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

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nice_guy75

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you only need to unlock bootloader once, unless you relock back your bootloader, then you have to unlock again

things you need
twrp, decrypt.zip and the firmware
oh yeah you need to edit something inside firmware file zip... here https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78667159&postcount=29

you will lose your data!
wipe data, system, cache, dalvik
install>flash the firmware
install>flash decrypt.zip
reboot to system

@watatara.102, I have some how managed to rectify that bug report generation on v186. I had to install v179 and v186 for 2-3 times for different reasons, and now v186 is working fine without that bug report generation on reboot. I have installed xposed SDK27 v90b3 and xposed is also working fine, earlier my camera was not working on v90b3, but now camera is also working fine with xposed. I don't know why, my banking apps were not working (when xposed was not installed) even after hiding root from them in Magisk, so I can use xposed as well. :):):)
 

nice_guy75

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1. There is no such commands like "adb reboot recovery" / "fastboot reboot recovery" / "fasboot boot recovery.img"... written in the guide. I don't understand why you guys complaining here about those commands not working
2. If you follow the guide exactly as it says and still getting errors, the problem is only with your fastboot/adb drivers.


3. If you are not following the guide and complaining about facing problems, I seriously don't know what to think

@#ArtFuL, "adb reboot recovery" and "fastboot boot recover.img" these two commands I have been using since long. "adb reboot recovery" command is working even with Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 but "fastboot boot recovery.img" is not working. You can check these commands over here: https://handsetgeek.com/adb-fastboot-commands.html
 

legacy07

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    @#ArtFuL, "adb reboot recovery" and "fastboot boot recover.img" these two commands I have been using since long. "adb reboot recovery" command is working even with Asus Zenfone Max Pro M2 but "fastboot boot recovery.img" is not working. You can check these commands over here: https://handsetgeek.com/adb-fastboot-commands.html

    ADB commands are universal. It can be used in any Android device. But fastboot commands depends on manufacturer.
    I didn't said those commands won't work, I just said those are not needed here.
     
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    Stucked here from last 10minutes.

    Code:
    C:\Users\Sudarshan\Desktop\unlock>unlock.cmd
    ------------------------
    Begin fastboot flashall
    ------------------------
    Earse Data: Yes
    Support All device
    current-slot is current-slot
    buildtype is user
    target reported max download size of 536870912 bytes
    sending 'TAXluidadhhpw' (0 KB)...
    OKAY [  0.003s]
    writing 'TAXluidadhhpw'...
    (bootloader) Begin to do frp unlock ...

    :crying: :crying:

    help me to unlock the bootloader, reverted back from pie to oreo to unlock still it's on the same issue, stuck on this screen for 10minutes, no changes in CSC fast boot mode. Thanks in advance :D

    ---------- Post added at 12:09 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:24 AM ----------

    Code:
    C:\Users\Sudarshan\Desktop\unlock>unlock.cmd
    ------------------------
    Begin fastboot flashall
    ------------------------
    Earse Data: Yes
    Support All device
    current-slot is current-slot
    buildtype is user
    target reported max download size of 536870912 bytes
    sending 'TAXluidadhhpw' (0 KB)...
    OKAY [  0.003s]
    writing 'TAXluidadhhpw'...
    (bootloader) Begin to do frp unlock ...

    :crying: :crying:

    help me to unlock the bootloader, reverted back from pie to oreo to unlock still it's on the same issue, stuck on this screen for 10minutes, no changes in CSC fast boot mode. Thanks in advance :D


    I searched over internet and found a code to remove the FRP unlock... :D
    Code:
    adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/secure --bind name:s:user_setup_complete --bind value:s:1
     

    legacy07

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    Yes, successfuly unlocked the bootloader and booted into twrp but when i am trying to flash DECRYPT and MAGISK zips, i could not see my files on the internal storage. it shows internal storage(0MB)

    You have to put them in the sdcard. Internal storage can only be accessed after formatting data and flashing decrypt zip
     
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    harilal1080

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    I can't flash twrp...it shows "target didn't report maximum download size (too many links)"....
    My bootloader is unlocked..and I'm on pie beta..
    How to flash twrp now?
     

    carabaothai

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    I try to unlock but when i arrive here
    Code:
    fastboot devices
    (Device should be listed )

    My phone restarts in CSC FASTBOOT MODE (very big green letters)
    But i don't see my device. No list. Come back to prompt again fastboot devices

    EDIT : I restart windows and it is ok now
     
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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 )
      - Connect the device to PC on a USB 2.0 port
      - Go to "unlock" folder and open an Elevated command promt there and enter :

      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 decrypt.zip from the links provided ( If you are on stock pie rom, use decrypt_pie.zip 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 by pressing power button 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
      [ IF THE DEVICE STILL ENCRYPTS ITSELF, FLASH THE RECOVERY AGAIN AND FLASH OREO FIRMWARE AND REPEAT THE ABOVE STEP ]
      - Finally, go to magisk manager > install > install > direct install
      - If you want to move to other recoveries, flash the respective recovery zip provided
      - 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​
      3
      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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      Will the unofficial way of unlocking void warranty?
      2
      This is very heartening to know that this problem is not unique. Now please let me know how can I uninstall fastboot driver, so that I can uninstall and reinstall fastboot driver to get it work properly.
      Though I forget to post, I tried it on two different PCs but same result.

      Please give me link of tutorial of patching boot.img using magisk.

      There is fasboot adb bins in unlock folder. Try that or use minimal adb
      Magisk tut : https://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=78831588&postcount=11
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      yes. same in PBRP. Thanks btw i vl try after reinstalling the adb/drivers.

      modified the guide, follow exactly as said
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