Nokia 6.1 can be easily tweaked as the Magisk apk can be now successfully flashed. Yes, root access can be granted on your phone and that’s exactly the subject which will be discussed during the following lines. So, check all the guidelines from this tutorial if you want to learn how to safely and quickly root your Nokia 6.1 – don’t worry we will also review the risks and the essential pre-requisites that should be first applied.
Root is a powerful operation that can be extremely useful especially if you are an advanced Android user, or if you want to become one. Once this operation is completed you can customize, optimize and personalize your smartphone in order to obtain better results regardless of the processes you want to run on your device. Basically, with the right tweaks performed you can improve the Nokia 6.1 general performance and you can upgrade the battery life. Also, you can customize the Android UI and optimize the built-in apps, features and capabilities.
That’s possible because during root the factory and default restrictions are removed from the Android core system. In a few words, you gain full control over the Android functionality that’s powering your Nokia 6.1. And because of that you can afterwards choose to perform one of the following processes: set up custom MODs and kernels, install root-only apps, flash apps from other sources than Google Play, update your device with custom ROMs such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, overclock or undervolt CPU frequencies and so much more.
Of course, removing factory restrictions from your Nokia 6.1 cannot be an official operation – this process is not supported by your OEM or by Google. Well, that’s why you are going to complete an unofficial operation and that’s why we must now talk about the most important downside when it comes to the root process: you are going to lose your phone’s warranty – if something bad happens you will be by yourself as you won’t be able to return your device back to service. However, the warranty can be restored afterwards, if that’s required, but only if you choose to reinstall the stock / official Android OS on your handset – of course, then the root access will be revoked and your device will be restored back to its factory state.
Backup your Nokia 6.1 before gaining root access. Save everything that might be required afterwards as during the root process a full wipe will be initiated – as you will see, you will need to make a hard reset and clear app data cache, operations which will remove everything that wasn’t there from day one: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and similar other packages. On your Android based device you can already use the syncing functionality within your device and your Google account, or you can use other dedicated backup and restore tools: you can use Nokia’s cloud storage services, you can use an external storage device or you can just download already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.
You can root your Nokia 6.1 only if you can flash the Magisk APK. Thus, a custom recovery image will be required on this case. Therefore, before heading towards the root steps from below learn how to replace the stock recovery that runs by default on your phone with a custom software – in that regard you can use our previous tutorial that explains this process in detail: just follow ‘install TWRP recovery on Nokia 6.1’.
And since TWRP recovery is now running on your phone, you should also consider a Nandroid backup before doing anything else. By making a Nandroid backup you can save the current Android OS that runs on your device. So, if something wrong happens while the root process is performed you will be able to go back to stock by flashing the Nandroid backup package.
A computer is needed as this is a manual operation – don’t worry, the computer will be required only for downloading the root package (the root file will be then flashed on your Nokia 6.1 from TWRP recovery).
On your smartphone you have to check the USB debugging feature. This option is located under Developer Options within General Settings. If Developer Options is missing, don’t panic; just navigate towards About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number, for 7 or 10 times, until you receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
It’s important to verify the power left on your phone before starting the root operation. If that power is lower than 50% our recommendation is to plug in the charger first. Otherwise your handset might just get turned off while you try to unlock its Android OS and if a sudden switch off happens you also risk to soft-brick your Nokia 6.1 – different malfunctions can be caused, so be precautious and charge your phone first if that’s required.
How to Root Nokia 6.1
- Power on your computer and access this page. From there download the root exploit which will be then flashed on your smartphone. Just place it on desktop.
- In the meantime, power off your Android device and wait until this operation is completed.
- Then, reboot recovery mode on your Nokia branded handset.
- In recovery initiate a full wipe by choosing ‘wipe data factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery mode environment and choose to go back to Android mode.
- Connect your Nokia 6.1 with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- From desktop select the root package and transfer it on your smartphone; when that’s done, disconnect your handset from your computer.
- Reboot your Nokia 6.1 into recovery mode again.
- There, tap on Install and just pick the root file.
- Swipe in order to start the flashing process.
- When done, from main menu of recovery tap on Reboot.
- That’s all.
Good work; root access should be now granted on your Nokia 6.1 – you can verify that easily and quickly by using the Root Checker app from Google Play. You can share your root experience with us by using the comments field from below. For other tweaking options available for your phone search through our ‘how to’ page or stay close to us. Enjoy.