ASUS ZenFone 2 bootloader gets unlocked unofficially, let the fun begin

ZenFone 2
ZenFone 2

One of the great things about Android is just how customizable it is, and the doors open even further when people can start messing around with custom ROMs and kernels. This level of customization is not for everyone, but those who enjoy tinkering with their device will be pleased to see the bootloader unlock for the ZenFone 2.

Unlocking bootloaders and installing anything custom is something that requires some caution and understanding before attempting. If you are feeling risky, or are okay with the chance of a bricked device, you can find all the information you will need to complete this task at the link below.

Will you be unlocking the bootloader of your ZenFone 2? If so, let us know in the comments below what you are most excited about being able to do with it now.

Source: XDA Forums

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26 Comments
  • Before the update Wednesday, I was looking hard to root my phone. At least my battery lasts all day again.
    Whether to root or not really depends on the quality of the build. If everything works, it might be a no-brainer. But I'm not going to do it if I lose tap-to-wake.
  • It's pretty much built into CM at this point. Unless you are referring to an AOSP build? Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is probably some xposed addition that will do tap to wake/sleep
  • Umm FYI, Tap-to-wake is built into Lollipop. So any device with a Lollipop ROM installed should be able to do it. There's also Xposed modules to do it on older versions of Android. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Did the one m7 tap to wake with lollipop? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's included in Android? I guess HTC and Samsung just remove it then? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It was a last-minute exclusion from the Nexus 6 for some reason. I think it's in the AOSP tree. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It depends if there is a knock sensor or not actually.
    Can be done with touchscreen instead but drains battery so manufacturers disable it.
  • If I had a zenfone2... Posted via the Android Central App on my N72013 or my M7
  • Hmmm might do this to mines. Love this phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Are the Intel chipsets open sourced to even have AOSP roms ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I second that question actually. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes. In fact, there is a x86 64bit emulator image available for AOSP. https://software.intel.com/en-us/android/articles/how-to-develop-and-eva...
  • Does Zenphone 2 work with Verizon 4G SIM? I think Verizon 4G SIM works with any GSM phone.
  • Nope Posted via the Android Central App
  • And not a care was give by 93.7654326985% of the people that bought it Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • That's probably true, but I care! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I care Posted via the Android Central App
  • True, but some of us do care and this is great news for us. Posted from the superb LG G4
  • I may actually buy one now. Posted via Android Central App
  • I 2nd that! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is what the Nexus should have been.
  • Only wished the screen was as bright as the oneplus one though... other than that, the phone has been awesome! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Awesome fone. Excited for custom roms! Posted via the Android Central App
  • We need more stories like this, got to pressure these companies to unlock. Posted via Android Central App
  • If someone builds a ROM that removes the over sharpening and compression of the camera images, I may buy one. Posted via Android Central App