Take a break from your Day 1 beta duties, and follow along with this post that explains the process of rooting your best Apple iPad or iPhone without having to do some shady jailbreak work.
The easiest way to do it? Install Magisk on your iPhone. Here’s what you need to know.
How to root iPhone
To root your iPhone, you must first know how to remove the lockout/activation flag. The easiest way to do that is to do the following:
Go to Settings → General → About
A pop-up will appear letting you know that you can press the sleep/wake button 5 times, then the power button 5 times, then enter the bootloader to “unlock your bootloader”
At that point, use iTunes to delete and re-install the stock firmware from your computer to revert your iPhone back to stock (easy if you didn’t jailbreak your phone in the first place, or can’t jailbreak at the moment)
Now you’re root-ified! Congratulations!
What you don’t need in Magisk to root your iPhone
Here are some tools you do NOT need in order to root your iPhone:
- Install Magisk Manager.
- Install SuperSU.
- Inject root code into Magisk.
- Remove the DVD/USB cable for your iPhone.
- What you do need in Magisk to root your iPhone
So you’re going to root your iPhone. How are you going to do that?
There’s a good chance you’ve already downloaded Magisk Manager (click here if you haven’t), and installed it.
Download the application that corresponds to your iPhone model (mine is iPhone 6s for now, 6s Plus will be released soon) – I’ve listed each on the Magisk Manager website.
Open the application you downloaded, and use it to put your iPhone into bootloader mode. Click here to see a video guide on how to boot your iPhone into bootloader mode.
Note that you should use a rooted iPhone for this step – and that you can’t root an iPhone that isn’t rooted (like your iPhone 6s).
After booting your iPhone into bootloader mode, you’re ready to move on.
Before moving on to the next part, make sure you go into Magisk Manager, and copy all the following files:
- Magisk Manager
Make sure you put them into a folder called “magisk” – and store them somewhere safe.
Now you’re ready to install Magisk!
To root your iPhone without Magisk Manager, you have to use SuperSU.
Install SuperSU on your computer, and enter the correct folder to download the APK files for your iPhone model. Then, run the provided command line to install SuperSU.
- On my MacBook Pro, I typed:
- $ ./su.sh
- On my Macbook Air, I typed:
- $ ./su.sh macosx
- Next, go back into the magisk folder, and double-click on the file “v0.4.8” to install it.
- Enjoy your root!
That’s it! Congratulations! You’re now rooted. Feel free to play around, and take a look at the contents of the folder “magisk” on your phone.
To restore the device to factory settings, you’ll need the correct software installed on your computer. Follow the next instructions to install it.
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How to restore a factory reset on your iPhone with Magisk
In order to restore the iPhone to factory settings, you’ll need the following software installed on your computer:
Install Magisk Manager on your computer (make sure to save the needed files, and make a folder on your phone called “magisk”), and enter the following into a terminal window:
- $ ./su.sh
- This will copy the necessary files to the phone’s root directory.
- Open a terminal window, and type the following command:
- $ sudo su
This will grant you root access to your iPhone. Your root access will be encrypted, so don’t type this command into an unlocked phone!
NOTE: DO NOT FORGET TO CHECK YOUR ROOT ACCESS SCREEN AFTER YOU TAKE THE ROOT UNLOCKED. You must manually enter the “magisk” folder from your computer.
Restore a factory reset using Magisk Manager
Finally, open Magisk Manager, and click on “On Google” at the top of the window. Enter your Google account password to log in. Then, click “Install”.
Magisk Manager will now do its thing – it will perform a factory reset, and install Magisk Manager. After it’s done, restart your iPhone, and enjoy root access to your device.
Test the installation
Launch Magisk Manager (press and hold the square button on your iPhone), and tap on “Show Setup”. You’ll see a short video (skip to 1:50) showing you the process.
Let the software download the required files, and reboot your iPhone. You’re now running Magisk Manager!
That’s it! You now have root access to your iPhone, and can install any custom ROMs on it. Download the appropriate package from our website, and test them out to see which one is right for you.