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Tutorial: How to manually update ZenFone 2 devices into Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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ASUS has began rolling out its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for the ZenFone 2, ZenFone 2 Laser 5.0/5.5ZenFone Max and ZenFone Selfie, which means it will eventually hit all devices as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Unfortunately, that could take several days or weeks, which can feel like an eternity. The good news is that you can download the official FOTA update straight from ASUS website and manually install it yourself. Do note that only the ZenFone 2 (ZE551ML/ZE550ML), ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE500KL/ZE550KL) and ZenFone Selfie (ZD551KL) devices are currently supported for the manual update, the full firmware of the ZenFone Max is not yet available.

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In this tutorial, I will teach you how to manually update your ZenFone 2 into the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Note: Before you do this, make sure to backup all your files first. I will not be responsible for anything that happens to you or your device when following this tutorial.

INSTRUCTION:

  1. Download the full firmware from ASUS. Be careful to select your device accordingly.
    ZenFone 2 (Mirror Link / Beta Update) ZE551ML     ZE550ML
    ZenFone 2 LaserZE500KL    ZE550KL
    ZenFone SelfieZD551KL
    Note: After the download has been completed, just leave the firmware on the root storage of your device OR if you are using your computer to download, copy the file also to the root storage. File size is roughly 1.2GB – 1.6GB, use a stable internet connection preferably Wi-Fi.
  2. Once the above step is done, you will be notified of a “System Update File Detected” on your notification bar. If you do not get a notification, restart your device.
  3. You should see the prompt to select the firmware package you’ve downloaded, make sure that is selected and click on OK. After this, your phone will restart and begin upgrading toy Marshmallow. Then you will see that “Installing System Update” and “Android is upgrading” message.
    Note: It will take roughly 20-30 Minutes for the update to be completed, the phone can’t be used until the update is completed.
  4. Your ZenFone 2 / ZenFone 2 Laser / ZenFone Selfie is now upgraded into Android 6.0 Marshmallow!
    You will be greeted with the Marshmallow notifications as the phone booted up and you will also get a prompt that the “System update is successful”.  You may need to update Google Play services and some of the preloaded ASUS apps after the update, so please check it and do so.
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Asus Marshmallow Screenshot

If you are having any trouble on updating your ZenFone 2 into Android 6.0 Marshmallow, just leave us a comment below and we will try to answer all your questions.

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This article was written by Heland Ortega, Junior Contributor of YugaTech. He is a graduate of Information Technology and Multimedia Arts at FEU Institute of Technology in where he is also now working as a full-time faculty. You can follow him at @helandortega.

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k.lanuza
k.lanuza
5 years ago

hi.. i have a zenfone 2 lazer 6.0 build no. 1.16.40.1020 is there any update for my current version.. i keep on checking the update in may settings but nothing is poping up saying i have an new update

Rajeshri
Rajeshri
5 years ago

During my system update on asus ZenFone max I received the notification of system installed, but I mistakenly cancelled it.
Now when I update my system back again it is not showing me any notification.
Plz guide

ashley sta cruz
ashley sta cruz
5 years ago

i try to reboot my cp lot of times but the software update didnt show off please help me zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Patrick Milher Magsino
Patrick Milher Magsino
5 years ago

Why the update need a latest version of lollipop?
Its always failing to update the firmware i download and it has 1.6 gb of size..

joem reyes
joem reyes
5 years ago

i think two weeksago, i updated my sisters zenfone 2 64 gb version using adb following instructions from http://www.stechguide.com/update-asus-zenfone-2-to-marshmallow/
first i tried copying the update, tried to rename it, relocate it used different memory card but still no popup update is showing.
then i tried adb, and in less than 5 mins it was in MM.
I bought the device for her in MemoExpress so we can say it surely is a local version.

Apolzan Marius
5 years ago

hahaha hahaha,i see so many around here that did tryed the beta,pfff,and i see 1 in here even that bricked hes phone trying to install the beta through TWRP,hahaha ,well,first of all for those that thought they are smart,i will tell you how you can manage to install the beta,first of all,the phone has to be unrooted,that’s the first and very important,which it means no TWRP,second,your bootloader has to be unlocked,3rd,your room has to be stock,with all the apps that comes with the original stock rom and unaltered ,that’s why many did bricked their phone,even tho some i see that think they know what they r doing hahaha,now,i just told you how u can have that beta of the android MM for ZE551ML,it is working great and it is stable,i have it and i can say that i love it,the battery it last longer in standby,but ofc i took care of 2 things that always were crap and always will be crap,as i saw in this movie that r ppl that really believe that those craps worth something,1 is the proccess killer,or apps killer and second is that cm security,for the first 1,there is no app in this world that actually do something to kill a process on android,for a simple reason,the apps that those apps try to kill actually have 0 power consumption and ocupy 0 kb in memory,now,that app is useless for a simple fact,it stays loaded in memory,consumes lot of power,it has to stay loaded to search for the loaded apps and try to kill them when they r,that is power consuming for nothing,it was proven lot of times,those apps consume memory and power more than any other app,for the second,i wanna hear just 1 persone that found a virus in hes/her android device ? there is none,not yet so another thing that is useless for now on a phone,so…good luck installing the new beta,if you know what you’re doing…

juhnnn
Reply to  Apolzan Marius
5 years ago

Wow english! hahaha

Nico
Nico
5 years ago

Masyado bang advance yung akin kasi 1 month ago pa yung update eh? Zenfone 2 Laser 5.0 user here.

MARI
MARI
5 years ago

This doesnt work. It is still on BETA stage.

Enzo
Enzo
5 years ago

Will flashing this in twrp work?

bleep
bleep
5 years ago

If your phone phone gets bricked/stops working because of this, follow the instructions here.
http://forum.xda-developers.com/zenfone2/general/guide-brick-soft-hard-bricked-zenfone-2-t3284256/page16
It might take a while, but my phone is now 90% working. (can’t enter recovery and no root access)

Earl Aliwalas
Earl Aliwalas
5 years ago

ZE551ML is not working.

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