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Unlock Bootloader and Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 (Unofficial)

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By legacy07, Senior Member on 2nd January 2019, 05:59 AM
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Disclaimer :
I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards,
thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed.
If you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you. Hard. A lot

Warranty will be VOID

UNLOCK BOOTLOADER AND ROOT ASUS ZENFONE MAX PRO M2 (Unofficial)

<Device will be formatted, so keep a backup >

Requirements :
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2
Windows / Linux

Instructions :

//unlocking
Phone:
- Go to Setting > System > About Phone and tap on the build number until developer option appears
- Go back to Settings > System > Developer options and enable usb debugging ( If you had already enabled usb debugging, ignore this step)

Windows:
- Download "unlocker" and extract the files
- Go to "adb + asus drivers" folder and install ADB and necessary drivers ( Linux users install adb, fastboot from their respective repositories )
- Go to "unlock" folder
- Open an Elevated command promt there and type :

Code:
 adb devices
( Allow usb debugging box will appear, check "always allow debugging from this computer" and click OK and again enter

Code:
 adb devices
(Device should be listed)

Code:
 adb reboot bootloader
(Device will now enter fastboot )

Code:
 fastboot devices
(Device should be listed )

Now execute unlock.cmd (windows) or ./unlock.sh (linux)

Device will show unlocked bootloader warning, encrypt and reboot
Thats it, Bootloader is unlocked (Don't close the command prompt)

//rooting

- Download the recovery [ TWRP recommended ] and Disable Forced Encryption /data zip (decrypt.zip) from the links provided ( If you are on stock pie rom, use Data Decryption Pie instead )
- Go to "Root" folder of unlocker and copy magisk.apk to phone
- Install magisk (update if available) > open > install > install > Download Zip only
- Note the location of the downloaded zip file and move it from there to sd card
- Move the decrypt.zip to sd card
- Go to sec. //unlocking > Phone to enable usb debugging again
- Copy the recovery image to "unlock" folder, go back to cmd and enter :

Code:
adb devices
adb reboot bootloader
 
fastboot devices
fastboot flash recovery "name-of-the-recovery".img
- power off the device and go to recovery by pressing volume down + power button
- Device will boot into recovery
- If it asks for password, just cancel it
- Wipe > Format data
- Install > Flash decrypt.zip and magisk.zip that we copied to sdcard and reboot
- Finally, go to magisk manager > install > install > direct install
- If you want to move to other recoveries, flash the respective recovery zip
- Reboot and You are done !

To unroot and relock the bootloader, Go HERE


Credits
@Sudeep Duhoon
@legacy07

Downloads:
Unlocker
Recoveries : TWRP / PBRP / OFRP / PERP / SHRP / Batik
Data Decryption
Data Decryption (Pie)

Piece of advice :
If there comes any problem with this unlock process, NEVER try to unlock by official unlock tool, as you will not be able to install custom recovery and finally end up in an unlocked bootloader device with no warranty and no custom recovery to proceed further!!!
in such cases fix the communication between phone and pc, instead of directly jumping to official tool
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2nd January 2019, 12:43 PM |#2  
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Wow..
Anyone try this??
2nd January 2019, 02:39 PM |#3  
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what is the firmware version that is being used in this Indian root image? mine start with ww_xxxxx.....
2nd January 2019, 03:27 PM |#4  
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Will the unofficial way of unlocking void warranty?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dhairy

Will the unofficial way of unlocking void warranty?

Yes. Warranty will be void. But there is always a possibility of relocking bootloader to obtain warranty.
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2nd January 2019, 04:20 PM |#6  
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Was someone able to root successfully?
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Yes. I confirm this works.
2nd January 2019, 04:57 PM |#8  
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Which method did u use
Did u unlocked the bootloader and then flashed masgisk via twrp or via patched boot image method.
2nd January 2019, 05:13 PM |#9  
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Originally Posted by Free Radical

Yes. I confirm this works.


what is your firmware version that you root on?
2nd January 2019, 06:30 PM |#10  
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Quote:
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what is your firmware version that you root on?

Magisk method will work on the firmware released out of the box and also the update.
3rd January 2019, 01:05 AM |#11  
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I am on stock firmware (without the first ota) and it works, nice bro
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