How to update Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 to official Android 4.1.2

It hasn’t been a week since Samsung pushed OTA update to its Galaxy Ace 2 handsets in some South-east Asian countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Though the update hasn’t reached in many other Asian countries, it can be manually installed as long as you have a Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 can be updated to official Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean using this guide. Before proceeding with this guide, here are some key points to note before you proceed with this guide:

  • Though this is an official update, installing it in those countries in which it hasn’t been released might void your manufacturer warranty.
  • Neither the developers nor anyone else at Techlauncher.com will be held responsible in case you end up bricking your deice while following this tutorial.
  • Charge your phone to a decent level before you start with this guide. This is to ensure that the phone has enough juice so as to survive the whole procedure, failing which can invite some serious trouble.
  • This guide is meant for only Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 model number I8160. Don’t try this on any other model number.
  • This will wipe all your data except as card. So, you better back up anything that oyu might want to keep on the updated operating system of your phone.
  • Enable USB Debugging mode on your device. The option to do so is either present in Settings >Applications > Development or in Settings > Developer Options.
  • The tutorial below will work only if you have a PC that runs on the Windows operating system. Almost all versions of Windows including XP, 7 and 8 are supported.

Update Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 to Android 4.1.12 Jelly Bean:

  • Download and install drivers for your Android device from the official Samsung website.
  • Download the Jelly Bean OTA update for your device from here. You will also need to have the Odin tool to flash this firmware file on your device.
  • Extract the OTA zip to any folder so as to obtain a file of the format .tar.md5 along with some other files.
  • Extract the Odin zip file that you downloaded in the previous step to any folder you like.
  • Switch off your phone and pull out its battery. Reinsert the battery and then press and hold Power + Volume Down + Home button till you boot in to the download mode on your Galaxy Ace 2. Press the power button again to proceed to download mode when you see the Android robot construction logo.
  • Launch Odin v3.07.exe file from the Odin folder you extracted in step #4. Do this by right clicking on this .exe file and then selecting Run as Administrator.
  • Connect your Galaxy Ace 2, still in Download mode, to your computer. The connection of your device should lead to a yellow ID:COM box in the Odin window, confirming that both, your PC and ODIN, have detected the connection of your device.
  • Tick the PDA checkbox in Odin and select the .tar.md5 file you extracted from the OTA zip in step 3.
  • Tick the Phone checkbox Odin and from the same OTA extracted folder, select the file named modem. Skip this step and leave the Phone box unticked if there is no such file.
  • Click the CSC checkbox and select the file named CSC. Skip this step and leave the CSC box unticked if there is no such file.
  • Click the CSC checkbox and select the “.pit” file. Skip this step and leave the PIT box unticked if there is no such file.
  • In the Odin window, tick the checkboxes against Auto Reboot and F. Reset Time. Check the Re-partition option only if you found a .pit file in the previous step and thus had ticked the PIT checkbox.
  • Still in the Odin window, click the Start button to begin flashing the Jelly Bean firmware on your Ace 2.
  • Once the firmware is flashed completely, the phone will reboot (as we had ticked the Auto Reboot option) and a PASS message will appear in Odin confirming the same.

Once your phone reboots, you can confirm that it has been updated by going to Settings > About Phone screen. Comment below in case you face any problem with this update or the procedure itself.

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