How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830)

The Samsung Galaxy Ace is (now) a low-end device that was released in February 2011 and came with features like 3.5-inch touchscreen display, HSDPA network support, an 800MHz processor, and a 5MP camera.  Not bad, but if you want something more from this, rooting, installing ClockworkMod Recovery and flashing a custom ROM is the way to go.  This guide below will help you get that first step out of the way – rooting the Galaxy Ace.

I.  Before You Begin

1.  Back up everything you feel is important.

2.  Make sure you have your device charged to 75% or more before you begin.

II.  Necessary Downloads

universal_gb_root_v25.zip

III.  Rooting the Galaxy Ace

1.  Connect your device to your PC in USB Mass Storage Mode and copy the universal_gb_root_v25.zip to your SD card.

2.  Disconnect your device and shut it down.

3.  Press and hold the Home button + Power button and let them go once your device boots into recovery mode.

4.  Use the Volume Up and Down keys to highlight to apply update from sdcard and press the home button to select it.

5.  Locate and select universal_gb_root_v25.zip to flash the file.

6.  Once you see the install from sdcard complete message, highlight and select reboot system now.

Your Galaxy Ace should be rooted once it reboots!

IV.  Flashing Custom Recovery (Optional)

If you would like to flash a custom recovery image in order to flash custom ROMs, head to the next procedure to learn how to do that.

If this procedure helped you please thank/donate to the original developers here.

If you need help with this procedure, please ask in the comments below or in the forum.

This is part of our Android How To’s. We have how to’s on rooting, loading ROMs, and tons of other tips and tricks for your specific device or for Android devices in general! For all of our Android How To’s, head here.

81 responses to “How to Root the Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830)”

  1. nikraf says:

    Great the rooting works, thanks bro been searching for this for a long time already.

  2. ibrar hussain says:

    Hi.
    i am planning to buy this hand set. but i dont know what actually the rooting is for? whats its function. plz i wanna know that. thanks

    • Mahesh Makvana says:

      Hey ibrar,

      Rooting lets you install apps that do require access to system files. With that, you can also install custom ROMs, Tweaks, etc.

      You’ll realize the true power of Root once you get the device and root it.

      Thanks!

  3. Guest says:

    Worked perfectly.. Now my mobile is rooted 🙂 🙂 thanks 🙂 🙂

  4. Sanghita says:

    wow.. awesome.. thanks.. it really worked.. thanks a lot.. im feeling soooo gud.. :)..

  5. ankit says:

    hey how to start new galaxy ace in recovery mode……??

  6. Works Well on my 2011 Ace. Very helpful because i kept running low in internal memory. Thanks its a life saver!

  7. Kazushige says:

    there’s no apply from SD card., only apply update.zip, and other.. i dont know.. help me pls

    • Mahesh Makvana says:

      There must be an option named as “apply update from sdcard” in your recovery.

      If you still don’t get it, just rename the ZIP file to update.zip and then try flashing it with that “apply update.zip” option.

      Thanks!

  8. izzy says:

    This worked fine the first time, I changed my as card and tried to root my device but still getting that insufficient storage problem I aimed to get rid of

  9. guest says:

    it works for all versions (2.3.3 – 2.3.6 ) rite?

  10. Ricardo says:

    not working :/

  11. Den says:

    hi no need to download the odin thing? thanks

  12. Wency Nabor says:

    i have a question my phone is galaxy ace s5830 .. when im doing the power + volume up + menu botton the settings doesnt show . it only shows RAMDUMP Mode (ARM9 mode) pls. help me thx

  13. Nebur says:

    Hi!. It works with 2.3.6?. Because I’ve read in forum that It doesn’t work fine. Thanks! 🙂

  14. Is it ncessary to connct th divice vid pc…?

  15. Matt says:

    Not working on Galaxy ACE S5839i Can’t get it to start up in recovery mode

    • Matt says:

      Think I’ve sorted it for the Galaxy S5839i with these instructions….

      Recovery:
      First press and hold the Home button and the Volume Up button, then press and hold the power button. The Samsung Galaxy Ace letters appears, and then disappears. Now release the power button only… The Samsung Galaxy Ace text appears again. When the text changes to bright yellow, release the buttons, and the recovery comes up…

  16. doole says:

    can i move all apps to SD card with this root?

  17. Thehedgehog says:

    When I try to “apply update from sdcard” on my galaxy ace by selecting universal_gb_root_v25.zip, it says “Installation aborted”. What can I do?

  18. The EASIEST unlock tutorial I’ve read so far. I also found one on XDA but it was much more complicated than this one. Awesome!

  19. Cecil says:

    Is it possible to root without an SD card?

  20. kopolo says:

    hello,,currently my phone running 2.3.4??can it be root??i’m new in rooting a handphone,,thanks alot,,

  21. Walden. says:

    Where the hack can I download the .zip file I need to root my Samsung Ace ???? Please post link… Thanx. Ps. Got 2.3.6… Does it work on this version????????

  22. etts says:

    Just rooted my phone Ace S5839i for the first time using this, worked perfectly.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  23. ace says:

    i almost do that and it work. but i when i run the gamecih. it wont run. =( please help me. =(

  24. Beancounter says:

    Hi. I’ve used the file to root the phone, but the wifi has stopped working, tried to add a further firmware (jellybean) it then came up with a cannot access root error. is there a way of restoring the original (factory reset does not work) or should I just try again

    • Mahesh Makvana says:

      Usually, rooting the device doesn’t create any problems, like your WiFi issue. Maybe you’ve installed a custom ROM on which the WiFi’s not working.

