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How to Root your Android smartphone

Welcome to the XDA-Developers Root Directory. Here, you can find root tutorials for most devices that are on the XDA Forums. Learn how to root any Android device, even the best Android phones! If you don’t see your device listed or you see a misplaced link, send a message to Skanda Hazarika (SkandaH on the...

RootMyRoku can jailbreak many Roku TVs and set-top boxes

Roku recently removed the YouTube TV app from its channel store due to a disagreement with Google, preventing users from watching their favorite shows for a couple of weeks. While Google has found a way to bring back YouTube TV by cleverly embedding the service into the main YouTube app, it hasn't come to a...

Magisk v23.0 brings along SafetyNet API fixes but drops legacy Android support

Magisk is an incredible tool for Android power users. It is a unique systemless interface created by XDA’s Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu that can be used for much more than just rooting your devices. The interface helps users tinker with the system settings without actually making changes to the system files. Another reason behind Magisk's...

Magisk v22.1 brings an improved log writer, resetprop bootloop fixes, and much more

Magisk by XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu has become so popular over the past few years that there is no need for introductions now. But in case you need one, Magisk originally started off as a systemless root method and has gradually evolved into a much more diverse and powerful tool beyond just plain root. The...

Get Android 12’s new emojis on any rooted Android device

Google typically introduces a new set of emojis with each Android system update. This year, the company will likely introduce the new emojis introduced in Unicode's Emoji 13.1 set with Android 12. While these new emojis haven't made an appearance on any Android 12 Developer Preview builds released so far, you can now start using...

Magisk v22.0 released with Samsung Galaxy S21 support, better app hiding, and much more

Magisk by XDA Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu needs no introduction in the world of Android aftermarket development, so we'll spare you some time. Today, topjohnwu has announced that Magisk is being updated to version 22.0. The need and desire for root level access on Android devices has allowed Magisk to stay on top of the...

SafetyNet’s hardware attestation feature is here to stay

Back in May 2020, Google surprised the Android modding community by silently introducing hardware-backed attestation for SafetyNet responses on some devices. Due to the fact that Google’s servers didn't entirely stop accepting "BASIC" evaluation reports to check the integrity of the software environment of remote devices, the advent of hardware-backed key attestation seemed like more...

Here’s why you should be wary of installing anything that sets SELinux to permissive

In the world of Android modding, people tend to regard root access as the cornerstone of all things. It allows users to take complete control of their devices and add features that aren't always available in the stock configuration. But as they say — "with great power comes great responsibility" — it's not wise to...

Apple’s macOS is also vulnerable to the root exploit affecting Linux

Over the years, we've seen a number of scary Linux-based exploits make the spotlight. Just a few days ago, when the researchers over at Qualys disclosed a privilege escalation vulnerability in the “Sudo” program, they predicted that the bug might impact other operating systems of the Unix family. Well, they were right: security researcher Matthew...

How to (maybe) bypass SafetyNet hardware attestation on devices with an unlocked bootloader

Over the last couple of years, the challenge of bypassing SafetyNet Attestation has evolved from a simple cat and mouse game between Google and the modding community to a burgeoning battle chock full of obscure barriers. Thanks to the rise of hardware-backed attestation techniques, it is very difficult to bypass the boot image integrity verification...

PSA: If your PC runs Linux, you should update Sudo now

Despite the fact that tens of thousands of contributors actively pore over the source code of the Linux kernel and various Unix utilities looking for security flaws, it's not unheard of for serious bugs to go unnoticed. Just a day ago, the folks over at Qualys revealed a new heap-based buffer overflow attack vector that...

How to unlock the bootloader and root the Google Pixel 4a

It’s been a few weeks since Google unveiled the long-anticipated Google Pixel 4a and the company has already released a beta build of Android 11 for the smartphone. The factory images and the kernel sources for the Pixel 4a have been published as well, which are just the right ingredients required by the modding enthusiasts...