Update Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware with this article. Due to lack in hardware and RAM compatibility, Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 was stopped on Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Firmware. That’s why it didn’t get any further updates. Although there are many ROMs available for this device including the Android 4.0 Ice-cream sandwich, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the recently launched Android 4.4 KitKat. But as these are not the official ones, they may contain untested bugs and issues. So besides getting irritated with these unstable ROMs you must always go towards the official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware launched by Samsung. These official firmwares are much safe to install and use.
In this article we are going to discuss the detailed procedure on flashing official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830. Released back in early 2011, this phone is nearly obsolete now. But still due descent specs and features, it was most renowned phone in its time. With this update, your galaxy ace will be updated with an absolute new interface. You will be able to personalize and customize the looks, the appearances and everything else you need to. In a other words it will be possible for you to enjoy a redefined Android experience, not to mention that the performances of your handset will be powered up. You will gain more speed, have more access to the internal system, install complex apps, optimize and customize the OS with an improved battery life. The interested users can proceed further for installing this official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware on their Galaxy Ace S5830.The screenshots of this firmware update are given below.
Model name: Galaxy Ace
The given firmware update of installing Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is too risky. A single mistake and your device is damaged permanently. If you have no idea regarding this stuff then without proceeding further it’s better that you stop at this point. The advanced Android users having a complete knowledge can freely proceed further. If in case your Galaxy Ace gets damaged or bricked by following this article then neither we nor the developers will be held liable for that. Although it is very unlikely that your device will get damaged, but still I highly recommend you to follow all that is given below properly to the point and without attempting anything by your own. Also you must note that this Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware is only compatible for Samsung Galaxy Ace having the model number GT-S5830. Installing this on any other device or variant will result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So you must verify your device model number with the number given above from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone.
- Charge the battery of your Galaxy Ace at least upto 75% so as to minimize the risk of interruption during the Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread flashing process. This may result into further problems. You may use apps like Battery Notifier for the same.
- Make a backup copy of all your important data present on your phone including contacts, sms/mms, apn settings, call logs etc. and copy them somewhere for more safety. This is much essential as in the last step of this procedure you need to wipe all the data and cache currently present on your phone memory. You may use this Super Backup app for the same.
- Make sure that you have enabled the USB debugging mode on your Phone. If not, that do so by following the path Menu->Settings->Applications->Development->USB debugging.
- Check that you’ve installed mobile specific drivers on your PC so as to detect the phone when you connect it to PC. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase. Or just manually install them from link given below.
- Windows 32 bit (x86) Drivers.
- Windows 64 bit (x64) Drivers. (Note: Though the Drivers are mentioned for Galaxy S, they can still be used for any Galaxy Device).
- Disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your PC temporarily. They may increase the risk of interruption during the flashing process.
Procedure to update Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 to Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ firmware:
Step 1: After successful downloading the Firmware package given above, extract it using Winrar on your PC.
Step 2: Next you need to switch off your Galaxy Ace completely and enter into downloading mode.
Step 3: For Ace, downloading mode can be entered by holding ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until the download mode appears.
Step 4: Keeping your device in downloading mode connect it to your PC using USB cable.
Step 5: On PC, go to the folder where you’ve just downloaded the above mentioned files and launch ‘Odin Multi Downloader3_3.09‘ software. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section in it will turn light blue. Also an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that the connection between PC and phone has been established successfully. If it’s not showing, then check that a proper device drivers are installed on your PC. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in Pre-Requisites.
Step 6: Tick the Auto Reboot option and F.Reset option located on the Odin window. Do not tick or un-tick any other option. Remember that ticking Re-Partition option may brick the phone. Don’t forget to take these crucial precautions before going ahead.
Step 7: Now, tick against ‘AP’ button and navigate to the tar.md5 file from the firmware package & select it (The firmware file will look something like: S5830XWKTQ _S5830OXXKT4_FOP.tar.md5). Wait till Odin verifies the md5 hash. If it’s successful then there won’t be any warning message.
Step 8: After completing everything as mentioned above, start the process by clicking on the Start button located on the Odin window. You’ll notice that your phone automatically reboots itself while going through the process. Make sure that you don’t remove the USB cable until the process completes, as it may interrupt the process.
Step 9: The process will take few minutes to complete. As soon as it completes, you’ll see that the ID:COM section on the Odin window is turned green with the message ‘Pass’ below it. This will confirm that you have properly flashed your Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 to Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ firmware. You can now disconnect your device by safely removing the USB cable.
Note: If the process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window, remove battery from your Galaxy Ace and re-insert it. Again go into downloading mode and follow the same procedure as given above.
Step 10: After successfully completing the process, boot your device into recovery mode by holding Home button (Middle button) and Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Note: Touch will not work here in recovery mode. So all you need to do is use Volume Up and Volume Down keys for navigation and Home button (Middle button) for selection.
Step 11: On the recovery mode, navigate to the ‘Wipe data/factory reset’ option followed by the ‘Wipe Cache partition’ option & select them to clear all the data and caches from your phone memory.
Step 12: Then go back to the main menu of recovery mode and select ‘reboot system now’ option to restart your device.
Refer our article for flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat Cyanogenmod Custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace:
Good Work! You are succeeded in flashing the Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. You can confirm this from Menu->Settings->About Phone. This stock ROM can be flashed whenever you come across any bug or issue through Custom ROM. As it is official no bug or error present. So a completely pure, bug free firmware is waiting for you. Go get it now. I have made this article as simple as possible to understand, still if you have any doubt/query or any problem regarding the same then you can inform me through the comment section given below. I’ll provide an exact solution to your each and every problem as soon as possible. Till then Enjoy!