      Better you go back to the stock firmware and then re-try the rooting procedure.

      Hope it helps!

  25. Julie says:

    I did all the steps and everything went well, but in the end my phone wasn’t rooted. What should I do?

  26. jo says:

    hi, ive just run the procedure, but everything on the phone looks the same as before – does that mean it hasnt worked? should it have wiped everything? its an s5830, thanks

  27. raghuveer says:

    i want to unroot to my galaxy ace s5830 to 2.2.2froyo plz help………..

  28. Chloe says:

    I have rooted (well at least I think I have) my samsung galaxy ace and I go to use the Titanium Backup app and the Link2sd app and neither work, they just say to make sure my phone is rooted and make sure I’ve selected allow or grant but when I rebooted I didn’t get asked anything. I’ve tried everything and it’s driving me nuts. Please Help!

  29. Craig says:

    My only concern is that I root my device but then get lost in the screen. I assume that although you lose the pretty icons, it’s is still easy to find specific files & applications. Also can you load the root & unroot files to the SD card at the same time?

  30. pkk says:

    after rooting in samsung galaxy ace 5830 it will work in home network or not please help me

    • Dax Krishna says:

      hello pkk, it should work on all networks as rooting doesn’t affect the way your device interacts with your carrier’s network! 🙂

  31. Haystack says:

    Hi I have tried over and over again to root this phone without success. (Optus Samsung Galaxy Ace GT S5830)
    The reason I am trying to root his phone is that the battery has no life (9 hours) and it has been a problem since new.
    I have contacted Samsung on several occasions and the only suggestion is “Factory Reset”
    This is making me want to smash the phone as it is useless.
    I just want to get rid of all the useless bloatware that perminently runs in the background.
    It destroys battery life.
    Regards.

  32. miki says:

    va bene anche l’ace plus

  33. la crimson chin says:

    I tryed several times but it keeps saying installation aborted

  34. Graham says:

    Hi Guys

    This Rooting also seemed to work for me , but I cannot totally delete those
    pre-installed rubbish progs ( e.g. Tretris, Bejeweled ,BB revolution ,etc )
    I also cannot gain access to the root of the mobile ,
    if I could I would consider dumping whole dir to get rid of some of them and let me manage the Storage memory as I
    want too

    KR Graham

  35. azrail says:

    hi what could’ve happened..

    i was just finished rooting my device then suddenly my wifi doesnt work anymore..

    pls help thanks

  36. Ian says:

    I got 2 samsung galaxy aces and its not working for either one is telstra and the other optus

  37. John Hoggard says:

    I own a Samsung Galaxy Ace on UK 3 Network, it’s full of bloatware and for a year I have battled with ‘Internal Memory running low’ nightmare. I have run this rooting file many times – it does not work.

    I get a scrolling message listing phones and people to thank – in the background I can see a progress bar which jumps briefly to the first segment after about 30s and then the phone immediately tells me that the process has been completed.

    After rebooting the phone – SuperSu is installed BUT Root Checker confirms what is obvious, that I have no root privileges.

    So, for those who may be in a similar position (and I see from the discussion below there are many) – you’re not alone:

    Here’s the stats for my phone:

    Android Ver: 2.3.6
    Baseband Ver: S5830NEKT2
    Kernel Ver: 2.6.35.7-perf-CL772922 root@DELL149 #1
    Build: GINGERBREAD.XWKT5

    I’m actually in a slightly worse position than before – since running this rooting app seems to have actually taken up a little bit of my precious phone memory.

    I notice that only “This worked thanks” type comments get a response – so this is obviously for info only (for other frustrated GT-5830 owners who have a potentially OK-ish phone that is crippled by bloatware and is apparently unrootable)

  38. Damien Sawyer says:

    Hell yeah! Root access in 5 minutes. First time. Thanks heaps man 🙂

  39. leon says:

    excelent, i thought that i ´ll brik my smart but it was excelent with my Ace 5830.

  40. Ace Steel says:

    how do i upload a pic on twitter with a samsung galaxy ace s5830i

  41. DogathekidTR says:

    Does it work for Galaxy Ace GT-S5830i?

  42. Himinow says:

    Does not seem to work. All steps completed with no errors, phone is exactly how it was before – not rooted.

  43. Sarahi Arias says:

    Hi I reboot my samsung galaxy s-5830 but now I can’t get access to WIFI, i doesn’t connect

  44. Igor says:

    I tried to see if it rooted the phone. I went to chainfire3D (an app that needs root) and i showed that it wasnt rooted. What should I do? Pls help

  45. yana says:

    thank you so much!!!

  46. arollz says:

    Tried this with Samsung Galaxy Ace version 2.3.6 from the UK. After being very frustrated trying many others that didn’t work – this worked first time, thank you very much 🙂

  47. Naveen Jangid says:

    does it work with galaxy ace GT-s5830i

  48. Mikee says:

    Yes… it worked on me!!…. Conflicts with Internal Memory Shortage is over..

  49. dash0077 says:

    I tried this, but the device is still locked to Koodo.
    Is there any other way other than paying for unlock code. The phone is not worth much to be honest.

  50. joanna says:

    hi. do i need to extract the zip file?

  51. nmn says:

    it is necessary to update galaxy ace to update to 2.3.6 before rooting it

  52. Dhyan Jay says:

    Works perfectly fine. Thank you so much.

  53. Alain Etongo says:

    is there a way i can root gt s5830 running on froyo to flash the rom???

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