ROOT ZENFONE 5 KITKAT UPDATED(bootloader unlock,recovery)

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RajGopi

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WARNING: this method of rooting voids your phone's warranty
because you can flash system as usual and as it used to be, so don't worry
root with your own risk

this method works for WW SKU(i don't know about other SKU images but you can always give a try if you are on other SKU)

here am posting two methods of rooting

whatever the method it is , all we need is our zenfone 5 to be rooted. right??
one is root process by shakalaca and you can find his post here(use google translate in his page)(you can find the english translated here in the end of this post)
the second process is here as i posted below

make sure you have adb n fastboot drivers, intel mobile usb drivers, asus usb drivers
usb debugging must be turned on(settings-->developer options)
to get developer options goto settings-->about-->build number(tap on it 7times) now go back n u will find developers options

first of all download the bootloader.zip attached below
download SuperSU flashable zip attached below and place this UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.02.zip file into your internal storage(lets flash it later why so hurry?)
extract the bootloader.zip and place the extracted files in your adb or fastboot folder(or simply place them in c:\users\xxx )
turn on the usb debugging option(settings-->developer options-->usb debugging)
connect your zenfone 5 to your windows pc
open command prompt on your computer and run these following commands
adb devices(you will see your device serial number)
adb reboot-bootloader(now your device will boot(startup) in droidboot menu
fastboot flash dnx dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin
fastboot flash ifwi ifwi_ctp_a500cg_unlock.bin
now your bootloader is unlocked so that we can flash custom recovery

best part: it is unofficial bootloader unlocking and when you update the next firmware via OTA the bootloader relocks by itself(yep you will receive OTA updates even after this)

my bootloader relocked after OTA update ofV2.19.40.18 n it relocked my bootloader
now i hope u unlocked your bootloader
download this recovery recovery_philz_t00f.tar(attached below)
extract it and you wil find the recovery_philz_t00f.img file
place that recovery in your fastboot folder and run these following commands
fastboot reboot-bootloader
fastboot devices (just to make sure your device is connected)
fastboot flash recovery recovery_philz_t00f.img
give it time to write the recovery( takes 3-4 seconds)
now that you have philz recovery
now run this command
fastboot reboot-bootloader
now your Zenfone reboots to bootloader menu and select recovery option by scrolling down(use volume-) and select( use power button)
u can disconnect your device now and u are in recovery
the recovery is a little bit laggy but works fine
select the option install zip from sd card
select the UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.02.zip file that u placed in your internal storage earlier
now you have options to say yes or no.. select yes and let the recovery flash SuperSU
I hope u have flashed successfully
now opt for reboot system now
guess what your ZenFone is rooted Buddy
check it using any root checker app or install any root related app or you can check that SuperSU is working without any error


screenshots????
well attached below for proof


Want to relock the bootloader??
i suggest you not to relock the bootloader coz the OTA update relocks the bootloader automatically
still want to relock bootloader?
read below posts before relocking the bootloader because some members faced problems

here you go
refer to this link
http://www.asuszenfoneblog.com/2014/09/how-to-relock-bootloader-on-asus-zenfone.html


Stuck at USB logo????
WELCOME BACK
here is the solution:
flash this modified stock recovery https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvauuk0tzid1o3i/1.18.40.9_ww_recovery.img?dl=0 in droidboot menu
fastboot flash recovery <filename>.img (filename can be anything or the name of recovery you downloaded from above)
download the last JB update package V1.18.40.10
now goto recovery n wipe data/cache
then sideload the JB update package V1.18.40.10(how to sideload????? explained below)
it will work for sure
after updating wipe data n cache again
now reboot system n go through initial setup n everything will be fine
well you will be on JB now but if you want Kitkat then sideload the Kitkat update package
and follow the root process from the beginning
finally i suggest you not to relock the bootloader because when you sideload the update it will relock the bootloader)


OTA updates are available after rooting by this process
yes OTA updates are still available(even if the bootloader is unlocked)
image attached below to show ota update
i got OTA update of 2.19.40.18_20141003_8008 release-keys and downloaded it n updated successfully without any issues
if you can't find OTA update from your ZenFone 5 then download the update package from asus website
whenever you get OTA update check for ASUS website and download the package from there
here is the link to asus website for downloading future updates http://www.asus.com/in/Tablets_Mobile/ZenFone_5_A500CG/HelpDesk_Download/
there just click on select OS and select android and then you will find the update packages
after downloading the package extract it and u will fing another zip of name like UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip
place that .zip file in your internal storage and the system detects it as update file and notifies you whether to update
if it fails then sideload the update via ADB

applying OTA updates via adb

Just download the package from the ASUS website stated above(click on the link)
place the package UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip to your adb or fastboot folder
now enter into droidboot menu(power off your phone and hold power button+volume up till you see droidboot menu) of your Zenfone 5 and connect it to your PC
now scroll down(use volume keys) to recovery and select it(use power key) and your phone will boot to recovery
now that you are in recovery(you can see a droid symbol lying down with red triangle over its stomach)
press n keep holding volume down button, press volume up button(press vol+ button while still vol- button holding)
now you will see recovery commands
scroll to apply update from ADB
now open the command prompt on your PC and type this following command
adb sideload UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip
now wait for the process to complete till 100%
now the system update starts and HURRAY you just updated the firmware successfully


