How to root Asus Zenpad S 8.0 Z580C on Android 5.0 [Guide]

ZenpadIf you are still wondering why you might want to root Asus Zenpad S 8.0 Z580C tablets, I’m about to give you one of the top reasons: Full!screen. The Full!screen app takes away your navigation bar so you can use all of the Zenpad screen real estate on your device for those times when you would prefer having every inch available.

REQUIREMENTS

  • These are the instructions to root Asus Zenpad S 8.0 Z580C devices only. Do not try these steps on any other devices.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

  • You should always backup your device before going ahead and rooting it just to make sure you do not lose any data. The following method to root the Asus Zenpad should not delete your data automatically. However, if you happen to soft-brick your device, you might want to hard reset it and not try fixing it via a more technical method. It’s during those hard reset times where you do wipe all data on the device and you cannot restore that same data again unless you backed up earlier.
  • You must have a Windows PC to use this guide.

HOW TO ROOT ASUS ZENPAD S 8.0 Z580C

  1. Make sure you have the USB Debugging Mode enabled on the Zenpad by navigating to the Menu > Settings > Developer Options > USB Debugging Mode.
  2. Download the Intel-Android package from this link.
  3. Download the SuperSU by Chainfire from this link.
  4. Learn how to set up ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  5. Download the universal ADB drivers on your computer.
  6. Once you have set up the ADB and Fastboot on your computer, install the universal ADB drivers on the computer and then move to the next step.
  7. Connect the Asus Zenpad S 80 Z580C to the computer with the USB cable.
  8. Copy the SuperSU package to the root of the SD card internal storage of the Zenpad device.
  9. Extract the Intel-Android package by moving it to the desktop and then right-click over the file and choosing the “extract here” option.
  10. Open that same Intel folder and hold Shift and right-click the mouse and choose to open a new command window here from the menu.
  11. Type the first command and hit Enter : adb devices
  12. Click the Launcher.bat file that is found inside the same extracted folder.
  13. Wait until it says your device is detected. Now select T2 and Enter.
  14. Wait for the device to boot into the custom recovery after about five minutes.
  15. Use the Volume keys to navigate through the recovery menu and choose the Install option to browse the SD card and then install the SuperSU file.
  16. Confirm you do want to install the SuperSU file and choose the ‘reboot system now’ option from the main recovery menu when you’re done.
  17. The SuperSU is what is going to keep your device safe by stopping malware from penetrating through your root file system unless you were to grant the malware access manually.

You might want to open the Google Play Store app on your Zenpad device and browse for the Full!screen app we mentioned earlier. You will find Full!screen and many other apps for your rooted device available for free.

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  • Ruben Quintanar

    This totally worked on my asus zenpad 8
    i honestly was a bit scared of messing it up because the instructions look a bit confusing, but if you do this BY THE BOOK… then you should be fine

  • Keith Epstein

    It’s ok :) I appreciate the response! I almost bricked my computer messing with installing multiple new drivers so I am gonna just give up trying to root my tablet lol

  • EyEofHorus DiProDiGy

    I managed to root my tablet after installing those drivers! I cannot remember now of all steps/details and even so I think it’s not 100% correctly rooted! Anyway, I don’t know what else to say! I’m sorry!

  • Keith Epstein

    i have installed the driver you gave the link to but am still not seeing the install option. Any suggestions? Is this lack of options purely based on the driver?

  • EyEofHorus DiProDiGy

    You need to install this driver:
    http://gsmusbdriver.com/driver/8775/

  • urbanorleans

    In the recovery menu, there is no Install option. I tried to hit SD Download, but it says unable to mount.

    Only options in my recovery menu are:

    Reboot Droidboot
    Reboot
    Factory Reset
    SD Download
    Power Off

  • turf

    Looking for another 8″ tablet, I am tempted to get one of these, but this root seems too hacky, and there are no roms for it anyway. Why doesn’t Asus have an easily unlocked bootloader wtih the source code published – don’t they want to sell tablets to people who actually care about keeping their tablet current? I once had another Asus tablet – a second generation Transformer with all the accessories. It was definitely ahead of its time, and I did get it rooted plus a custom rom on it, but it was so fraught with difficulties in rooting and romming (does anyone remember creating blobs to be safe?) that I soon traded it to my son for an old and crappy first generation Tab 7, but a Tab with good support on XDA. The Tab 7 is still useful and runs slick with MM instead of gingerbread or honeycomb or whatever rom I left on that Transformer since I was so afraid to brick it.

  • Jason

    I had this issue too. When you get to this point its because of driver issue on your computer. First extract the contents of the adb-setup-1.4.2.exe file using something like 7zip. You should see these folders & file (adb / driver / xp / install.bat)

    Then go Start – type Device Manager – hit Enter – scroll down until you see the device (should say android something) with the yellow warning – right click and choose Update Driver Software – browse to the extracted files above – browse the driver folder – choose android_winusb.inf – ok. This will install the driver and the process will continue. Follow the rest of the guide and you should be all set.

    You can install the root checker app on the google play store to confirm its rooted.

  • Mathew Diekhake
  • Mathew Diekhake

    I’m not all that aware of what you are saying. I don’t see that in my guide so I’m unable to help you.

    Try posting your question on this forum thread about your device and other people with your device might be able to offer you some assistance.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/android/development/zenpad-s-root-achieved-t3160422

  • armix9316

    hi i’m trying do root my zenpad s 8.0 but when i open the bootloader and choose the voice “SD Download” it says “no detect ASUS_BUNDLE.zip” then i renamed the the file into asus_bundle.zip it starts but stop immediately with an error “no command”…please help me tanks a lot

  • scottalias

    For this Asus Zenpad S 8.0 you must go to Settings>About>Software Information> then you will see Build Number. Thanks.

  • scottalias

    Yeah. I have the Asus Zenpad S 8.0, the one with the USB type C port, 64 gb of internal memory and the 2.3 ghz Intel processor. I realize there is another model with less memory and a slower processor, I guess there must be other differences. I do appreciate your help.

  • Mathew Diekhake

    Are you sure? Have you tried scrolling down in the About Device menu?

  • scottalias

    There’s a Model number, not a Build Number.

  • Mathew Diekhake

    Hi Sol,

    Yes, the guide works and should continue to work for the Android 5.0 software updates. It may need updating in future after that.

  • Mathew Diekhake

    Hi Scott,

    You can unlock the Developer Options menu by tapping on the Settings app > About Device > Build Number. Continually tap on the build number until it says you are using the device as a developer.

  • scottalias

    No

  • scottalias

    There’s no “Developer Options” or “USB debugging mode” available in the settings menu.

  • Mathew

    Hi Sol,

    Yes, you should find the guide works if it is still running on the Android 5.0 Lollipop update.

  • Sol

    Does this really work?

  • Dave Girvin

    You can actually use the app “GMD immersive” from the app store to go full screen and auto hide the navbar without having to root. I’m using it on mine to post this.