How to Root Galaxy Ace 2 on Official Android 4.1.2 I8160XXMF2 Jelly Bean Firmware [TUTORIAL]
Samsung recently rolled out its latest Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean official firmware with build number I8160XXMF2 for the international variant of Galaxy Ace 2 (GT-I8160). The new firmware is now available for download via Over-The-Air (OTA) update as well as through Samsung KIES in select South Asian countries, while others can manually download and install the same using our step-by-step guide posted here.
Galaxy Ace 2 users who have already installed the latest official firmware, Android 4.1.2 I8160XXMF2, on their devices can now root the same using our tutorial below.
NOTE: Rooting a device will void its warranty. However, users can reclaim the device warranty by reinstalling the latest official firmware from Samsung.IBTimes UK will not be held liable for device damage during or after the rooting process. Users are advised to proceed at their own risk.
Android 4.1.2 I8160XXMF2 OTA firmware is compatible with Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 model only. Attempting to install the firmware on any other variant may brick or permanently damage the device. Verify your device model number.
Backup important data and settings on your phone before proceeding with firmware installation
Ensure that your phone is factory unlocked (not locked to any particular carrier)
Make sure the phone's battery is at least 80% charged to prevent unexpected device shutdown during firmware installation
Enable USB Debugging mode on the device by navigating to Settings > Developer Options (if device is running on Android 4.0 or later) or go to Settings >Applications> Development (if phone is running on Android 2.3 or earlier). Otherwise if the device is running on Android 4.2, then do the following:
Go to Settings > About Phone
Scroll down to the bottom and select Build Number
Tap the Build Number seven times to unlock or reveal the hidden Developer Options under Settings. Then select the checkbox to enable USB Debugging mode under Settings > Developer Options.
ODIN is designed to work in Windows OS only. Linux and Mac OS X users should use CrossOver Utility to run ODIN on their computer.