How to Root Android 13 (Complete Guide for Samsung Galaxy S21)

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Android 13 is the latest operating system for Android phones that is still being rolled out. At the time of this guide, Android 13 is available for Pixel phones, the OnePlus 10 Pro series, and the Oppo Find X5. If you have updated your phone to Android 13, this guide is for you. Here you will know how to root Android 13.

Android 13 brings many improvements over last year's Android 12. Android 12 is a major UI overhaul and Android 13 takes it to the next level. According to initial reviews, the update brings a great user experience.

Although Android 13 incorporates many new features and improvements, there is still room for further customization. And it can be achieved with root or custom ROM. Since the availability of custom ROMs depends on the specific developer, rooting is the preferred option. If you are new to root, you can follow this guide.

Rooting an Android phone becomes difficult and hence a guide is required. With root access, you can install any themes, fonts and mods to make your normal device look like a flagship phone. This is also useful if there is bloatware and you want to remove it to free up space and speed up the phone.

Guide to root your Android 13 phone

There are several steps to root an Android 13 phone.

1. Unlock bootloader

To root the phone, you have to unlock the bootloader first. But there is a problem, not all phones are allowed to unlock the bootloader. It all depends on the vendor whether they allow unlocking the bootloader or not. If this is now allowed on your phone, you need to seek professional services.

Unlocking the bootloader of the phone will erase all data from the phone and open the door for rooting and installing custom ROMs. Every OEM has a different method for unlocking the bootloader. So you need to check your phone's bootloader guide.

Now, once you have unlocked your phone's bootloader, you can proceed with the rooting steps. You have to follow certain requirements which include the files and tools used for rooting.

Prerequisites for rooting:
  • Make sure to unlock your phone's bootloader
  • Make a full backup of your phone
  • Download firmware for your phone
  • Download the latest Magisk app
  • Install ADB and Fastboot drivers on your phone

2. Root Android 13 Using Patched Images

Let's take a look at the root guide using patched files.

Steps to Repair Boot Image Using Magisk

Magisk is a popular tool that can root Android phones assuming the bootloader is unlocked. Tools make root management easier. Thanks to the developer John Wu. I'm assuming you've met the requirements, so let's get to the steps.
  • First, extract the downloaded firmware to the PC.
  • Now extract the boot.img firmware. If you have a Samsung phone, you can use the AP.tar file instead of boot.img.
  • Copy the boot.img or AP file to your phone.
  • Open the Magisk app on your phone.
  • Select the Install button first.
  • On the next page, select Select and patch a file and select the file you copied earlier.
  • This will start repairing the file and you will get a fixed output in the downloads folder.
  • Move the patched files to your PC.

Install Patched Magisk Files on Android Phone

Almost all phones follow the same process to install patched files. If you have a Galaxy phone then proceed to the next method, otherwise follow this method.
  • Download Platform Tools (Android SDK) to your PC.
  • Now copy the patched files to the Platform Tools folder.
  • Type CMD in the File Explorer location section and press Enter to open a command prompt in the specified location.
  • Turn off your phone and boot into Fast Boot Mode. Connect to PC.
  • Now enter the below command to flash the patched file and root the Android 13 device.
  • fastboot flash boot boot.img
  • Once the boot image is installed, you can reboot your phone into the system.
  • Here it is, you have root access on your Android 13 phone.

Install Patched Magisk Files on Samsung Phones

If you have a Samsung phone running Android 13, the process is a little different. Also, instead of the boot image, we will use the AP patch file. I assume you already have the patched AP file. This method also requires a correct set of USB drivers.
  • Copy the patched AP file to your PC.
  • Open the Odin flash tool on your PC.
  • Turn off your Samsung phone and boot into Download Mode.
  • Connect your phone to PC via USB cable.
  • Once the Odin tool detects your phone, load the patched AP file into the AP tab.
  • After the AP, load the BL , CP and SCC files (which you extracted from the firmware) into their respective tabs.
  • Once done, hit the Start button and it will start flashing.
  • It will give a Pass message when done. Reboot your phone into the system.
  • You will have root access on your Samsung Android 13 phone.

Tip: Another easy way to root an Android 13 phone is to use a custom recovery. But to follow this method, you have to install a custom recovery on your phone. You can use the available custom recovery to flash Magisk files to your Android 13 phone.

If you want to check whether you have root access on your phone or not, you can try a third party root checker or even you can check it in the Magisk app. And once you have root access, you can enjoy all the features which are not available by default.

You can now use all the apps and features that require root access on your Android 13 phone. Also, you can enable features that are disabled by default. And the best thing is that you can use various Xposed modules.

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