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[Guide] How to root Nokia phones – Nokia 6.1, 6.1 Plus, 7, 7.1 and Nokia 7 Plus

Root guide for Nokia phones

Several users have asked me for help regarding rooting their Nokia phones. The most common requests come from the owners of Nokia 6.1 Plus (Nokia X6), Nokia 7 Plus, Nokia 6.1, Nokia 7.1, and Nokia 7. Unsurprisingly, Nokia develops all these phones on the same software base – GSI_SDM660. Since the base is the same, it is very similar to install Magisk and root each of these phones.

This guide is one of the easiest and most relevant to root these Nokia phones. So, you do not need to browse the XDA forums where a lot of conflicting and outdated information is present.

Before you begin: Install all pending software updates on the phone so that you are on the latest version. Updates are harder to install when rooted, so, it is better if you start from the latest version in the first place.

Root Method 1: Magisk patched boot images (recommended)

Magisk patched images make it very easy to root a Nokia smartphone. When you boot them, you get a temporary root, which is enough to push Magisk to your stock boot image and gain permanent root. The only requirement for these boot images to work properly is that the security patch installed on your phone should match the security patch indicated in the boot image.

  1. Make sure that your Nokia has an unlocked bootloader. (Read: How to unlock bootloader?)
  2. Check the installed Android security patch on your Nokia phone. Open Settings > About phone > Android version > Android security patch level.

    Android 9 security patch level check
    Check Android security patch level
  3. On your phone: Download and install Magisk Manager APK file. Download Magisk Manager from Github.
  4. On your PC: Download the Magisk patched boot image for the same Android security patch. For example, if you are on May 2019 update, then use patched image for May 2019. Download patched boot image.
  5. Reboot your Nokia to download mode. (Read: How to enter Recovery and Fastboot mode?)
  6. Boot the downloaded Magisk patched image using the following command. Warning: Do not flash it.
    fastboot boot magisk-patched-boot.img

    Note: For devices on Android 10, you might not be able to boot the file directly and the phone will get stuck on Android One screen. In that case, first flash the file to your recovery partition (which does not exist) and then boot it. So, first, run:

    fastboot flash recovery magisk-patched-boot.img

    It will show an error in CMD. After that try to boot the file using the command above.

  7. Wait for the phone to start up. Then open Magisk app. Select No if Magisk asks for additional setup.
  8. You will see “Magisk is installed” and an Install button next to it.
    Magisk install for Nokia phones
    Magisk Direct Install
  9. Press on Install > Install > Direct Install (recommended).
  10. Wait for the installation to finish. Then press on the reboot button to finish it.

The phone will restart, and you will have permanent root. Now you can start using your root apps. Most likely you’ll start off with restroing your apps backed up using Titanium Backup.

Root Method 2: Using TWRP

If you are unable to use the pre-patched images, then you can fall back to the classic method of using TWRP custom recovery.

  1. Backup all critical data from the phone as we will wipe the internal storage.
  2. Ensure that your bootloader is unlocked.
  3. On your PC: Download TWRP recovery for your device from the following links.
  4. On your PC: Download the latest version of Magisk zip. You can download Magisk from Github.
  5. Reboot your Nokia into Download Mode.
  6. Since most TWRP images will have issue in decrypting the userdata, we will wipe it:
    fastboot erase userdata
  7. Now boot the TWRP recovery. Warning: Do not flash it.
    fastboot boot <twrp.img>
  8. When the TWRP loads, copy the Magisk zip file from your PC to the internal storage of the phone.
  9. On your phone: Tap on Install and select the Magisk zip file. Then swipe to confirm the flashing.
  10. Reboot when done.

If all went right, you will have a rooted Android system and you can start using your root apps.

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  • Hi I have Nokia 6.1, using Magisk method to root.
    While booting magisk patched image, my phone is stuck on AndroidOne Screen.
    Please help

  • You write “Updates are harder to install when rooted, so, it is better if you start from the latest version in the first place.” Do you have a link to a guide on how to update a rooted phone? Or is all one needs to do to unroot before updating?

    • Hi Michael, it depends on what you did while rooted. To be able to install incremental updates, you need to ensure that you revert (temporarily) everything to the unmodified state so that update_engine can verify filesystem integrity and then proceed with the installation.
      If you have been using systemless magisk modules, you should follow the OTA update documentation of Magisk (here). That’s all you’ll need to do.

  • Hello, I’m Emmy you unlock my bootloader for me, also I had android 10 update and after getting so many errors i was able to boot the phone it’s now on Android 10 but it’s drain battery very fast n also I got another android 10 update of 1.36GB but have not updated yet so I want to know if I can update it because my bootloader is unlocked.

  • hi !
    I am tech savy person. So whatever was mention here is quite difficult for me comprehend. I need to root nokia 6.1 phone . So, Narendra, can you help me please ?

