Android 4.4 KitKat is too new to the smartphone atmosphere (if we think how many leading smartphone brands have this version of Android phone) and if you are Samsung Galaxy Ace user, then you don’t have to think that you’ll never go to get this update, because finally Android 4.4 KitKat is available for Samsung Galaxy Ace.
Obviously, Samsung isn’t going to release this version for old smartphones – so it is unofficial update (ROM). And as this is still in Alpha version, there will be some bugs. Also remember that this is only for Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 and will not support any other phone.
- Camera Not Working, as of some users using any camera app worked for them to solve this.
- Limited Space.
- Lags a lot.
- Not able to add Google Account (needs GApps files for it which isn’t yet available).
Before you proceed with the tutorial – I would like to clear that flashing your smartphone can be risky and your phone can be dead permanently. And this is not an official ROM; it definitely has some bugs in which some are specified above. If your phone get any problem than nor we or the developer will be responsible.
- Your phone should be charged at least 80% before trying this.
- Backup Contacts, Messages, Files etc. whatever you want back.
- Enable Android Debugging Mode, you can do by going to – Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > Android Debugging.
It is important to have rooted phone before proceeding to update your phone with any Custom ROM. So if you haven’t rooted your phone than you can follow this tutorial. Also CWM Recovery installation is important, same as rooting – if you don’t have installed it than you should follow next step also if you have but old one than you should install this, if you did than ignore that.
Having CWM 18.104.22.168+ is important to install Android 4.4 on your device.
Install CWM Recovery in Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830:
Step 1 –Download CWM Recovery file from here and place the files in Memory Card.
Step 2 – Now Boot into Recovery Mode by pressing Home + Power key at the same time and hold it till your phone boot.
Step 3 – Select Install from SD Card and choose the file you’ve downloaded. And wait for it to complete, after it follow the next step.
Update Samsung Galaxy Ace to Android 4.4 KitKat:
Step 1 – Download KitKat Custom ROM and keep that on your phone’s Memory Card.
Step 2 – Now Reboot in Recovery Mode, do so by pressing Home + Power Key and hold them till your boot.
Step 3 – Now you have to wipe – Wipe Data / Factory Reset and Wipe Cache Partition.
Step 4 – Now in the main menu of Recovery Mode, click on Install Zip from SD Card and choose the Custom ROM you have downloaded. And wait for it to done.
Step 5 – Now reboot your phone and enjoy!
Again I would say that there will be many bugs as it is first Alpha version of Android 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830. It is great to try the Android KitKat on your device, so Update Samsung Galaxy Ace to Android 4.4 KitKat. Don’t forget to visit us again to check whether there is a stable version available or not – we’ll try our best to keep you up-to-date with this article.
Credit: yajnab / XDA Developers.
Update: I found GApps for Android 4.4 KitKat but I haven’t tested it but if you want than you can try to install it. I couldn’t give you guarantee whether this is working or not but you might like to try this.
Installing Google Apps in Custom ROM:
Step 1 – Download GApps Pack from here and put it in the SD Card.
Step 2 – Boot your phone in Recovery Mode and then choose Install from SD Card and choose the downloaded files.
Step 3 – Wait for it to complete, and done! You’ve got Google Apps on your phone.
How to Get Back to Android Gingerbread in Samsung Galaxy Ace?
If you don’t like the custom ROM and want to back to the original firmware than here are the steps, and pre-requisites are same as above.
Step 1 – Download your phone’s firmware of your country from here, remember to download your own country’s firmware – not any other’s.
Step 2 – Download Odin Tool on your computer.
Step 3 – Now turn off your phone and boot up in Download Mode, you can do so by pressing Volume Up + Volume Down + Power Key and hold it till your phone boot.
Step 4 – Connect your phone to your computer and open Odin Tool.
Step 5 – Now click on PDA (AP) button and choose the firmware file you have recently downloaded.
Step 6 – Now click on Start button and you’re done! Now after your phone get reboot, you’ll have the old firmware back.