Welcome to our comprehensive guide on rooting Nothing Phone 2 using Magisk. If you own a Nothing Phone 2 and want to unlock its full potential, gain access to advanced customization options, and explore the world of rooted devices, you’ve come to the right place. Rooting your smartphone can open up a whole new realm of possibilities, but it’s essential to follow the right steps to ensure a smooth and successful process. In this article, we will walk you through each step, providing clear instructions and tips to root your Nothing phone 2. Let’s dive in and empower your Nothing Phone 2 by rooting with Magisk root!
STEP 1: Android SDK Installation
To begin, ensure the installation of Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC(Windows, macOS, Linux). These are the official ADB and Fastboot binaries provided by Google, and they are the recommended ones. Download the tools and extract them to a location of your choice on your computer. This process will create the platform-tools folder, crucial for following the steps in this guide
STEP 2: Enabling USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking
To proceed further, you must enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your device. Enabling USB Debugging will allow your PC to recognize your device in ADB mode, facilitating the booting process to Fastboot Mode. Additionally, OEM Unlocking is essential for unlocking the bootloader.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Navigate to Settings on your phone.
- Go to “About Phone.“
- Tap on “Build Number” seven times to enable Developer Options.
- Go back to Settings.
Now, you should see “Developer Options” or “System” or “System & updates“(depending on your device).
Enter the “Developer Options” or “System” menu.
Enable both “USB Debugging” and “OEM Unlocking” from there.
STEP 3: Bootloader Unlock for Nothing Phone 2
In the following step, you must unlock the bootloader of your device. It is essential to note that this process will result in the deletion of all data on your phone and may also void its warranty. If you’re comfortable proceeding with this, please refer to our comprehensive guide on “How to Unlock Bootloader on Nothing Phone 2.” This guide will provide you with detailed instructions on the bootloader unlocking procedure.
STEP 4: Extracting Nothing Phone 2 Boot.img from Payload.bin
To get started, first, download the stock firmware for your Nothing Phone 2. Ensure that you download the exact version that is currently installed on your device.
After downloading the firmware, extract it to a convenient location on your PC. This extraction will provide you with several files, including the payload.bin.
Next, you need to extract the contents of the payload.bin using the Fastboot Enhance Tool.
Once the extraction is complete, you’ll find the boot.img file among the extracted files. Take this boot.img file and transfer it to the platform tools folder on your PC.
STEP 5: Patch Boot.img using Magisk
To begin, download and install the most recent version of the Magisk App on your Nothing Phone 2.
Once installed, open the Magisk App and tap on the “Install” button next to Magisk.
From there, select “Select and Patch a File” option, and then navigate to the location where you have the stock boot.img file. Choose the boot.img file to begin the patching process.
After tapping “Let’s Go” located at the top right corner, Magisk will proceed to patch the boot.img file.
The patched boot.img file will now be available in the “Downloads” folder on your device.To continue, transfer this patched boot.img file to the platform tools folder on your PC.
STEP 6: Entering Fastboot Mode
Begin by connecting your device to the PC using a USB cable. Ensure that USB Debugging is enabled on your device.
Next, navigate to the platform-tools folder on your PC, and in the address bar, type “CMD” and press Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
In the CMD window, enter the following command to boot your device into Fastboot Mode:
“adb reboot bootloader”
Once executed, your Nothing Phone 2 will enter Fastboot Mode.
To verify the Fastboot connection, type in the following command, and you should receive the device ID as a response:
This ensures that your device is properly connected to Fastboot Mode and is ready for further actions.
STEP 7: Boot Nothing Phone 2 using Magisk Patched Boot.img
There are two different methods available to proceed further. You have the option to either directly flash the patched boot.img file [please refer to the FAQ section for more details], or you can opt for the temporary boot method. The latter approach is highly recommended as it allows you to easily test if everything is functioning correctly before making any permanent changes. If all functions smoothly during the temporary boot, you can proceed with the permanent installation.
However, in case things don’t go as planned and your device enters a boot loop or soft brick, there’s no need to worry. A simple normal reboot will resolve the issue. Let’s begin with the second approach. To do so, execute the following command in the CMD window to temporarily boot your device into the rooted OS.
STEP 8: Permanently Root Nothing Phone 2 via Direct Install
Following the execution of the previous command, your device will be temporarily rooted and booted to the OS. Now, let’s make this root permanent:
Begin by launching the Magisk App on your device.
Tap on “Install” and then select “Direct Install.” Proceed by tapping “Let’s Go” located at the top-right corner.
After the installation is complete, click on the “Reboot” button at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Your device will now boot into the rooted OS, and the root access will be permanent.
With this step, you have successfully rooted your Nothing Phone 2 using the Magisk patched boot.img. If you have any inquiries regarding the mentioned steps, feel free to share them in the comments section below.