Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

If you are looking for a guide on how to root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, we have got you covered. Zenfone Max Pro M1 TWRP Recovery is now available for download. In this guide, we will tell you how to unlock bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Asus launched the Zenfone Max Pro M1 in April 2018. The phone sports a 5.99-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 2160 pixels. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is powered by octa-core processor and it has up to 6GB of RAM. The phone comes with 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 2000GB via a microSD card. In the camera department, the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

The Asus ZenFone Max Pano M1 runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is powered by a 5000mAh. It measures 159.00 x 76.00 x 8.46 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 180.00 grams. In this guide, we will tell you how to unlock bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Unlock Bootloader, Install TWRP, and Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

TWRP is the go-to custom recovery for most of the Android enthusiasts right now. It is always advisable to have the latest TWRP installed on your device as the latest version comes with a lit of hotfixes and new features. But before you proceed to install TWRP Recovery on Zenfone Max Pro M1, you must first Unlock Bootloader on Zenfone Max Pro M1. If you are clueless about how to do that, no worries, we will guide you on that as well.

Advantages of TWRP Recovery

Before proceeding with the tutorial to install TWRP Recovery on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1, here are a few advantages of TWRP Recovery:

  1. You can easily root your Android device if you have TWRP installed. Then it is just a matter of flashing the latest Magisk Zip file.
  2. You easily install any custom ROM you want. Custom ROMs provide more flexible customization options for Android devices.
  3. You can flash mods such as ViPER4Android and Dolby Atmos for Android on your device to take your Android experience to the next level.
  4. You can flash image files (.img) files using TWRP Recovery which something that Stock Recovery cannot do.
  5. You make full Nandroid Backup of your device including your Apps and their data, contacts, messages, call logs, settings.
  6. You can easily restore the Nandroid backup after installing a custom ROM. No need to install all the apps and their data again and again.
  7. You can easily wipe the entire data/system/cache/dalvik cache etc.
  8. You can flash device-specific Android MODs as wells as Xposed Modules on your Android.

Prerequisites

  1. Installing TWRP is a pretty complex task. Make sure to take a complete backup of your device before proceeding. Guide: Guide to Backup Android Device Without Root
  2. Make sure you have enough charge left on your device. 60% is recommended.
  3. Download the latest Magisk Zip file.
  4. Make sure you have latest ADB and Fastboot tool installed on your Mac/Windows/Linux.

Unlock Bootloader on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

  1. Download the unlock tool and necessary drivers as a single zip file here: Download unlock.rar.
  2. Once you have downloaded the above, extract it. You will get two folders.
  3. Open the folder that says ‘ASUS_Android_USB_drivers_for_Windows’. You will find all the necessary Asus Drivers there. Install the same.
  4. After the above step, switch off your phone.
  5. Press and hold Volume Up and Power button together to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
  7. Next, open the folder named ‘unlock‘ and double click on the file named unlock.cmd. Once you open this file, Zenfone Max Pro M1 bootloader unlock process will begin.

Wait for the process to complete. Once the bootloader is unlocked, proceed to the next step to flash TWRP Recovery on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Install TWRP Recovery on Zenfone Max Pro M1

  1. Download Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 TWRP Recovery from here: twrp-3.2.1-1-20180518-X00TD.img
  2. Copy the above-downloaded img file to the folder ‘unlock’ which we have seen in the above section.
  3. Open a command prompt window inside the ADB and Fastboot folder: Holding Shift key + Right Click > Select Open Command Window hereADB-Fastboot-Open-Command-Window
  4. Switch off your device.
  5. Press and hold Volume Up and Power button together to enter Fastboot mode.
  6. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
  7. Execute the below command in the command prompt to install TWRP recovery on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1:
    fastboot flash recovery twrp-3.2.1-1-20180518-X00TD.img
  8. After the above flashing process completes: Hold down the Volume Down key on your phone and execute the below command in the command prompt to enter into TWRP Recovery:
    fastboot reboot

Now your device should be in TWRP Recovery. Head on to the next section to install root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

  1. Once you are in TWRP Recovery, tap on Wipe > Format Data and enter ‘Yes‘ to start the wiping process.
  2. Once the wiping process completes, tap on Mount > Enable MTP.
  3. Connect your phone to your PC via USB cable.
  4. Dowload the below two files:
    1. Download Magisk Zip
    2. Download decrypt.zip
  5. Copy the above to files to your phone and disconnect your phone from PC.
  6. In TWRP, tap on Install > Select the decrypt.zip file and flash the same. Install-SuperSu-Zip-TWRP-Android
  7. Next, once again tap on Install > Select the Magisk zip file and flash the same.
  8. Once the installation finished, reboot your device and look for an app called Magisk Manager. If it is not installed, download Magisk Manager APK and install it on your device.
  9. Done!

This Magisk Manager App lets you manage the Root Permissions on your device (Granting/revoking root permission to apps). You might need to update it. Get the latest Magisk Manager APK.

Want to make sure your device is rooted?

Download a simple app called ‘Root checker’ from Google Play store by clicking below:

Root Checker
Root Checker
Developer: joeykrim
Price: Free+

Once you open the above app, it will show the rooting status on your device. Now that you have successfully rooted your Zenfone Max Pro M1, go ahead any MOD or custom ROM you like! This is the easiest way to root Zenfone Max Pro M1 and install TWRP on Zenfone Max Pro M1.

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