Is there a new OTA update available for your Galaxy Ace 4? Or maybe a new custom ROM based on latest Android firmware has been released and you want to flash the same on your device? Well, regardless the reason, during the guidelines from below we will be checking how to easily and safely update the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. The update procedure will include OTA roll outs, downgrading to stock software, manually update with official firmware and apply custom ROMs methods, so everything you need to know related to this topic is being detailed below.
Applying an OTA update is easy, though if you don’t know exactly what to do (for example if you are using the Android system for the first time) you might end up in experiencing some problems. But, as you might already know, when talking about OTA (over the air) releases, the roll out will be launched in phases or gradually. So, not all the Galaxy Ace 4 users will receive the notification at the same time. Due to same reasons, you might want to manually flash the stock Android OS and skip the OTA waiting. In that case you will have to follow a dedicated updated operation which will imply in using Odin.
Odin is a program developed and offered by Samsung and of course, compatible only with Samsung branded devices. So, by using this software you will be able to manually update your Galaxy Ace 4 to stock Android OS, or you will be able to downgrade your smartphone to a previous version of Android system. This update solution can turn out to be quite important as by applying the same you can resolve various problems such as: boot loop issues, errors, alerts, lags, bugs, battery drain problems, force close errors and so on – basically by downgrading to stock ROM you will be able to fix your soft bricked Samsung Galaxy Ace 4.
Using Odin for downgrading or updating your Ace 4 is an official operation that will work on both rooted and locked device. If your phone is rooted, after flashing the firmware, the root access will be revoked and all the factory and default restrictions reinstalled – your phone will be restored to its initial state (similar as when you are hard resetting the Galaxy Ace 4, but on another level). Therefore, the warranty of your phone will not get void and you will not risk in bricking or in damaging your phone in any matter – you can mess things up only by performing things by yourselves, without checking the guidelines from a dedicated tutorial, just like the present one.
On the other hand, if you are thinking in installing a custom ROM firmware, like CM11, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid by using the steps from below, you should know that you are about to complete a custom procedure that has nothing to do with Samsung or with Google. A custom ROM is developed by third party devs and represents a free aftermarket distribution of Android system. Thus, by completing the same you will void the Galaxy Ace 4 warranty. Anyway, a custom ROM is great as by using the same you will power up the performances of your device (improve the speeds, upgrade the battery life and so on) and you will also personalize and customize the UI.
Before updating your Galaxy Ace 4 you need to protect your data along with your personal info and accounts. In that matter a backup is recommended – especially if you want to update with a custom ROM firmware, as a wipe will be performed in that case. So, take your time and download compatible backup and restore apps from Google Play or use a cloud service and save everything that’s saved on your phone’s internal storage memory (including contacts list, call logs, text messages, market apps, EFS folder, internet settings and other data you might need or use afterwards).
For the manual update methods, you will have to use a Windows based computer, your Samsung Galaxy Ace 4 and your phone’s USB cord. On the computer you should temporarily deactivate or disable the security features, such as antivirus, antimalware or Firewall as these programs might interfere with your work. On your device from “menu – settings – developer options” you need to enable the USB debugging option, or else you might not be able to properly connect your handset with your computer. It is also a good idea to charge your smartphone before doing anything else (especially if the power left is less than 60%) – if your handset gets turned off in the middle of the update operation, it might also get bricked.
How to Update Samsung Galaxy Ace 4
Apply OTA Update
- It is recommended to use a WiFi connection when trying to flash an OTA firmware (the package can be a big file so the data plan might not cover the download process).
- From your phone go to “menu”.
- Then, tap on “settings”.
- From there scroll down until you see “about phone”; select the same.
- Go towards “software updates” and check if there is a new software available for your Galaxy Ace 4.
- Download the update and wait while the same is automatically installed on your device.
Manually Update / Downgrade Galaxy Ace 4 using Odin
- On your computer download Odin, the update package (you can get the firmware from Samsung’s official webpage, or from any other source you want) and Samsung KIES.
- Install Samsung KIES and use the same for flashing the Galaxy Ace 4 drivers on your computer.
- Unzip Odin and install the program on your computer (just follow the on-screen prompts).
- Unzip the firmware file and save the same on desktop.
- Run Odin on your PC.
- Turn off your phone.
- Enter download mode on your Galaxy Ace 4.
- Connect your smartphone with your computer via USB cable.
- Odin will try to recognize your handset: the “added” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will turn yellow or blue – if not, try to reinstall the drivers on your PC and then repeat the update process.
- From Odin click on “PA” and select the firmware file from desktop.
- Install the same by clicking on “start” – without making any other changes.
- In the end the “pass” message will be displayed while the ID:COM section will turn green.
- Unplug the USB cord and reboot your phone.
Install Custom ROMs using a custom recovery image
- First of all, gain root access and install a custom recovery image, preferable the latest version of CWM or TWRP recovery, on your Android device.
- Download the custom ROM you want to install on your Galaxy Ace 4.
- Place the firmware file on desktop; don’t unzip the same.
- Connect your handset with your computer by plugging in the USB cable.
- Transfer the ROM from desktop to your phone’s SD card.
- Unplug the USB cord and in the end power off your Ace 4.
- Enter recovery mode on your Galaxy Ace 4.
- From recovery first of all make a hard reset and also select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
- Return to main menu of recovery and from there pick “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
- Select the update file and apply the same on your phone.
- In the end, from recovery select “reboot system now” and you are done.
So, congratulations; you have successfully updated your Samsung Galaxy Ace 4. Do share your experience and your thoughts related to this step by step guide with us and with other users who might want to apply the steps from above by using the comments field from below.