(if you have installed xposed framework or Lucky Patcher then you have to follow these steps before updating 2.19.40.18_20141003_8008 release-keys)
for those who have xposed installed on Zenfone 5 the latest update will fail
but here is the solution for that
open the .zip package of firmware you have present on your Zenfone 5
for example the UL-ASUS_T00F-ww-V2.19.40.6-user.zip
open it using winrar and navigate to system/framework
find the files core.odex
core.jar
services.jar
services.odex

drag them out on your desktop
now copy them into your internal storage
now use a file manager like ROOT EXPLORER and navigate to /system/framework
delete the core.odex
core.jar
services.jar
services.odex
files because these are patched by xposed framework and wont let the system to update
now after deleting the patched files
move the files
core.odex
core.jar
services.jar
services.odex
files you dragged from zip package and pasted in your internal storage to the folder/system/framework and change the permission to like this rw-r--r--
image attached below
Screenshot_2014-10-08-11-52-01%5B1%5D.jpg

for all the four file(now you restored all the system actual files)
now update it using OTA or by ADB SIDELOAD it wont give you any error
i did this and i updated sucessfully
you will lose root access for the first boot but dont worry
reboot your device again and you will get back the root access
happy updating


root process by shakalaca

enable USB DEBUGGING in settings-->developer options
now download this package root by shakalaca and open in your windows pc
extract it and connect your Zenfone to pc in normal mode
do not remove or unplug your zenfone during this process
now double the root-zenfone-5-ww.bat(select tw if your SKU is TW or CHT if its CHT SKU)
follow instructions
now sit back and relax
dont panic during this process your zenfone reboots many times(like 6 times i guess)
and when it says finished just look out for SuperSU in your App Drawer
and yes you are rooted

sorry for grammatical errors(if any)
 

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After done this.. have u done relock bootloader?
Do u think we still can get/do ota/sideload update whenever available later?

Updates:
Well good to know u've removed step to use official Asus apk to unlock bootloader in ur guide. So my reply posted in this thread r no longer relevant bcoz all of it regarding question on that official apk. Glad u finally accept my suggestion not to use that apk since we can unlock bootloader via adb (unofficially), & most important it is safer for our device (by not sending any device id such as imei etc to Asus) :good::good::good::cool:
 
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Does it need to be online?

Guys.. when ya run UnLock_A500CG_a500cg_platform_rel.apk, does it require u to be online? Have someone check what it can access that mentioned during waiting u to proceed with installation.
 

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Guys.. when ya run UnLock_A500CG_a500cg_platform_rel.apk, does it require u to be online? Have someone check what it can access that mentioned during waiting u to proceed with installation.

yes you need to be online at least at the last stage of UnLock_A500CG_a500cg_platform_rel.apk where you see the unlock button in the last step of unlocking bootloader
don't worry about wifi issues or data issues because it wont give you any wifi issues or data issues after unlocking bootloader
 

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How about putting the original black asus boot logo? is there a way for that?
 

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i don't know how to bring back that logo on boot
sorry :(

Even if i flash with Stock Firmware will i get white asus boot?

---------- Post added at 04:21 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:45 AM ----------

I just flashed with stock KK everything went back to normal.... boot is black again hehe.
 

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to relock the bootloader

Extract the recovery.img,fastboot.img and boot.img from the update package and flash them using fastboot commands
it ensures that all system files are flashed back before relocking the bootloader
if you done all above then refer to this link
http://www.asuszenfoneblog.com/2014/09/how-to-relock-bootloader-on-asus-zenfone.html

or here it is
drag out the ifwi.zip file from the update package like UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.40.10-user.zip
from the ifwi.zip file drag dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin and drag out ifwi_ctp_a500cg.bin
then open your command prompt and run the following commands
fastboot flash dnx dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin
fastboot flash ifwi ifwi_ctp_a500cg.bin
fastboot reboot-bootloader

It relocks your bootloader

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Even if i flash with Stock Firmware will i get white asus boot?

---------- Post added at 04:21 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:45 AM ----------

I just flashed with stock KK everything went back to normal.... boot is black again hehe.

