Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 users might not be willing to hear that Samsung has no plans of rolling out Android 5.1 Lollipop for their devices and the reason for that is the said smartphone is quite outdated with very low hardware that might not be well enough to run latest Android OS. Galaxy Ace 2 was released in 2012 and does support Jelly Bean but its hardware is not well enough to run Lollipop.
However don’t be heartbroken as developers over at XDA have released CM12 Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM for Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to give it a new life. Behold and follow the steps below to get your device updated.
- Make sure your Ace 2 is 80% or more charged.
- It is highly recommended that you have complete backup of all your important data including SMS, contacts, call logs etc.
- Your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 should be rooted in order to install this custom ROM.
Steps to Install CM12 Android 5.1 Lollipop Custom ROM on Galaxy Ace 2 I8160
Step 1: To begin the process, you need to download the CM12 custom ROM and Google Apps from above links. When downloading is finished, place the zip file on your desktop.
Step 2: Connect your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to your computer and transfer the downloaded zip file to your mobile SD card.
Step 3: Turn Off your smartphone and boot it to recovery mode by pressing and holding “Volume Up + Power” buttons.
Step 4: In recovery mode, first wipe previous ROM by using “wipe data/factory reset” option. When this is done, proceed to next step.
Step 5: Perform cache clearing by using “wipe cache partition”and “wipe dalvik cache” partition options.
Step 6: Now you are ready to flash CM12 Android 5.1 Lollipop custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace 2 I8160. For that, go back to main recovery menu and select ‘’Install zip from SD card” followed by “Choose zip from SD card” options to select the ROM you have transferred in Step 2.
Step 7: Now the installation process will be started which will take few minutes. Once installation is completed, go back to main recovery menu and reboot your Ace 2.
If you faced problem during installation of CM12 Android 5.1 Custom ROM on your Ace 2, then don’t hesitate to share that with us. We are always here to help you.