Thanks to xda senior member topjohnwu we can now successfully root the Nokia 6.1 Plus. Yes, that’s right Magisk can be set up on your device which means that you can easily and quickly grant root privileges on your Android based smartphone. The root operation will be detailed during the following guidelines where we will discuss about the advantages and the risks implied by this operation, we will review the essential pre-requisites that must be first applied and, in the end, we will explain the steps that must be followed in order to root your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Root access is possible on the Nokia 6.1 Plus via Magisk. Shortly, this is maybe the easiest way in which you can root your Android based device – all you need to do is to flash the root exploit on your device and that’s it, which means that we can discuss about a method similar with what we used to know as the one-click-root solutions.
The root process will unlock the Android system that runs on your Nokia 6.1 Plus. So, in the end you will manage to remove the built-in factory restrictions which are there to limit your access towards the Android functionality. Therefore, once root is enabled you can gain full control over default features, apps and capabilities. Thus, the best is that once this tutorial is completed you can initiate different tweaks on your device for being able to customize the Android system, optimize general performance and upgrade battery life.
And, in that regard, here are a few examples of procedures that can help you tweak your Nokia 6.1 Plus once root is ensured: you can remove bloatware, you can install root only apps, you can add tools from other sources than Google Play, you can set up custom MODs and kernels, you can update your smartphone with custom ROMs (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), you can overclock or undervolt your Android device and so much more.
One thing should be obvious for you: this is not an official operation and it shouldn’t be associated with your OEM. The root exploit is developed by third party devs and flashing it on your phone will void the warranty flag. Shortly, you will lose the Nokia 6.1 Plus warranty once root is granted. However, the warranty can be restored when needed, but for doing so you will have to reinstall the official Android software on your smartphone – then, you will restore your handset back to its factory state meaning that root will be revoked.
A custom recovery image must run on your phone – as already explained before, you can install Magisk only from a custom recovery environment. Therefore, before doing anything else and before starting to apply the steps from below, learn how to install TWRP recovery on your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
Make a backup and secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and other similar sensible files which might be still required afterwards. Do that because during the root process a hard reset will be initiated – shortly, your personal data, info, accounts and files will be removed from your Nokia 6.1 Plus. That’s why you should now use an external storage device, sync your data with your Google account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or dedicated backup and restore apps from Google Play.
And, additionally, a Nandroid backup might turn out to be extremely helpful – that operation will save the current Android firmware that runs on your phone. So, if something bad happens during the root process you can choose to restore the Nandroid backup package in order to restore your Nokia 6.1 Plus back to stock.
Make sure that a computer is at your disposal because there you have to download the root package. So, your phone and its USB cable should be near you too. And, on your handset you need to enable the USB Debugging option, which can be done from Developer Options. If you cannot find the Developer Options entry (it should be under general Settings) don’t panic and follow: go to About Phone and in there start tapping repeatedly on Built Number; after 7 or 10 repeated taps you will receive the ‘you are a developer’ message.
You should check the power that’s left on your Nokia 6.1 Plus. It is more than recommended to charge your phone before resuming the root operation if the power left is currently lower than 50%. When the power is low your device can get switched off while you try to ensure root access. And, if a sudden shut down will happen you can end up in experiencing software malfunctions – in worst case scenario you can end up in soft-bricking your Android based device, so be careful.
How to quickly and safely Root the Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Power on your computer. Then, access this page and download the root package that’s available for your Nokia 6.1 Plus.
- Save this file on desktop.
- Switch off your phone, wait a few seconds and afterwards access recovery mode.
- In recovery choose to make a hard reset and clear app data cache by picking ‘wipe data factory reset’, followed by ‘wipe cache partition’ and ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and choose to return to Android mode.
- Connect your Nokia 6.1 Plus with your computer – do that by plugging in the USB cable.
- Select the root package on desktop and transfer it on your phone.
- When done disconnect your devices – just remove the USB cord.
- Power off your handset and in the end reach recovery mode again.
- This time, in TWRP recovery tap on Install and load the Magisk app.
- Swipe in order to start the flashing process.
- When it’s done, return to main menu of recovery and choose ‘reboot system now’.
That should be all as root access should be now ensured on your Nokia 6.1 Plus. You can verify the root status on your Android device easily by using the Root Checker app from Google Play – just download and run the tool on your smartphone.
If you have questions or if you want to share your root experience with us don’t hesitate and use the comments field from below. Also, stay close for further tweaks compatible with your Nokia 6.1 Plus, or just search through our ‘how to’ page for similar other Android related tips and tricks. Enjoy.