If your ZenFone 5 is plagued with issues after installing the recent Android 5.0 Lollipop (software version 126.96.36.199) that was released earlier this week, don't worry. The official KitKat firmware signing windows are still open. By using them you can roll back to the stable KitKat version any time you wish.
The following is a detailed guide with step-by-step instructions to help you downgrade your ZenFone 5.
A quick note: Keep in mind that this tutorial is for the ZenFone T00F and T00J WW variants which should be running 188.8.131.52. Do not try these on any other variant. Downgrading using the official firmware does not void your manufacturer's warranty, but you need to be extremely cautious, during the process.
IBTimes UK will not be held liable for any damage during the process. Do not forget to keep a backup of all data of the phone.
How to downgrade ZenFone 5 from Lollipop to Kitkat v184.108.40.206
Step-1: Download Android 4.4 KitKat firmware versions 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 for your ZenFone 5
Note: Do not extract the downloaded links.
Step-2: Connect the ZenFone to the PC and copy the version 22.214.171.124 only to the phone's internal storage. Do not copy the v126.96.36.199
Step-3: Disable the USB cable. Your phone will show a notification, 'System Update File Detected. Touch to start the system update'
Step-4: Touch the notification to get a pop-up, which will show the file name of the KitKat firmware v188.8.131.52. Select it and tap OK
Step-5: The phone will now enter recovery mode and install the aforementioned KitKat firmware. After the installation, the phone will restart automatically
Step-6: Now flash KitKat firmware v184.108.40.206 on your phone
Step-7: Connect the phone with the PC and move the KitKat file to the internal storage
Step-8: Like the previous KitKat firmware, you should get a notification about the update. Simply touch it to get a pop-up and tap OK to install 220.127.116.11. This should downgrade your software version KitKat completely
Step-9: A reboot is required after the process
After the process go to Settings>> About>> Software information>> Build number, and it should show 18.104.22.168.