As Samsung had promised, the Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 was entitled to receive the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. The leak of the JB test firmware for the device a month ago confirmed it and the actual official 4.1.2 update began rolling out early this month. The new firmware is still being pushed via OTA thousands of Ace 2 owners have already upgraded their phone.
However, from the early reactions of the Ace 2 users, it appears that they are not that happy with the update because JB has made their phone slower and laggy. Some users are also complaining about the fast battery drain and to get back to the glorious Gingerbread days, most of them are now seeking a way to downgrade from Jelly Bean to Gingerbread.
Actually, this story of unhappiness with Android 4.1.2 is not limited to the users of Galaxy Ace 2 only. There is a big class of Samsung Galaxy phone users who feel that the previous firmware was far better than the latest. The Ace 2 is a mid-range device with modest specifications and it is natural that the JB firmware falls heavy on it.
If you have recently upgraded your Ace 2 to the Android 4.1.2 firmware and now want to go back to Gingerbread, here is an easy tutorial that will help you do that.
Though this procedure has been tested successfully, things might turn up different for you if you make any mistake. Doing such things with your phone are considered risky and therefore proceed only if you’re ready to face the consequences. We shall not be liable for any damage. Cross this line only if you agree to it.
- Download Odin tool to flash the firmware (extract it): Odin3_v1.83.zip
- Download Gingerbread firmware and extract it. Note that the firmware file is in 5 parts so you will have to extract all part files in one folder: I8160XXLK6.rar
- If you own Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160P, also download this file and extract it
- Install Samsung USB drivers.
- Charge your phone’s battery to at least 80% level.
- Backup all important data such as contacts call log, messages, apps, etc. Here are a few good backup apps for Android that will help you backup data.
- Turn on USB Debugging mode from Settings> Developer options>
How to Downgrade to Gingerbread on Ace 2:
Make sure you have made all prerequisite steps and follow the following steps-
- Turn off your Ace 2 and boot it into Download/Odin mode. Press and hold the Volume Down + Home + Power buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. When you see a warning screen, press Volume Up key to continue.
- Open the Odin folder and run Odin3_v1.83.exe as administrator.
- Now connect your Ace 2 to the computer using a compatible USB cable. Wait for a few seconds till the ID:COM port at Odin turns yellow to show that the device has been detected.
- Now Open the extracted ROM folder. Here you will find 3 files that are as follows:
- You will have to select these files in Odin but before that make sure that “Re-Partition”, “Auto-Reboot” and “F Reset Time” options are selected/marked in Odin.
- Now click on the PDA button and select the “CODE_GT-I8160XXLK6_CL1211243_REV00_SEC_KEY_LK6_4G.tar.md5” file.
- Note: if your phone model is GT-I8160P, select this file in PDA: CODE_GT-I8160P_I8160PXXLK2_REV00_SEC_KEY_4G.rar
- Then click the CSC button and select “CSC_GT-I8160-MULTI-CSC-0XELF1_SEC_KEY_4G.tar.md5”.
- Finally, click the PIT button and select the “GT-I8160_EUR_XX_4G.pit” file.
- When you are sure that you have done everything the right way, click the “Start” button on Odin.
- This will start the installation and will take just a few minutes to complete.
- When it finishes your Galaxy Ace 2 will reboot automatically.
Hold your breath and wait till the phone boots. Now your phone should be on Gingerbread firmware.
What If I Get a Bootloop after Downgrade:
Well, we have tested this method and it worked without any mishap or hindrance but it is not necessary that things go nice for everyone. If you installed the downgrade firmware and got the PASS message on Odin and your phone does not boot normally afterward, do the following steps:
- Pull out your phone’s battery, wait for a minute and reinsert it back to its place.
- Then boot your Ace 2 into recovery mode: press and hold Volume Up + Home + Power keys for about 5 seconds till the Samsung logo with device name blinks for 2 times followed by a black screen with an Android bot and blue menu. This is called stock recovery mode and here you will have to use the Volume keys to scroll and highlight options and the Power key to select them.
- Okay, scroll down to “wipe data/factory reset” option and confirm your selection.
- Next scroll to “wipe cache partition” and wipe it too.
- Finally, select “reboot system now” option.
Your phone should boot now and if it is still stuck at bootloop, try installing the firmware again and more carefully. Remember, if you encounter an error, it’s certainly a mistake made on your part.
Please note that the downgrade firmware for the Galaxy Ace 2 is basically in the Russian language. If you have any problem with the language of the device, download the firmware of your country from here and install it. Remember when you install the new GB firmware, you need not use any PIT file. So what you have to do is to click on the PDA button and select the file with .tar.md5 extension (in case the downloaded firmware has a single file). To download the latest firmware for your device you can use Frija – Samsung firmware download tool.
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