Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 has already been updated, in one of our previous posts, to Android
4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXMF1 official firmware.
In the meantime, a new version of the tool has been launched by Samsung; its name: Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean XXMF2. We dedicate this guide for all of you who want to update your phone to this tool.
Brace yourselves, requirements are now due: use the smartphone that’s already carrier + factory unlocked, turn on USB debugging, charge the battery, flash USB drivers for the Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 (from this location) on your PC and create backups via this tutorial.
How to update Galaxy Ace 2 with XXMF2 firmware
- Then begin the tutorial by downloading the next two files on your notebook’s desktop: the (file name: I8160XXMF2_I8160OLBMF1_XSE.zip) and Odin tool (from here).
- Unzip each of them in turn; after the extracting process is over, you are going to be stuck with several files, among them these fellows: .tar.md5 and Odin tool v3.07.exe.
- Once you find both of them on your device’s desktop, you will be asked to follow the previous tasks with these: boot the I8160 into Download Mode after you turn it off. That mode will be reached by your device only if you do as follows: press and hold, at the same time, Volume Down and Home, press Power till you see the handset switching itself on and then press Volume Up.
- Run, for the next step, the Odin as Admin on your notebook, then do the following: plug the smartphone to the personal computer with the USB cable of the Galaxy Ace 2 I8160.
- The success of the connection will be given by one of the following signs: a message that says “Added!!” or a yellow ID:COM box; but in case the plugging did not work out, you can change the outcome by either re-installing the USB Drivers on the notebook or by using a different USB port this time.
- Then continue the guide by performing these guidelines: choose PDA and opt for a file with either .md5 or .tar in it, click on Phone and select a file with MODEM in it, tap CSC and choose a file that comes with CSC in its name and finish by tapping PIT and then opting for a file with .pit as its extension (should neither file appear on the display, just move on to the next instructions below).
- You will now need to select, in Odin, the following three options: Auto Reboot, Repartition and F. Reset Time; but the middle one needs to be chosen only if the .pit file was selected before.
- Next few tasks: tap on START, wait for the flashing of the official XXMF2 to commence and then for it to gloriously end. The Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 needs to restart after the firmware is on it; it should also show PASS. If that happens, you should do this: unplug the smartphone from your notebook.
- Then go to Settings and afterwards be sure to open this: About phone. At a closer inspection, the Android 4.1.2 JB XXMF2 official firmware will stare you in the face right there.
NOTE: The guide may not go all that smoothly. For instance, the handset can, unfortunately, remain stuck in booting animation. To save it from that fate, you should:
- go to the Recovery Mode;
- opt for Factory reset/Wipe data;
- select Wipe Cache Partition;
- wait for the wiping to be over;
- opt for the system rebooting option;
- have patience till your I8160 is rebooted into the update tool.
My name is Mark, I am a new chief editor of this blog, freelance writer, entrepreneur, and simply a technology lover. Currently a proud owner of a Google Pixel 4a.