How to update Galaxy ACE 2 I8160 with Jellybean 4.1.2 XXMB2 Firmware

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 which was first shipped with the Android Gingerbread software version was now upgraded to Jelly Bean 4.1 OS. This update has been dubbed as XXMB2 Jellybean 4.1.2. Though Samsung has only rolled out this update in select countries as of now, but you can apply this update manually through our procedure. So you don’t have to wait for Samsung official release. This is an official update so you don’t have to root your device.

Howtoupdate GalaxyACE2I8160 Jellybean4.1.2XXMB2Firmware

Change Log:

  • Direct Call,
  • New Touch Wiz UX Interface,
  • New Lock Screen,
  • Pop Up Play,
  • New Navigation Bar,
  • Google Now,
  • Improved Camera,
  • New Widgets,
  • Battery Enhancements

Warning: Yet this is an official update but new operators should take proper preventions. These procedures have very sensitive steps so, proceed at your own risk. We will not hold any responsibility if something goes wrong with your device.


At SamsungMobileClub we make sure that our readers take all precaution and preventive [prevent data loss and soft Bricks] measures before installing Custom ROM, Root or flashing the firmware.

We have explained all required steps in detail:

Step 1: To ensure that you do not lose anything, please create a backup of SMS, Contacts, APN settings, What app chat messages etc. [Alternative link to backup SMS, MMS, Contacts, Calendar, events on Samsung Android Phones]

Step 2: Please ensure that you have a desired battery level to perform the procedure [we suggest minimum 60%]. While Installing custom ROM or rooting your device it is required to enable USB debugging. You will find the USB debug enable options in Settings>>Developer option. If you still do not get it, check out our detailed tutorial about Enabling USB debugging and checking batter status /Usages.

Step 3: If you have already rooted in your device and install CWM recovery and going to install a ROM then please backup your Firmware ROM using CWM recovery.

Step 4: We suggest a full backup of your apps and cache data, if you are rooted use Titanium Backup [App backup and Restore tutorial] or you can follow this tutorial to backup without root access.

Step 5: Please disable Antivirus, Firewall or other security apps before flashing Root, Firmware or Custom ROM as they may interrupt the procedure. We also suggest disabling Samsung Kies if you are flashing through a PC.

Step 6: Please insure that you have correct driver and ADB installed on your System.

Step 7: Download Jellybean 4.1.2 XXMB2 Firmware package  and Odin tool. Extract both files into your desktop and install odin tool. Now run the Odin tool on your windows PC.

If you face any issues you can restore ROM using CWM recovery. After installing Backup you can restore all apps, SMS, Contacts and settings using the Tutorial provided for above mentioned links.

How to update Galaxy ACE 2 I8160 with Jellybean 4.1.2 XXMB2 Firmware:

Step 1: First turn off your Galaxy ACE 2 I8160 so that it can be entered in the Download Mode. The download mode in Galaxy ACE 2 I8160 can be entered by pressing  the Volume down Key, Center button, and holding both simultaneously press the Power Button after which a green robot will be shown indicating the Download Mode has been entered.

Step 2: As you enter into download mode connect your device to the computer with the help of original USB cable and then open the ID: COM section will turn yellow indicating that all the drivers have been successfully installed.

Step 3: Now just Click on “PDA” tab and select the TAR File which is having “CODE_I8160XXMB2_932015_REV00_user_low_noship.tar

In “PIT” tab select “GT-I8160_EUR_XX_4G.pit

In “CSC” select “CSC_OXA_I8160OXAMB2_932015_REV00_user_low_noship.tar”.

Note: Check the Auto-Reboot and F. Time Reset option, check all other options.

Step 4: Once selected the entire file, click on “start” button for firmware installation.  As soon as the firmware update process is completed, the device will be rebooted automatically.

Note:  Till you see the Language selection / Country Selector option don’t disconnect the device from the computer. It may take longer time than expected for the device to reboot as it’s the first reboot after the upgrade.

Step 5: That’s it; you have now landed on new Jellybean firmware.  To check whether the firmware has been updated to the latest version or not, head over to the path “Settings > About Phone” where you will get to see the firmware version as “Jellybean 4.1.2 XXMB2” firmware version.

That’s it enjoy guys. If you face any issue we are there to help you.

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