  • Hi all. I was skeptical about this service at first but this guy is legit. I have a very basic coding understanding and was trying to determine is there anything normal phone users can do on their own. But I was wrong. Narender is the real deal. Plus he is very nice to interact with. I actually gave him a hard time but he was always joyful and supportive. Highly recommend his service. I’m all set with unlocked bootloader. Thanks Narender!

  • So after rooting my nokia 6.1, the phone becomes very slow and unable to use. I tried both methods and got the same problem. Is it because of magisk or my phone just acting up?

    • It shouldn’t be caused due to root, but still, try removing the root. Do you get immediate improvements when you do that?

      • Sorry for slow reply.
        I found out that the adb tool I used was the problem, so I downloaded another adb tool and no more lagging. Didn’t know the adb tool could cause this…

  • Tried the twrp method but the phone storage doesn’t appear on my pc.
    nokia 6.1 bootloader unlocked. Security version June 2018.
    recently downgraded to unlock boot loader.

    • You can try to update to a newer Android version. The latest TWRP releases won’t be compatible with Oreo which is quite old now.

      • None of those work. After the bootloader was unlocked, the phone updated. Is there a walk through for this instead of a description without actual command line?

  • Both methods work well with android 9, but after I upgraded to android 10 it just stuck at the android one logo when I use fastboot boot. Is there anyway to fix this issue?

    • Hi Ron, which device do you have? What I’ve seen is that atleast the Nokia 6.1 won’t boot images anymore. You’ll need to flash them only and for that somebody needs to extract the images every month.
      If you’re using the 6.1 and are on December update, then you can hard flash the patched image i’ve uploaded. For others, I can’t say. Its hard to maintain images for each device separately.

        • I see, I hope you were on December and used the PL2 image. The other images will work, but they will likely break your WiFi if you flash them.

        • Hi, I’m on January patch, Android 10. Tried flashing (and booting) the image from Google Drive (alseo Jan, PL2) but wifi is broken. Then I tried to patch my own backed-up image via Magisk app and flashed it. No luck, it just boot-loops. Any idea why is this happening? Device model is TA-1054

            • The WiFi can break due to mismatch of some code. And that’s acknowledged in the article. That is why we only boot it and not flash it. So, when the booted image loads, you should do “Direct Install” so that it can patch and writeback the actual file from the disk. This will ensure that there is no compatibility issue.
              I do feel that flashing the PL2 image should have worked. But yeah maybe not working due to you being on a custom ROM.
              I am not sure of which image you backed up and how. So, good idea at this point will be flash the Lineage again.

              • Thanks for the reply. There was no option to install in the booted image. It just said “Magisk is installed” with no install button. On Android 9 the button was there. Will try to start fresh then.

                • You need to have a working data connection for the Magisk manager to connect to the server and download the latest zip image. That’s why it didn’t show the update/install button for you :”)

        • You just need to bout it using the commands as mentioned in the article – fastboot boot . If you’re on Android 10, then you might need to flash the images instead. Remember to choose the PL2 images in that case.

  • Is there a way to install TWRP permanently on Nokia 6.1 (2018)? Because it is very inconvenient to wipe the internal storage everytime I want to access to TWRP.

    • You wouldn’t always need to wipe data to boot the TWRP. It should work on just booting too, try it out. Give it your Android password for decrypting. If it fails, then try again by removing the screen lock from Android. I added it because given slow development for Nokia phones, most TWRPs are left unmaintained at some point. And decryption can break at any point after that.

        • Are you using Ayush’s/Impulsion’s newest TWRP? The thing is if the TWRP fails to decrypt, then it won’t make a difference if it is temp booted or has a permanent install into boot image.
          If it doesn’t work, then yeah wipe is the last option.

  • I unlocked the boot loader for my Nokia 6.1(TA-1045) early in 2019 with the paid service.
    However, for some weird reason, i just could not get root with patched image + TWRP back then. So basically, I am still on Android 8.1.0(May 1,2018).
    Do I have to update to Android 9.0 before I can follow the instructions or can I just grab one of the patched images and just go?

    • The patched images should work on any build before Android 10. But some of these images may be patched with an old version of Magisk which may not be supported anymore. So, in that case you’ll have to patch them again using the Magisk Manager app.

  • Hey Mr. Singh, I’m working on trying to root my phone (Nokia 7.1). I’ve managed to hit the OEM unlock and use adb to boot to the bootloader, but now I’m stuck. I can’t get fastboot devices to work (no devices), so I can’t flash TWRP recovery.

    Is the device not actually unlocked, despite the toggle moving to the right? It even required me to input my PIN. I can’t check with the dialpad method.

    I already tried installing all my drivers again, using 15s, minimal, and the latest google drivers. When attempting to install drivers manually, Device Manager said that no valid drivers were found.

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