Update Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

November 14, 2023

Update Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware with this article. Due to a lack of 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 can always go towards the official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware launched by Samsung.

Released back in early 2011, this phone is nearly obsolete now. But still, due to decent specs and features, it was the most renowned phone of its time. With this update, your Galaxy Ace will feature an absolute new interface.

Install Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread Firmware

This official firmware is much safer to install and use. In this article, we are going to discuss the detailed procedure for flashing official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware on Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830.

You will be able to personalize and customize the looks, the appearances, and everything else you need. In other words, it is possible for you to enjoy a redefined Android experience, not to mention that the performance of your handset will power up.

You will gain more speed, have more access to the internal system, install complex apps, and optimize and customize the OS with an improved battery life. Interested users can proceed further to install this official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread firmware on their Galaxy Ace S5830.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

Firmware Info

  • Model: GT-S5830
  • Model name: Galaxy Ace
  • PDA: S5830XWKTQ
  • CSC: S5830OXXKT4
  • MODEM: S5830XWKT8
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware


The given firmware update of installing  Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 is too risky. If in case your Galaxy Ace gets damaged or bricked by following this article then we will not be held liable for that.

To avoid any damage, I highly recommend you follow all that is given below properly to the point and without attempting anything on your own.


Note that this Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware is only for Samsung Galaxy Ace with model number GT-S5830. Installing this on any other device or variant will result in unwanted outcomes or bricked devices. 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 up to 65% to minimize the risk of interruption.
  • Make a backup copy of all your important data present on your phone including contacts, SMS/MMS, APN settings, call logs, etc. This is 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 to enable the USB debugging mode on your Galaxy Ace.
  • Install mobile-specific drivers on your PC to detect the phone when you connect it to the PC.
  • Disable all the security tools as well as antivirus on your PC temporarily.


Odin Multi Downloader3_v3.09

Samsung Galaxy Ace Android 2.3.6 XWKTQ Gingerbread Firmware

Steps to update Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 firmware

Step 1: After successfully 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, you can enter the downloading mode by holding the ‘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 a USB cable.

Step 5: On PC, launch the ‘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 is successful.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

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.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

Step 7: Now, tick against the ‘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.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

Step 8: After completing everything as mentioned above, start the process by clicking on the Start button located in 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.

Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830-Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

Step 9:  The process will take a few minutes to complete. As soon as it completes, the ID: COM section on the Odin window will turn 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 if Odin gets stuck or in case your device gets boot loops, then close the Odin window, remove the 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 completing the process, boot your device into recovery mode by holding the 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 the Volume Up and Volume Down keys for navigation and the 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 the ‘reboot system now’ option to restart your device.

Refer to our article for flashing the latest Android 4.4 KitKat Cyanogenmod Custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace:

  1. How to update Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 to Android 4.4 KitKat Cyanogenmod ROM.

If you want to flash stable Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 then follow our guide given below.

  1. How to Install Android 5.0 Lollipop ROM on Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 smartphone.


Finally! This is how you can install the Official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ firmware on your Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. You can confirm this from Menu > Settings > About Phone. If you have any problem regarding the same then you can inform me through the comment section given below.

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125 thoughts on “Update Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware

  1. Thnx alot…… i was so frusatated frm the stock versions ics and jelly bean in my gt-s5830…. i was working slower than hellll…… i replacced now with original android 2.3.6…. thnx u so muchhh……… if any other andriod version u know which work well in galaxy Ace gt-s5830 plzzz plzzz inform me………..

  2. Just cant thank you enough!!! Had installed jelly bean on my Samsung ace,and it was very crappy. I tried restoring and it never worked,i thought ive lost my ace forever. But this worked wonders!!!!!!!!….And my original galaxy ace is back!!!!Thanks again!!!!!!!

  3. Thanks a lot Abhijeet….Every thing i did accordingly n now i m very happy…its 2.3.6 legal official version .. superb…there are many websites claiming official, but thy are fake…
    Only thing/ small prob i m facing is language . after reoot language has been changed n i m not able to figure it out pl. elaborate more hw to change it to English. bcoz its hard to understand that language..
    can we expand internal memory by any method..?
    by rooting ….

  4. Thanks buddy. it really worked. My ace was running on CM 7, but when i was about to replace my ace, stock ROM was necessary at the retail outlet.

  5. Hai!..bro…i had followed every thing you had mentioned,my phone had came to its original state very….very…thanks:-). but there is one problem i’m faceing now :-(after the installation i had inserted my sim in to my phone try to call my friend but the call is’nt reaching,i had checked my signals the signal bars are’nt showing any signals i had tried several sims but same problem tried different settings still no use tried in different areas but still the same weak signal now i’m out of my mind don’t knowing what to do please help me:-|

  6. hai bro i had installed the software and it is working fine but there is one problem i had noticed that my phones signals are getting down and i am not getting any signals even though i am in good network area and i had inserted a sim card and checked all the settings

  7. Abhijeet, my GT-S5830C is running android 236, in my house have wifi connection with fixed IP, I can not change this, and no cell found the option to set IP and subnet mask, have an update I need to do?

  8. I can’t get passed the recovery screen. When I try to go to recovery mode (home + start) I get the usual screen, but it also says:
    Android System Recovery (E3)
    Appling Muti-csc
    Can’t acces to/system/csc/xec/system

    What could I do to make it right?

