How to Root Your Samsung Galaxy Ace

December 6, 2011

    If you own a Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 running on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread DDKQ5 or DDKQ6 version, you can now easily root your device. If you are unsure what version your phone is running, you can verify by heading to Settings > About Phone > Firmware Version, in which you can find valuable information on what type of firmware version your device has.

    What is Rooting?

    For those of you who are not familiar with rooting, it is like jailbreaking your phone to support neat new features normally not found on a smartphone. There are many benefits you can have once you gain root access on your device. For example, you can make your phone run faster, install custom ROMs, and install (sideload) applications from third-party sources.

    Along with great functionalities and features rooting has to offer, it also has some downsides. Once you root your device, you are also (possibly) voiding its warranty. Although, there is usually the option of unrooting your device by updating it with a stock ROM. Overall, rooting can be a win-win situation.


    • Just in case your phone data, call log, text messages, and media files get erased in the process, you need to backup those files as a precautionary measure.
    • In order for the rooting process to begin, it is highly suggested that you need to at least charge your phone to 60%.
    • You also need to enable USB Debugging on your phone. This can be enabled by heading to Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging.
    • Lastly, close all potentially conflicting applications on your computer such as antivirus software, Samsung Kies PC Suite, and firewall software as they tend to disrupt or block the rooting process. If you do have other unnecessary applications that cause your phone delays, you should uninstall them or remove them as well.

    Once the necessary preparations have been done, you are now ready to proceed to the rooting instructions.

    Rooting Instructions

    1. Download the latest Galaxy ACE Rooting Package to your computer. Get the file here (about 925 KB).
    2. Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.
    3. Copy the downloaded ZIP file to your phone’s SD card without renaming or modifying the file.
    4. Reboot into recovery mode. Turn off your phone. Then, simultaneously press and hold the Volume Up + OK button, and press the Power button.
    5. Your phone will boot to the recovery mode screen. From here, choose “Install zip from SD Card” and select “Choose Zip from SD”.
    6. Using the Volume Up and Volume Down keys, locate the ZIP file that you just copied to your SD card (the one named “”). Press the Power button to select it.
    7. Wait for about 5 – 10 minutes for the rooting process to finish.
    8. Once the rooting process is done, your phone will automatically reboot. If it fails to do so, head back to the main menu by selecting “++++ Go Back ++++” and select “Reboot System Now” to manually reboot your phone.

    Congratulations! You have successfully rooted your Samsung Galaxy Ace. You can now enjoy the benefits of having a rooted device.


    • kaustubhDN

      Thanks for detail instructions. When can we get next upgrade to Android 4…?

      • JimboTech

        Due to hardware restrictions, never.

    • Ahmed Huwait

      didn’t work for me. when I try to reboot in recovery mood I got a screen saying; RAMDUMP mood… and it doesn’t go anywhere :S
      Thanks anyway

      • AnnA

        It failed on my phone thrice, but you can try pressing the Home button and Power button WITHOUT the volume button. Just pressed those two and try if it’ll work. It worked for my phone. :)

        • Yash Papneja23

          anna i hve tried the same process u hve told me…. but it does nt happen

        • Sebinmk

          you tell that iam again root my phone?

        • kaku

          How to root new ace… s5830i…..

          normal zip files are not working on this version….please help

      • Tomar Dhruv

        Same Problem

      • Richard Paul

        hold down Home and Power button, until phone turns on. then release Power, but keep holding Home until you see the menu. :)

    • Ahmed Huwait
      • Alibal97

        Brilliant tutorial – Thanks
        Now enjoying my rooted phone! ;D

        • vikram

          pls tel me how to root my galaxy ace 5830 …pls

          pls mail to me

          • dinh vi

            You should follow xda link above to root your phone!
            I did that and my phone is rooted

    • Android21

      I have Gingerbread BUKS2, can this work for my version as well?

    • Nebudcanezzer

      Gets stuck in the recovery mode with the Screen on RAMDUMP Mode :(
      Trying other stuff now!

