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Android KitKat 4.4 for Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 : Update via CyanogenMod 11

(Last Updated On: December 25, 2013)

I have just posted about the KitKat mod for Galaxy mini and here comes yet another guide to get unofficial KitKat update to galaxy ace S5830. Unlike the previous post; it’s not a mod tweak, instead we’re flashing unofficial CyanogenMod 11 port to Galaxy Ace S5830. This firmware is on alpha stage and definitely does have some bugs. However, since Samsung would never release an official KitKat update for galaxy Ace, what else we need apart from this?

I haven’t tried this ROM as I don’t have the device but as per the developer’s thread, here I list out the list of working features as well as bugs. In order to flash this CM 11 KitKat ROM on galaxy ace, you should have root access to your phone. Along with that, a custom recovery is essential to install a custom ROM. Here I prefer ClockWorkMod as it’s the most popular and convenient custom recovery available.

kitkat for galaxy ace cyanogenmod 11 homescreen


kitkat for galaxy ace cyanogenmod 11 app menu

kitkat for galaxy ace cyanogenmod 11 dial menuDisclaimer and Precautions

TechBii will not be held responsible for any damage that might cause your device after this process. Also, we are not the inventors of this guide and all the tools and apps provided here are subjected to copyright and belongs to the owner. However, we will try our best to help you in case of further effects.

  • Charge your battery at least 60% and enable USB debugging as follows Settings>Applications>Development> Android Debugging.
  • Make a backup of all important files including files in the phone storage, contacts, call logs etc. You can also use Google account to save the same. Use Titanium backup for app backups.
  • Check the model number of your device and ensure that you have the one which is specified here (S5830)

KitKat 4.4 for Galaxy Ace S5830 : Flash via CyanogenMod 11 

  1. Check whether you have rooted your galaxy ace. Otherwise follow this link and root it [ Link ].
  2. Download KitKat ROM CyanogenMod 11 for galaxy ace from here [Link].
  3. Now transfer the ROM to your phone’s SD card and reboot your device to recovery mode by pressing and holding home button+power button.
  4. In the recovery menu, do wipe all cache. i.e,  wipe data/factory reset + wipe cache partition. Ignore this step if you’re already on  CM10/CM10.1/CM10.2.
  5. Now go through Install zip from sd card and choose zip from sd card. Select the downloaded KitKat ROM and flash it.
  6. After successful flashing, reboot your phone and hurrayyy.

    Working Lists and Bugs

    • Boot
    • Display
    • Touch
    • Sensors
    • RIL
    • Wifi
    • Bluetooth
    • Hardware
    • SD Card
    • Tethering(USB and Wifi)

Known Bugs

  • Camera (of course)
  • Certain lags
  • Low free space after flashing.
  • Bluetooth works only after a reboot.
  • Can’t add Google account directly as this ROM does not contain Google apps by default.

Anyway, considering the fact that it’s an alpha release and first build, kudos to the developer yajnab for his awesome effort. Let’s hope that he will further carry out the job and will gift a stable CyanogenMod 11 KitKat. Meanwhile, try this out and own a KitKat powered device by this tutorial.

Let me know if you have any doubt while following this guide to update your ace to kitkat CyanogenMod 11 and drop your queries in the form of comments.

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