How To Guide Asus ROG phone 5: unlock bootloader and root guide

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this seftower i have now

It only matters if it was a Tencent device that was converted from CN to WW firmware and then locked, not which version is installed.

Leaving this here because prevention saves devices:
 
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Thanks for the guide. Cannot unlock bootloader. There seems to be very little advice on how to if the company unlock tool does not work? Is there any other way? An while I'm at it? The August 2021 update just came out for this device an I cannot seem to get it installed. I've only had Xiaomi for the last 5 years an this phone is an alien world for me lol? 🙂
 
Thanks for the guide. Cannot unlock bootloader. There seems to be very little advice on how to if the company unlock tool does not work? Is there any other way? An while I'm at it? The August 2021 update just came out for this device an I cannot seem to get it installed. I've only had Xiaomi for the last 5 years an this phone is an alien world for me lol? 🙂

Is it a converted Tencent device? There is lots of documentation about it only being available once, which tends to be the cause of your issue.
 
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Is it a converted Tencent device? There is lots of documentation about it only being available once, which tends to be the cause of your issue.
I don't know? But when I took it out of the freight bag it had no seal? Which is wierd. It just unfolded. Is a 16gb ram 256gb ROM version. An all the data says WW version but other places says tencent? So not sure if it's been relocked?
 
I don't know? But when I took it out of the freight bag it had no seal? Which is wierd. It just unfolded. Is a 16gb ram 256gb ROM version. An all the data says WW version but other places says tencent? So not sure if it's been relocked?

Sounds it. There are two versions of Tencent that come with WW. One will unlock and the other won't. The Asus tool doesn't randomly fail on new devices, so it sounds like the one that won't.

Those are the devices where a seller unlocked, converted, and locked them. Somehow, sellers think it's more important that you're getting WW firmware than preventing you unlocking it in the future and don't bother mentioning it.
 
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That's disappointing. $1260 New Zealand dollars on an unlockable device. Can you at least update the OS?

You should still be able to downloaded updates, move them to the root of sdcard and reboot to install.


Make sure to grab the WW versions. I believe, at the time of posting, the newest is a CN. Click the "Show all" for a full list.
 

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Sounds it. There are two versions of Tencent that come with WW. One will unlock and the other won't. The Asus tool doesn't randomly fail on new devices, so it sounds like the one that won't.

Those are the devices where a seller unlocked, converted, and locked them. Somehow, sellers think it's more important that you're getting WW firmware than preventing you unlocking it in the future and don't bother mentioning it.
I recently got a Tencent version from newegg that had the internation rom on it. The bootloader was locked, but the unlocker worked and I was able to root it no problem.
 

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Help my phone is stuck in fastboot mode and even if I flash the boot it doesn't work I don't know what to do since I need an original file that works for me
 
Help my phone is stuck in fastboot mode and even if I flash the boot it doesn't work I don't know what to do since I need an original file that works for me
 

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hello and thank you very much for the detailed guide.
i was ready to do all that, i always unlock and root my devices so i'm savvy just enough to try, or so i thought.
after using asus unlock tool and rebooting, my phone ended up showing the indicated warning message but proceeded in a bootloop which is not generally a great problem, you can always flash partitions with fastboot !
But in my case the phone doesn't get recognised by "fastboot devices" command in bootloader mode nor in fastbootd (yes i have the latest adb & fastboot package installed with the latest platform tools)
so now i've got a very espensive and fancy paper holder.
if any of you encountered the same problem or maybe knows a way to get the device to be recognised by my pc I'll be very happy to donate for your trouble.
i already downloaded the latest firmware and extracted it with payload_dumper.py.
thank you very much to any of you who will take time to look into my issue.
I new to this. by any chance can you help me how to root my rog 5.
 
I new to this. by any chance can you help me how to root my rog 5.


There is a whole section for it
 

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    Asus rog phone 5 guide

    note: you follow this guide on your own responsibility. also You should note that unlocking via the official Asus app will void warranty and blacklist the device for future otas.

    bootloader unlock:

    ! note that unlocking the bootloader will erase the phone, back up your data before starting !
    - install asus unlock application from asus website (direct link)
    - open the app, scroll to the bottom accept the user agreement
    -scroll to the bottom, click on agree. enter your pin
    - your phone should now reboot and you should see the warning message indicating that you have unlocked bootloader

    ! now if you don't see the warning screen and your phone was not formatted, this means this unlock method didn't work and you should seek other methods !

    updating to the latest ww firmware

    - download the latest firmware zip from asus website (direct link) to Version WW-18.0830.2101.86.
    -move the .zip file to your main storage directory.
    the phone should detect the update file, if it doesn't reboot your device and it should detect it.

    after updating, set up your device, then install magisk app (download link)

    extract the boot.img from the above software downloaded from asus, using payload dumper (google it).

    then copy the extracted boot.img to your phone.
    install magisk.
    open magisk
    click install.
    choose patch boot.img
    once the patch is completed, copy the patched boot.img to you pc
    for further info, magisk patching guide
    on your PC you need to install your device drivers, and ADB & fastboot. and enable usb debugging on your device

    flashing patched boot image
    - open adb, approve the request on your device
    - enter the command
    Code:
    adb devices
    you should see your device and authorized. if not find a guide how to access your device
    -next reboot to bootloader using the command
    Code:
    adb reboot bootloader
    - in bootloader flash the boot.img from above using the following command
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot boot.img
    where boot image should be the address to the location of your boot image.
    if you boot image is on your D:/ drive and in a folder called rootstuff.
    your command should look like this.
    Code:
    fastboot flash boot D:\rootstuff\boot.img

    once you flash the patched boot.img, reboot your phone.
    open magisk app, check your root status you should be rooted.

    congratulations
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    Sorry guys I forgot to mention you need the safety net universal fix module here's the XDA link I forgot to mention that in the video my apologies

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    I put together a video I successfully rooted the phone and passed safetynet. I'm not a YouTuber or anything I just took bits and pieces from this forum and posts and put this video together hopefully it helps somebody

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    Somebody successfully succeeded with the bootloader & Rooting this Asus ROG 5 phone?
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    how did you open the bootloader? using asus app?

    because it did not work before i rooted i was on 2101.86 at the time. i tried goind down to 2100.95 also did not work.

    i had to rent a guy to do it via edl. which he is not sharing the method because he wants to make money
    I updated the firmware to the latest official version, extract the boot.img from the last official firmware, and installed the official unlock tool from the ASUS website, I just had to follow the tutorial.