The Samsung Galaxy Ace users are being able to update their devices with numerous ROMs, though just some of them are being delivered officially; the rest are beta firmware and for applying the same you must follow a tutorial which will guide you through the manual procedure of flashing the OS (you cannot OTA install it). The same will happen today, as during the following step by step guide I will teach you the easiest way available for updating the Galaxy Ace S5830i with the Gingerbread 2.3.6 based Retribution custom ROM firmware.
Unfortunately, as you may heard, there won’t be any official Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean updates released by Samsung for the Galaxy Ace smartphones therefore, the only way in which you can power up the system of your phone with the latest software available will be by learning how to install a custom ROM, of course suitable for your device. Make sure you are not flashing just any firmware as you can easily brick your handset. For ensuring that you are doing all as it should, I recommend you to read all the lines from here and not only the steps from the proper tutorial.
The Retribution custom ROM is the most stable version of Android Gingerbread 2.3.6 update suitable for your Galaxy Ace S5830i so far, meaning that there are fewer bugs and more features. By installing the same you will be able to improve the performances of your phone as the system will be customized and optimized for providing an upgraded Android experience. This is a beta firmware therefore you will not get the classic Android features or interface, the OS being powered by different capabilities. For making a better idea, check the features list from below.
You are about to learn how to install a custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace, so you must first make some preparations. You should start by gaining root access, as the update can be applied only on an unchained system. Then, you must install a custom recovery image, which will be used for the flashing procedure. Without completing this you will not be able to perform the steps from this guide. So, take your time, check out our how to section, and take care of the up mentioned operations. Then, return here and resume the rest of the lines.
Be aware that once the phone is rooted, the warranty will be void. So, at this point it should be already lost. Be careful though in what you do and try not to brick your Ace. If something wrong happens you will be by yourselves. Always follow a step by step guide, don’t try to make things by yourselves. Remember that the present tutorial is suitable only for the Samsung Galaxy Ace model number S5830i and not for other similar handsets. If you will want to restore the warranty all you need to do is to downgrade to the stock ROM, or to update with an official software released and provided by Samsung for your Galaxy Ace.
A backup is also required as the data which is stored on your device will be corrupted. Furthermore, you need to make a full wipe of the system first, so your personal info will be erased. But don’t worry because the backup operation will only take a few moments, all you need to do is to download some apps from Google Play and that’s it. Here are some tips for the same: download SMS backup and restore for Android, download Call Log backup and restore tools, learn how to sync with Google for saving the contacts and learn how to backup the data and the current ROM by using a custom recovery image.
The last section of this guide (before the proper steps) is referring to the pre requisites. You must complete some things for ensuring that nothing bad is happening and for ensuring that your smartphone will be in safe hands during the installation process. Firs you must have access to a Windows running computer, to your Ace and to its USB cord. Then, on the PC and phone deactivate the Firewall protection along with any other security program. Enable the USB debugging option on your device (go to “Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging”). Finally, charge your handset as it might get turned off in the middle of the flashing procedure.
How to Update Galaxy Ace S5830i to Retribution Gingerbread 2.3.6 Custom ROM Firmware
- Download the update file from here and save it to the computer.
- Connect the Galaxy Ace with the PC via USB cord.
- Select the downloaded Retribution Gingerbread 2.3.6 Custom ROM Firmware from the computer and copy it to your handset.
- Then, remove the cable and disconnect your phone.
- Turn it off.
- Enter in recovery mode.
- For recovery press and hold Menu Button while powering on.
- Once in recovery, select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” (you can see now why the backup was required).
- Select “+++go back+++”.
- Now, from recovery choose “install zip from sd card” and “choose zip from sd card”.
- The installation process will begin. Don’t make any other changes, just wait until it’s done.
- In the end, select “+++go back+++” followed by “reboot system now”.
Well, that was all. You now know how to update the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i to Retribution Gingerbread 2.3.6 Custom ROM Firmware. Test the ROM and see how it performs and then share your impressions with us. Those of xda-developers were the first to develop this software so we have them to thanks for this step by step guide. Stay close as we will bring new updates for you (possible Jelly Bean ones) and for your Ace in the coming days.