While Asus has always been a name synonymous with motherboards and computer components in the past, it has emerged in recent years as a solid, reliable and successful OEM of high-quality Android devices. So much so, that Google chose Asus to create the Nexus 7, which incidentally was Google’s first Nexus branded tablet and also its most successful to date. In fact, word is that Asus is working on a refreshed Nexus 7 with improved specs which will be unveiled at Google’s I/O event in May
Asus has excelled not only in producing devices which sport superb build quality, but also in the area of making sure that its current devices are all updated to the latest version of the Android OS possible. As a matter of fact, Asus happens to be the first OEM to roll out the Android 4.2.2 update to its front line devices, making the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 and the TF700 the first non-Nexus devices to get updated to Android 4.2.2.
That aside, Asus also works on being a developer friendly OEM, and offers an official tool on its website to unlock the bootloader on several of its devices. Bootloader unlockability is a critical area which determines the extent of development of custom ROMs and kernels for a particular device. Take Nexus devices for example. The reason why there is such an active development zone for these devices is because of the open nature of these devices and the fact that they can be bootloader unlocked and rooted with relative ease.
If you own an Asus device, and want to unlock the device bootloader, so as to be able to install a custom recovery and/or gain root access to your device, we have compiled a step by step guide which will take you through the entire process of using the official Asus Bootloader Unlocking Tool. So without further ado, here it is for your reference.
How to Unlock the Bootloader on a Supported Asus Device
- Bootloader unlocking will wipe everything on your device. So be sure to back up all your important data and media from your device.
- Download the Bootloader unlock tool from the Asus support webiste – HERE | Mirror. You will get an APK file named UnLock_Device_App_V7.apk
- Connect your device to the PC and transfer the downloaded APK file to the tablet
- Use a file manager like ES File Explorer on your tablet to locate the APK file you copied over in Step 3
- Tap the APK file to install the Unlock Tool
- Once it has been installed, launch the app
- Check off the user agreement and tap the OK button
- At the warning screen, Check the Agree box and then look for a lock icon at the bottom which says Press to unlock your device
- Tap the lock icon
- You will now be asked to verify your Google account. Enter your Google credentials and tap OK
- Your device will automatically reboot, and when it begins to boot up, you should see some white text at the top left of the display indicating that the bootloader unlocking process is in progress
- After a few moments, you will see the Unlock Success notification, and your device will boot normally into Android
Here’s a video guide as well for your reference, which will help further simplify the process in the guide above. Although the device in the video is the TF Pad Infinity, the process will work exactly the same way for all supported Asus devices.