Samsung Galaxy Ace: Full Update Guide

This guide will walk you through the process of taking the Samsung Galaxy Ace from stock to having the ability to flash the latest version of CyanogenMod. This guide assumes the Samsung Galaxy Ace already has Android 2.3 installed on it.

Note: The official Android 2.3 update from Samsung must be applied before following this guide.

Before you do anything — Make a backup

Don’t forget to back up your data. If you have synced the device with a Google account, then the contacts, calendar, Gmail, & select other Google-related data will not be lost and will come back after the next sync. However, you should backup anything you want to keep that is not stored on the SD card:

It would also be a good idea to backup everything stored on the SD card in the rare case the SD card must be formatted to resolve any major problems.

MyBackup RootSMS Backup & Restore, and Call Backup & Restore are all free applications that can assist with backing up your data.

Installing the ClockworkMod Recovery

If the Samsung Galaxy Ace already has the ClockworkMod Recovery installed, skip this section.

WARNING: ROOTING THE SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.
  1. Download ClockworkModRecovery kernel (Applicable to Gingerbread only)
    • Recovery kernel for Galaxy Ace: download
      md5: ba3d09df567757081da5dd6e8fb2d0b0
  2. Once the CWM zip file is downloaded, place it to your sdcard.
  3. Now reboot in recovery mode by holding Home & Power buttons.
  4. Select Apply Update from SDcard and select the CWM zip file placed in your sdcard.
  5. Restart. For verifying, go into recovery again. You will find that recovery has been updated to CWM Recovery.

Flashing CyanogenMod

If the Samsung Galaxy Ace has been rooted, unlocked, etc. through steps other than the method described above or running a custom ROM other than CyanogenMod and you are having issues flashing or booting CyanogenMod, it is recommended the Samsung Galaxy Ace be returned to stock & start over with the full instructions provided above.

Method via Recovery

  1. Download the latest version of CyanogenMod.
    Optional: Download the Google Apps for the device.
  2. Place the CyanogenMod update.zip file on the root of the SD card.
    Optional: Place the Google Apps .zip on the root of the SD card also.
  3. Boot into the ClockworkMod Recovery.
  4. Once the device boots into the ClockworkMod Recovery, use the side volume buttons to move around, and either the power button or the trackball to select.
    Optional: Select backup and restore to create a backup of current installation on the Samsung Galaxy Ace.
  5. Select the option to Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Then select the option to Wipe cache partition.
  7. Select Install zip from sdcard.
  8. Select Choose zip from sdcard.
  9. Select the CyanogenMod update.zip.
    Optional: Install the Google Apps by performing steps 7 – 9 again and choosing the Google Apps update.zip.
  10. Once the installation has finished, select +++++Go Back+++++ to get back to the main menu, and select the Reboot system now option. The Samsung Galaxy Ace should now boot into CyanogenMod.

Method via ROM Manager

  1. Launch RomManager.
    Optional: Choose the first option in the app, Flash ClockworkMod Recovery to update to the latest version.
  2. Select the Download ROM option from the main menu in the ROM Manager.
  3. Select the CyanogenMod option, and then choose the latest version of CyanogenMod from the menu.
    Optional: When you select the latest version of CyanogenMod, check the Google Apps option.
  4. Once the ROM is finished downloading, it asks if you would like to Backup Existing ROM and Wipe Data and Cache.
  5. If Superuser prompts for root permissions check to Remember and then Allow.
  6. The Samsung Galaxy Ace will now reboot into the recovery, wipe data and cache, and then install CyanogenMod. When it’s finished installing it will reboot into CyanogenMod.

 

source : http://wiki.cyanogenmod.com/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_Ace:_Full_Update_Guide

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