ZenFone 2 Gets Root

Root Check

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

With its removable storage, dual SIM support and up to 4 GB of RAM, all for the insanely-low starting price of $249 CAD / $199 USD unlocked, it’s easy to see why the Atom-powered ASUS ZenFone 2 is such a hit. And now, thanks to some clever XDA-types, there are two ways you can root this device and make it your own.

The catch? Both are exploits, and Windows-only ones at that.

Here’s the procedure, straight from XDA:

Method 1: ONE-CLICK root

  • Download the Asus Zenfone quick one-click root package
  • Unzip the package
  • Enable USB debugging (Settings > Phone info > Tap build 7x > Back button > Developer options > USB debugging)
  • If you don’t already have ADB drivers installed, you may need to download and install them (most PCs have them already, but trying installing these if you’re having trouble getting your PC to issue commands to the phone via USB)
  • With your phone on, attach it to PC via USB
  • Run ‘Root_zenfone.bat’
  • To unroot, use ‘xoa_root’ or unroot through SuperSU in Android

Bam, done.

Method 2: Root through temporary CWM

This is a temporary CWM with the primary purpose of injecting SuperSU onto your Asus Zenfone 2. It doesn’t permanently replace recovery. This process looks long, but really is bam 1,2,3 done. Just laid out step by step for the newbie.

  • Download the Asus Zenfone temporary CWM package
  • Unzip the package
  • Copy SuperSU.zip to the base of your SD card
  • Enable USB debugging (Settings > Phone info > Tap build 7x > Back button > Developer options > USB debugging)
  • If you don’t already have ADB drivers installed, you may need to download and install them (most PCs have them already, but trying installing these if you’re having trouble getting your PC to issue commands to the phone via USB)
  • With your phone on, attach it to PC via USB
  • Run ‘cai_dat_CWM.bat’ from the CWM package
  • In the black command window that opens, type ACCEPT
  • Type T4
  • Phone will reboot into fastboot and you’ll see commands being issued from the PC cmd window copying the temporary recovery
  • You may see some funked up images on your display for a bit. Remove the USB cable and within 30 seconds should then see it booted into CWM
  • Select install update
  • Navigate to SuperSU.zip and install

Bam, done.

With your phone rooted and Chainfire’s SuperSU installed you can now banish ads forever with AdAway and take control of egregious app permissions with XPrivacy. Unfortunately, until ASUS publishes a factory image and/or kernel source there will be no custom ROMs for the ZenFone 2.

Source: [Root] Newbie quick ONE-CLICK | Zenfone 2 root | ZE500 ZE550 ZE551 | Temporary CWM

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