12 Best Magisk Modules to Try in 2019

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For the past few days, I’ve tried a bunch of Magisk Modules from popular ones like Viper FXPixel ExperienceApp SystemizerXposed Framework, etc, to lesser-known ones like Pix3lify, QuickSwitch. While you might already know the popular Magisk Modules, below are some lesser-known Magisk Modules that you should try.

Read: 45 Best Root Apps For Android

Before we begin

We need to understand how Magisk works and why it is so popular. So, the traditional way to root your Android is to unlock the bootloader and flash a custom recovery. But starting Marshmallow, Google has blocked many popular root methods by moving the “su” daemon into the /system partition. Thus making it difficult to root Android without changing the /system.

And that’s where Magisk comes in. Magisk unlocks root for your device without altering the “/system” partition. This way, Android cannot detect whether the device is rooted or not and hence all the normal banking apps, DRM apps like Netflix, still work. This makes Magisk quite popular among Android enthusiast.

Now, installing Magisk is pretty much like rooting your device. First, you have to unlock the bootloader,  next, you will also need a custom recovery like TWRP to flash Magisk on your phone. Alternatively, if you already have an unlocked bootloader, you can download Magisk Manager app to flash Magisk directly.

With that out of the way, let’s check out some of the best Magisk Modules. Let’s begin.

1. XMLPak

This module lets you download and use vendor apps from the Google Play Store. For instance, I can download and use Samsung Email which is exclusive to Samsung devices on my Pixel or even the Asus Weather App. One neat app which you can get is the Razer Game Booster App which can boost performance and optimize power settings for mobile games. It can also turn on DND for you while you are gaming on your phone because gaming is serious!

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Read: What is the Best Ad Blocker App for Android? (No Root)

Just a heads up, if you still see the message “Device not compatible”, you need to reset the Play Store and Play Services. To do that, head over to the Settings menu and clear data for both the apps.

Android Version: Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

2. QuickSwitch

QuickSwitch is an extremely niche module. If you are on an OEM launcher like MIUI, EMUI which disables quickly switching between apps; you can use QuickSwitch to change your recent apps provider. Like, I am using One Plus Launcher as my recent apps provider on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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In case you are using One Plus launcher as your default launcher and you experience random crashes. Install QuickSwitch first and set One Plus Launcher as your recent app provider. Reboot the device and then set OnePlus Launcher as the default launcher.

Android Version: Android 9.0 (Pie)

3. liboemcrypto.so disabler

Wondering how to install Netflix on rooted Android?

The most common problem you face after rooting your phone is apps denying to run. A great example is Netflix or My5.tv. These apps won’t run on your rooted device due to DRM protection. This Magisk module masks liboemcrypto.so with a zero byte replacement. This way Netflix can’t identify if your device is rooted and will be available to download from the Play Store.

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Read: How to Completely Remove All Google Apps From Android

The only downside to this module is that Widevine DRM will fall back to L3 instead of L1. Due to this, Netflix won’t playback in HD or higher quality. This is one of the few drawbacks of rooting your device.

If you still aren’t able to use Netflix, make sure Magisk Hide is working.

Android Version: Android 8.0+ (Oreo)

4. iOS12.1 Emoji & Blobmoji

You might already be aware of the Green Bubble vs Blue Bubble theory, to add to that you have iOS Emojis. They have a distinguished look from the stock Google Emojis and are probably better. So, if you are envious about that, you can install the “iOS12.1 Emoji” module through Magisk.

Blobmoji was another wonderful emoticon which Google killed in Android O. However, the development is resumed by simonsmh on GitHub. It is a fork of Noto Emoji. You can flash the emoticons as a Magisk Module and it really brings back the good old Blob-days.

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Android Version: Android 7.0+ (Nougat)

Read: 50+ Open Source Android Apps When You Want to Ditch Google

5. Google Sans Font

While we are on the topic of emojis & beautification, one thing great about the Pixel’s is the font style. I mean you have to use this font in order to understand how great this is. This Magisk Module is named “Google Sans Font” which is the Pixel’s Font name. I flashed the module on my Note 9 and it looks way better than the original OneUI font.

