Install LineageOS on zenfone3

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Basic requirements

  1. Make sure your computer has adb and fastboot. Setup instructions can be found here.
  2. Enable USB debugging on your device.

Unlocking the bootloader

  1. Download the bootloader unlock app for your device:

    • Navigate to ASUS’ support site and go to your device’s page by entering its model number.
    • Click Driver & Tools.
    • Select Android from the drop-down menu.
    • Open the Utilities section.
    • Download the Unlock Device App.
    • If the downloaded file is packaged in a .zip archive, extract it.
  2. Connect the device to your PC via USB.
  3. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window and change to the location where the Unlock Device App .apk resides.
  4. Install the .apk by typing:
    adb install Name_of_unlock_app.apk
    • For example, on the ZE551ML device, it would be adb install UnlockApp_ze551ml_20150723.apk.
  5. Run the application Unlock Device Tool from the device and agree to the terms.

  6. Press the button to unlock your device.
  7. The device should automatically reboot into bootloader mode and the message unlock successfully...reboot after 5 seconds should be displayed. The device will then reboot and load Android.

Installing a custom recovery using fastboot

  1. Download a custom recovery - you can download one here.

  2. Connect your device to your PC via USB.
  3. On the computer, open a command prompt (on Windows) or terminal (on Linux or macOS) window, and type:
    adb reboot bootloader

    You can also boot into fastboot mode via a key combination:

    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Down + Power.
  4. Once the device is in fastboot mode, verify your PC finds it by typing:
    fastboot devices
  5. Flash recovery onto your device:
    fastboot flash recovery <recovery_filename>.img
  6. Now reboot into recovery to verify the installation:
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Power.

Installing LineageOS from recovery

  1. Build a LineageOS installation package.
    • Optionally, download an application package add-on such as Google Apps (use the arm64 architecture).
  2. If you are not in recovery, reboot into recovery:
    • With the device powered off, hold Volume Up + Power.
  3. Now tap Wipe.
  4. Now tap Format Data and continue with the formatting process. This will remove encryption and delete all files stored in the internal storage.
  5. Return to the previous menu and tap Advanced Wipe, then select the Cache and System partitions and then Swipe to Wipe.
  6. Sideload the LineageOS .zip package:
    • On the device, select “Advanced”, “ADB Sideload”, then swipe to begin sideload.
    • On the host machine, sideload the package using: adb sideload
  7. (Optionally): If you want to install any add-ons, repeat the sideload steps above for those packages in sequence.

  8. (Optionally): Root your device by installing LineageOS’ AddonSU, (use the arm64 package) or by using any other method you prefer.
  9. Once you have installed everything successfully, run ‘adb reboot’.

Get assistance

If you have any questions or get stuck on any of the steps, feel free to ask on our subreddit or in #LineageOS on Libera.Chat.