Magisk! – How to Play Pokemon Go on Rooted Android!

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With latest Pokemon Go update version 0.37.0, you will not be able to play the game with a rooted Android device.

Instead, what you will get is the following message or it will simply not let you log into the game.

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There is a simple fix for this and works for most Android smartphone or tablets out there by using Magisk.

Magisk is a magical little tool that allows you to disable root to play Pokemon Go or even use Android Pay on a rooted Android device.

Now, this will work on most Android devices but please do MAKE A BACKUP of EVERYTHING beforehand.  You may end up in a bootloop or have to try multiple times to get it working correctly!

The best way is to start fresh so we will do a factory reset but if you want to do a dirty flash, MAKE A BACKUP ROM!

Step 1. Download the 3 files you will need, Magisk ZIP file, Magisk SuperSU ZIP file, and Magisk Manager APK.

Download:

Download Magisk Manager APK

Download Magisk ZIP

Download Magisk SuperSU ZIP

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Step 2. Reboot into TWRP or CWM recovery and do a factory reset.  THIS WILL ERASE ALL YOUR APPS and SETTINGS but not contents of your internal storage.

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Step 3. Tap on “Install”.

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Step 4. Tap on Magisk ZIP file.

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Step 5. Tap on “Add more Zips”.

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Step 6. Tap on SuperSU Magisk ZIP file.

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Step 7. Swipe to flash the files.

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Step 8. Reboot system.

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Step 9. Once booted, sign in.

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Step 10. Install Magisk Manager APK using ES File Explorer.

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Step 11. Launch Magisk Manager app and it should look like following, which means root is enabled.

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Step 12. Anytime you want to play Pokemon Go or use Android Pay, toggle the Root and turn it off.

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26 Responses

  1. Raphael says:

    I tried using MAGISK but when I click to “root toggle” off, it does not leave, back to active.
    what could be done to toggle off the root magisk?

  2. nart daungsing says:

    how to go step 2

    • ViolentPeaceTreaty says:

      You need custom recovery. TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project). You have to flash to device in download mode via odin. If none of these ring any bells do some research. 😀

  3. Asif says:

    Does it work on custom roms??

  4. cazz2 says:

    Do I have to reinstall xposed and it’s modules like framework?

    • ViolentPeaceTreaty says:

      There is a systemless version of xposed for systemless root. Links can be found in Magisk thread.

  5. Deazmont says:

    Does it works on locked bootloader?

    • AndroidOS Root Expert says:

      The bootloader blocks any system root attempt. So the root will fail or the root will succeed but when you reboot, you lose access. Systemless root should work, even when Bootloader is locked.

  6. Ana Paula says:

    does it work in bluestacks?

  7. Greg Sithole says:

    Nope.. I quit Pokemon Go! No willing to do this crap!

  8. Panuki says:

    MAJ for SuperSU 2.78 ?

  9. Frank Quiroz says:

    the touchscreen of my moto x (1gen) doesnt work after do this any help?

  10. John Francis Gamao says:

    I am using a Phronesis custom rom for note 3. I have done the steps 1-8. Apparently, my phone wont boot. Anyone knows the fix for this?

  11. Ed says:

    Looks like this just turns off the root so you can play Pokemon. Is there a way to just hide the root so we can still use GPS spoofing?

  12. Miguel torres says:

    does not start the Galaxy S6 edge. Android 6.0.1, after installing this Magisk. Summary not served.

  13. kreedy_pirates says:

    is magisk work on android 4.4.4?

  14. Santiago Camargo Herrera says:

    plz help me, twrp fails everytime I try to flash magisk 🙁 , what can I do?

    • AndroidOS Root Expert says:

      1-Unlock Bootloader if there is one and if it’s locked as it will block system root.
      2-Go to TWRP mode
      3-Go to reboot options.
      4-Swipe System Button in reboot menu.
      5- There will be a prompt. You click Install Root or something like that.
      6- It will reboot to normal mode and there will be a SuperSU installer.
      7-Open SUPERSU INSTALLER and press TWRP
      8-It will reboot to TWRP and will root your device and flash SuperSU, then reboot to Normal Mode
      9-Reboot to TWRP mode, then try to re-flash Magisk
      10- If succeeds, reboot to Normal mode.
      11-Go to SuperSU App, then go to Settings or Preferences
      12-Swipe down and press Full unroot or something like that. this will only remove system root and not systemless root by Magisk.

      Enjoy using Magisk !

  15. André Ferreira says:

    Anyone knows how to use magisk in 4.4.4 (kit kat) or other way to play pokemon go 0.37 in samsung galaxy grand neo plus rooted?
    plz help

    P.s- No compatible or original rom superior for that model… 🙁

  16. Marek Jakuš says:

    I have Xiaomi redmi 3 and i cant tap “wipe” from step 2, i have only “recovery” “fastboot” and “download” there, what should i do please?

  17. Ronald Allan Go says:

    make it work on bluestacks please. TY in advance. :/

  18. Eiran Cikgu Low says:

    installing magisk causes my camera not to work…
    so had to uninstall magisk and just wondering if there is anything else that can be done

  19. Mark Acapulco says:

    This no longer works. Is there an update?

  20. haresh sundar says:

    How to to turn off root in v3.1 magisk manager