How To Unlock Bootloader Of ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 was launched in 2018. It is a phone that is still running like a rock-solid even in 2020. Recently they have got Android 10 beta update and are going to get stable Android 10 anytime soon. ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a very good community in the custom ROM developments and MODs. Just recently Android 11 port for Zenfone Max Pro M1 is also out users can try that. Users need to have an Unlocked Bootloader for all this. Here is a guide on how to unlock the bootloader of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

What is Bootloader?

According to Google “A bootloader is a vendor-proprietary image responsible for bringing up the kernel on a device. It guards the device state and is responsible for initializing the Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) and binding its root of trust”. Confused? So am I! let us leave all this aside.

In simpler terms, a Bootloader is a software that runs every time your phone boots (start). It contains a set of instructions that tells the device which program to load at what instance. It also decides whether to boot your device to ‘Android OS’ or to the ‘recovery mode’. Consider it a gateway, leading towards a road having all directions in technical jargon. hence, if you aren’t comfortable with the technical terms, you may get ‘lost’ in the way (if that happens, just remember us!).

Downsides of Unlocking the Bootloader

The biggest downside of unlocking the bootloader is that the warranty of your device would be void. But why do the manufacturers do this? The answer is simple. All the OEMs ship their devices with a locked bootloader so that the users could only use the stock OS that comes pre-installed.

The device vendors do not want the users to try out the customized version of the OS as they are launched by third-party sources such as LineageOS or Resurrection Remix. The manufacturers are in no way related to these creators, hence they distance themselves by voiding the warranty of the device.

How to Unlock the Bootloader of Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

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In order to unlock the bootloader of your device, follow the below-mentioned points. Make sure not to skip any one of them. Droidwin and its members wouldn’t be held responsible in case of a thermonuclear war, your alarm doesn’t wake you up, or if anything happens to your device by performing the below steps.

Prerequisites

  • Your entire data would be wiped off. So before beginning with the process, make sure to make a complete backup of your device.
  • Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking: Go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on ‘Build Number’ 7 times > Go back to ‘Settings’ > Head over to ‘Developer Options’ > Enable ‘OEM Unlocking’ > Also enable ‘USB Debugging’ from there only. You may also read our guide on how to enable it.
  • Download Android SDK Platform Tools for executing various commands.

Steps to Unlock the Bootloader

  1. Download the unlock script and drivers: unlock.rar
  2. Extract the file on the PC using an archive tool such as WinRAR or 7Zip.
  3. Transfer all the contents to the platform-tools folder (where the ADB and Fastboot files are present).
  4. Now there should be two different folders inside the extracted folder:
    • ASUS_Android_USB_drivers_for_Windows
    • Unlock
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  5. Open the first one and install the USB drivers on the PC.
  6. Once installed power off the phone completely.
  7. Hold the Volume Up and Power button simultaneously to enter Fastboot Mode.
  8. Connect the phone to the PC using the USB cable.
  9. Go to the ‘unlock’ folder
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  10. Double-click on the ‘unlock.cmd’ file to unlock the bootloader on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

Conclusion

So this was all from this guide on how to unlock the bootloader of Asus Zenfone max pro M1. Do let us know in the comments if are facing any issues with respect to any of the above-mentioned steps.

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