      • Hi_thewall

        hold home button & thn power button fr abt 2 to 10 sec thn u will get tht recovery mode & thn follow the process.

    • Afrater88

      dont hold volume key

    • Numansuriya

      It Does not Took Less Than A Second To Root My Device…

      Thank You Very Much


    • saad

      what and how is the recovery mode?

    • Dad

      Hold power button AND center button, from the phone being turned off

    • and now?

      Phone rebooted in a few seconds, not in 5-10 minutes. What am I supposed to notice in my rooted phone? I can only see a new ‘superuser’ app.

      • Hi_thewall

        thats it, ur phone that means it is rooted nw enjoy more apps which needs root access.

    • Hikoori

      hi ther…hey i tried but it didnt say recovery mode.but emergency mode and RAMDUMP it the same menu ur talking about?how long actually need to press the button?all 3 at once or alternately pressing the buttons?pls

      • Dudearun98

        same for me

      • Dvm Srikant

        same for me

    • DeadArctic

      Worked first time with no trouble!
      Month later I did a ‘Factory reset/Wipe User Data’ which caused a problem and now even after ‘Wiping Data Cache’ and performing a Unroot and a Re-root the situation remains untouched and I cannot get full root permission.

      I will be able to fix it but for the less advanced I advise not performing a ‘Factory Reset’ after this root. Not trying to put you off rooting, it’s pretty likely to work.

    • Peter

      Hi there, could you please tell me if this would work on my galaxy ace running android version 2.3.6, gingerbread.XWKT7 any info would be appreciated, cheers

    • new to root

      it barely took even 1 min..
      is it correct?

    • Bhavesh Sharma

      It’s Saying Emergency Dload Mode (ARM9 Mode)
      What should I do ?

    • Shannon22holder

      hi..not workin for my galaxy ace…im gettin error in /tmp/sideloade/package

    • Jeyabarath

      correct method to open in recovery mode……To do that, hold HOME+POWER buttons. When the screen turns on and you see the Samsung logo, let go of POWER but keep holding HOME. After the Galaxy Ace logo shows up and disappears, you should enter recovery mode. You can let go of HOME now.

      • Negrebsrek

        This is the one ! Works in less then a minute !

        • Jeyabarath


      • Mike

        Actually on the Galaxy Ace is Volume Up, Power and Home at the same time, as soon as the Samsung Logo appears release all 3 of them at the same time.

        • Hennyboesman

          no buddy its just home and power, the volume up button is just a waste of your time, as it works without holding the volume button

      • Harmeek

        U r right

      • Mohit Soni

        it comes Ramdump Mode (ARM9 mode) and nothing else takes place..
        pls help..

    • Sebinmk

      hi .iam rooted my phone,i can move to applicationby link2sd to sd card all application i can move,but still my phone memory low ,why this ?

    • Yasser Farag

      my android version is 2.3.3 …… u have any idea how can i root it?!

    • Sebinmk

      hi .iam rooted my phone,i can move to applicationby link2sd to sd card all application i can move,but still my phone memory low ,why this ? body can help

    • Rob Ferguson 2009

      Can you root the galaxy ace if it’s running on Android 2.3.3?

    • Shettysiddeshh9

      hey i just wanna know that is this safe

    • Vaibhav

      it says installation aborted?help me plsssssss.

    • chin

      is that version 2.3.4 also can use this method ?

    • Dhruvbhasin92

      any1 der

    • Izra Peerally

      how do i know if my phone is rooted??

    • Debate4m

      thanks and also sony xpedia the same.

    • sneaky_lord

      Amazing… very easy and quick. Thanks mate

    • Jose

      Is it the same process for Galaxy Ace Gingerbread 2.3.6?

    • Min Huang


    • Mike

      I been trying to root my phone however all I been getting is “Installation Aborted”?

      I have performed a Cache partition whipe and data wipe as well and yet I keep o getting the same message?

      Any help?


    • Fee Stitch

      I tried this, but it says installation aborted. now wot?

