The Samsung Galaxy Ace comes in a few different variations, and is one of the handsets that’s most commonly rooted out of the Samsung range. Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 will allow people to install custom recoveries, which then allow for the custom ROM installations. You cannot flash zip files from a stock recovery image which is why third-party developers must make the custom recovery option. You might already know custom recoveries such as TWRP and CWM recovery. The one we are using today is the CWM version, otherwise known as ClockworkMod.

Correspondingly, not all people have an interest in flashing a custom recovery image because they don’t have any interest in new ROMs. Some people just want to install root-requiring applications from Google Play instead. The things is, even if you don’t want to install a custom ROM later down the track, you still need to install the custom recovery this time because we are using it to help us with the root access. Therefore, you should still install the CWM as the guide suggests. Without it you won’t be able to do the second part of the guide.

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

We advise you take the time to backup the data on your Samsung Ace 3 or else you might lose it if you decide to take a factory reset. Performing hard resets of any kind on an Android smartphone will always wipe the data. that means your contacts, apps, and anything else you have like photos will be wiped. That doesn’t happen just by following the guide; it will happen if something goes wrong with your device and you choose to reset the handset.

Files you need:

Rooting the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 GT-S7270 ,GT-S7272 and install ClockworkMod recovery (CWM)

  1. The first thing you need to do is extract the custom recovery file and the Odin file.
  2. Once you have the two files unzipped, run the Odin program so it’s open on the desktop.
  3. Start with your Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 turned off completely by holding the power down for ten seconds and letting go of the button.
  4. You should now be in Download Mode. Connect the smartphone to the computer now and wait for the Odin tool to detect your handset. If that doesn’t happen, you might need to reboot the computer and let the USB drivers you downloaded be recognized.
  5. Transfer the rooting file to the internal storage SD card on the phone. Leave the rooting package zipped.
  6. Click the AP or PDA button in Odin, depending on what version of Odin you are using, and browse the desktop for the CWM recovery file.
  7. Click the Start button and the Odin tool will now flash that CWM file.
  8. Unplug from the computer after Odin tells you that it is complete and passed.
  9. Completely power the Galaxy Ace 3 again by holding the Power button for ten seconds like before.
  10. Now reboot it holding the Volume Up + Home + Power keys at the same time and you should access the custom recovery here.
  11. Now navigate through the recovery menu using the volume keys and upload the rooting file.
  12. Once you have the file installed, go back to the main recovery menu and choose to reboot the system.
  13. Now you have the root access and a custom recovery installed.
  14. Now hold the Power + Volume Down + Home buttons on the Galaxy Ace 3.


Some of you might get stuck in a boot loop. The risk of this occurring isn’t any greater than with any other rooting guide. However, on occasion, these things do happen. if you find yourself in a boot loop, or with any other soft brick symptoms, you should apply a factory reset. You will need to boot your device into the recovery mode using the same button sequence as above, and then navigate to wipe data/factory reset and you’re done. Now your device will boot into the normal mode without any worries. However, you will have lost all the data from the system partition, so it’s important to backup beforehand.