How to – Root the Asus Padfone 2

April 20, 20131 Comment

The Asus Padfone 2 is the second iteration of the uniquely designed Asus Padfone, and was released in December 2012. While it shares the same concept and design as the original Padfone – that of a touch based Android smartphone which transforms into a full fledged 10 inch tablet when connected to a hybrid docking station. However, that’s about all that it has in common with the original. The Padfone 2 packs in some serious specs and power under the hood, to make it every bit worth the $850 – $900 that it is priced at.

In the specs department, the Padfone 2 screams high-end from all aspects, packing in a 4.7 inch Super IPS+ 720p display with a pixel density of 312PPi, a 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor – the same one found in the LG Optimus G, Nexus 4 and the Xperia Z, 2GB of RAM to keep things speedy, a 13MP camera, storage options of 16/32/64 GB, and runs Android 4.0 ICS out of the box. It has also been updated recently to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, and going by Asus’ track record of updating its high-end devices, will also get the 4.2 update soon enough.

If you happen to have picked up this beast, and are now looking for a reliable method to gain root access on it, you have landed on just the right page. We strive to bring you the safest, and tested root methods for your Android devices of choice, and as always, here’s a detailed step by step set of instructions which will guide you through the process of rooting your Asus Padfone 2. For those of you who are familiar with the Android developer community, this root guide uses Modaco founder Paul O’Briens Superboot exploit to gain root access on the Padfone 2, and is by far one of the safest and most reliable ways to get root on your device.

How to Root the Asus Padfone 2

  1. Before you proceed, you need to first unlock the bootloader on the Padfone 2. Fortunately, this is easily and quickly done, thanks to the Official Bootloader Unlock Tool from Asus. You can also refer to this handy guide
  2. Download and install the drivers for the Padfone 2 from the Asus Support Site.
  3. Download the Superboot package from the source thread. Extract it to your desktop. You should get a folder named r1-padfone2-superboot
  4. On your phone, go to Settings > Developer Options and Enable USB Debugging
  5. Switch off your phone and reboot to Bootloader Mode. To do so press and hold the Volume Up + Power buttons together for a few seconds.
  6. Connect the phone to PC via USB cable
  7. On the PC, open the Superboot folder you extracted in Step 3 and open a command prompt at that location ( Shift + Right Click > Open Command Window Here)
  8. Double click the install-superboot-windows.bat file in the folder to run the automated root script- For Linux Users - Open a Terminal Window at the Superboot folder location and enter the following commandschmod +x superboot-linux.sh
    ./install-superboot-linux.sh

    - For Mac Users - Open a Terminal Window at the Superboot folder location and enter the following commands

    chmod +x superboot-mac.sh
    ./install-superboot-mac.sh

  9. Once the script has been executed your device will reboot automatically. It might take about 3-5 minutes for your Padfone 2 to boot back up. Please DO NOT, under any circumstances, unplug the device from the PC before it has booted up fully. To be on the safer side, give it about 10 minutes to boot up, before you disconnect it from the PC
  10. Look for the Superuser app in the App Drawer and update the binaries if prompted.

Congratulations!! You should now have full root access on you Rooted Padfone 2. You can now download and use all those special root-only apps like Root Explorer, Titanium Backup and SetCPU on your Padfone 2.

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  1. mm says:

    Really interesting… :)
    Do you know if – after rooted – the Padfone 2 could still be updated via OTA ?

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