How To Unlock Bootloader of Zenfone Max M1


This is a step-by-step guide on how to unlock bootloader of Zenfone Max M1. The bootloader is required to be unlocked in order to install Camera2 API to install Google Camera APK or install TWRP or install LineageOS or any other custom ROM on Zenfone Max M1.

The bootloader on the Zenfone Max M1 and mostly on other Android phones are locked due to security reason. Locked bootloader means the factory firmware provided by ASUS is intact on your phone. Unlocking the bootloader of Zenfone Max M1 will allow the software, to be modified and could make it vulnerable to attack but will open up a whole new space of rooting, custom ROM, customization etc.

Yes, there is risk, but unlocking your bootloader can open up a whole new world of Android customization. If that’s worth the risk to you, read on for instructions on how to unlock the bootloader on Zenfone Max M1.

How To Unlock Bootloader of Zenfone Max M1

Unlocking the bootloader of Zenfone Max M1 WILL VOID THE WARRANTY and erase all data and will make your device vulnerable to attack if you modify the software of the phone.
Make sure you understand the RISK involved before you unlock the bootloader.

Required Downloads to Unlock Bootloader of Zenfone Max M1

You need to download the below APK and follow the guide:
Bootloader UnlockTool APK for Zenfone Max M1

How To Unlock Bootloader of Zenfone Max M1?

  1. Download and unzip the Unlock device tool apk file from the above link and move the file to your phone (Zenfone Max M1).
  2. Allow installation from unknown sources.

    Open settings menu and navigate to Security > Device administrators > Unknown sources.
    Check the box and then read and agree to the scary warning.

    See the below screenshot on how to enable to install from unknown sources:
    Allow Installation from Unknown Sources on Zenfone Max M1

    This bootloader APK download is provided by ASUS itself for the Zenfone Max M1 and it does not come from Google PlayStore, hence you must install it manually.
    To install apk manually you must enable the Allow installation from unknown sources on your phone.
  3. Install the Bootloader UnlockTool APK on Zenfone Max M1 (download it from above download link)
    Install Bootloader Unlock APK on Zenfone Max M1
  4. Read the user license agreement and click on the PRESS TO UNLOCK YOUR DEVICE to unlock the bootloader of Zenfone Max M1.

    Click to unlock bootloader of Zenfone Max M1

    This will erase all the local files on the Zenfone Max M1 phone.
    Make sure you copy important data, if you have missed it.

Once you’ve run the tool, your phone will restart. This doesn’t take too much longer than a regular boot cycle. That’s all, your phone must have an unlocked bootloader by now. See the next section to know what you can do after unlocking the bootloader.

What to do after unlocking bootloader of Zenfone Max M1?

Once you unlock the bootloader of Zenfone Max M1, you can install the following things –

  • You can install TWRP on Zenfone Max M1
  • You can Install Camera2 API (using TWRP) and then install a GCam for Zenfone Max M1

If you have faced any problem unlocking the bootloader on your Zenfone Max M1, then leave a comment here, I will assist you as soon as possible.

Stay tuned to the Zenfone Max M1 link to get updates of GCam, TWRP, LineageOS, Android Custom ROMs, and all other device specific topics.


About the Author

I am a Software Engineer by profession. I have worked with few big companies, such as: BROADCOM Corporation, Cypress Semiconductor, LSI Corporation, TOSHIBA Corporation, Western Digital; on various cutting edge technologies and product lines, such as: RAID storage Driver, SSD Firmware, WLAN Firmware etc. Having more than 9 years of experience in Software Engineering domain. Now contributing to the Custom ROMs community by bringing various Custom ROMs to the end users, developed by thousands of developers across the globe.


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