Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pie 9.0 using TWRP and Install Magisk

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 comes with Stock Android version. It is clean and Well Optimized with Enough Processor and RAM. Most of the users root their device to Uninstall Bloatware. You already have Clean Android OS, with almost Manufacturer apps, can be easily Uninstall. If you want to use Custom OS, None of the Custom OS is bug-free and Well Optimized like Stock OS. So, before rooting, think twice, you need this. If you want to root, because everyone root, I advise-Don’t root your mobile.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1

Why should you Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1?

You should have a proper reason, and you know what you are doing. Yes, with a Minimum of 4 GB RAM and Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 processor, You can use this mobile without root for 2-3 Years If you use correctly. Don’t root because everybody is saying when root your mobile it can become the fastest car in the world. No. Rooting is to extract some performance from the device. But, you already have Powerful specs and software. So, If you are addicted to some root apps, you can root. But, if you want to test, I won’t recommend it.

How to Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pie 9.0

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 International Variants comes with a flexible bootloader other than some locked devices. Example- In Samsung, Verizon mobiles come with locked Bootloader. This means that different smartphone variants can be easily rooted. Also, the device can accept to install TWRP recovery or any other custom recovery file/app alike.

TWRP recovery is a custom recovery file which must be installed on your devices because you can root them successfully. In this article, we explained the easiest method to follow and install TWRP recovery on Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. However, the tool required for rooting this device is the Magisk App.

With the help of TWRP Recovery, you can quickly flash the latest version of Magisk into your Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 to gain root access. Before sharing the tutorial, you may want to know that, with the TWRP recovery present on your device, you can easily install any custom ROM or firmware. Does it seem complicated? Relax, everything will be explained succinctly in bullets.

Things to check out for;

  • Make sure your device battery is charged above 50%

  • Backup your current files and data, full data loss process (save them on external storage).

Pre-Requirement Steps

OnePlus 6T OEM Unlock and USB Debugging


  • Enable USB Debugging Mode and OEM Unlock on your mobile. To do this; go to settings >>> about >>> Tap on the “Build Number” 7-10 times consistently to enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode, OEM Unlock and Enable the ‘Advanced Reboot.’ There is no complicated process in Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.

  • Also, download the ADB drivers. Install it in your PC.

  • Download Magisk.Zip (Latest Version) and Copy it to Your External SD Card Storage.
  • Download and save the TWRP File in your Internal Memory and rename it to recovery.img.

  • ZB601KL/ZB602K (Both models can be rooted with Same TWRP)
  • Download Decrypt and Save it in your External SD Card Storage.

Unlock Bootloader using ADB and Fastboot

  • Download Unlock batch and extract on your PC. If you didn’t have Android drivers, you could install them in your PC.
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Unlock Batch Software

  • Switch off your device. Connect your mobile to PC. Then, enter into Fastboot mode. To do this; Press and hold down the Volume up + Power buttons at the same time for some time. It will boot your mobile into Fastboot mode.
  • Double click on Unlock cmd.

Unlock Batch Software Screen


  • After the process completion, Your mobile’s Bootloader is unlocked. Reboot your mobile.
  • Check again enable “Developer Options,” then go to the “Developer Options” and enable USB Debugging Mode, OEM Unlock and Enable the “Advanced Reboot.” Sometimes they disabled them self after the boot.

Flash TWRP

  • Switch off your device. Connect your mobile to PC. Then, enter into Fastboot mode. To do this; Press and hold down the Volume Up + Power buttons at the same time for some time. It will boot your mobile into Fastboot mode.
  • Now, connect the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 mobile to the computer via USB cable.

  • Launch the fastboot on your computer. Open a Command prompt on your PC and type below command.

  • fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
  • Don’t boot into Normal OS. Type the below command to Boot into TWRP.

  • fastboot boot recovery.img
  • After the process complete, It will boot into the temporary TWRP. Don’t Boot into standard OS until we flash magisk.

Install Magisk and Decrypt in your Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 using TWRP

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 TWRP


  • Select Wipe->Advance Wipe->Select Cache Data.
  • Return to Home of TWRP select Install.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 TWRP Install Magisk

  • Select Decrypt.Zip.
  • After the Installation Again navigates to Home and Select Install.
  • Select Magisk.Zip. After the successful installation, Reboot your mobile.

What More?

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a minimum of 4 GB RAM, and it is a High-end phone; There are Major regular updates and monthly updates, from Asus for a long duration. If you compare it with Old devices, they still receiving updates. So, you know what you are doing and the real purpose, you can root your device.

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77 thoughts on “Root Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 Pie 9.0 using TWRP and Install Magisk

  1. This advise is very helpful to me but on my phone there is no OEM unlock appearing in the developer options,did my pie update erase it or why?

  2. hi I have the 6gb variant of m1 pro but I don’t have the oem unlocking option what should I do? its running on android pie 9.0

    • Go to settings->About->Software version->Build Number-> Tap 7-10 times. It will enable Developer options. In developer Options enable USB Debugging.

  3. Can’t go to fastboot, there’s no oem or advanced reboot in developer option. What should I do? it’s running on android 9

  4. Does Root Required To Install a Custom Rom

    I Don’t Need To Root My Phone, And I Want Custom Rom
    Can You Tell Which Process I Want Skip

    • You don’t need root to install Custom ROM. But, It is better to have Custom Recovery for Installing Custom ROM. Custom Recovery needs root. You have Stock ROM, Why You need Root to Install other Custom ROM?

