How To Root Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202 Magisk without TWRP

If you’re an advanced user who does customizations, flashing files, etc., on an Android device, using the Asus Zenfone 9 smartphone, or planning to buy it, this guide is for you. In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to root the Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202 using Magisk without TWRP Recovery. We will use the Magisk by patching the stock boot image file and flashing it to the device boot partition.

You will require to download the patched image file from Magisk Manager and flash it. For doing this, your device bootloader should be unlocked. You will get a superuser or administrator access to your system by rooting your handset. Therefore, you can easily customize, change or edit system files according to your preference. Let’s take a closer look at Rooting access.

How To Root Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202 Magisk without TWRP

What is Rooting?

Rooting for Android means similar to jailbreaking the device to get access to the root directory of your android mobile. It will give you superuser access as an administrator to use your device over an Android subsystem and system apps.

Though sometimes improper rooting may brick your device or void your device warranty as well (if applicable). But it will give you some unleash power and access to change or edit the system settings, themes, icons, install other mod files, etc.

Advantages of Rooting

  • You can access all files on your Asus Zenfone 9, even the files present in the root directory of your phone.
  • You can increase the performance of your device by overclocking.
  • By rooting, you can increase battery life by underclocking the device.
  • Uninstall Bloatware on Asus Zenfone 9.
  • You can block Ads on any application.
  • By Rooting Asus Zenfone 9, you can View, Edit, or Delete any system file inside the root directory.
  • You can install the Xposed Framework and Xposed module support.

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Steps To Root Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202 via Magisk

Generally, one could easily flash the Magisk Installer ZIP file via TWRP to root the device. However, since there isn’t any working TWRP for this device, you cannot flash the Installer file. Therefore we will use the Magisk patched boot image file for the entire process. Go through the prerequisites below and proceed with the steps to root your Asus Zenfone 9 device.

Warning

Before we begin with this procedure, I would strongly recommend you to create a backup of your device storage and all your files stored on your device. Moreover, it is advised to follow the steps mentioned in this post carefully to avoid permanent damage or brick your device. If anything goes wrong the author or GetDroidTips is not responsible for it.

Prerequisites

  • Create a complete device backup. Although rooting doesn’t wipe off the device data, unlocking the bootloader will. Moreover, it is always recommended to be on the safer side.
  • Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking on your Asus Zenfone 9 device. The former will be needed to execute ADB commands while the latter will be used for unlocking. To enable them, go to Settings > About Phone > Tap on Build Number 7 times > Go back to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer Options > Enable the USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking toggle.
    oem-and-USB-Debugging
  • Your device should be sufficiently charged as well.

Downloads

  • Download the latest version of Magisk Manager APK on your device. Don’t install it now as we would be unlocking the bootloader which will wipe off all the data from your device. Hence, install Magisk Manager APK once the unlocking process has been completed.
  • To patch the boot image, extract the boot image from the stock ROM collection here.
  • Download and install Android SDK Platform Tools on your PC. This will provide us with the necessary ADB and Fastboot binaries.

That is all the required files. You may now proceed with the steps to root your Asus Zenfone 9 device. The entire instructions will be broken down into separate sections for ease of understanding. Follow along.

STEP 1: Unlock Bootloader

To begin with, you will have to unlock the bootloader on your Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202 device. The below instructions should help you out in this regard. For the detailed instructions set, you could refer to our guide to unlock the bootloader on any Asus Zenfone device.

STEP 2: Extract and Patch Boot Image using Magisk?

  • First of all, download and extract the ROM to your PC.
  • Attach your device via USB cable and copy only the boot.img file from the extracted folder to your device storage
  • Launch Magisk Manager. When a popup appears asking to install Magisk, select INSTALL and choose to install again.
  • Tap on “Patch Boot Image File”.
    Install patched boot image TWRP
  • Navigate to internal storage and select your phone’s boot image that you transferred earlier.
  • Wait for a couple of seconds. Magisk will start patching the boot image.
  • Once the boot image has been patched, copy the “patched_boot.img” from the internal storage and replace it in your PC’s ADB fastboot extracted ROM folder.

Now you can follow the second step to flash the patched boot image file.

STEP 2: Install the Patched Boot Image

Follow the given link to install Patched Boot Image on Asus Zenfone 9 AI2202:

  • We assume that you have already downloaded the ADB & Fastboot tool from the link given above.
  • Now, extract the ADB fastboot tool, then move the patched boot image to the same folder.
  • Hold the Shift key and right-click on the mouse to open the command window/PowerShell.
  • Next, enter the following command:
    • Flash the “patched_boot.img” to install Magisk and root your Android device:
      fastboot flash boot patched_boot.img
    • For devices with an A/B partition system, use the following commands:
      fastboot flash boot_a patched_boot.img
      
      fastboot flash boot_b patched_boot.img

      Please replace [patched_boot.img] with the name of the boot image file you downloaded, followed by the .img extension.

  • The flashing process will begin. Once done, run
    fastboot reboot

How to Verify if your phone has a systemless root?

  1. Download and install the Magisk Manager app APK, and launch it.
  2. To verify that you have a systemless root, check the top of the screen, and if you see all options with Green Tick it means you have successfully rooted and bypassed SafetyNet.Magisk Status Check

That’s all, folks! If we helped you root your Asus Zenfone 9, we’re glad we could be of use. If you have any queries regarding the guide, let us know below; we’d be happy to assist you!

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