Update Galaxy Ace 2 to stock Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXMF1 Firmware

A new version of the Android 4.1.2 firmware has been made available for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 smartphone as Samsung rolled out the OTA XXMF1 update. But the software can be automatically installed only in limited markets, so for the other users of the Ace 2 who are looking forward in flashing the stock JB 4.1.2 XXMF1 OS a manual method will be required. If that’s your case too, then consider in using this tutorial as during the following lines I will show you how to manually update your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 model number I8160 with the mentioned firmware.

Since the XXMF1 system is an official release of the Android 4.1.2 platform installing the update on your Ace 2 will be an easy task to complete. Even though a manual method will be required, the process isn’t implying in completing complex or risky operations. In fact, the software will be applied via Odin, which is a dedicated tool developed and offered by Samsung especially for these types of procedures.

That’s why this guide is compatible with rooted and locked phones, while CWM or any other custom recovery image isn’t required at all. The Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXMF1 can be flashed on locked bootloaders too as the firmware is the same with the OTA release, with the difference on the installation method which in our case is the manual one. Now, if your Ace 2 is rooted then you will not be able to receive or flash OTA updates therefore this tutorial will be more than helpful for you too. Don’t worry as after completing the steps from below, the root access will be revoked, the warranty restored (when rooting the warranty gets voided) and you will be able to enjoy the future releases of the Android system.

As mentioned, Odin will be used. You should know that there are rare cases when Odin gets stuck, or when after installing the official JB 4.1.2 update your Galaxy Ace 2 gets stuck on a boot loop. Well, if that happens you will have to wipe the system of your handset, so all of your personal info, data and accounts will be erased. For avoiding this situation I recommend you to backup the Ace 2 data (everything you might need) before heading to the next lines. The best is that the backup can be easily completed due to the numerous and free distributed backup and restore apps available on Google Play, so you can return here for resuming the tutorial in a minute.

After applying the backup prepare your Galaxy Ace 2 for the update operation. The best will be to complete the guidelines from below:

  • Odin can be installed only on a Windows running computer – ensure you have access to the same.
  • On the same computer you might want to deactivate the security protection because the antivirus programs are usually blocking the downloads (you need to manually download the Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXMF1 software on your computer).
  • Also, since a computer will be used where Odin will be installed, for flashing the update on your smartphone, a connection between the devices will be required. That’s why your Ace 2 and its USB cable are being required.
  • Due to same considerations, on your phone go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development” and enable the USB debugging option.
  • Don’t complete something without consulting the steps from below or else you can brick your smartphone.
  • For avoiding the unpleasant situations, it is recommended to charge your Ace before starting the update operation. Apply this step only if on your phone there is less than 60% power left.
  • Remember that Samsung only released the XXMF1 Android 4.1.2 OS for the Galaxy Ace 2 model number I8160; don’t use this step by step guide in case you own a similar or different device because you can end up in bricking your smartphone / tablet.

How to Update Galaxy Ace 2 to stock Jelly Bean 4.1.2 XXMF1 Firmware

  1. You can download the update file on your computer by using the link from here.
  2. Unzip the downloaded firmware on desktop.
  3. Then, take care of Odin: download the tool, unzip it and install the program on your computer.
  4. Finally, run Odin.
  5. If you your PC you don’t have the Ace 2 drivers installed, do flash them before going any further; you can use Samsung KIES for installing the drivers.
  6. Take your phone and turn it off (for good).
  7. Then, wait a few seconds and press the Power, Volume Down and Home buttons at the same time – the download mode will be reached.
  8. With the handset booted into download mode and with Odin running on the computer, connect your device with the PC via USB cable.
  9. Once the connection establish, on Odin the “added” message will be displayed. Furthermore, the ID:COM section will be either yellow or blue.
  10. If not, you shouldn’t complete the rest of the steps. Resolve the issues by unplugging the USB cable, closing Odin, reinstalling the drivers on the computer and repeating the steps from above.
  11. If everything if going as planned from Odin you should select “PDA”.
  12. Then, you should pick the update file from desktop.
  13. On Odin the re-partition option shouldn’t be checked; the same is applying for the f. reset time option.
  14. Now, click on “start”.
  15. The update process will begin; wait while the installation operation is running.
  16. You will know when it’s done as the “pass” message will be displayed on Odin and the ID:COM section will now be green.
  17. Disconnect your Ace 2 from the computer and reboot your smartphone.
  18. As mentioned, if your phone gets stuck in a boot loop you will have to reboot into recovery and select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”. You can enter recovery mode by pressing and holding the Power, Volume Up and Home buttons for a few seconds.

That was all, the stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXMF1 firmware has been manually installed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160. You can re-root your handset if you need to (by rooting you can easily improve the performances and bump the speeds) or you can enjoy the default Android system. For customizing the OS you can anytime choose to flash a custom ROM firmware. Just use our suitable step by step guides or use the comments area from below for asking a particular tutorial. We will try to assist you as soon as possible.