How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Ace to Gingerbread 2.3.3 [Video Tutorial]

If you own an Ace and want to upgrade to Gingerbread 2.3.3 or higher versions, then you can easily upgrade within few minutes. This method will also work for flashing other Official ROM’s on Galaxy ACE variants.If you are not in any hurry of latest updates or in mood to take risk then you can wait for the official update via Kies. But if you cannot wait to upgrade then follow these simple steps to upgrade.

Things Needed to Install Gingerbread on Ace

Update: Gingerbread 2.3.6 ROMs are available for all variants of Galaxy ACE. Download the latest ROM files from here.

To flash your Ace with new firmware on windows you will require ODIN. If you are downloading One Package, you will also need to download the OPS file separately.

If you face problems and your phone does not get detected by windows after switching off, download and install Samsung USB drivers for Galaxy ACE on windows.

Setting Up Odin

Once these files are downloaded extract the files. Odin is a portable application hence can be brought up with a single click. Remember to take care of files that you are going to put in Odin. Open the firmware folder which you just extracted. You will find 5 files namely(name varies from ROM to ROM):






Open odin and point OPS, BOOT, Phone, PDA and CSC files from the firmware folder as follows.

OPS- Cooper_v1.0.ops

BOOT- APBOOT_S5830XXKP8_CL143019_REV03_user_mid_false.tar.md5

Phone- MODEM_S5830XXKP8_CL143019_REV03.tar.md5

PDA- CODE_S5830XXKP8_CL143019_REV03_user_mid_false.tar

CSC- CSC_S5830SERKP8_CL143019_REV03_user_mid_false.tar.md5

Pointing these files in Odin completes the configuration part. There is no need to change any other settings. Before proceeding to the next step make sure that Samsung Kies is not running, if so close it.

For One Package Flashing

If the ROM file you downloaded is a one package flasher, i.e consists only of a .tar file. In this situation select the OPS file and check the one package installation box in Odin. Then select the package you have downloaded.

Preparing Galaxy Ace for Flash

Remove the SIM card and SD card from the phone. now what you have to do is start the phone in download mode. To do this, while you are switched off press and hold the following buttons in sequence.

Middle Menu Button+ Power Button+ Down Volume Buttom. Make sure you do not disturb the sequence. Else other modes may come up. Once the phone boots in download mode the phone setup is ready.

Flashing Galaxy Ace with Gingerbread

Now connect the phone to your computer using data cable. You will find some drivers installing and Odin will automatically identify connection com port. Ensure that the data cable is fixed properly so that connection is not lost in between the process.

When all the above things are done, Click on the start button. Wait till the process gets over. You can see process status at left hand corner of Odin. The phone will be restarted automatically and will take bit time to finally start with Gingerbread.

The default language of this Firmware is not English, if you want to change it to English, go to settings and select the fifth last option. There you can select the language of your choice.

Ace Gingerbread cannot be rooted using previous applications like the Super One Click which rooted previous versions easily. I will update it as soon as I get a way to root it.Taking screenshots i.e holding Back key + Menu button works without being rooted.

There are no problems in the firmware and every thing is working properly. If you have noticed lag in contact menu in Froyo, this may solve your problem as i did not find any such lags. There are many other small performance improvements.

Still Confused about upgrading? Well, you can watch this video tutorial to go through the flashing process and also have a glimpse of Gingerbread.


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  1. Gopal says:

    Hi, Can we use Samsung Galaxy fit as a modem??? I have tried kies but there is no option,, plz suggest

    • Sourojit says:

      @Gopal: Well i am also new to Android, just a week with ace… Go in the Wireless and network settings then go to “Tethering and portable hotspot”… Here you have various methods to share your phones internet connection with computer through usb cable or you can also create a hotspot..

  2. nike says:

    thaks Sourojit i installed gingerbread sucessfully thanks for your contribution.

  3. james says:

    hey, i was able to install my galaxy ace to gingerbread, but it reboot afew times a day… what happen, pls advise.

  4. burn says:

    Nice job..thanks a lot bro..need root samsung galaxy Ass 🙂 2.3.3 gingerbread

  5. Rocky says:

    Thanks. Is this update worth it? Does it fix the wireless issues?

  6. Ahsan says:

    i used all ur guides, but the driver seem fails to detect my phone. Its this works on windows XP?

  7. Mauricio says:

    What about battery life?

  8. Vic says:

    works great! thanks a lot. i noticed that my galaxy ace improved in speed.

  9. Tim says:

    cannot open the usb serial port. code: 5 ?????????

  10. USMAN says:


    • RYDER says:

      go to the android market you have free same aplicacions to batery saver…
      TANK´S SAM..

  11. Jason says:

    it keeps getting stuck at ‘com map porting’ any solution will be great.. i have tried the following.. ‘restart my pc,pull out the batery,changing usb ports,giving the phone arround 3 minits to sync with the com before i press start on odin’

  12. Jason says:

    btw odin says my phone is detected.. and it doesnt seem to have the word above ‘Odin Multi Downloader (GT-S5830)’it just remain the same as ‘Odin Multi Downloader (Android)’

    and yea my phone is in download mode

    thanks in advance!

  13. Was looking for this helpful post,thanks for sharing!

  14. neversad says:

    is it 2.3.3 wthout chinese?i nid chinese in locale setting..hw to fix it??
    kindly reply~~

  15. Benjamin says:

    Hi I can’t extract the files because CODE_S5830XXKP8_CL143019_REV03_user_mid_false.tar is in a rar filed and it’s locked with a password:S!

  16. Benjamin says:

    I can’t find any links plz send one:S

  17. Benjamin says:

    Okay guys I found the password while searching around and it was

  18. S Thiruvengadam says:

    Dear Sir

    I recently upgraded my Galaxy Ace to GB 2.3.4. Can I revert back to 2.3.3. Will there be any problem? I purchased the Ace on 23rd, May, 2011 only. And what is *2767*3855# which is called a hard reset. How to use it. Should I root my device to install 2.3.3?

  19. allan says:

    sir i have upgraded my galaxy ace but i lost my data connection need help thx

  20. Lauri says:

    Hi! Is there Finnish (Suomi) language on 2.3.3?

  21. Lauri says:

    Does it remove all data from phone memory? And I have games on sd card, so must I have redownload all them?

  22. TIKI says:


  23. rr says:

    hi…the file that i downloaded was password protected…how can i open it please?

  24. Benjamin says:

    the password if:

  25. rr says:

    thank was successful…

  26. DenisR says:

    Just to say TNX man, I did it in a few minutes, no problems (so far). Tnx from Bosnia…

  27. Jasheem says:

    Can i use this to upgrade my Acer liquid mini to 2.3 or can u help me to find any other source?

  28. kandil says:

    It works but it takes a lot of time in AMSS
    It takes a lot of time arrived at 10:50 Is this normal?

  29. ejm says:

    hi there!! its working!

  30. avinash Khatua says:

    Guys just completed the upgradation..just follow the steps mentioned here. it works 100%.. from Froyo to GB in hardly 10min or less.

  31. KumJay says:

    my ace’s csc is S5830ODDKC1… can i upgrade to android 2.3.4 ? bcoz in this mine doesn’t have 2.3.4 firmware

  32. ejm says:

    wat are the best 2.3 or 2.4 gb??

  33. jhay says:

    dude do you need internet connection for upgrading ace to gingerbread?

  34. Sunny Bee says:

    i bought an Galaxy Ace for my Brother.
    It has no Warranty, But its battery runs out very quick 1-2 days.
    Plz tell me what ROM should i install for him, i bought him Galaxy Ace last week.

    Detailed Notes/Questions:
    1- I have already closed all the Widgets in phone to make it run fast.
    2- on phone is says Android 2.3.5 GingerBread s5830XXKO
    3- most use of phone is SMSing, Facebook, Call Recording, Radio, Video , Songs, Video Making, Picture Taking.
    4- I want it to Runs Longer & with Faster battery day 3 days atleast
    5- Brother has hearing issue (Deafness) , Songs & Radios are for me for time pass.
    6- may run some games.
    7- Plz Suggest some Apps which allow Auto Forward SMSes from a Specific Number to another Mobile Number.
    8- I don’t want phone to be buggy ( i heard most custom roms are buggy)
    9- I read on your Site that Stock Roms Custmized ROms are better & stable than Cynogen Mod (CM 7).

    -Waiting for your reply thanks in advance.

  35. srujan says:

    thanks a lot bro..

  36. louis says:

    Thanks for the video. I was wondering if you can tell me if this upgrade process wipe the phone? For example, SMS messages and notes get removed? Since my phone is currently to use my Gmail account, do I need to set up all over again?


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