Samsung is currently number one company in smartphone market. Samsung have got their unique business strategy. When their product goes hit, they release upgraded version of the same phone. And it becomes a series. Their Galaxy Ace was very popular. And based on that, they came with further upgraded models viz. Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace 3.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is mid range Android phone, which was presented in May, 2012 with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board and further it was given Android 4.1.2 JB update skipping ICS update. Surprisingly, users were delighted with direct update to Jelly Bean and their expectations are high for next KitKat update but it’s too much to expect from Samsung. When you’ve got your phone rooted and with Custom recovery installed, I don’t think you should wait for official update from Samsung.
CM11 which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat has been released for Galaxy Ace 2 using which you’ll be able to update your phone to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. And along with latest KitKat features, you will also get great customizations of Cyanogenmod. Just one thing is that, being a custom ROM, some bugs may be present in it. Here are some of them reported by users.
What’s not working:
1. Sometime “Settings” stops working.
2. Video call is not working.
All other essential features are working fine. Now all you have to do is just follow the procedure given in article below to get it installed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2.
The process given below for updating your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 to Cyanogenmod 11 Custom ROM (Android 4.4) is considered fairly difficult for those who are new to these things. A newbie should first read whole article before executing the steps on their phone. Neither we, nor the developer of this ROM is responsible for any damage caused by following this process. And one more important thing is that make sure you should follow the pre-requisites before going for actual process right away.
This process of updating your phone to CM11 must be implemented only on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 having model number I8160. So be sure that you are not flashing it on any another device or variant except the one mentioned above because it may lead to unexpected results.
- Even if you follow all steps very carefully, the whole process can go wrong if your device gets switched off due to low battery. So before you start the procedure, make sure that battery is charged at least up to 70%
- Here in the guide given below, you can find some useful tips on improving battery life of your phone:
- How to Improve Battery Life of an Android Device (Tips).
- (Important!) It is essential to have a custom recovery ( CWM or TWRP recovery) installed on your Ace 2. Custom recovery is a tool which enables you to custom ROMs and other hacks. Make sure you have a custom recovery installed on your phone before going for actual ROM flashing process.
- In the flashing procedure, all your data will get wiped so make sure to take a safe backup at first place before beginning the process. Following articles will guide you on taking backup of all your contacts, SMS/MMS and call logs etc. to external memory card or on your PC.
- For backing up Contacts & Messages, you can refer this article:
- How to Backup Android Contacts and Text Messages (SMS/MMS).
- For backing up Call logs, APNs & EFS folder, you can refer this article:
- How to backup Call logs, APNs and EFS folder from your Android Device.
- Disable any security related software installed on your PC.
- First download package file of custom ROM from the official development page. Downloading link is given below.
- Official development page
- Also you will require Google Apps file. Download latest GApps for Android 4.4 KitKat from the link given below.
- Gaaps for Cyanogenmod 11
Procedure to flash Cyanogenmod 11 and GApps file:
- After you finish downloading these two files, connect your device to PC using the USB cable and transfer them to your device external storage, don’t extract them.
- Now disconnect your PC from computer. And you have to boot the phone in recovery. To do so, switch off your phone first. Then press and hold Volume up button + Power button + Home button. Now you will boot into custom Recovery which you have installed on your phone.
- Along with the backups of your data, it is better to have whole of your previous ROM backed up. To do so, just follow the article mentioned below.
- How to Backup whole ROM/Firmware via Clockworkmod (CWM) recovery.
- Now return to the main menu of recovery and navigate to the ‘install zip from SD card’ option & on the next screen select ‘choose zip from SD card’ option. This will show you all the folders and files located on your SD card. Now navigate to CM 11 package file which you’ve copied earlier & select it. Confirm the installation by pressing ‘Yes’. This will start the actual installation process.
- Now as soon as the ROM gets flashed, select ‘wipe data/factory reset’ followed by ‘wipe cache partition.’ This will wipe all the data & caches from the phone memory respectively.
- Same method is there for flashing GApps file. But remember not to do the last step of wiping data after installation of Google Apps.
- Now we are at final step. Now select option ‘reboot system now’ in recovery to reboot your phone. First start up will require a bit more time than usual, so be patient.
Great Job! You have successfully flashed Cyanogenmod 11 on your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. Now you can enjoy treat of KitKat on your own Galaxy Ace 2. Now you can enjoy all the latest KitKat features. Now if you have any doubt regarding the whole process, you can ask it in comments section below. We will definitely try our best to solve it.