ASUS offers bootloader unlock utility for the ZenFone 2

Loading a custom ROM onto your ASUS ZenFone 2 just got a lot easier. ASUS has now provided a bootloader unlocking tool to help ease the burden for those who like to play around with custom ROMs from the community.

If you're an enterprising power user, you can secure the tool from ASUS now. However, ASUS does provide a word of warning before you get started: you must update your software to version 2.20.40.59 or later before using the unlock tool. Also be aware that you'll be voiding your warranty by using the tool and loading a custom ROM. Still, this is great news for the ZenFone 2 tinkerers out there, and it's good to see ASUS supporting the custom ROM community. If you'd like to dive right in, you can download the bootloader unlock tool from ASUS at the link below.

Download the bootloader unlock tool for the ASUS ZenFone 2 (opens in new tab)

24 Comments
  • Cool move.
  • That's a pretty cool move from Asus. Can't wait for the roms that will come of this especially some stock ones haha Posted via the Android Central App From my Blackberry Priv where I am out of toilet paper
  • Great idea!!
  • Let's open my phone up! Actually not really. I gave up on customs roms long ago. The phone works, is fast, and does exactly what I need. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are you getting the Windows phone? I saw your comment on Windows Central. I wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup
  • Absolutely. Excited and can't wait. But I really love this ZenFone 2. Its underrated. Posted via the Android Central App
  • The bloatware has kept a lot of users away from this phone, me being one of them, at the low price that they're offering its now an awesome deal with an open mind company behind it.
  • I just learned to disable bloat. Its one thing I love about WP is you can delete any bloatware. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Mighty nice of them! Posted via my Note 4 on Cricket
  • I love it when OEMs open their devices up for community software development. The x86 architecture should make this pretty popular for development.
  • Could this lead to the phone being able to run WM10? If so, I'll give my wife my Nexus 6, and would love to rock the Asus Zenfone 2 Windows Edition... Posted via the Android Central App on Nexus 6 - Android 6.0
  • Not likely. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's an x86 Intel processor. I'd say it's slightly likely. Posted from my Asus ZenFone 2.
  • None of you had better complain that android pay doesn't work. +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • Android Pay works just fine with an unlocked bootloader. Root is the issue but even then there are ways around it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Custom rooms will kill it And you shouldn't be able to but if an unsecured payment method is your thing... +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • I want to get the PadFone X, but is running on kit Kat. Phone is.awesome ans have great processor .
    Does anybody have a link for a good Rom with lollipop version on.it I know.it.possible.
    Please reply if.u know of.any Posted via the Android Central App
  • Try xda-developers +++ Insert witty signature, watch as others not get it, profit +++
  • So does it work also with zenfone 2 deluxe? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wish had bought a zf2 rather than moto g3 Posted via the Android Central App
  • No ya don't Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Why don't?? Is it a bad phone?? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good. Now being the zenfone maxx with 5000mAh battery... Posted via the Android Central App
  • now if only we could get a stable official CyanogenMod rom!