  5. Sending ‘boot.img’ (24624 KB) OKAY [ 0.532s]
    Booting FAILED (remote: ‘unknown command’)
    fastboot: error: Command failed

    after entering:
    fastboot boot recovery.img

  6. target didn’t report max-download-size
    sending ‘recovery’ (28884 KB)…
    FAILED (command write failed (No error))
    finished. total time: 0.016s

    please help my Asus is 6gb and 64 variant one
    I’m trying to flash recovery, but the above message is allows shown
    please help

  7. in android 9 pie google disable call recording, any idea how can i record call without rooting my phone or without doing phone on speaker.
    i you know please tell me…
    i am waiting

  8. Hey man! Thanks for your article, it’s a real help. I have one question. Will I still get system updates through FOTA after rooting the device? If not, then can I at least install them manually from the ASUS website after root?

  9. Good afternoon,
    I am having a problem unlocking. I did everything right, but when you click on “unlock.cmd” it does not load everything and does not restart the phone, then when I try to install twrp appears the message “sending ‘recovery’ (58108 KB) …
    OKAY [2,020s]
    writing ‘recovery’ …
    FAILED (remote: not allowed in locked state)
    Process finished. total time: 2,031s.”

    • Without Unlock Bootloader, you can’t flash Recovery. Enable OEM Unlock in the Developer Options and Flash Unlock.cmd with Run As Administrator option in your PC.

  10. Error into installing twrp; please help! Bootloader successfully unlocked by your method.
    1) fastboot devices
    It shows the serial number of the device which confirms that the device is connected.
    2) fastboot flash recovery recovery.img
    I have placed recovery.img in adb folder on pc as well as the internal memory of the phone.

      • Yes man, I did rename the file. I did the process from the beginning, repeated 3-4 times, now it’s showing a different error, “file size is more than allowed.” Then i downloaded different versions of twrp for this model, and tried to install that, showing same error, file size is more than allowed.
        I don’t understand what’s up with my phone.
        Can you tell what can be done after this? Or shall I just drop the idea of rooting?
        Anyway, thanks for ur help.

  11. Bro when I boot into fastboot, it says CSC fastboot and when I click into unlocking it didn’t flash anything and didn’t restart my phone ..USB debugging is also enable… please how to fix.

  12. I followed every is showing like this.

    PS C:\adb> fastboot flash recovery C:\adb\recovery.img
    sending ‘recovery’ (24624 KB)…
    FAILED (remote: Requested download size is more than the max allowed
    I finished. total time: 0.008s

    how to fix this

    • It is a rare case. Instead of Flash twrp use ‘boot recovery.img.’ Before this Copy, TWRP on SD card also after you boots into TWRP Flash the TWRP Again in the Install.

    • I Think you accidentally overwrite the Wi-Fi Driver in Boot Image. Flash Stock ROM using TWRP and Flash Magisk again.

    • Try with a Third-party app. If the problem Persists, Flash Official firmware using TWRP and flash magisk, don’t forget to flash Magisk, Or Else you will lose root.

  13. I’m in android 10 custom rom, if I used this guide and root my phone will it work? If yes, does it erase data on my phone?

    • What ROM you are currently using? Custom ROMs can be rooted easily. You already have TWRP or other Custom Recovery. Because you are using Custom ROM, install Magisk using TWRP, and follow further instructions.

  14. I have unlocked bootloader successfully, but after flashing magisk, I cannot connect a phone call; even all incoming and outgoing calls are stopped! Also, many things are not working like wifi or Bluetooth.. please help? Is there any problem with 059build??

  15. C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot>fastboot boot recovery.img

    it says,

    downloading ‘boot.img’…
    FAILED (command write failed (No error))
    finished. total time: 0.004s

    what to do?

      • I’ve done that, but the same thing appears again and again.
        I’ve also uninstalled and reinstalled minimal adb and fastboot and even the drivers, but it shows the same error.
        Please tell me some solution to flash twrp on my phone.

        • You should rename the file to recovery.img. Use the command “fastboot flash recovery recovery.img.” After that, don’t use boo.img command. Instead of that manually, Boot into recovery mode using key combinations. Remember, after exit fast boot mode, you should immediately boot into recovery mode. Or Else, you will lose root access.

  16. I want to follow your guide, but I already unlocked the bootloader using an app provided by ASUS on their website. Do I follow your steps without any changes or I need some differences in your level, sir?

    • Yes. You can follow further steps to root your mobile. Before proceeding with the steps, Read the guide thoroughly. It will give some ideas for the preparation.

  17. While flashing twrp recovery img. I type fastboot flash recovery and drag the twrp recovery img file, but the second line sent img recovery, and the third line was failed (command write failed (No such device or address)). help me how to fix it

  18. I m here because my phone stuck very much at gaming (again and again), so I think about rooting. Please help me to improve my GPU performance .. thanx in advance … Please help me!!!

    • Overclocking GPU without cooling system is not safe. If your mobile is a gaming phone with cooling system, It can survive, Or Else your processor will fail. Can you mention your RAM Capacity? We can suggest you some alternative methods.

  19. Hey I used the same method, I got my phone rooted, but the camera, calling, flashlight, and wifi stopped working. Please help.

  20. Is there any chance of being stuck in a twrp boot loop? It happened to me once, but this time I am afraid I won’t find the official recovery.img if anything goes wrong. (I am using the very first Android pie release on this phone btw).

    • When you follow the instructions correctly, you can avoid the boot loop. But when it happens, You can extract the stock recovery from the official firmware.

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