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How to restore stock firmware / recovery on ZenWatch (WI500Q)

In this article, we’ll go through the steps to restore the original firmware on the ASUS ZenWatch 1 (model WI500Q).

Please notice:

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On this link you can find a TWRP backup of my stock ZenWatch system partition.

To reset your device to stock, you need to download TWRP recovery 2.8.7 for ZenWatch and flash it by issuing in a terminal:

fastboot flash recovery twrp_2.8.7.0_anthias.img

Once you have flashed the recovery (please note that you need to have your bootloader unlocked, refer to this thread), enter it.

Using the TWRP integrated MTP file transfer, extract the .zip file above into the root of the ZenWatch.
Then reboot the recovery into recovery (TWRP needs this step to index backups in memory) and select “Restore” option.

Then you can find your stock recovery here, to have running the original.
Remember: to flash a recovery, always use

fastboot flash recovery recoveryfile.img

Happy flashing! 🙂

P.S.: If this guide helped you, please leave a comment.

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