CyanogenMod 7 on Galaxy Ace

Back when my phone was new in the dev scene, around May 2011, there was just 1 custom ROM (VillianROM) which I played around with and ended up screwing up my phone and faced service center woes. Finally gathered up the courage to return to the flashing scene, after having dozens of ROMs out there for my phone now, and having gotten bored of the same old look and feel past few months.

CM 7 Galaxy Ace bootscreen animation

CM 7 Galaxy Ace bootscreen animation

CyanogenMod is one of the most popular ROMs out there for Android phones, and it being currently in RC stage for Galaxy Ace, I decided to try it out. Kind of pleased with the smooth window animations and power features available; however most excited about the Theme Chooser, which is one step ahead of theming simply your launcher, by applying new looks to your status bar/its icons/keyboard/and the rest of the system UI (best part being any MDPI CM 7 theme downloadable out there will work, nothing device specific I suppose). Quite a few bugs around the ROM for now, since it isn’t yet a final version. I’m having to mess around with the system files then and now. But surely try it out if you’re a rooted user.

How to install CM 7 on Galaxy Ace

I don’t intend to make this a detailed walkthrough post, but in case the snapshots tempt you, here’s a little setup in brief, assuming you’re an advanced user.

  1. You must be on a stock or custom Gingerbread ROM. (eg. KPE, DDKQ6, etc.)
  2. