Gaining root access on the new Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie can be easily achieved since TWRP recovery has been made available for this particular device. That’s why we are here to show you how to successfully unlock your smartphone through a dedicated root operation. As usual, you have it all explained below: the advantages of rooting, the risks implied, the essential pre-requisites and the actual steps that must be followed. So, let’s see what it’s all about.
Root access is a special operation that can be initiated on the Android system. What it does to your phone? It adds an exploit within the Android core system which unlocks everything. Shortly, built-in settings and other similar restrictions are removed. So, once root access is established you can customize, optimize and personalize the Android OS that runs on your Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie. And if a custom recovery image can be used along with an unlocked bootloader, your tweaking possibilities will be endless.
A few examples of tweaks that can be initiated on rooted systems: install features that cannot be used on the stock Android firmware, add root-only apps from Google Play or from any other source, install custom ROMs (like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android), add custom kernels and MODs, overclock CPU frequencies and so on.
As you can tell, unlocking the Android system cannot be a process supported by your OEM or by your carrier. That’s why the root exploit which will be used below is developed by a third party dev. In fact, we must thank Chainfire for this new root opportunity – he is the developed who is making everything possible, we are here only to explain how to root operation works.
Now, SuperSU (the root exploit used on this guide) can be flashed on your Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie only in some conditions: an unlocked bootloader must be ensured before anything else and TWRP recovery must be installed on your phone. Complete these two additional operations if you want to successfully resume the steps from below.
You will probably lose the warranty of your Asus Zenfone 4 Selfi while gaining root access. That’s the result that you get when you apply unofficial operations. Don’t worry, the warranty can be regained if you choose to reinstall the stock Android OS – in that case the root access will be revoked, the bootloader relocked and the stock recovery image re-installed.
Another risk is related with your data. Unfortunately, during root everything that’s not there from day one can get corrupted or even erased. So, making a backup is not really optional especially if you have important files stored on your handset. You can save almost everything by using dedicated apps from Google Play, by using built-in cloud storage services or by syncing your files with your Google Account.
You can also choose to save the current Android OS by using the custom recovery image – through a Nandroid backup. That’s the only way in which you can secure the Android system – if something bad happens during root you can flash the Nandroid backup package and go back to stock.
A computer must be used during the steps from below – there you will have to download the SuperSU file. On your Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie enable Developer Options – tap repeatedly on Built Number (after 7 or 10 taps you should notice the ‘you are a developer’ message displayed). Next, go to Developer Options (within Menu – > Settings) and from there check the USB Debugging feature. Finally, verify the power on your phone. It’s important to charge your phone before heading towards the root process if the power left is lower than 50%. If the charging process isn’t considered your device can get switched off, and most likely soft bricked, while you try to tweak its Android platform.
How to Root Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie using SuperSU and TWRP recovery
- Download SuperSU from this page. Save this file on your computer first; if possible on desktop.
- Switch on your Zenfone 4 Selfie and connect your phone with your computer – use the USB cable for ensuring this connection.
- Transfer the root exploit from your computer to your smartphone and when done remove the USB cable – the computer is no longer required.
- On your device access recovery mode.
- From recovery tap on Install and load the root file.
- Swipe for beginning the flashing process.
- When done, go back to main menu of recovery and from there tap on reboot.
- If during this last reboot you will get stuck in a boot loop, return to recovery and choose to make a hard reset and clear app data cache – just choose “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- That’s all.
Perfect. Root access should be now ensured on your Asus Zenfone 4 Slefie. You can verify that by downloading the Root Checker app from Google Play. Don’t forget to share how everything worked for you with us and with other users who are ready to experience root on their own devices. You can easily talk with us by filling out the comments form from down below.