Zygisk is an advanced rooting technique for Android devices that allows gaining elevated privileges by running code inside the Zygote process. Here’s everything you need to know about Zygisk, including what it is, how it works, its benefits, how to install and use it, and some of the best modules that work with it.
What is Zygisk?
Zygisk, also known as “Zygote Initialization,” is a new method introduced in Magisk v24 to gain root access on Android. It works by injecting code into the Zygote process, which is the parent process for all Android apps.
The name “Zygisk” comes from combining “Zygote” and “Magisk.” By leveraging the Zygote process, Zygisk can hide its presence from apps more effectively than previous Magisk versions.
How Does Zygisk Work?
To understand how Zygisk works, we first need to understand what the Zygote process is and why it is important.
The Zygote process is the first process started when Android boots up. It initializes the Android runtime and common system resources that all Android apps will need. When any new app starts, the Zygote process forks itself, and the child process becomes the new app’s process.
This means all apps share the same parent process – Zygote. By injecting code into the Zygote, any forked child processes will also contain that code. This allows Zygisk to gain root access at a very low level before apps are even started.
Benefits of Using Zygisk
Compared to previous Magisk versions, Zygisk offers several advantages:
- Better root hiding – Since Zygisk starts at the Zygote level, apps have no way to detect its presence. This makes hiding root access much more effective.
- Universal root – Root applies to all apps automatically with Zygisk since they inherit it from the Zygote parent process. There is no need to individually root apps.
- Improved compatibility – Zygisk minimizes conflicts between Magisk and the Android OS, reducing instability issues.
- Additional features – Zygisk enables other powerful capabilities like unified system-wide module installs.
Requirements for Installing Zygisk
Before you can install Zygisk, there are some prerequisites your device must meet:
- You must have an Android device running Android 5.0 or higher
- Your device must have an unlocked bootloader
- You must have a custom recovery like TWRP installed
- Your device should already be rooted with Magisk v20+
Additionally, it is highly recommended to backup your device before proceeding.
Steps to Install Zygisk on Android
Follow these steps carefully to get Zygisk up and running on your Android device:
- Download the latest Magisk APK and transfer it to your device storage.
- Reboot your device into recovery mode.
- Flash the Magisk APK as you would flash a ZIP file. This will patch the boot image.
- Reboot back into Android.
- Open the Magisk app and enable Zygisk under Settings.
- Also enable any additional Zygisk settings you want like app denylisting.
- Reboot your device one more time.
After following these steps, Zygisk will be active and you can start enjoying its benefits and installing modules.
Top Zygisk Modules to Install
One of the best parts of Zygisk is having access to powerful system-wide modules. Here are some great modules to get you started:
- Shamiko – This module specializes in hiding root and Magisk from apps for maximum security. It is a must-have module for Zygisk.
- LSposed – A successor to the famous Xposed Framework that works flawlessly with Zygisk. You can tweak Android at the system level.
- MagiskHide Props Config – This advanced module lets you spoof properties like device fingerprint to pass SafetyNet.
- Universal SafetyNet Fix – An all-in-one module to help pass SafetyNet checks on Zygisk.
- Zygisk Font Loader – Globally install custom fonts on your device’s system with this module.
- Riru – Enhanced Native Stack – Riru provides a bridge to inject code into zygote similar to Xposed.
Zygisk represents the future of rooting on Android. It leverages the Zygote process to enable powerful capabilities not possible before. With Magisk v24+ and Zygisk, you can take full control over your Android device. Just remember to educate yourself on proper usage of Zygisk and always practice common sense for security.