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Update Galaxy Ace S5830i to MindCR ICS Custom ROM

The Galaxy Ace S5830i can now be updated with a new custom Rom firmware, as those of xda-developers had just made available the ICS based MindCR software. Since now, there were only few updates (mostly Gingerbread ones) launched for the S5830i model of the Ace, as the most important upgrades (like the Jelly Bean based CM10) were offered mostly for the classic version of the already mentioned phone, the S5830. Anyway, today, I will teach you how to manually install the MindCR v1.0.12 custom ROM on your Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone.

By applying this step by step guide, you will be able to update your handset with numerous features that will optimize the performances and the internal system; this means you will be able to obtain more from your Ace S5830i as you will have access to its OS, you will gain more speed, the battery life will be improved, the looks personalized (the ROM brings the ICS looks) and complex apps will be added and installed into the system. Furthermore, this is the most stable update available for your Ace so far, as there are no reported bugs or issues. In order to make a proper idea about the same, here are some of the MindCR custom ROM features:

Galaxy Ace MindCR main features

Galaxy Ace MindCR main features

As you can see, it will be a good idea to flash the above listed capabilities as we all know that the Ace is not a high end smartphone, though it offers decent specs. Anyway, before proceeding to more important aspects, you must remember that this is not an official upgrade provided by Samsung for your phone, so you cannot OTA apply the same. You must complete a manual operation, which I have described during the following lines. Only by performing the next steps you will be able to install the MindCR update on your S5830i.

Unfortunately, as you are dealing with a custom ROM, for being able to succeed with the installation procedure, you must first root the Galaxy Ace. Also, after gaining root access, you should flash a custom recovery image on your phone (such as CWM recovery), a tool which will be used for applying the update file from the SD card to the internal system. By rooting, the warranty will get void, so be careful in what you do. If somehow you brick your device, there’s nobody to help you out. You shouldn’t worry though as the warranty can be regained by downgrading to the stock ROM.

By flashing the update with a custom recovery image a full wipe of the system will be required. This means your data will be wiped out. Therefore, I recommend you to backup your personal info before heading to the proper steps. You should save only the data from the internal storage memory and not the one stored on the SD card. You can easily take care of this task, as there are many ways in which you can complete a backup operation. For suitable tutorials for your Samsung Galaxy Ace, you can anytime search through our how to section; you will find there everything you need for performing a full and safe backup.

Beside the root, custom recovery image and the backup, there are the preparation tasks. You must read this section as it can be considered as the most relevant one. You will not be able to update your Ace to the ICS based MindCR Custom ROM firmware without ensuring that: you can use a Windows running computer; on the computer and on your smartphone there shouldn’t be any security programs installed; the USB debugging option from your phone must be enabled “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”; and the battery should be charged (at least 70%) for being sure that the handset doesn’t turn off in the middle of the procedure.

Finally, do not on any circumstance, apply the steps from below for a similar device with the Samsung Galaxy Ace model number S5830i as you can end up in bricking your Android powered handset. That being told, you can safely begin the installation procedure.

How to Update Galaxy Ace S5830i to ICS based MindCR Custom ROM

  1. Download the update file from here.
  2. Save it to your computer.
  3. Use the USB cord and connect the handset with the PC.
  4. Copy the downloaded file to your phone SD card.
  5. Unplug the USB cable.
  6. Turn off your phone.
  7. Reboot in recovery mode.
  8. For recovery mode press and hold the Menu button while powering on.
  9. From the recovery menu first select to perform a wipe.
  10. For the wipe: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  11. Return by selecting “+++go back+++”.
  12. Next, select to install the update: “install zip from sd card” followed by “choose zip from sd card”.
  13. Pick the update file.
  14. Wait until the installation process ends.
  15. Select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
  16. If during the steps the Ace doesn’t power up you need to take of the battery and re-insert it; then re-do the steps and everything should be fine.

Congratulations, your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i is now running the MindCR custom ROM firmware. Test the new OS and see how it performs on your phone. The ICS looks and extra features should be added to it, so do share us if you like or not the platform. Also, if there are bugs or issues into the system, share the same with us and with other users by using the comments area from below.

Samsung Galaxy Ace Articles

  • Flako

    This is a great Rom! working fine

  • NameDD

    My phone will not boot after installing this. Followed the instructions as described and phone now bricked it would appear. Not good.

    • Mahir

      Whats your exact model number? if u flashed it for 5830 it wont work
      Its for 5830i

      • nayan

        dude do every feature works in it

        • zee

          Yeah..its totally bug-free

  • Sarvesh


  • Great ROM I installed it and everything works fine and faster

    • Bala Krishnan

      i have problem please help me…………..?????

  • Meet

    Installation Aborted 🙁

  • Prakash

    My phOne brick now. What shuld i do? Please!!! Help me!

  • Suraj

    Can anyone tell me how do i downgrade to my original rom….i want the warranty back ?? how plzz??

  • Samar

    This is a great Rom!!! gud job

  • mohan

    wats the diff b/w 5830 nd 5830i???

    • KB

      Regular Ace has 800MHz CPU and separate GPU. 5830i (aka Ace-i) has 832MHz CPU without GPU. Result being ROMs and firmware for Ace will not run on Ace-i.

  • Krishna

    Bull shit and useless one. Tried on my 5830i n bricked my phone

    • er

      mine too, f*ck you writer, you f*cked up my phone, wish you the same! soab

      • Jobeeey

        Erm, no, YOU fucked up your phone.

