Even though the Galaxy Ace is now a mid range Android device that offers low end performances you can still enjoy your smartphone without considering in buying a new and expensive phone. How? Well, by receiving the latest apps, features and capabilities that are available on the Android market. This can be achieved easily but only by installing a custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Ace. So, because of that during the present step by step guide we will be checking on how to update your Galaxy Ace to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS by installing the CM11 firmware.
As you know, Samsung has stopped the official Android updates for the Ace, the phone being currently stuck on Gingerbread software. You can change hat only by choosing a custom ROM which can be based on Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean or even KitKat platform. If you want to test the latest release of Android on your own Galaxy Ace, then you have to install the CM 11 firmware as the same is based on default Android 4.4.2 KK OS. Of course, CM11 is not an official update as the software is developed and offered by third party devs – we should thanks those of xda-developers for the present step by step guide.
As you can already tell, since this variant of CM11 is developed by those of xda-developers, the Android 4.4.2 update isn’t even the official CM release. Don’t worry though as the software is stable and do comes with great features and capabilities. Actually, by flashing CM11 on your Galaxy Ace you will be able to receive both stock and extra features, features ported from the official version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS. These features and also the CM 11 capabilities can be easily used for powering up the performances of your Samsung Galaxy Ace. With the mentioned update applied you will be able to improve the speeds, upgrade the battery life, update the web browsing experience and receive more power from your phone.
Also CM 11 will be coming with its own looks, so don’t expect to receive the pure Android 4.4.2 KitKat user interface. Basically, your Galaxy Ace will become your new playground as you will be able to tweak your phone and to personalize and customize everything you want. Furthermore, you will have access to the internal system so you will be able to remove in built programs and add new apps and tools. But for being able to obtain all that, first you will have to complete this tutorial and install Android 4.4.2 based CM11 firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Ace.
As I have mentioned before, this update isn’t official, so CM 11 represents only a free aftermarket distribution of KitKat platform. Because of that, the update operation won’t be official either while by performing the same the warranty of your smartphone will get void. This aspect can’t be avoided so if anything bad happens, you will be by yourselves. If you’re not comfortable about this aspect, maybe the best will be to stop here. Basically the warranty will get void because root access is being required – gaining root access must be the first thing to complete before starting the installation process from below.
So, by rooting your Galaxy Ace the warranty will get void. The warranty can be restored only by downgrading your phone to stock Android OS. After gaining root access you will also have to install a custom recovery image on your device. The custom recovery will be used on the flashing process, so don’t skip this step if you want to safely install CM11 on Galaxy Ace. Use the last version of CWM or TWRP recovery as these apps were used by the devs when they tested the update on the Ace.
Another thing to do before going any further is the backup. It’s important to save everything that’s important for you, like EFS folder, text messages, call logs, market apps, contacts list and so on because while installing the Android 4.4.2 update a wipe will be required and you will lose the data that is saved on the internal storage memory of your Galaxy Ace. Also, on your way you should also use the recovery image for making a Nandroid backup – if you won’t like the CM 11 firmware then you will be able to easily restore the stock Android OS.
Perfect; the last thing to do is to ensure that a computer or notebook can be used. On both, computer and device you must deactivate (temporarily only) the antivirus and antimalware (along with any other security protection) programs because these tools can interfere with our work. After that, your phone must be fully charged, or there should be at least 60% power left; if not you need to plug in the charger before starting the process from below. On your phone you need to enable the USB debugging option – do it by going to “menu – settings – developer options”. This step by step guide is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Ace model number S5830 – installing CM 11 Android 4.4.2 software on a different version of the Ace or on another Android device will probably bring your smartphone, so be careful and try not to mess things up.
Update Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with CM11 custom ROM Firmware
- From here download the update file; place the firmware on your computer – preferable on desktop and don’t unzip the package.
- Up next, connect your smartphone with the PC.
- Use your phone’s USB cable for establishing the connection.
- Now, transfer (copy paste or drag and drop) the CM 11 custom ROM from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Remove the USB cord – the computer is no longer useful.
- Turn off your phone.
- Reboot in recovery mode.
- From recovery first select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
- Then choose “advance” and select “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery.
- Select “install zip from SD card” and “choose zip from SD card”.
- Pick the Android 4.4.2 CM11 update file and install the same on your Galaxy Ace.
- In the end from recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
Congratulations; now on your Samsung Galaxy Ace CM11 custom ROM firmware is running. Therefore you have successfully updated your Android device to unofficial port of Android 4.4.2 KitKat software. The best will be to test the new software in order to see how it works. Of course, if there are bugs or things that aren’t working properly share your results with us by using the comments field from below.