Asus Zenfone 4 received the Android 8.0 Oreo official update. Well, once this update is applied you will manage to restore your smartphone back to its default state. So, if you tweaked your handset now you most likely are once more looking for new ways to customize and optimize your device – of course, this time you will have to use compatible solutions for the new Android 8.0 Oreo firmware. Anyway, in that respect, I’m here to assist you: during the following guidelines we will be checking how to gain root access on the Asus Zenfone 4 that runs on stock Oreo OS.
You can root the new Android build on the Asus Zenfone 4 easily, by using a new version of SuperSU that’s now compatible with the Oreo system. Of course, the third party root exploit can be flashed on your phone by using a custom recovery image such as CWM or TWRP recovery. Therefore, before following the steps explained below you should first learn how to flash a custom recovery platform on your handset – of course, make sure you install a custom recovery that can successfully run on the new Android software.
As already outlined, the root exploit is developed by third-party devs –we must thank Chainfaire for this root opportunity in this situation. Anyway, since you are about to install an app that’s not offered by your OEM you will most likely lose your Zenfone 4 warranty. Unfortunately, this aspect cannot be avoided when dealing with tweaks or similar other custom operations. However, the warranty can be afterwards restored if that’s required – you can do that only by reinstalling the stock Android firmware, situation during which root access will be revoked.
Now, on a rooted device you can take advantage of various customizations and optimizations because you won’t have to deal with any sort of system restrictions. So, an unlocked system will be ensured, as system which can be tweaked through different other operations such as: installing custom ROMs like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android, flashing custom MODs and kernels, adding root-only apps, downloading custom apps from other sources from Google Play, overclocking or undervolting CPU frequencies and further more.
Keep in mind that this is going to be a manual process – gaining root access on the Asus Zenfone 4 that runs on official Android 8.0 Oreo can be done only by using a computer or a notebook. On this computer you will have to download and save the root exploit. However, you won’t have to use third party programs or risky apps as the root software will be afterwards flashed through your custom recovery image.
Now, before starting to root the Android 8.0 Oreo software you should first backup your Asus Zenfone 4. The backup operation will help you secure your personal data, info, accounts and files as everything that isn’t there from day one might get corrupted or wiped out during the root process. Thus, try to avoid any sort of unpleasant situations and use your favorite backup and restore solutions in order to secure your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. Optional: you can use the custom recovery image for initiating a Nandroid backup – in that way you can save the current Android OS that runs on your phone, and restore it afterwards if that will be required.
On your Zenfone 4 you will have to enable Developer Options – navigate towards About Phone and tap repeatedly on Built Number (for 7 or 10 times) until the ‘you are a developer’ message is displayed. Afterwards, access Developer Options – usually it’s located under Menu – > Settings; from there you have to check the USB Debugging field.
Charge your smartphone before starting the root process. It’s important to ensure more than 50% power on your handset as otherwise the Android system might get switched off right in the middle of the unlocking process. If a sudden shut down process will occur your Asus Zenfone 4 might get soft bricking in the middle of the root operation – different malfunction can be caused within the Android core system. So, bottom line, charge your device before doing anything else if that’s required.
Don’t forget. The steps explained during these lines are compatible only with the Asus Zenfone 4 that runs on official Android 8.0 Oreo – so, don’t use this tutorial if you own any other Android based device as you will only manage to mess things up.
How to Root Asus Zenfone 4 running on Android 8.0 Oreo
- Download the root exploit package on your computer – you can download the SuperSU package for your Asus Zenfone 4 from this page.
- Save the file on desktop.
- Power on your smartphone and connect it with your computer via USB cable.
- Next, transfer the downloaded file from desktop on your phone; when done, remove the USB cord as the computer is no longer required.
- Now, switch off your phone and wait while the power off is completed.
- Reboot recovery mode on your Android device.
- From recovery tap on Install and pick the root file.
- Swipe and start the flashing operation.
- Wait while the installation procedure is completed.
- When done, return to main menu of recovery and from there, select ‘reboot system now’.
- If a boot loop is caused, or if you experience any other problems you should: return to main menu of recovery and choose to make a wipe by selecting “wipe data factory reset” followed by “wipe cache partition”.
There you have it. The root access should be now ensured on your Asus Zenfone 4 that runs on stock / official Android 8.0 Oreo. You can verify if everything worked as expected or not by using the Root Checker app from Google Play. You can share your experience with us by using the comments field from below – only in this way you can help others successfully unlock their Asus Zenfone 4.