Update Galaxy Ace 2 to official Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware. After the much popularity of Galaxy Ace, Samsung launched the second version Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 in February 2012. The main idea behind this launch was to bring those major specs and features to the mid-end Galaxy Ace series. This way many android users got the opportunity to enjoy and experience those amazing and breathtaking specs that were usually seen only on high-end smartphones.
As compared to its predecessor, Galaxy Ace 2 features some noticeable improvements in looks, performance as well as specifications. It comes with 3.8 inches bigger screen with 480 x 800 pixels of resolution, 4 GB of internal memory with 768 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel of primary camera with connectivity functions including Wi-Fi 802.11, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0, and much more. Powered by an 800 MHz dual-core processor it comes with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread operating system.
Due to such great specs, this smartphone became famous within a few days of its launch which further made Samsung release the updated version i.e. Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for this phone. Today in our tutorial guide we’ll discuss some easy steps on how to manually flash Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 smartphone. Note that this is an official stock OTA update rolled out by Samsung and is not any kind of third party Custom ROM. Let’s move further to our actual article on how to install official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXNA1 stock firmware on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 smartphone.
Model name: GALAXY Ace 2
Country: United Kingdom
Version: Android 4.1.2
Build date: Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Product Code: BTU
Follow and implement every step for flashing the official Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware at your own risk. If you implement anything on your own then it might brick or damage your device completely. We at droidthunder.com will not be held responsible in case if you brick your Galaxy Ace 2 by following these steps. Although there are least chances that your phone will get bricked or damaged. Also, note that this official Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware update must be flashed only on Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 with the model number GT-I8160. Don’t even think of installing this firmware update on any other device or variant as it may result in unwanted outcomes or bricked devices. Verify your device model number from Homescreen–> Menu–>Settings –> About Phone before going ahead.
- Lack of battery power can increase the chances of interruption during the flashing process. Hence make sure that your Galaxy Ace 2 is charged at least up to 60%.
- Take a complete backup of all your important phone data and settings including your contacts, apps, messages, call logs, memos and APN settings etc. before moving ahead. This is essential as everything gets wiped in the last step of this procedure.
- Ensure that you have installed mobile specific drivers on your computer to detect the device when you connect it to your computer. You can install them from the Samsung Kies CD which you’ve got at the time of purchase or just manually install them from the link given below.
- (Optional) Disable all the security tools as well as antivirus that are installed on your computer temporarily. They may increase the risk of interruption during the firmware installation process.
Procedure to install Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware on Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160
Step 1: Download and extract both the above files to a convenient location on your computer. After extracting the firmware package (.zip file), you’ll see these two files in it:
Step 2: Firstly power off your Galaxy Ace 2. Then you need to boot your phone into downloading mode.
Step 3: For booting into download mode, press and hold the ‘Home button + Power button + Volume down key’ simultaneously until you see a warning message. Leave both the keys now.
Step 4: Keeping your phone as it is, connect it to your computer using the micro USB cable. Now just press the Volume up button to continue. This will directly land your Galaxy Ace 2 into downloading mode.
Step 5: On your PC, open the downloaded ‘Odin Multi Downloader3-v3.12.7′ software which you’ve just received after extraction. As soon as you launch it, the ID: COM section located at the top left corner will turn light blue. Also, an Added message will appear in the message box window. This will confirm that your Galaxy Ace 2 has been successfully connected to your computer.
Note: If such a thing doesn’t happen then it’s more likely to be a problem with the mobile specific drivers. So just confirm whether you’ve properly installed the mobile specific drivers on your computer or not. You can install them via Samsung Kies or manually install them from the links given in the Pre-Requisites section. If the problem persists try changing the USB cable or the USB port.
Step 6: Then select the Options tab present on the Odin window and tick the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time options. Tick only these two options and leave all the other options as they are.
Note: Do not tick the Re-partition option as it may increase the risk of bricking your device.
Step 7: Now, click on the AP button present on the Odin window and browse to the firmware package file which you’ve downloaded (HOME_I8160XXNA1_I8160BTUNA1_I8160XXNA1_1106830_REV00_user_low_ship.tar.md5) and select it.
Step 8: Now you need to initiate the firmware flashing process. For doing so, just press the Start button present on the Odin window.
Note: Your phone will automatically boot itself while the process goes on. Do not disconnect the micro USB cable as it will interrupt the firmware flashing process.
Step 9: It will take hardly a few minutes for the process to get complete so wait and be patient. When the flashing process completes successfully, the ID: COM section on the Odin window will turn green with the message ‘Pass’ on it. Also, your Galaxy Ace 2 will automatically restart itself. This will confirm that the Official Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware has been successfully flashed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160. Now you can remove the micro USB cable to safely disconnect your phone from PC.
Note: If this process fails or if Odin gets stuck or in case your phone gets stuck into the boot loop, then close the Odin window, again go into downloading mode and implement the same procedure as given above.
Finally! The latest official Android 4.1.2 XXNA1 Jelly Bean firmware has successfully installed on your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 smartphone. To verify the same go-to Menu->Settings->About Phone. Enjoy and experience the Android Jelly Bean features on your Ace 2. Also, do share your view after using it. Finally, if you have any issues, suggestions, or problems while going through this guide, then do let me know through the comments section given below.