Although it released way back in April 2011, the Asus Transformer TF101 remains a popular option as far as tablets go. Its modest price tag coupled with its versatility, 5 MP camera and impressive battery life makes the Asus Transformer TF101 a tablet worth taking a second look at. For those of you who own one and want to take full advantage of what it has to offer, continue below to learn how to root Asus Transformer TF101 Tablet running ICS.

Read everything you need to know on opening up the system internals of the Transformer tablet after the jump.

Asus Transformer Tf101

What Is Rooting the Android Operating System?

When you buy a new smartphone, you might not know it, but the Android operating system is in a “locked” state. For the most part, it will not make much difference to you: most apps are still available to use, and there are benefits to this locked state such as better security. When you root the Android operating system, you are gaining full administrative rights over the OS.

Why Would You Want to Root Android?

Gaining full administrative rights over the operating system has some perks to some people. For example, out of the millions of applications available on Google Play, some of them will not be able to run on your device unless it has root access. Until you have a specific need for wanting Android rooted, you probably want to leave Android as it comes out of the box. But if you need to unlock an app, then that is when you want to look into rooting methods. Using more apps is only one example of why you may want root access, here is the full list of benefits:

  • Unlock more applications. Some of the apps available for Android cannot run unless you have root access. This is because the app’s features cannot run without the root permissions because the features require the full system access before they can be useful.
  • Better battery life. Smartphones are great, but they have one caveat, which is each time you recharge the battery, it loses some of its overall lifespan. That means smartphones, in general, do not make great investments, and if your weekly paycheck is low, you will want to limit the number of smartphones you go through. One of the ways you can do that is by removing bloatware and creating a better battery life.
  • Bolster performance. If you are the budget-conscious shopper, you may want to increase the device’s performance. This can be done by removing the bloatware as well. The more processes you have running, the more memory that is used. By removing some of the apps, it can help lighten the load on your hardware.
  • Customize Android with themes. With root access, you can download and install any theme that’s at your disposal. That includes any customized theme you can find.

What Are the Risks of Rooting?

If you are buying a smartphone that is not running iOS, then it is probably the Android operating system that you want running as the ideal software to pair with your shiny new hardware. It is, in fact, the Android OS that offers you the chance to customize the OS considerably more than iOS: custom themes, run any app you know about, the works. For many users, the “openness” of an operating system is important, because it offers them more freedom which means running into fewer problems with their investments. But there is a reason iOS likes a far more locked approach: the ability to customize is not for everyone, and if you do not know what you are doing it can lead to a lot of problems which can define your time with the OS rather than freedom.

With power (full admin permissions) comes greater responsibility. Here are some of the main risk factors when it comes to rooting:

  • Malware becomes a larger threat. You might read the occasional news article about how new malware is wreaking havoc in parts of the world on Android. But the Android operating system with root access becomes considerably more vulnerable to exploits because applications are no longer prisoned off in their own sandbox environments. This means if you accidentally download malware, it can do more damage because it can spread throughout the operating system and even jump into other applications and potentially view sensitive data.
  • You can accidentally brick the smartphone. There is always a chance that you end up bricking the smartphone before you had the opportunity to use it with root access. That is because if you are going to brick it, it is going to happen during the rooting process.
  • You may void the warranty. Most manufacturers do not allow you to root the Android operating system and still get to bring it in for repairs under warranty. Whether they are legally meant to do that or not is another question, but it is now common knowledge that most do not want to help you if they find out you have unlocked the OS with root access.

Details of Note

  • You will also need to have USB debugging mode enabled to complete this guide. This helps to connect your Android phone with the PC. Go to the Settings > Developer Options and check the box for enabling the USB Debugging.
  • You will need to make sure you have the Asus USB drivers. This is necessary for when you connect the device to the computer. You have to connect it to the computer to root the device. You can find the drivers from third-party sources or the official website.
  • Remember to restart the computer after installing the new drivers for the drivers to start working.
  • NOTE: This tutorial is for the Asus Transformer TF101 4.0.3 only and will not work with other devices.
  • You must have a computer that runs Windows and not Mac or any other operating system such as Linux. It works for Windows PC only.

How to Root Asus Transformer TF101 On 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

1. First of all you will need to download the following files and save them somewhere easy to find such as your desktop:

  • Asus Sync HERE (Located in Download Tab)
  • Rooting Package HERE (Located in first post)

2. Once you have completed the download, Install the Asus Sync program by double clicking on the file. Instructions will populate on-screen to make sure you install the program correctly.

3. Ensure USB debugging is turned on your Asus Transformer TF101 Tablet. To achieve this simply go to ‘Menu’ > ‘Settings’ > ‘Applications’ > ‘Development’ > ‘USB Debugging’.

4. From the Rooting package that you downloaded in step 1, extract the files to your desktop.

5. There should be a file name run.bat, double-click on this to launch it.

6. From here, simply follow the instructions that will populate within the program to gain root access to Asus Transformer TF101 Tablet.

Now your TF101 device is running with the system internals unchained away from the restrictions the Asus manufacturer put in place before you bought the tablet from the shops. You can check out our pick for the root checker application and follow the link to install the same from the Google Play Store.

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