Update Galaxy Ace 2 to Android 4.4.2 KitKat Using CM11

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is mid range Android phone, which was officially released in May, 2012 with Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread but then later it was upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Surprisingly, users were really happy with direct update to Jelly Bean and might be expecting and hoping for this next upgrade, but who knows, when that’s gonna happen? When you’ve got Root with Custom Recovery installed, I don’t think so, you may have to wait for official OTA. CM11 which is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat has been released for Galaxy Ace 2 by TeamCanjica, using which you’ll be able to update your phone to the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Before you proceed, go through guidelines and prerequisite section in order to safely and successfully do it.

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Galaxy Ace 2

Guidelines and Requirements:

  1. The Custom ROM installation tutorial is specifically for Galaxy Ace 2 I8160. Do not apply it on another variant it may brick your phone.
  2. Make sure your phone is already Rooted and latest version of Custom Recovery (ClockworkMod or TWRP) is installed.
  3. Go to Settings tab and scroll down to Developers Options to Enable USB Debugging.
  4. It will wipe and erase data stored on your phone memory, therefore you need to Backup your phone contacts, SMS, Photos and Videos.
  5. Before you proceed for the installation process, check that you’ve got enough battery charge on your phone.
  6. Last but not the least, Proceed at your own risk.

Downloads:

How to Update Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-i8160) to Android 4.4 KitKat Using CyanogenMod 11 Nightly Build

1. Connect your phone PC and transfer the downloaded files to your sd card.

2. Disconnect your Phone and Reboot it into Custom Recovery Mode by Pressing and Holding the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together for a few seconds.

3. It is highly recommended that you take Nandroid Backup of your current ROM, so that in case, you want to switch back to your current ROM and settings, it will help you to restore back.

Learn More about Nandroid Backup Here

4. Now take the following actions to fully prepare your phone for New Custom ROM installations:

wipe data/factory reset
- wipe cache partition
– Go to advanced and wipe dalvik cache

5. Finally you’re ready to flash the CyanogenMod 11 Nightly ROM.

– Select the option, install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard, and select the CyanogenMod 11 zip file and confirm to flash it.

6. CyanogenMod by default does not includes the Google Apps, Use the same method to Flash the GApps package which will ultimately install the Google Apps.

7. When all steps are completed successfully, Go back to main menu and select the Reboot or Reboot System Now option to reboot your phone.

8. Note that, when booting for the first time, it may take longer, up to 5mins, which is normal and is nothing to be worried about it.

That’s it folks, it was all you needed to know and learn in order to successfully flash the Android 4.4 KitKat Custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace 2, Hopefully you’ll now able to update your phone. However, if you do have any queries or need further support, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll try our best to help you. For More Updates, Custom ROMs, and Tutorials do not forget to visit us back.

  • Stanly thomas

    it shows error while installing and is stuck. what do i do next

  • Mohammed Ihlas

    Hi Imran! Will the Camera of the Galaxy Ace 2 work in Cyanogenmod 11?I ask this because i found in Internet that the camera doesn’t work in Cyanogenmod 11.Reply me soon please!

  • Christo Pher

    Hi, I am also getting an error. During the installation of cm11 it shows “error in sdcard/cm-11-20131226-unofficial-codina.zip (status 7) – installation aborted”
    Any ideas why this happens?

  • Hamza Nero Sehait

    I upgrad my android 2.3.6 to 4.1.2 and my RAM WAS 555 MB but now it’s only 444 whats shaal i d i want a answer

  • Kampftribble

    Hi there, I’m using a GT-I8160P (the NFC variant). Does your guide work for my phone as well? (NFC working isn’t necessary but it would be nice, though)