  9. Thank you for the usefull help you are providing all us noobs.
    Just for info regarding my problem mentioned above,.
    My phone (gt-s5830) runs
    Android 2.3.6
    Kernelversion dpi@Dell 143#1
    Gingerbread BGKT4

    It is from spanish Movistar

  10. when my device in download mood, i try to connect my device with usb cable with pc but pc show me usb not connected. what i do now

  11. Really great explanation and walkthrough, went like a dream. Have you any advice for getting rid of the SAFE MODE option? Mine continually starts in safe mode.

    Many thanks again

  12. kiers on windows 8 recognise the Samsung Galaxy Ace GT-S5830 and so does the pc
    But when phone in download mode pc say not recognise device install USB drivers
    please can you help me

  13. i found it quite lengthy buddy so i want to know , cant we flash this one also like we do for custom roms , keeping the zip file in sd card and after clearing the delvik cache , choosing the option ‘update from sd card’ and installing it ?

  14. my mobile samsung galaxy ace s5830i
    not going to download mode while press home+vol. dwn+power button help me what can i do

  15. I want to downgrade from ICS to original Gingerbread. After following all these steps of installing original version, what will happen to my IMEI and EFS, will they remain there or they will also gets wiped out, if so then what is the method of backup and restore for these two things, please clear this doubts, thanks

  16. My phone is not recognized by the pc both in download mode and normal mode, however i installed the USB drivers.. Pls help..

  17. my phone is on a bootloop for months…. guess ill try this out, ill tell you if it works, though i have problems with the download mode steps

    • it did work but my language isn’t available in the phone which is Arabic i unbricked it alright but that’s the only problem, if you could find me the appropriate rom i’d appreciate it

  18. i chnged my rom by using recovery method nd now phone is not starting when started it start blinking … can it be fix by that method …

  19. yoo man ,, you just made my day. its been one year since i have seen 2.3.6 official again , i upgraded my ace to ice cream and jelly bean it was a disaster, thank you so much for helping us out, stay blessed, and thanks again

  20. help 🙁

    I’ve done all.
    but something is wrong with my ACE .
    Now my ACE just announced :
    the application setup wizard (process com.sec.android.ugl ) has stopped unexpectedly.
    please try again !

    I’ve tried several time ! same massage and now my ACE dost works more 🙁

  21. Hey Abhijeet

    When I restart my Ace in downloading, the screen only shows “Downloading” in yellow font and it does not look the way it appears in your tutorial. It may be a problem because my Windows 8.1 flashes an error saying the “device is not recognized” . Since it does not recognize my phone, I cannot go any further. Normally, Windows 8.1 accepts the device without any error. Am I doing something wrong? I already have Kies installed on my PC. So I assume I have all the latest drivers too on the computer. Or do I need any special drivers to make Windows 8.1 recognize my Ace in downloading mode as well?

      • Thanx Abhijeet. But you missed the point of Windows 8.1 refusing to recognizing the phone as soon as it is put in downloading mode. Samsung drivers for the phone seem to be installed, but unless PC accepts the cell in download mode, the upgradation is not possible.

        Thanx Again

  22. File analysis..
    Can’t open the serial(COM) port.
    All threads completed. (succeed 0 / failed 1)


  23. Hey Abhijeet ..can u pliz post an alternative link for samsung galaxy gt S5830 firmware download…..coz i wanna use opera mini for downloading the firmware and 4shared isnt allowing me to download the firmware using opera mini…i need to upgrade from version 2.3.3 to 2.3.6…. Thanks

  24. My phone is Samsung Galaxy Ace GT S5830i which is android 2.3.6 version.. I did factory reset to my phone.. It done completely then while rebooting the device.. It is STUCK ON BOOT…. Its showing that Samsung Galaxy Ace LOGO.. Please can any one help me to resolve this problem.. Urgent.. Thanks in Advance…

  25. hello pls i need your help. my samsung-galaxy-ace-gt-s5830 was intially 2.2.2 and i never upgraded it.but i rooted it and installed a custom rom ( Android 4.4.4KitKat Cyanogenmod).so i tried to install facebook apps on the phone and it keeps telling me to upgrade the phone version, even when am using the cumtom rom .my reason for rooting the phone was not achieved.
    so this is my question. can i flash the phone back to Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware without encountering any problem??????

    • 1.Install mobile drivers on PC.
      2.Switch off your phone.
      3.Hold Volume down + Home(middle) + Power buttons until you see a warning message.
      4.Connect the phone to PC.
      5.Launch Odin on PC.
      6.Wait few minutes.
      7.Press Volume Up button to continue (Enters download mode).
      This will recognize your Phone by Odin..

  26. can you please tell how to remove my samsung account from my phone i dont know its password because in the time of activation the samsung app takes the wrong mail i dont know why. now i want to reset my phone is their any other way if yes than please mail me.

  27. i cant remove the account because it needs a password of the account which i don’t have. As i say the phone had taken a wrong email. They made a wrong spelling and now that email doesn’t exit.

  28. I have samsung galaxy ACE GT-S5830 can i change Android 2.3.3 to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread XWKTQ Firmware
    My Phone Details
    Model: GT-S5830
    PDA: S5830XXKPB
    phone: S5830XXKPB
    CSC: S5830SERKPB
    Plz give me some suggestions ……………………………….i hope you will replay me soon
    Thank U 🙂

  29. This happen when I open recovery mod,and I cannot boot.
    — Appling Multi-CSC —
    E:Can’t mount /dev/stl12
    (Invalid argument)
    Who can fix this please reply me soon as possible.

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