you will have to patch that boot file via Magisk and finally flash it via Fastboot. Phew! That’s quite a lot. So on that note, let’s get started with the steps to root your Realme GT Neo 2 device via Magisk and TWRP.
Benefits and Risks of Rooting
Once you root your device by flashing the Magisk patched boot.img via Fastboot Commands, you will be in a position to try out a plethora of customizations on your device. These include the likes of flashing custom ROMs, installing a custom recovery like TWRP, or flashing a custom kernel. Along the same lines, you could also flash Magisk Modules, Xposed Framework, Substratum Themes, Viper4Android, and the likes. However, this is just one side of the story.
Carrying out this process also has its downsides. First off, the process requires an unlocked bootloader. Doing so will wipe off all the data and could nullify the device’s warranty as well. Likewise, WideVine L1 will be degraded to L3, resulting in the inability to stream Netflix in HD [FIXED]. Then the SafetyNet will be triggered, which might cause issues with banking apps [FIXED]. So if all that’s well and good, then let’s get started with the steps to root the Realme GT Neo 2 via Magisk.
How to Root Realme GT Neo 2 via Magisk
The below instructions are listed under separate sections for ease of understanding. Make sure to follow in the exact same sequence as mentioned below. 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.
Install Android SDK
To begin with, 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.
Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
Next up, you will 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 > Software Information > Tap on Build Number Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Developer Options > Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking.
Unlock Bootloader on Realme GT Neo 2
You will also have to unlock the bootloader on your Asus Zenfone 8 device if you wish to root it via Magisk without using TWRP. Do keep in mind that doing so will wipe off all the data and might make the device’s warranty null and void as well. So if that’s well and good, then refer to our guide on How to Unlock Bootloader on Realme GT Neo 2.
Download Latest Magisk APK
- To begin with, download the latest version of the Magisk from here: Magisk Version 24 APK.
- Once downloaded, change the APK extension to ZIP (a rename will do). This will make the file TWRP Flashable.
- Once you have done the rename, transfer this Magisk ZIP file to your device.
Boot/Install TWRP on Realme GT Neo 2
Your next course of action is to install TWRP onto your device. In this regard, there are two different approaches that you could take. Either permanently install it or just boot your device to TWRP for one-time usage. All this has been explained in this guide, please check it out: How to Install TWRP Recovery on Realme GT NEO 2. The shorter instruction is given below:
- Download the TWRP file and transfer it to the platform-tools folder on your PC.
- Then rename it to twrp, so that the complete name becomes twrp.img.
- Next up, boot your device to Fastboot Mode using the below command
adb reboot bootloader
- Now, if you wish to permanently install TWRP, then use the below command
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
- On the other hand, to boot your device to TWRP for one-time usage, use the following command
fastboot boot twrp.img
- Once your device is booted to TWRP, head over to the next section to root it via Magisk.
Root Realme GT Neo 2 via Magisk
- To begin with, go to the Install section of TWRP.
- Then select the Magisk ZIP file and perform a right swipe to flash it.
- Once done, you may now reboot the device to OS via Reboot > System.
That’s it. These were the steps to root your Realme GT NEO 2 via Magisk and TWRP. If you have any queries concerning the aforementioned steps, do let us know in the comments. We will get back to you with a solution at the earliest.
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