Update Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Official DDMF2 firmware with this guide. This smartphone is a successor of the world famous Galaxy Ace S5830. Launched in 2012 this device isn’t a high end device but can still be considered as a reliable smartphone. If you’re one that owns such device then you should update it to the new DDMF2 2.3.6 Gingerbread update. This is the latest firmware build for S7500. You may have heard some rumors regarding Official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for this phone, but that was all fake. Ace Plus will never ever receive any further update beyond 2.3.6 Gingerbread. This is because the newly released versions need some more hardware and RAM compatibility where this device lacks behind. So don’t waste any more time, just upgrade your Galaxy Ace Plus to the latest DDMF2 firmware which includes many improvements in performance as well as battery backup. The basic firmware info is given below, have a look at it.
Model name: Galaxy Ace Plus
Version: Android 2.3.6
Product Code: INU
This firmware update is also available through Samsung Kies. You may flash it through Kies or manually install it through the step by step guide given below. Note that if you’re using any custom ROM then it’ll get replaced by this official stock ROM. Also the custom recovery like CWM/TWRP will get replaced with the stock recovery. Your phone will no longer belong as a rooted device. However you can root it any time after flashing this firmware.
The given firmware update of installing Android 2.3.6 DDMF2 Gingerbread on your Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500 is too risky and even a slight change can highly damage your phone. Do each and every step properly and at your own risk. If your mobile gets crashed or anything happens to your device which is not fixable, then neither we nor Samsung Electronics Ltd. are responsible for that. Although there are no any such chances of getting your device damaged or crashed but still we strongly recommend you to follow all the instructions properly as they are mentioned below. Don’t try to implement anything by your own, it might brick the device.
Also you must note that this Official Android 2.3.6 DDMF2 Gingerbread Firmware is released only for Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus having the model number GT-S7500. Flashing this firmware on any other device or variant may result into unwanted outcomes or bricked device. So you must verify your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before proceeding further.
- Charge the battery of your Galaxy Ace Plus at least upto 60% so as to avoid 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 complete backup of all your important data including contacts, sms/mms, apn settings, call logs, memos etc. and copy them on your PC 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.
- Make sure that you have enabled the USB debugging mode on your Phone. If not, then 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.
- You must 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 Plus S7500 to Android 2.3.6 DDMF2 Gingerbread firmware:
Step 1: After successful downloading both the files, extract them in a specific folder on PC.
Step 2: Now switch off your Galaxy Ace Plus completely until it vibrates.
Step 3: Enter into downloading mode now. For doing so, keep pressing and holding ‘Home Button (middle button) + Volume down key + Power Button’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Once you see that message, press Volume Up to continue. This will land you into downloading mode.
Step 4: Keeping your Ace Plus in downloading mode itself, connect it to PC using USB cable.
Step 5: Now launch ‘Odin Multi Downloader v3.09′ software which you’ve just downloaded and extracted. As soon as you open it, the ID:COM section of Odin (located at top left corner) will turn blue. It means that the connection between PC and phone has been established successfully. But if it doesn’t turn blue then it’s more likely to be problem with the device drivers. As stated in Pre-requisites, you’ve to install device specific drivers before proceeding to firmware flashing process. Install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given above.
Step 6: 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: S7500DDMF2_S7500ODDMF1_S7500DDME1_HOME_.tar.md5). Wait till Odin verifies the md5 hash. If it’s successful then there won’t be any warning message.
Step 7: Tick the Auto Reboot option and F.Reset option located on the Odin window. Do not check or un-check any other option especially ticking Re-partition option may brick your phone. So take these crucial precautions before going ahead.
Step 8: After completing everything as mentioned above, start the process by clicking on the Start button present on the Odin window. You’ll notice that your phone automatically reboots itself while going through the process. Make sure that you won’t remove the USB cable until the process completes, as this may interrupt it.
Step 9: The process will hardly 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 the Official Android 2.3.6 DDMF2 Gingerbread on your Galaxy Ace Plus GT-S7500. You may now disconnect your phone 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 Plus 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 Volume Up key + Volume Down key + Home button (Middle button) + Power button simultaneously until the recovery mode appears.
Step 11: In 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 and select ‘reboot system now’ option to restart your phone.
Hurray! You are succeeded in flashing the Official Android 2.3.6 DDMF2 Gingerbread firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus S7500. 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. Do share your views and opinions after trying this firmware. I have made this article very simple to understand, still if you have any doubt/query/problem regarding the same then you can freely inform me through the comments section given below. I’ll try to provide an exact solution for your each problem. Till then Enjoy! 🙂