When it comes to custom ROMs firmware, the Galaxy Ace users can choose from a long list of updates, though they should be aware that not all the OS improvements are working properly. Also, not all the ROMs can be installed on both versions of the device, the S5830i and the S5830, therefore you must check the compatibility first. Anyway, today, I will teach you how to update the S5830i variant of the Galaxy Ace to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 OS and this by installing the Jellyblast custom ROM firmware.
As you know, there won’t be any official OTA updates (Android 4.1 based ones) released by Samsung for the Galaxy Ace handsets due hardware limitations, so if you want to experience the latest Android flavor on your smartphone all you have to do is to learn how to update it with a custom ROM software. Now, I recommend you to flash the latest ROMs available because these are usually the most stable versions of the unofficial updates. The same can be applied for the Jellyblast software, as according to those who had tried and tested the platform, the OS is smoothly working and there are no bugs or issues in the system.
This ROM was developed and also tested on a Galaxy Ace S5830i handset by those of xda-developers so we have them to thanks for the present step by step guide. This means one thing only: you cannot OTA or by using KIES apply the Jelly Bean based Jellyblast firmware on your Galaxy Ace, you need to follow and perform a manual operation for the same. Here I will help you out with the next steps and with the proper tutorial which will be explained just a little bit later as first you need to prepare your smartphone for the installation that will follow.
It will be a good idea to start your work with a backup. Yes, unfortunately this means that all of your personal info will be wiped out. You cannot avoid this as the Android 4.1.1 OS can be updated on your Galaxy Ace only after a full wipe is being performed. So, take your time, and maybe use our suitable backup and restore guides, and save the messages, the contacts, the call logs, the EFS, internet settings and even the current ROM. Of course if you need to backup images or videos all you have to do is to use a computer or an external SD card.
Then, root and install a custom recovery image on your Ace. Well, first you will have to gain root access as only after that you will be able to flash a complex app such as CWM recovery. Use a tutorial for gaining root access, because the warranty will get void and you don’t want to mess things up when it comes to your phone. Well, that’s all related to the root access, more about how to use CWM recovery being explained during the proper steps. Not to forget, the warranty can be restored but only by downgrading to the stock ROM.
Just before we begin the installation guide, you must ensure that you can use a computer, your phone and its USB cord. On the PC that you will use go and deactivate the Firewall and antivirus protection; do the same for your Galaxy Ace. Then, enable the USB debugging option on your phone and charge the battery if there is less than 60% power left. Remember to backup the data and root and install a custom recovery image on your handset. Also, do not update a similar device with the Samsung Galaxy Ace model number S5830i, because you will be surprised to notice that it will get bricked.
How to Update Galaxy Ace S5830i with Jelly Bean 4.1.1 based Jellyblast Custom ROM Firmware
Use the link from here and download the Jelly Bean update file.
Save it on your computer.
Connect the Ace with the PC (you need the USB cord for that).
Take the downloaded file from step 1 and copy it to the phone’s SD card.
Unplug the USB cable and turn off the handset.
Enter in recovery mode.
You can manage to do that by holding and pressing the Menu and Power buttons at the same time.
One the recovery mode menu is being displayed, use it and choose the next options: “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” (remember to backup the data before applying this step).
Then, select “+++go back+++” and return to the main menu.
From there, select “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.
You can now select the downloaded file and flash the same on your Galaxy Ace.; we are almost done.
Wait until the process is over (a couple of minutes) and in the end select “+++go back+++” and “reboot system now”.
So, what do you think? It wasn’t that hard after all. In fact there are more pre requisites than actual steps, but this is the only way for safely updating the Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830i to Jelly Bean 4.1.2. All this was possible thanks to those of xda-developers who had provided the Jellyblast Custom ROM Firmware for us. Test the new software and use the comments are for sharing your impressions and conclusions with us and with other Android users.