You mean u flashed the UL_ASUS-T00F-WW-2.19.40.10-USER.ZIP flashed again and you got black logo back???

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Yup it did, but it messed up my Root... so i flashed recovery v17 then V18 firmware. then Manual Update via ADB :)
 

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Help.

unknown partition 'recovery_philz_t00f.img'
error: cannot determine image filename for 'recovery_philz_t00f.img'
 
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I follow this TUT for rooting and i succeeded but just ask if i can update via OTA??

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    Support to issues will no longer be considered as i don't own the device now
    thread will be closed as soon as moderators respond to my request of removal of this thread

    WARNING: this method of rooting voids your phone's warranty
    because you can flash system as usual and as it used to be, so don't worry
    root with your own risk

    this method works for WW SKU(i don't know about other SKU images but you can always give a try if you are on other SKU)

    here am posting two methods of rooting

    whatever the method it is , all we need is our zenfone 5 to be rooted. right??
    one is root process by shakalaca and you can find his post here(use google translate in his page)(you can find the english translated here in the end of this post)
    the second process is here as i posted below

    make sure you have adb n fastboot drivers, intel mobile usb drivers, asus usb drivers
    usb debugging must be turned on(settings-->developer options)
    to get developer options goto settings-->about-->build number(tap on it 7times) now go back n u will find developers options

    first of all download the bootloader.zip attached below
    download SuperSU flashable zip attached below and place this UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.02.zip file into your internal storage(lets flash it later why so hurry?)
    extract the bootloader.zip and place the extracted files in your adb or fastboot folder(or simply place them in c:\users\xxx )
    turn on the usb debugging option(settings-->developer options-->usb debugging)
    connect your zenfone 5 to your windows pc
    open command prompt on your computer and run these following commands
    adb devices(you will see your device serial number)
    adb reboot-bootloader(now your device will boot(startup) in droidboot menu
    fastboot flash dnx dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin
    fastboot flash ifwi ifwi_ctp_a500cg_unlock.bin
    now your bootloader is unlocked so that we can flash custom recovery

    best part: it is unofficial bootloader unlocking and when you update the next firmware via OTA the bootloader relocks by itself(yep you will receive OTA updates even after this)

    my bootloader relocked after OTA update ofV2.19.40.18 n it relocked my bootloader
    now i hope u unlocked your bootloader
    download this recovery recovery_philz_t00f.tar(attached below)
    extract it and you wil find the recovery_philz_t00f.img file
    place that recovery in your fastboot folder and run these following commands
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    fastboot devices (just to make sure your device is connected)
    fastboot flash recovery recovery_philz_t00f.img
    give it time to write the recovery( takes 3-4 seconds)
    now that you have philz recovery
    now run this command
    fastboot reboot-bootloader
    now your Zenfone reboots to bootloader menu and select recovery option by scrolling down(use volume-) and select( use power button)
    u can disconnect your device now and u are in recovery
    the recovery is a little bit laggy but works fine
    select the option install zip from sd card
    select the UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.02.zip file that u placed in your internal storage earlier
    now you have options to say yes or no.. select yes and let the recovery flash SuperSU
    I hope u have flashed successfully
    now opt for reboot system now
    guess what your ZenFone is rooted Buddy
    check it using any root checker app or install any root related app or you can check that SuperSU is working without any error


    screenshots????
    well attached below for proof


    Want to relock the bootloader??
    i suggest you not to relock the bootloader coz the OTA update relocks the bootloader automatically
    still want to relock bootloader?
    read below posts before relocking the bootloader because some members faced problems

    here you go
    refer to this link
    http://www.asuszenfoneblog.com/2014/09/how-to-relock-bootloader-on-asus-zenfone.html


    Stuck at USB logo????
    WELCOME BACK
    here is the solution:
    flash this modified stock recovery https://www.dropbox.com/s/xvauuk0tzid1o3i/1.18.40.9_ww_recovery.img?dl=0 in droidboot menu
    fastboot flash recovery <filename>.img (filename can be anything or the name of recovery you downloaded from above)
    download the last JB update package V1.18.40.10
    now goto recovery n wipe data/cache
    then sideload the JB update package V1.18.40.10(how to sideload????? explained below)
    it will work for sure
    after updating wipe data n cache again
    now reboot system n go through initial setup n everything will be fine
    well you will be on JB now but if you want Kitkat then sideload the Kitkat update package
    and follow the root process from the beginning
    finally i suggest you not to relock the bootloader because when you sideload the update it will relock the bootloader)


