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Magisk v25.0 improves SELinux handling, revises root permission management, and much more

At this point, we at XDA are certain that most of you have at least heard of Magisk. Created by John Wu, aka XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu, the project originally started off as a systemless root method and has gradually evolved into a much more diverse and powerful solution beyond just a plain superuser privilege...

These are the Best Apps for Rooted Android Devices in 2022: Tasker, AdAway, Migrate, and more!

One of the greatest virtues of Android is how customizable it is. This customization can range from simple things such as installing a new launcher, and even going so far as to root your smartphone in order to unlock true superuser privilege. How far you want to go is actually up to you, but if...

How to Root your Android smartphone: Google, OnePlus, Samsung, Xiaomi, and others too!

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...

PSA: Dirty Pipe, the Linux kernel root vulnerability, can be abused on the Samsung Galaxy S22 and Google Pixel 6 Pro

What happens when a Linux privilege-escalation vulnerability that also affects Android gets disclosed publicly? You got it! Security researchers and Android enthusiasts around the world try to take advantage of the newly found problem to create an exploit, which can be used to gain advanced access to your device (such as root or the ability...

Unofficial LineageOS 18.1 brings Android TV 11 to the third-gen Amazon Fire TV Stick lineup

When it comes to streaming dongles, Amazon Fire TV Sticks are some of the most popular streaming devices on the market. Amazon maintains its own fork of Android called Fire OS for these devices, which lacks Google apps and has a completely different UI than Google’s Android TV OS. If you own a 3rd generation...

Linux kernel bug dubbed ‘Dirty Pipe’ can lead to root access, affects Android devices as well

One of the strongest points of the Linux kernel has primarily been its open source nature, which allows stakeholders to fork, modify and redistribute it in a way that suits their particular needs. But this very advantage of being open source acts like a double-edged sword when it comes to the existence of unpatched security...

Magisk v24.2 released with Zygisk improvements, stability fixes, and much more

As of 2022, Magisk is the most popular and recommended rooting solution for devices running Android. Created by John Wu, aka XDA Recognized Developer topjohnwu, the Magisk project has gradually evolved into a much more diverse and powerful tool beyond just plain root. A big part of its success comes from the developer’s consistency and...

Magisk v24.0 release introduces Zygisk, brings along Android 12 support, and more

XDA Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu's Magisk started off as a systemless root method and has evolved over the years into a much more diverse and powerful tool beyond just plain root. But even today, if you need root, chances are that the recommended root method for your device mentions installing Magisk for superuser access. The latest...

You can now root your Oculus Go VR Headset, at least partially

Oculus -- a part of Facebook Meta makes some great VR headsets for gaming. The Oculus Go was a standalone VR headset from the company which was discontinued last year in favor of the Oculus Quest 2. If you're familiar with the way standalone VR headsets work, you would be aware of the fact that...

OnePlus Nord 2 has a vulnerability that grants root shell access within minutes on a locked bootloader, without a data wipe

A lot of us here at XDA-Developers originally started browsing the forums for the first time when we were looking to root our Android devices. Back in those days, people often relied on "one-click root" methods: Apps or scripts containing payloads that target known privilege escalation vulnerabilities of the existing firmware to gain root access....

Should apps and games prevent users from customizing their smartphones?

One of the best things about Android is that it gives power users plenty of options to customize their devices. Users can easily root their phones to install custom ROMs and custom kernels, use powerful automation tools like Tasker, and do much more. However, rooting or modifying an Android phone does have a few downsides....

Latest Magisk Canary release adds support for Android 12, drops MagiskHide

If you consider yourself a power user in the Android ecosystem, then the name "Magisk" definitely needs no introduction. Thanks to this creation of John Wu, a.k.a. XDA Senior Recognized Developer topjohnwu, one can easily gain root access on an Android device by patching its boot image. However, because of the modifications that Magisk has to...