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Read: Best Substratum Themes for your Rooted Android phone

This module replaces the font for your entire phone. So, you get the font in the Settings menu, Phone Dialer, Notification drawer, etc.

Android Version: Android 7.0+ (Nougat)

6. Pix3lify

Well, the name kind of says it all. Pix3lify brings amazing Google Pixel Features to any rooted Android Phone. The Google Sans Font, Blue Accent, Pixel Ringtones, Pixel Wallpapers is one of the best things about the Pixel UI. So, you get all this and also the call screening picture of Pixel, Google Lens, Google Camera, Settings Gestures, Digital Wellbeing, etc.

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Android Version: Android 8.0+ (Oreo)

7. Oxy-ify

Oxy-ify functions similar to Pix3lify with the only difference that it ports Oxygen OS features to any rooted Android device. Oxygen OS is one of the cleanest and slickest Android skins. You get the One Plus modded launcher, One Plus’s Slate Font, One Plus boot animation, One Plus Weather app, etc. When you replace it this with something like OneUI, the phone feels extremely slick and responsive.

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Android Version: Android 8.0+ (Oreo)

8. Dolby Atmos Sound

If your device has a pretty feebly sounding speaker, you should try out Dolby Atmos Sound. It is second to Viper Music FX but Viper doesn’t work on every Android device. It’s not going to do magic with your speaker but certainly boosts the audio output coming from it. You will notice a huge improvement in sound quality and loudness if you stream music over Spotify or any other online streaming app.

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Dolby Atmos also provides you with an inbuilt equalizer which lets you fine-tune music for the speaker as well as audio devices connected to the phone. The module is removed from Magisk due to license issues but you can download it from the link below.

Download Dolby Atmos Sound

Android Version: Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

9. Universal GMS Doze

Android introduced Doze mode in Android Nougat which keeps your phone apps in hibernate mode. When your phone is locked and lying on the desk, Android puts it to deeper sleep mode disabling the apps to run. An exception to this app list is Google Play Services. Google doesn’t put its own apps to Doze mode. So, if you have a phone like Pixel with average battery life, you should try Universal GMS Doze which even puts the GApps to doze mode.

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Download Universal GMS Doze

Android Version: Android 7.0+ (Nougat)

10. Camera2API Enabler

Talking about the Google Camera app, OEMs like Xiaomi, Huawei restrict third-party apps to use the camera hardware. This restricts GCam from functioning on the device. In order to use GCam or third-party camera modules, you need to enable Camera2API. This can be done manually by altering a single line in the build.prop system file. But in case that feels too much work, you can install Camera2API Enabler module from Magisk. The module does all the complex work for you and enables Camera2API

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Download Camera2API Enabler

Android Version: Android 5.0+ (Lollipop)

11. ARCore/Playground Patcher

AR being a recent phenomenon is not available on older phones like my Moto G. Part of the reason being that the hardware is not capable enough to handle AR games or apps for a longer time. However, if you want to still try those apps on your older phones, “ARCore/Playground Patcher” can do the job. It downloads the Google ARCore app for you and lets you run those AR games and apps.

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12. YouTube Vanced

No mod list can be complete without YouTube Vanced. YouTube Vanced is a separate app which you can download from there website. But, YouTube Vanced with Magisk is a whole new world. It unlocks a couple of features such as PiP (picture-in-picture) mode, signing with your Google account. However, you need to use microG if you want to login with your Google Account.

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Android Version: Android 8.0+ (Oreo)

Closing Words

Magisk Modules are a way of adding additional features to your rooted Android device. In case you want to modify the look of your Android device, Substratum Themes are a great way to dive in. Here is our detailed article on How to apply Substratum Themes and best Substratum themes.

For any issues or queries regarding Magisk or rooting, let me know in the comments.

Pratik

Works as an In-House writer at TechWiser



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