    OTA updates are available after rooting by this process
    yes OTA updates are still available(even if the bootloader is unlocked)
    image attached below to show ota update
    i got OTA update of 2.19.40.18_20141003_8008 release-keys and downloaded it n updated successfully without any issues
    if you can't find OTA update from your ZenFone 5 then download the update package from asus website
    whenever you get OTA update check for ASUS website and download the package from there
    here is the link to asus website for downloading future updates http://www.asus.com/in/Tablets_Mobile/ZenFone_5_A500CG/HelpDesk_Download/
    there just click on select OS and select android and then you will find the update packages
    after downloading the package extract it and u will fing another zip of name like UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip
    place that .zip file in your internal storage and the system detects it as update file and notifies you whether to update
    if it fails then sideload the update via ADB

    applying OTA updates via adb

    Just download the package from the ASUS website stated above(click on the link)
    place the package UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip to your adb or fastboot folder
    now enter into droidboot menu(power off your phone and hold power button+volume up till you see droidboot menu) of your Zenfone 5 and connect it to your PC
    now scroll down(use volume keys) to recovery and select it(use power key) and your phone will boot to recovery
    now that you are in recovery(you can see a droid symbol lying down with red triangle over its stomach)
    press n keep holding volume down button, press volume up button(press vol+ button while still vol- button holding)
    now you will see recovery commands
    scroll to apply update from ADB
    now open the command prompt on your PC and type this following command
    adb sideload UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.XX.X-user.zip
    now wait for the process to complete till 100%
    now the system update starts and HURRAY you just updated the firmware successfully


    (if you have installed xposed framework or Lucky Patcher then you have to follow these steps before updating 2.19.40.18_20141003_8008 release-keys)
    for those who have xposed installed on Zenfone 5 the latest update will fail
    but here is the solution for that
    open the .zip package of firmware you have present on your Zenfone 5
    for example the UL-ASUS_T00F-ww-V2.19.40.6-user.zip
    open it using winrar and navigate to system/framework
    find the files core.odex
    core.jar
    services.jar
    services.odex

    drag them out on your desktop
    now copy them into your internal storage
    now use a file manager like ROOT EXPLORER and navigate to /system/framework
    delete the core.odex
    core.jar
    services.jar
    services.odex
    files because these are patched by xposed framework and wont let the system to update
    now after deleting the patched files
    move the files
    core.odex
    core.jar
    services.jar
    services.odex
    files you dragged from zip package and pasted in your internal storage to the folder/system/framework and change the permission to like this rw-r--r--
    image attached below
    Screenshot_2014-10-08-11-52-01%5B1%5D.jpg

    for all the four file(now you restored all the system actual files)
    now update it using OTA or by ADB SIDELOAD it wont give you any error
    i did this and i updated sucessfully
    you will lose root access for the first boot but dont worry
    reboot your device again and you will get back the root access
    happy updating


    root process by shakalaca

    enable USB DEBUGGING in settings-->developer options
    now download this package root by shakalaca and open in your windows pc
    extract it and connect your Zenfone to pc in normal mode
    do not remove or unplug your zenfone during this process
    now double the root-zenfone-5-ww.bat(select tw if your SKU is TW or CHT if its CHT SKU)
    follow instructions
    now sit back and relax
    dont panic during this process your zenfone reboots many times(like 6 times i guess)
    and when it says finished just look out for SuperSU in your App Drawer
    and yes you are rooted

    sorry for grammatical errors(if any)
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    to relock the bootloader

    Extract the recovery.img,fastboot.img and boot.img from the update package and flash them using fastboot commands
    it ensures that all system files are flashed back before relocking the bootloader
    if you done all above then refer to this link
    http://www.asuszenfoneblog.com/2014/09/how-to-relock-bootloader-on-asus-zenfone.html

    or here it is
    drag out the ifwi.zip file from the update package like UL-ASUS_T00F-WW-2.19.40.10-user.zip
    from the ifwi.zip file drag dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin and drag out ifwi_ctp_a500cg.bin
    then open your command prompt and run the following commands
    fastboot flash dnx dnx_fwr_ctp_a500cg.bin
    fastboot flash ifwi ifwi_ctp_a500cg.bin
    fastboot reboot-bootloader

    It relocks your bootloader

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    yeah here you go

    After done this.. have u done relock bootloader?
    Do u think we still can get/do ota/sideload update whenever available later?

    yeah, have you ever tried to relock your zenfone 5? using that app too? or another app?


    read the first post
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    yeah, have you ever tried to relock your zenfone 5? using that app too? or another app?

    yep i tried relocking
    i even got ota update of V2.18.9.40.18
    screenshot attached below
    remove .zip extension and rename it to .jpg extension
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    Enjoy

    Nice! Finally updated rooting method for Zenfone 5 (KitKat). Thanks for sharing.

    Sent from my ASUS_T00J using XDA Free mobile app

    hit thanks button if it helped you in rooting
    enjoy being rooted
    :good: :good: :good: