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Root Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 on Android 2.3.6 Official Firmware

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 has never received a proper root method that you can use on your phone. However, but still you can root Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 on Android 2.3.6 official firmware. There are some build number requirements that we will get to in a bit and you will be able to get root access on your phone. Once you are rooted, you will be able to install custom ROMs and other system tweaks to your phone. You can easily root Android 2.3.6 on Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 with the following tutorial.

As you read further, we will guide you through the entire process of how to root Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 on Android 2.3.6 official firmware using ODIN and recovery. Make sure you backup all your data from the tips and tools given below and also read the important tips that you have to keep in mind before proceeding as you never know when something might get wrong. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.

Root Galaxy Ace 2

Disclaimer: All the custom ROMs and firmwares, official software updates, tools, mods or anything mentioned in the tutorial belong to their respective owners/developers. We ( or the developers are not to be held responsible if you damage or brick your device. We don’t have you on gun point to try out this tutorial 😉

Root Galaxy Ace 2 Method Details:

Please remember, this method will increase your binary counter of the phone and you will not be able to reset till someone releases a method on how to reset the counter.

It is recommended that your Galaxy Ace 2 is on the XXLD8 Android 2.3.6 official firmware, but this method has been tested on other builds as well. You can backup and try on your own firmware. For those who want to update to Android 2.3.6 XXLD8 firmware, see here: How to Install Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 XXLD8 Android 2.3.6 Official Firmware Update.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 USB Drivers

You will need to connect your Android phone with the computer. For that, please make sure you have installed the USB drivers for Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 properly. If not, you can download the latest official drivers from our Android USB Drivers section here:

Download Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 USB drivers!

Backup and Other Important Tips

Done with the USB drivers? Perfect. The tutorial is on the next page, but first, please take a look at the following tips and important points you need to take care of. These are important, as we don’t want anyone losing their personal data or apps:

Always backup your important data that you might need after you install a new custom ROM, an official software update or anything else. Make a backup for just in case, you never know when anything might go wrong. See below for some tips on how to backup data:

Samsung users can also back up data using Samsung KIES. If you backup data manually, you get more options what to choose from and it is very easy to move data across Android devices from different manufacturers, i.e moving Samsung Galaxy Note backup data to HTC One X.

If you already have a custom recovery (ClockworkMod, TWRP etc.) installed on your phone, we strongly recommend a backup using that as it creates a complete image of your existing phone set up.

A few more optional tips that you should remember:

1. Having problems connecting your Android phone to the computer? You need to enable USB debugging mode. See here: How to Enable USB Debugging — for Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean.

2. Make sure your Android device is charged up to 80-85% battery level. This might help you: How to Check Battery Percentage. Why? Because, if your phone goes off suddenly while installing a custom ROM, flashing an official firmware update or installing mods etc. — your phone might get bricked or go dead permanently. No one wants that, right?

4. Most of the tutorials and how-to guides on Team Android are for factory unlocked Android phones and tablets. We recommend NOT to try our guides if your phone is locked to a carrier, unless we have specified the carrier name or device model.

If you find the above tips useful and they were helpful to you, please consider giving us a +1 or LIKE to thank us!

All set and ready? Good. Now, let’s proceed with the tutorial on the next page and update Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to Android 2.3.6 firmware.

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Haris Nadeem
Haris lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.
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  1. Hi,

    I recently updated to official XXLK6 firmware, and wanted to re-root my phone, but I follow these steps again and when ODIN tries to open communication with the phone in download modem, it fails. I followed this steps with previous firmwares and worked correctly. Do you have a workaround for this?


    • i have sumsung GT-I8160P BGLK2 SPAIN MOVISTAR VEZRSION 2.3.6
      GINGERBREAD.BGLK2 . WHO HAVE root fichier the same i8160 or it’s deffirent !!!! please i need help to root my sumsung

  2. I rooted my galaxy ace2 in its`s 2.3.6 and it worked well …. I upgraded it to 4.1.2 and it also worked great but it was reset and root was gone . when i tried to re-root it stuck on samsung logo and wont go any further ` so i bought a new one and upgraded it to 4.1.2 ` SOMEONE HELP ME ON HOW TO ROOT GALACY ACE2 WITH 4.1.2 official firmware!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS`

  3. From Step 6 (In recovery, scroll down to “apply update from sd card” and press the Power button to select it.) my problems started. I wasn’t choosing “apply update from sd card” by pressing the power button, but by pressing the home button. Power off button wasn’t doing anything at all. I couldn’t find anything like “choose zip from sdcard”. i don’t know what to do.

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