Magisk Manager
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The first new build of Magisk Manager in about six months was released last month to the public. We will be discussing some of it’s biggest changes in the new Magisk build.

We used the canary build of Magisk on our device and while it does not have an official version yet you can see version 23010 which is common for the canary builds.

It is suspected that this will be released as version 24 of Magisk. Either that or it will be released as version 1 of Zagist.

Now Zagist or Zygust is a new term coined by the developer of Magisk and it looks to be the next chapter in his root tool for Android.

If you are wanting to try out this version of Magisk on your device that is currently already rooted you’re going to need to go into the settings and change the update channel to the canary. And then let the application update not only itself but also update the root binaries as well.

We installed this canary apk downloaded from the GitHub page and then we rooted the boot image for our Google Pixel 4a.

That way that you can see Android 12 is now officially supported. Now some major changes are happening with this version of Magisk including support for 64-bit only systems and the removal of Magisk hide.

As most modern Android devices are already on a 64-bit system it is the latter change here that is the one many people are upset about right now.

For many, the removal of Magisk hide means that their banking apps will no longer work. This will also prevent workarounds that people have used for many other applications and games including Pokémon Go. But in the grand scheme of things, this has been a long time coming and over the last couple of years, the developer of Magisk had stopped evolving this feature as extensively as before.

This does not mean that Magisk won’t be able to bypass these things in the future, it just means that the developer is working on getting Magisk quote out of the way.

When it comes to hiding the process from third-party applications. Instead of the Magisk application itself being responsible for this in the future with this new build of Magisk specifically designed modules will be able to utilize a new feature called deny list. As a way to hide things from those troublesome apps.

Another big change in this release of Magisk is the removal of the Magisk module repository. This used to be built into the application itself but it’s something the developer has been wanting to do away with for a while and it is finally happening with this release.

We will still be able to install modules ourselves, we’re just going to need to download the Magisk modules from a source and then install them manually.

Now as a guest or Zygist is another new term that you will see in the updated app as we mentioned before. You will see that it is not enabled by default so to turn this feature on we’re going to go into the setting, look down a little bit until you see the Magisk category in the Magisk section and you should see a Zygist toggle there. Once turned on you are instructed to reboot the phone to apply changes because even though this is enabled, it’s still not enabled until we reboot the device.

So, let’s go and restart your phone, and similarly to enabling a Magisk module when we enable the Zygist feature we need to reboot the phone for the changes to take effect.

Once enabled and the phone is rebooted you will see the indication that Zygist is on the front page of the Magisk app. With this enabled it will make Magisk modules even more powerful as it will allow some parts of Magisk to be run in the Zygote.

You can compare this type of feature to full-on mods that are currently already available on Android like “Revroo” and “ls exposed” aka exposed framework. You are going to see this Zygist feature works similarly to those mods and it’s something that we are looking forward to once it has become a more developed feature and is widely supported by the developer community.

With Zygust enabled when we go into the settings of Magisk app we will be now able to enforce the deny list feature. So, we are going to need to toggle that on as well but again we are also going to need to configure the deny list. Which once we go into will just give us a list of the apps and services we have installed.

So, if we wanted to deny any app not only are we going to tap on the box next to the app name or we can also drop down that box to get multiple package names that we can block for the app.

These are the main changes happening in the upcoming stable release of Magisk. The developer is likely going to continue tinkering with this build for the next probably week or so maybe even a month or so before an official stable release gets pushed out.

Now for many of you, you’ll be able to continue using the older versions of Magisk, however, as time progresses there’s going to be more and more changes happening to the Android system, and eventually, such as for Android 12 you will need to update to the latest version of Magisk in order to get the full feature set that it offers.

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