So I’ve had the ASUS EeePad Transformer TF101 for almost 2 years now, and have been pretty happy with it, but it has gotten quite laggy and the input is always delayed. It could be a cause of the number of apps installed over that period of time, or simply that I’m used to using ‘faster’ tablets (work etc;).

I decided then to liberate my ASUS TF101 from it’s stock locked (no longer supported by ASUS 4.0.3 ICS rom). Some googling quickly got me plenty confused, as the content is “ancient” (in technical terms) from 2010/2011/2012. But I happened to find a starting point for a one-click root/recovery flash:

I grabbed:
V0.42- TwrpyIndri Cutting Edge – 14.15MB
Version 0.42 — Recommended (TWRP

And simply proceeded through the guide, plug in tablet, make sure USB debugging is enabled (had that already). Then just run the .bat file from the package under CMD in administrator mode (this is all for Windows 7).

The install is guided, and pretty much “one click”, you traverse their interactive menu by hitting Y/N as choice options. I was able to pull this off without any problems, and my heartrate didn’t even spike and there was no wringing or fingers.

Once that was done, I went ahead and reviewed the notes for the KitKat guide & downloaded the right roms:

It really went very smoothly, in this order:

  1. Download necessary Android ROMs + One-click root
  2. Download latest Gapps Package (for google play store and google apps)
  3. One-click the TF101, backup stock rom to microSD
  4. Using TWRP (from one-click) Factory Reset
  5. TWRP > Format
  6. Install zips (ROMs off microSD, including gapps after kitkat)

Hope it goes smoothly for you! If I can help with any questions, let me know. The ASUS TF101 KK 4.4.2 has been running beautifully since the flash. Much smoother and more responsive than what I got out of stock ICS 4.0.3.

Update 02/09/2014

After running KitKat since the 02/02/2014, I can state that I’ve installed many of the apps I’ve used before on ICS and none have had crashes or issues. The tablet response is smooooooth and well worth the fuss to update from stock ASUS firmware. If you have a TF101, this will breathe new life into an ‘older’ device.

Update 03/11/2014

A few people seem to be confused about gapps and needing to install that rom. ALL 3rd party Android ROMs are without google apps, it is a licensing issue that prohibits combined distribution. So you need to install them yourself using the additional rom. It’s easy to do, just install the gapps rom after you install kitkat.

111 Comments to “Updating ASUS TF101 from stock to Android KitKat (4.4.2)”

  1. Ian West | March 16th, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    This worked perfectly and I’m loving it! However, I’m having trouble seeing a Seagate expansion portable drive via the USB ports, it won’t mount and is showing as an empty SD card. USB memory sticks are seen ok, but not the drive. I’ve tried it with NTFS and exFAT formatting, but no joy.

    I’ve tried SDfix, stickmount and a usbotg utility, Any ideas?

  2. Walter | July 16th, 2016 at 7:16 PM


    I have a TF101 with stock Android 4.01 on it which I still use regularly. Lately, a known wifi bug has started to bug my machine so I wanted to do the upgrade as shown above (as it will sove the wifi issue).
    Turns out the file V0.42- TwrpyIndri Cutting Edge can no longer be found online (dropbox link broken).
    You wouldn’t happen to have this file around somewhere anymore so you could share it with me?
    Thanks in advance if you do,

  3. Tf101 user | August 25th, 2016 at 4:17 AM

    Re: seagate hdd. Your usb port probably does not supply enough power for a hard drive. If your hdd has a supplementary plug, try plugging it to the wall, too.

  4. Jan | December 24th, 2016 at 2:37 PM


    Same problem as Walter, the file V0.42- TwrpyIndri Cutting Edge can no longer be found online (dropbox link broken).
    You wouldn’t happen to have this file around somewhere anymore so you could share it with me?
    Thanks in advance,

  5. Norman | January 8th, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Same problem. I need the share too. Does this also apply to EEE Pad SL 101?

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