    • Lumzhiwei

      i cannot find upd_1zip

    • Lumzhiwei

      when i press it i will have files in it

    • Chavez_alain

      where should i copy the zip file in order to find it on the recovery utility. specifically

    • Onjeng

      It’s says E:failed to mount /sdcard (no such file or directory)
      E:can’t mount /sdcard

      • Zak

        even to me is da same problem…it replies me da same too…i dnt knw wht to do.. n e ways is it ok nw??? if yes thn plz tell me how to do pleasssseeeeee

    • roxy

      hi i have done the procedures. when i got to recovery mode and pressed on the root zip, it cameup with a whole load of things and at the bottom it said installation aborted and i had to reboot by pressing the ok button. how do you know if it worked or not.

    • Alzer

      It’s says E:failed to mount /sdcard (no such file or directory)
      E:can’t mount /sdcard

    • Matthew

      it says instillation aborted. is that what it meant to do?

      • aditya suresh

        no and i have the same prob D:

    • Xj4ttx

      E: Error in / tmp/sideload/
      (status 7)
      installation ab0rted

      • Alex Campbell

        i had the same thing happen to me

      • Dragonballgtgogeta98

        i got the same too!!!!!i really need help man :(

      • rich

        same here

    • Hasan8812011

      its tooooo confusing

    • Devyansh96

      my phone is not starting plz….. help me………………….

    • Andrew

      Hey, I followed the steps and the installation started but it failed with no specific error message I could identify. Now I when try to reboot into Recovery Mode by holding Vol Up + OK key and pressing Power Button I get the RAMDUMP ARM9 Mode screen.
      So… How do I get it back to reboot into Recovey Mode?? or… What I am doing wrong?

      Thank you very much in advance!

    • Nuno



      correct method to open in recovery mode……To do that, hold HOME+POWER buttons. When the screen turns on and you see the Samsung logo, let go of POWER but keep holding HOME. After the Galaxy Ace logo shows up and disappears, you should enter recovery mode. You can let go of HOME now.

      • Andrew

        Thank you! I could re-enter Recovery Mode. But the installation was aborted again, I guess there’s an error on the zip file provided, I’ll try to get another one.

        Thanks again!!

    • Greger

      Hmm, is it working?

    • adam

      whaat can i do with my rooted samsung galaxy ace? and when i download the zip file it is a folder so am not sure if thats what your suppost to drag into the phone or if its a file in the upd_1 folder can somebody help please

    • Chevonne Ramey

      can it work on the kernel version GT5830M Baseband version S5830MWHKL4 Kernel version

    • Amar Ilindra

      Working Perfectly for me
      from :

    • kanand90

      Is it necessary that the phone should be connected to the pc while rooting?

    • Olddiverman

      Absolutely simple!
      Recovery mode – power button and home together, I held both until menu came up. If you are using a Mac which automatically unzips the downloaded file you will find the .zip file in the Trash, move it to your desktop and then copy it to your SD card. Now, when in recovery mode, you are asked to update from SD- select that and you will see in the following list two entries named, the second one indented. Use this. Takes seconds then offers to reboot. Click and it’s done.
      BTW if I hold volume key enters a black screen with ram dump message. Only way out of that is to remove battery.
      Thanks very much – very easy.

    • :oid

      i rooted it but i cant remove preinstalled apps :/ anyhelp

    • Dharam

      hi my phone is 2.3.6 and when i am doing it the same way its showing error ( temp/sideload…) smthing installation get aborted with in 2 seconds wht to do ? i want cyanogen mod for that is rooting mandatory .

    • Dvm Srikant

      wate of time

    • Dvm Srikant

      dont work

    • Chris Russell

      Works perfect! Thank you very much :-D

    • Random

      installation aborted….no matter which upd_1 i use it is same stupid thing.

    • Tha Detonator

      I have similar problems, i am very apt with my phoane and all its workings including installing all android os’s from scratch, however, the upd-1 when installed from the sd card reads lkike this when asked to install:
      Opening update package…..
      Installing Update…..
      assert failed: getprop(“ro.product.device”) == “GT-S5830″ | | getprop(“”) == “GT-S5830″ | | Getprop(“ro.product.device”) == “GT-S5830″) | | and so on……….

