The Samsung Galaxy Ace is one of the longest running smartphone series in the Sammy range and it is now edging closer to seeing a fifth-generation release. Although not quite on the same level as the flagship Galaxy S series, the Ace series offers plenty of value for money. Unfortunately, you still get the same problems as devices start to age, which is your carrier stop updating to newer software versions. Those of you wanting to try out newer software versions on the Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone can do just that by installing a custom ROM on the device.

Samsung Galaxy Ace

Files You Need

  • You need to install a custom recovery on the Samsung Galaxy Ace before you can install a custom ROM on the device.
  • You should probably root the Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone just in case your firmware needs to be rooted when installing the custom ROM on the device. Note that you do not always need to be rooted. It just depends on the Galaxy Ace custom ROM requirements.
  • You might be interested in unrooting the Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone and wiping the custom ROM at a later date.
  • You might be interested in installing the Google Gapps package on your new ROM. A custom ROM often does not carry over the Google stock apps we know as ‘Gapps’ and you need to flash that package the same way you flash your ROMs through the custom recovery. Note that sometimes a custom ROM can come pre-loaded with Google Gapps packages so you do not need to upload them yourself. See your ROM details for more information on that after clicking the download link.

CyanogenMod 11:

Galaxy Ace 2 is an old device, but still developers are supporting it and porting some good custom ROMs like CM 11. This is a smooth build of CM 11 custom ROM with no bugs at all and it gives the best performance with better battery backup. The developer has also provided slim Google apps for this custom ROM so it will not occupy lots of space on your phone.

CyanogenMod 10

Features: Android 4.4 KitKat based, butter smooth, stable, amazingly fast, clear all tasks button in recent tasks, quick settings tiles customization, CM theme engine, themes available in the Google Play Store.

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Ace ROM is based on CM 7.2 custom ROM builds ported to this smart phone with some new features and by removing some old ones (which will not work on this phone). This custom ROM is meant for speed, stability and performance and you can have all of these on your phone once you install this custom ROM on your phone.

Features: AROMA installer, four launchers pre-installed (ADW launcher, HOLO launcher, Xperi launcher and Launcher pro), Blackhawk kernel (great performance), deodexed, zip-aligned, debloated, new themes, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean animations, new system UI, new sound libs and new host file.

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The Ultimatum:

This custom ROM is entirely made for all those who wants amazing performance on their smart phones. This custom ROM also has a base on Cyanogen Mod 7.2 but with themes which you can’t even imagine. It has MIUI theme, Holo theme for stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean interface and Metro theme for Windows phone 7.5 Mango interface. You can choose one of these three themes and make your phone funky.


Features: CM 7.2 based, improved power saving features, SD card read speed raised, custom-made boot animation, heavily modified themes, new UI transition, modified notification bar and status bar to look exactly like Jelly Bean.

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iOS 8 ROM:

If you want to theme your Galaxy Ace as real Apple iPhone then this is the chance for you and this chance is given by a developer on XDA developers who made a custom ROM themed like iOS 8. Not only theming the developer also worked on the performance and battery backup to make this custom ROM lite and fast.

Features: Fully themed as iOS 8 launcher and system UI, CM settings, fast and stable, good battery, fast GPS, very lite ROM, good storage management, debloated, zip aligned and deodexed.

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TouchWiz Revolutionized 5.4:

This custom ROM is based on CyanogenMod 9 build and themed mostly like Samsung Galaxy S4 with stock apps and some apps are modified to look like one. This custom ROM is also fast and stable because it is based on CM 9 without any bugs and all, also have some more themes try out. More features of this custom ROM are listed below.

Features: Galaxy S3 lockscreen, TouchWiz bubble like messaging, S4 wallpaper chooser with stock S4 wallpaper, added Windy Weather, removed all the scripts, updated to S4 UI, fixed clock package layouts, patched services.jar, TouchWiz keyboard, smoother than before, debloated, deodexed, zip-aligned for better performance.

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Every latest smartphone is getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update and if you also want to experience what it taste like then you should try this custom ROM. This CM 7 based custom ROM is themed like Android 5.0 Lollipop and themed so good that you can’t recognize the real custom ROM. Each and every part of this custom ROM is themed like Lollipop, even the settings menu has been modded to look and feel like Android Lollipop.

Features: Lollipop system UI, Lollipop status bar, Lollipop settings, Lollipop messaging, Lollipop recent tasks, Lollipop dailer, Lollipop Easter Egg, Lollipop icon set, CM12 boot animation, Lollipop keyboard, Google Now, Gapps included, material animations, Google Play music player.

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Stock Gingerbread for SGA:

Did you get stuck while installing a custom ROM on your Galaxy Ace and ended up with a bricked smartphone? If so, this custom ROM is for you because this is the stock ROM for Galaxy Ace which can be installed as custom ROM through any custom recovery.

Features: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, pre-rooted, deodexed, debloated and zip-aligned.

Pure Performances X:

Pure Performance X custom ROM is based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for best performance. This custom ROM gives the best performance on your Galaxy Ace because this custom ROM has some special tweaks for better performance. This custom ROM is made with a custom kernel to overclock the CPU and give better performance.

Pure Performances

Features: Improved RAM management, scan multimedia faster than before, read SD card faster, reduces the startup, battery drain fixed, pure graphics HD, V6 super charger, generates video entropy, network improvements (now 3G works as it should), zip aligned, deodexed and debloated.

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Paranoid Android 4.4:

This is the first custom ROM for Galaxy Ace which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat with good battery backup and fast performance. Paranoid Android 4.4 is highly customized custom ROM with CM theme engine embedded in it and you can download lots of themes available in Google Play Store.

PA RC1 - Fi



Paranoid Android final ROM

Features: CM11 based, CM theme engine, themes available at Google Pay Store, status bar tinting, custom DPI, lock screen shortcuts, lock screen customization, holo launcher, quick pull down, customized notification drawer.

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