Asus stopped the Android updates for its Transformer Pad TF300T. Currently the tablet is stuck on Android Jelly Bean OS and since KitKat hasn’t been released, it is quite clearn that Lollipop is out of question. Of course, even if Android 4.4 isn’t officially available, the Transformer Pad can be anytime installed with a custom ROM that can bring the latest features that are available on the market. Well, the same can be now applied when discussing about Android 5.0 Lollipop.
A new ROM based on AOSP Lollipop has been developed and optimized especially for Asus Transformer Pad TF300T. Thus, surprisingly or not, now you can update your tablet with latest Android firmware, even before the official release of the same. Therefore, if you choose to follow and complete this step by step guide you can learn how to quickly and safely apply the installation process for enjoying a stable and smooth Lollipop ROM on your own Transformer Pad.
This unofficial port is developed by those of xda-developers (for further details check the source page from here) so we should thanks them for this tutorial. Now, even though the firmware file is still in development stage, the Lollipop system can be safely installed on your Asus Transformed Pad for using it on a daily basis. The bugs are minor and the software runs without lags or other software related issues. According to those who have already applied the Android 5.0 update there are still problems with Bluetooth, Accelerometer and Camera.
Of course all the issues will be soon resolved and you will be prompted with a more stable version of Lollipop to install on your Asus Transformer Pad TF300T. But until then this release should be just perfect for you, especially if you want to test the latest features and apps on your own tablet. The ROM also brings some extra goodies which will optimize, customize and improve the performances and the looks of your Transformer Pad.
Do note that you are about to update your device with a custom ROM that is only based on leaked Android 5.0 OS. A custom ROM represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android firmware and has nothing to do with Google. Thus it is developed by third party devs. So, this process is not official and by completing the same you will void your Transformer Pad warranty – fixing a bricked tablet will imply in taking your device back to service (and you will have to pay for the technical assistance) or in manually fixing software related issues.
Moreover, for being able to succeed in updating your Transformer Pad, first you have to root your tablet. A custom ROM can be flashed only on an unlocked Android device, so gaining root access is a must. Furthermore, the Lollipop firmware can be installed only by using a custom recovery image, so before doing anything else install the latest version of TWRP or CWM recovery on your handset.
After taking care of these complex operations, also consider in taking care of your data – the data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your Android tablet. While using recovery mode for flashing Android 5.0 Lollipop your data will be erased as a wipe will be required. So, because of that a backup is more than recommended and useful. You can use dedicated software utilities for saving things like your own contacts list, call logs, internet settings, market apps, or other personal data, info and accounts such as images, videos or audio files.
I also recommend you to save the current ROM that is running on your Transformer Pad. If the Lollipop OS will not impress you, then you will be able to quickly and easily downgrade. You can manage all this by making a Nandroid backup.
A computer is required because this is a manual update operation and you need to download the Lollipop firmware on a computer and notebook. Then you will flash the update package on your tablet, so the USB cable must be near you. It is recommended to deactivate security protection from your computer during the installation process as antivirus programs can interfere with the same. Also, on your tablet you should enable USB debugging option if you want to properly connect your devices afterwards.
This tutorial will work only for the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T. Don’t apply Lollipop Android 5.0 using the following steps if you own a similar or different device. Moreover, charge your handset before starting as if your tablet gets turned off in the middle of the flashing process, it might get bericked – plug in the charger if the battery level is currently lower than 50%.
How to Install Android 5.0 Lollipop on Asus Transformer Pad TF300T
- From this page download the update package on your computer and from here download Google apps package.
- Place both files on desktop and don’t unzip.
- Connect your tablet with your computer by plugging in the USB cord.
- Transfer the downloaded files from desktop to your tablet’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cable when done.
- Turn off your Transformer Pad as recovery mode must be reached – learn how to enter recovery mode by using this tutorial.
- From recovery the first thing to do is to wipe the system, so choose “wipe data factory reset”.
- Then you need to clear cache, therefore select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Now, it’s time to flash Android 5.0 Lollipop. So, select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the update package and flash the same. Then, repeat the process and install Google Apps package.
- In the end, from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now” and enjoy.
Congratulations; you have updated your Asus Transformer Pad TF300T to custom Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM. So, now test the new firmware and see how it runs on your tablet. Do share your results with us and with other users that might want to complete this step by step guide – use the comments field from below in that matter.