Hey there, Android enthusiasts! Anderson Cooper here, and today we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of editing the Hosts file on your Android device. I know, it might sound like some fancy tech jargon, but trust me, it’s not as complicated as it sounds. So, buckle up, and let’s get you up to speed!

Reasons to Edit the Hosts File on Your Android Device

Now, you might be wondering, “Why on earth would I want to mess with the Hosts file?” Well, there are actually some pretty good reasons. One of the primary purposes is to block specific websites that you’d rather not visit. We’ve all been there, right? And that’s where editing the Hosts file comes in handy. By using a clever little trick called a loopback IP (, you can bid farewell to those unwanted sites!

The Catch: Read-Only System Partition

Here’s the deal: editing the Hosts file on your Android used to be a piece of cake, but things have changed. The system partition, where the Hosts file resides, has gone read-only. Yeah, I know, a bit of a bummer. But worry not, my friends, because I’ve got you covered with not one but TWO nifty methods to conquer this obstacle!

Method 1: Make the System Partition Read-Write

This method might be a bit more complex, but trust me, it’s worth the effort. Once you’ve made the system partition read-write (r/w), you’ll have the power to make changes to the files in that partition without any extra fuss.

Step 1: Get Root Access via Magisk

First things first, you’ll need to root your device using a nifty tool called Magisk. Don’t worry; it’s not as scary as it sounds. Just follow the guide I’ve linked for you, and you’ll be on your way to Android superpowers!

Step 2: Give the System Partition a Makeover

Next up, we’ll transform that read-only system partition into a friendly read-write one. Once that’s done, you’ll be all set to tweak the Hosts file.

Step 3: Dive into the Hosts File

Now, get yourself a root-supported file explorer and install it. Open it up, tap that cute little hamburger menu, and choose “Root.” You might see a Magisk prompt; just tap “Allow.” Then, navigate to this location:


Step 4: Make Your Edits

Voilà! You’re now staring at the Hosts file. Make the changes you desire, save them, and give your device a restart. Bravo, you did it!

Method 2: The Systemless Hosts Module

Now, if you’re looking for a slightly easier route, the Systemless Hosts Module might be your cup of tea. This method creates a copy of the Hosts file outside the system partition, giving you the freedom to edit it even if the system remains read-only.

Step 1: Root Your Device via Magisk

Yep, we’re going to need Magisk again for this one. Root your device using Magisk, and you’re ready to roll!

Step 2: Enable the Systemless Hosts Module

Launch Magisk, tap on “Settings,” and find the magical “Systemless Hosts” module. Enable it and restart your device.

class="wp-block-heading">Step 3: Time to Edit

As with the previous method, grab a root-supported file explorer, launch it, tap “Root,” and navigate to this location:


Step 4: Work Your Magic

You’ve reached the Hosts file once more! Make those desired changes, save your masterpiece, and restart your device.


Congratulations! You are now equipped with the knowledge to edit the Hosts file on your Android device like a pro. Whether you choose the read-write method or the Systemless Hosts Module, you can now take control of your browsing experience and block unwanted websites effortlessly.

FAQs After The Conclusion

  1. Can I edit the Hosts file without rooting my Android device?
    • As of now, editing the Hosts file requires root access to make changes. So, you’ll need to go through the rooting process before diving into the world of Hosts file editing.
  2. Is it safe to edit the Hosts file?
    • Editing the Hosts file is generally safe if you know what you’re doing. However, be cautious while making changes as improper edits can lead to issues with your device’s network connectivity.
  3. Can I revert changes made to the Hosts file?
    • Absolutely! If you encounter any problems or wish to revert the changes, simply remove or undo the entries you added to the Hosts file.
  4. Will editing the Hosts file affect all apps on my Android device?
    • Yes, any changes made to the Hosts file will affect the entire system. So, if you block a website, it will be inaccessible across all apps and browsers on your device.
  5. Does editing the Hosts file void my warranty?
    • Rooting your device to edit the Hosts file may void the warranty provided by the manufacturer. It’s essential to understand the implications before proceeding.