Several Android Games Including Fortnite Now Running On Rooted Devices Thanks To A New Version Of Magisk

Rooting a smartphone can be very rewarding, it opens a ton of possibilities that have been restricted in locked phones. You can install custom roms, uninstall bloatware and run utility apps that require root access among other things.

But many apps, due to safety concerns actually don’t work on rooted devices. Netflix, Snapchat, many banking apps and several other important apps are blocked from running on rooted devices. This puts rooted devices in a bad position, missing out on important functionality.

But a XDA recognized developer named topjohnwu created Magisk, creating a systemless root, which didn’t modify the original system files. So it was able to work around Google’s Safety Net API, and efficiently hide root from locked apps. Magisk alone negated a lot of negatives of using a rooted device.

Although, Magisk isn’t foolproof, and games like Fate/Grand Order and Fortnite actually detect rooted phones, even when hidden by Magisk. These apps do use the Safety Net API, but also have extra checks in place to block rooted devices.

Fortnite has several million downloads and has become very popular among Android users, so naturally people with rooted phones who were looking forward to playing fortnite will be very disappointed.

But Magisk’s new update actually bypasses these additional checks now, so hiding root with Magisk will infact work with Fortnite. Although it’s only available in the Canary build of Magisk.

The Canary Build is a very early build and it’s expected to have a ton of bugs, so you might want to hold on for a while, if you want a smooth experience.

Indranil Chowdhury
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