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Flash Galaxy ACE S5830 Using CyanogenMod 9 Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta 8 Firmware

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The Galaxy Ace S5830 didn’t receive the ICS upgrade officially but, by reading this tutorial guide you will learn how to upgrade it using CM9 based custom ROM and install the Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta 8 firmware files. For the installation to go smoothly you need to read all the info and instructions and in case you can’t get past over any of the steps in the tutorial guide then you should ask me in comments and I will offer you guidance and eventually you will install the new custom ROM files on your device.

In the previous releases of this custom ROM, the camera didn’t work but now this has been fixed and it should work with your Galaxy ACE device. This isn’t an official release and you should know that this update can be installed only on rooted devices.

With this installation your device will be given support for: booting, GSM, WIfi, Bluetooth, Sound, headphones, full HW acceleration, GPS, proximity, rotation and all the other sensors, cyanogenmod settings are included, Google Play Store support, repaired animations, facebook sync, buttons backlight, deep sleep, ICS keyboard, YouTube, browser and gmail, native android mass storage, games, live wallpapers and multiple other elements that you should notice after installing it. Before moving to the installation guide, you should read the info below and you will learn how to properly prepare your Galaxy ACE S5830 device and avoid getting it bricked.

Please note that your device should be already rooted and, if it is and you’re currently running a different custom ROM then you will also need to wipe data, dalvik cache and cache files so that the new unofficial CM9 based Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta 8 firmware installs successfully. In case you can’t understand any of the steps listed in the preparation/ tutorial guide, then feel free to ask for help by using the comments section.

Here’s what you need to know before applying the new Android 4.0.3 ICS Beta 8 firmware files on Galaxy ACE S5830:

  • backup all the files stored on your phone so that you won’t risk losing them during the firmware update. The files can be moved on your phone’s SDcard as that part will remain the same even after you’ve installed the new custom ROM. Alternatively you can move the pictures, audio, video and all the other files you consider to be important on your computer and after the process is complete you can restore them back to your smartphone.
  • your phone has to be rooted for the installation of the new custom ROM firmware.
  • if you wish to backup SMS and call logs then you can easily do it by using these tools: ¬†SMS Backup & Restore / Call Logs Backup & Restore.
  • APN and MMS settings info should be saved also. The info can be found by opening Settings, then Applications, Wireless and Network then Mobile Networks and open Access Point Names. This will save your internet settings so that in case something goes wrong and after the update you’re unable to browse the web then you will be able to restore them to default.
  • Sync you Contacts with your Gmail account.
  • enable USB debugging by opening Settings, then Applications and select Development. Now you should see the USB debugging option; tick it.
  • Make sure that the battery power is over 70% and in this way the phone won’t power off during the update.

Now that you know all this info it means that you’re ready to move to the tutorial guide and learn how to properly update your Galaxy Ace with the new firmware files. Here’s how to:

  1. Download the zip file for the ICS CM9 from here. Click Download, then click the Galaxy Ace S5830 phone, after that click the Releases button and there you should see the Beta 8 firmware zip file. Click Download and save it on your PC.
  2. Now connect the smartphone to your computer and then move the above firmware zip on the phone’s SDcard. Now disconnect the device from the PC and then proceed and power off the phone.
  3. Enter recovery mode by pressing and holding the menu center button and, while doing this, you need to press the power button. In case it boots into normal mode, then you should repeat the action. Remember that this should be done when the phone is OFF.
  4. When Recovery mode shows it main screen you need to select the option that says ‘install zip from sdcard’ and then ‘choose zip from sdcard’. Select the zip file you’ve moved at step 2 and then confirm the installation of the new firmware files.
  5. When the update is complete you need to get back to the main ¬†recovery menu and select ‘reboot system now’. Please note that your phone will perform its first boot with the new custom ROM. Also, this might take a while before loading all the apps and the Android ICS home screen. However, in case the first boot take too long to load it means that something went wrong and you will need to repeat all the above steps.

In case the firmware wasn’t installed from its first try, then you can try to re-install it and after that you can choose to wipe data, cache and dalvik cache. This might do the trick and your phone will eventually boot into CM8 ICS 4.0.3 Android custom ROM.

After the installation is successful remember to restore your files, SMS, Call Logs and sync the Contacts with your Gmail account and this will bring back all the phone numbers you had stored on your Galaxy Ace previously. For any other questions please use the comments section and ask for help, as I will try to guide through any problems you might’ve stumbled during the firmware update.

If you found this tutorial guide by mistake, when in fact you were searching for a how-to guide for a different device, then you should use the search box and you might find an article that will be useful. There are numerous Android devices and rooting, updating and firmware flashing guides present on our website and I’m sure that you’ll find a specific guide for whatever Android smartphone you own.


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