Samsung officially released its new budget-oriented Galaxy A11 back in March this year. It uses an Infinity-O screen design and is priced at about $162. Now, if you wish to root, we’ve provided a simple guide to root Samsung Galaxy A11 using Magisk.

Samsung A11

Samsung Galaxy A11 Specs

The Samsung Galaxy A11 uses a 6.4-inch TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1560 × 720 pixels. It weighs at 177 grams and supports dual SIM card functionality. Samsung Galaxy A11 is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It has a built-in 4000mAh battery, which supports 15W fast charge. The rest of the features include a USB-C interface, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 4.2.

Coming to cameras, the front-facing camera houses an 8MP f/2.0 aperture selfie snapper while the rear setup consists of a 13MP main shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth sensor.

It is available in 2GB/32GB and 3GB/32GB variants.

What is Rooting?

Rooting is basically giving yourself privileges to access features on your phone which either would be blocked by the carrier or the actual provider of the phone. Rooting certain apps will help you increase the battery life (now that’s a lifesaver), make in-app purchases for free, or even increase the speed of your phone’s CPU by overclocking it. In short, a gold mine of apps and an opportunity to enhance your phone experience.

What is Magisk?

Magisk is a systemless rooting system. This basically means that you can modify your phone’s system without making any changes to the core code. Magisk was developed by Topjohnwu and launched in the year 2016, and since then has been widening its horizons with each passing year.

Unlocking Bootloader on Samsung Galaxy A11

  1. Enable “Developer Mode” by tapping the built number 7 times.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Find the Developer Mode.
  4. Enable the OEM Unlock option inside the  Developer Mode.
  5. Turn off your device.
  6. Press Bixby + Volume Down and plug in your device to a PC to boot into download mode.
  7. Long press volume up to unlock the bootloader.
  8. This will wipe your data and automatically reboot.
  9. Now if you wish to install a custom ROM on your device you have to bypass the Vaultkeeper security.
  10. Enable developer options again from the settings, and verify that the OEM unlocking option is still enabled.
  11. The Vaultkeeper service will automatically remove the conditions from the bootloader after it verifies that the user has enabled the OEM unlocking option.
  12. Now your custom firmware will be installed easily and your bootloader will be unlocked finally.

Note: Unlocking your Bootloader may erase your data. So backup all the necessary data before proceeding. Your battery must be above 80 before proceeding with the following steps. Also, by following this guide, your smartphone’s warranty will be void. Gadgetsay is no way responsible for any damage to the device and data.

Rooting Galaxy A11 using Magisk

Creating a patched boot image

  1. Download the same firmware that’s running on your operating system and other required files.
  2. Create a Patched boot image.
  3. Extract the files in downloaded firmware.
  4. Now copy “AP.tar.md5” then transfer your internal storage.
  5. Download and install the latest Magisk Manager app.
  6. Open magisk manager app.
  7. Go to Install > Install > Select and Patch a file
  8. Navigate through the internal storage where you transferred the boot image earlier.
  9. Once the boot image has been patched, Copy the “magisk_patched.tar” file then paste on your computer.

Flashing the patched boot image

  1. You need to download the latest Odin flash tool and extract it.
  2. Open Developer Mode from your phone and enable USB debugging setting before proceeding any further.
  3. Press the volume up and volume down button to boot the device in Download Mode.
  4. Connect your device with PC using the USB Type-C cable.
  5. Open Odin Tool.
  6. When you’re device is successfully connected, the log section will show that the device has been added.
  7. After that, tap on the “AP” button on the Odin flash tool.
  8. Then select the “magisk_patched.tar” file and uncheck the auto-reboot option before proceeding any further.
  9. Now tap on the “start” button.
  10. Once the process gets done, it will show a Pass button on the screen, which means that the flashing had been successful.
  11. Now, press volume down and power button to turn off your Samsung Galaxy A11
  12. After that, press the volume up + power button immediately as soon as the bootup logo appears.
  13. Release the power key but don’t release the volume up key.
  14. After the flash is done, you will be asked to work factory reset.
  15. It will take about 10 minutes to boot the Android system.
  16. Install the Magisk Manager application after the boot is complete.

You can verify the root status in the Magisk Manager app. The phone will reboot eventually. After that enable the Magisk Hide. Then all you’ve to do is to reload the Magisk Manager and check for Safety Net for the green light.

However, in order to get back your warranty, you must uninstall Magisk from your device. The following are the steps: Magisk Manager>Uninstall>COMPLETE UNINSTALL. Once done, you can reboot your device.

Note: Rooting voids the warranty of your Samsung device. The security will be at risk and threats from spyware and malware increases.

Also Read: How to root Samsung Galaxy M20 using Magisk