Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 to Gingerbread from Android 4.1.2, Downgrade Samsung Galaxy A ce 2 from Android 4.1.2 jelly Bean update to Android 2.3 gingerbread. Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean software update for Galaxy Ace 2 I8160, The leak of the JB test firmware for the device a period 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. Galaxy Ace two users who would like to come back to the previous android 2.3 gingerbread version and Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 devices from android 4.1.2 jelly bean to gingerbread could follow our guide below.
Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 From Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread
There is big class of Samsung Galaxy phone users who feel that the previous firmware was far better than the latest. 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 Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 From Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread.
Galaxy Ace 2 users who wish to return to the previous Android 2.3 Gingerbread version and downgrade their devices from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread may follow our step-by-step Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 From Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread.
Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 I8160to Android 2.3 Gingerbread but before Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 I8160to Android 2.3 Gingerbread you must make sure of the following important thing to ensure that you will be able to Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 I8160to Android 2.3 Gingerbread with no problems so read the foloowing first carefull:
- 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
- Install Samsung USB drivers: Download
- Charge your phone’s battery to at least 80% level.
- Backup all important data such as contacts, call-log, messages, apps,
- Create a backup of all data of the phone. If the device is having custom recovery such as ClockworkMod/TWRP installed already then back up all data using the same since it create a complete image of the existing tablet set up.
- Turn on USB Debugging mode from Settings> Developer options>
Step by Step to Downgrade Galaxy Ace 2 From Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread
now here is our guide to help you to downgrade Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 from Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean to Gingerbread
- 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.
- 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 afterwards, 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.
Changing Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 Language:
Users can download region specific firmware in case they come have problem with the language of the devic, Please note that the downgrade firmware for the Galaxy Ace 2 is basically in 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). You can also use the procedure described here and download the new firmware from here.