XXMC8 Android 4.1.2 firmware update for Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 is now available for download. This is the official Jell Bean firmware for Galaxy Ace 2 that all users of this phone were waiting for. An Android 4.1.2 firmware build was leaked a few days ago, but the official firmware is now here with new features. I8160XXMC8 is a branded firmware to T-Mobile, so you might get some extra language packs and carrier apps in your phone after installation. You can install XXMC8 Android 4.1.2 on Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 official firmware using the tutorial given below. We will be using ODIN, the flashing tool for Samsung to install this firmware — so no need of CWM Recovery installed.
As you read further, we will guide you how to backup your important data, some other important tips and then tell you how to update Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to XXMC8 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware using ODIN. ClockworkMod recovery is not needed for this tutorial. We always recommend you to backup your data first because you never know when something might get wrong. The following tips are important as they will help the installation procedure to go smooth without any issues. Let’s continue with the tutorial below.
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 (TeamAndroid.com) 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 😉
Android 4.1.2 XXMC8 Firmware Details:
Date: 2013 March
Regions: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
UPDATE: XXMF1 Android 4.1.2 for Galaxy Ace 2 is now available. Read tutorial here!
If you plan on rooting this phone or are still confused for why to root Galaxy Ace 2 I8160, read: Benefits of Rooting Your Android Device.
For those interested, you can now also root Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 on Android 4.1.2. Click here for the tutorial!
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:
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:
- Backup your Apps. How? –> How to Backup Android Apps.
- Backup your SMS messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore SMS Messages.
- Backup Contacts, Gmail and Google Data. How? –> Sync with Google Sync.
- Backup Call History. How? –> How to Backup Call History.
- Backup WhatsApp Messages. How? –> How to Backup/Restore WhatsApp Messages.
- Backup APN Settings: GPRS, 3G, MMS Settings. How? Note down everything from: Settings > Wireless & Networks (More…) > Mobile networks > Access Point Names.
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.
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All set and ready? Good. You can now head over to the next page and update Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 to XXMC8 Android 4.1.2 official firmware update.