      Ending with:
      E:Error in /sdcard/
      (status 7)
      Installation aborted.
      Im sure that everyone else is having the same problems as this and so i think that the UPD file is currupt unless the phone is already rooted???
      Any answers to this problem would be greatly appreciated :)

    • Danesh

      I followed the steps and Ace was rooted in less than a minute! I double checked and found the Superuser app in the list after reboot. I was able to browse the root directories with Solid Explorer

    • Ben10

      I downloaded the udp zip file directly to my phone and it is stored on the sd card,please will it still work if I continue,as I did not downloaded the file computer?pls I need your reply.

    • Eyob Fitwi

      I have a friend with Galaxy Ace, and Android 2.3.6 and JPKL4 version. Would this method work? This guide looks really simple but I want to make sure it works before I try rooting his phone.

    • Eyob Fitwi

      I have a friend with a Samsung Galaxy Ace, Android 2.3.6 and version JPKL4. This guide looks really simple, but I want to be sure it works for this version as well before I proceed.

    • Shimil Raj

      does this work for 2.3.6 also?????

    • sudharma

      HOW I DO KNOW THAT MY PHONE IS ROOTED , ……..recovery mood opened successfully ,but when i pressed power button to select the zip file , nothing happened …….i tried two to three times ……..but the phone got rebooted automatically after 5 -10 mins…… should i think the phone is rooted or wat ????????

    • fuulhouse

      for those whose fone didn’t work with, check if ur fone model is GT-5830L with UBKP7, cos my own was the same and i had similar probs. u can use this file here instead….

    • jazz

      I have put the zip onto sd from computer i can get to the recovery mode but there is no option to install zip from sd please help

    • Karan Bansal

      plsssssss help me

    • erik

      how to reset cyanogenmod 7.2 to normal mode? please I really need your help! or you can send a email to me!

    • samsung galaxy ace

      it is right method of rooting, but i have an error in rooting process and the process is aborted. what i have to do???

    • bellla

      hi. i do not have gingerbread, snd do not know how to change to it in order for the rooting to work. any help??? thanks.

    • Waqas

      Once i Root My Samsung galaxy Ace S5830, For few days it worked ok, but when i tried to make backup of rom by using rom manager it suddenly turned off, there occur problem with the mother board. tell me the reason behind it.

    • jan

      my galaxy ace is android froyo 2.2.1, can i still root it?

    • AJ

      There are many newer guides out there similar to this one, and they all pretty much use the same procedure. I am really thankful that they have simplified the rooting process for smart-phones like my Galaxy Ace. It only takes a few seconds.

    • Leung


    • Sébastien Seb

      Hi! I tried to follow your steps but my phone seems to disagree on some of the aspects of the root process.
      When I tried to reboot with holding volume+menu+power, the screen opened to the Samsung logo but with a message at the top left such as this:
      # #
      # Emergency Dload Mode #
      # (ARM9 mode) #
      and it stays on the Samsung screen with this message without ever changing…

      Did I just screw up my phone???

      please let me know at

      Thank you!

    • how

      file removed for violation?

    • Duncan Siima

      did not find the file

    • ewan

      my phone start up and start up,i dont know what to do.i also reboot my phone,but still same,can u guys help me.Thank you.

    • Serjo

      where is the file?

    • Artie

      My phone is stuck at welcome screen after hard reset! Help..

    • ichsan

      i can’t download it. Help me!!

    • Denis Gordo

      This tutorial worked great for me

    • Charan Reddy Cherry

      Nicely working Great post bro

    • ajayudayagiri

      Its working great!
      Thanks for sharing.

    • NikolasTh90

      What i have to do if my android version is 2.3.6?

    • Shalini

      nice info….i am also using Samsung galaxy ace…..this is nice phone….user manual is also available at Samsung official site in case if you have any problem,. you can check detail here

    • anchit

      where to download the zip file