Ever since the introduction of Google’s SafetyNet feature, it’s been an ongoing battle with apps trying to detect root access. For a while, there was a lot of back and forth between Magisk and certain apps. Pokémon GO was a high profile example of an app aggressively checking for anything related to root. Luckily, Magisk has made great strides to keep apps from detecting root for good.
In the case of Pokémon GO, the game’s developers would even go as far as silently scanning your internal storage for the Magisk folder or any files related to the platform itself. It was quite a bold move and very intrusive since it was done in the background without user consent. At that time, you had to delete all Magisk files and folders to be able to play while being rooted.
Pretty messy stuff if you ask me, but those days are long gone thanks to the new advancements in Magisk being able to avoid detection altogether. It’s almost bulletproof now that the platform has adopted the randomized package name and Magisk Hide features. When you combine these two features, even stubborn games like Pokémon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite are playable while being rooted.
The first thing you need to do on your quest for a worry-free experience is to randomize the package name of the Magisk Manager app itself. The package name is a unique identifier for each installed app, much like the MAC address or IMEI on your phone right now. By ditching the original package name for something entirely random, the offending apps and games won’t know what to look for.
Open the Magisk Manager app, tap the menu icon on the left, then head to “Settings.” Locate the “Hide Magisk Manager” option, then tap it once to begin the process of randomizing your package name. It will make the necessary changes in the background real fast, close the app, then reopen it once more with a newly randomized package name. Awesome!
Not only does the package name get changed to something undetectable, but the app name is also altered from “Magisk Manager” to just “Manager.” The keyword “Magisk” is taken out to disassociate the app with the name itself, which further enhances the ability to hide your root access. It’s essential to make sure you’re using this feature all the time going forward, so keep that in mind.
Now that you have the first half of the changes required to make everything work, it’s time to use of the Magisk Hide feature to further complement your new randomized package name. This is the other part required when trying to get all apps and games to play nicely with your root access.
Many financial or banking apps like to block root users, so that’s another thing to be aware of. To get started, open the newly named “Manager” app to the main screen like before, tap the menu on the left, then head to the “Magisk Hide” entry on the list. Locate the offending app(s) that are detecting your root access and tap the dot on each one to put a checkmark on them. That’s it!
Some apps will have just a single entry on the Magisk Hide list while others could have multiple, such as Pokémon GO. Tapping the down arrow icon will expand the rest of the entries for that specific app. It should enable them all by default when you tap the first dot, but it’s always good to make sure everything is checked off when going through the list of offending apps anyway.
From here, you can dive right into the apps and games that you thought you’d never be able to use as a root user. You don’t have to worry about doing a reboot when using Magisk Hide, but occasionally you might try that if an app is still not playing nice with root access.
The apps and games listed below are just a few good examples you might find yourself using now that you can completely avoid root detection. There are plenty more examples out there that try to block root users, but with the power of Magisk at your disposal, you should have little to no issues whatsoever. There’s always a chance for new root detection methods, but everything is good right now.
Some really cool new development for hiding your root status even further than this is coming with the new test versions of Magisk on Android 10 “Q,” so stay tuned for future news on this very topic. I’ll be updating the guide when we start seeing some stable public builds for everyone to use as a daily driver.