Galaxy Ace 2 is a great mid-range and affordable Android device, but as usual when having a budget friendly smartphone the official updates aren’t that popular. So, if you want to experience the latest Android firmware on your galaxy Ace 2, the best will be to try and install a custom ROM software instead of waiting for OTA updates. By using this guide you will be able to manually install CM10.2 on Samsung Galaxy Aces 2 I8160 and flash Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean OS on your handset.
Android 4.3.1 firmware is not the latest platform released by Google, but since an Android 4.4 KitKat ROM isn’t yet available (at least not a stable one) for the Ace 2, the CM10.2 software should be just perfect for you and for your phone. CM 10.2 is based on stock Jelly Bean OS and is coming with great features, apps and capabilities that can be used for improving the performances of your smartphone. Some of these features are extra ones, which mean that the same can’t be found on the default version of Android 4.3.1 JB system.
Basically, by installing CM10.2 on Galaxy Ace 2 you will be able to receive a custom and modified, though optimized and customized, version of Android 4.3.1 JB firmware. So, on your phone it will be installed a ROM that has its own version of JB UI, looks and also its own features and capabilities. As I have already stated, these extra features can be easily used for removing the bloatware, for upgrading the battery life, for bumping the speeds and for improving the performances of your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
All these can be achieved by flashing CM 10.2 software, so you have to complete the present step by step guide. The CM10.2 OS is stable, comes without bugs and things that aren’t working properly and according to those who have already installed the Android 4.3.1 ROM, the same is smoothly running on the Galaxy Ace 2. Anyway, it should be clear for you by now that this update isn’t official and has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. CM is developed by third party devs and represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android system.
Anyway, if you have decided to complete this manual update operation, the first thing to do is to check the list from below. There I have described the pre requisites procedures that must be checked out before starting the proper installation operation. So, don’t skip this part as it is the most relevant one.
- Root your Galaxy Ace 2 – the CM10.2 firmware can be installed only on a rooted smartphone.
- Install a custom recovery image on your phone – a custom ROM can be flashed only by using a custom recovery.
- I recommend you to use CWM or TWRP recovery as these apps have been used by the devs on the testing process.
- Make a backup for saving the Galaxy Ace 2 data. Save everything that’s on the internal storage memory of your phone because a wipe will be required.
- Also, use the recovery image for making a Nandroid backup (save the current ROM) and suitable backup and restore apps from Google Play for saving your contacts, market apps, call logs, text messages, EFS folder and so on.
- Ensure that you can use a computer or notebook, your Ace 2 and its USB cable.
- On both computer and handset you first have to deactivate the security protection. Programs like antivirus are usually interfering with the update operation.
- On your phone from path “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable the USB debugging option.
- You also have to charge your Ace 2 especially if the battery status is displaying less than 60% power left.
- The installation procedure of CM10.2 Android 4.3.1 firmware should be used only by those who are owning the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 model number I8160; this tutorial is compatible only with the mentioned Android based device.
The rooting process and basically all the operations mentioned above aren’t official. Because of that, by performing the same the warranty of your Ace 2 will get void. Don’t go any further if you don’t agree with this aspect. Of course, the warranty can be restored if you need to. In order to do so you have to downgrade your handset to stock Android OS; then the root access will be revoked and the default Android system reinstalled.
How to Install CM10.2 custom ROM on Galaxy Ace 2 and Update to Android 4.3.1 Firmware
- Download the CM 10.2 Android 4.3.1 update file from here.
- Along with the update file download the Google Apps package from here.
- Save the downloaded files on your computer / notebook.
- Don’t unzip the files, just place it on desktop if you want.
- Connect your Ace 2 with the computer.
- Of course use the USB cable for establishing the connection.
- Then copy-paste both downloaded files from desktop and place the same on your phone’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cable.
- Turn off your device.
- Wait a few seconds before resuming the update process.
- Enter your Android device in recovery mode.
- Then by using the recovery mode menu select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- From main menu of recovery then choose “advance” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Once more, from main menu of recovery select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the CM 10.2 firmware and flash Android 4.3.1 JB on Galaxy Ace 2.
- Do the same thing and install Google Apps package.
- In the end, just select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now.
Perfect. Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has been installed with Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean custom ROM firmware. So, you are done for now. All you have to do now is to test the Android software and see how it performs on your device. Don’t forget to use the comments area from below for sharing your impressions with other users who are considering in using this dedicated step by step guide.