    • Zu

      It was YOUR opinion to flash this rom, so it is YOUR fault, – xda

  • Sushan

    I did exactly as u said.. my ace s5830i is bricked.. help…

  • Sushan

    My s5830i got bricked..
    How to fix… reply me

  • Arnab Basak

    Can anyone tell me how do i downgrade to my original rom….i want the warranty back ?? how plzz??


    • Bala Krishnan

      it work on samsung galuxy ace s5830i………………….???????

  • Has anyone been able to un-brick the Galaxy Ace S5830i after trying this BULLSHIT update and bricking the phone? if so, how did you do it?

  • If anyone can unbrick Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i, please contact me via keithkirimi@gmail.com

  • prg9111

    nice man .. thnx can u plz get an update for jelly bean for our mob 🙁

  • aksay

    succczzzzzzz brthr

  • Harshit

    Thats working awesome on my s5830i…
    This rom is very stable.. Thanks man… It could be better if you could bring an upgrade to 4.0.4 ics for this.model

  • Tomeno

    Thx for nice brick

  • Ali

    Everything is working great awesome ROM… Galaxy Ace s5830i


  • samar

    how do i get back to my original rom??? plz post the solution fast

  • Samar

    how do i get back to my original rom??? now my phone restarts several times

  • Cindy

    my one is aborted how to fix that

  • Shawn

    ???????, ?????, ??????? ?? ???!
    translation: F###ing great, man, thank you for the Rom!
    It`s sad that there are a little, who knows this Rom!

  • aayush

    after install this rom my android version 2.3.6 but i want 4.0 or high in galaxy ace gt s5830i, how can i ?

  • iswaema

    Guys who have their phone f*cked up…check this link and read carefully.. The last part of this tutorial will help you restore Stock Rom with Odin: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1552792 Goodluck noobs

  • iswaema

    the blue theme sucks…back to jellyblast 4.1

    • Aldrin salfy

      is the phone reading a network ??

      • iswaema

        yep..network was fine

  • Jobeeey

    Hi there,

    I just successfully installed mind onto my galaxy ace and it looks amazing with way more functionality. Top job all-round on that. My only initial concern is that I see no ‘call’ button on the bottom left as per the stock rom, and I cannot seem to find it anywhere else in the phone to drag and drop onto the bar, am I just being a compete idiot and not seeing where it is? IT must be there somewhere, right?

    Thanks very much for your help, I really appreciate the mod.


  • Jobeeey

    Ooops.. yes it appears that the os is intelligent and great, and I’m a total moron. I’ve found the icon and dragged it onto my start bar. And I’m already loving this rom. A lot.

    Sorry, and THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bloody life save this rom. Do you know how long I’ve been trying to get my partially bricked phone working? 17hrs!! A long time, but all I needed to do was transfer this to a new sd card and flash the rom. Took five minutes!

  • saqeeb

    Very bad working mobile is not starting at all

  • ShadY

    Awesome Rom DuDe

    Perfectly LoOks LIke ICS

  • kcb

    cannot detect sim, how to fix this? please help

  • nicee work

  • Nitiyash Jirawala

    what do i do if it shows installation aborted…. please help pleaseeeeeeeeee………..

  • Ibrahim

    My phone doesn’t turn on now! Please tell me what I should do?

  • George Roshan Tom

    Wow….!! Its an amazing ROM….Working 5n… Stunning performance than the samsung original firware…Yahooooooooooooooooooooooooo….!! 🙂

  • Junior S

    Does it work to 5830m?

  • Jaison M. Jacob

    its workin completely fine! 😀 great stuf.. but just that it dosnt show that its android 4.0 in the android version :/
    but anyways workin smooth and without any bugs so far! thaaaaaank u! 😀

  • omkar

    it dosnt wrk mood offffffffff

  • anandS

    Thanks Bro it works absolutely fine for me alt east for now thank you again….

  • will camera and other functions like bluetooth and wifi are working with this rom?

  • Be warned, this ROM will brick your phone. You better stick with the Stock ROM. I use JellyBlast and its pretty stable and fast

    • Don’t you have problems with IMEI? The JellyBlast Doesn’t recognize my IMEI. Only the stock ROM does. Backed up the EFS partition using Galaxy Toolbox. All things fine. There is EFSpart.img.SAVE file in the Galaxy Toolbox folder. I also checked the file with Hexa Edit software but it doesn’t seem to be recognized by JellyBlast ROM even after a restore and 2 -5 times restart of the phone. However the Stock ROM can easily detect the IMEI.

  • Vamshi

    I’ve galaxy ace s5830i. can i install

    ICS based MindCR Custom ROM…?

  • parthi.j

    it workss fine but but it doesnt show tha tat it runs on ics 4.0 i really i would have downloaded a launcher if i wanted to have tese colourfull themes so pls help me 2 undoo these

  • jas

    phone bricked…

  • Afthaf Roshan

    guyzz..i’ve read everything..including the comments.. have u guys got any tutorial for this???
    pls rep asap

  • Mostafa Diab

    i wanna arabic patch for this rom ! please !

  • men, you should pray. my phone is okay. 😀

  • Akshay

    How to get bach the original gingerbread….. pl help

  • Rahul Soni

    does it need any internal memory

  • Darshan

    My phone got bricked.you bastards Help me out of this now please!!!!

  • Prince Bilal

    where will we get the downlload file??

  • Akshay

    if ur phone is samsung galaxy ace s5830i, this will work fyn if u follow the above steps correctly.

  • Ihsanul Alfianto

    Where is the download file?

  • Sam

    where is the download file?

  • Prakash Sadhu

    dear sir i update my 5830i with jelly blast 4.1.1 it work but lose imei number how can i recover it