Unofficial CM 10.2 Android 4.3 for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160

The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 which was launched with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and later upgraded to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean by Samsung is now put to stop for official updates from Samsung and you may not longer expect Android 4.2 or 4.3 from Samsung. However, the developers do try hard to get the latest Android version working on the device. Since Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 seems to be forgotten by the CyanogenMod team, Team Canjica has compiled an unofficial version of CyanogenMod 10.2 for the Galaxy Ace 2 which isn’t completely stable but might be good for daily use.

CyanogenMod is one of the best custom ROMs for Android devices and is the base for many other ROMs. Please note that installing this ROM will void the warranty of your device but you can get it back by flashing the stock ROM of Galaxy Ace 2 via Odin. Also, the binary flash counter is triggered when you flash a custom kernel and that again voids the warranty. So if you wish to claim your warranty back, you can use Triangle Away app from Chainfire that resets the flash counter on all Samsung phones.

Disclaimer: Hack My Android is not responsible for any damage your device might face during this process, proceed at your own risk.

Steps to Install CM 10.2 Android 4.3 on Galaxy Ace 2

  1. Download the ROM from this link and Gapps form
  2. Place both zip files in your device’s SD card.
  3. Turn off your phone and boot into recovery.
  4. Make a nandroid backup. You can also use OBackup to create the nandroid backup without booting into recovery mode. Also, read our data backup guide before you proceed.
  5. In the recovery mode, wipe data, cache and dalvik cache (from advanced menu).
  6. Go to “Install zip from SD card”>”Choose zip from SD card” and select the ROM zip file.
  7. After you flash the ROM zip file, flash the Gapps zip file in same fashion.
  8. Go back and select “Reboot system now”.

Your phone should boot into Android 4.3. You can now restore apps and data using Nandroid manager. If you face any issues, you can refer the original thread or leave a comment below.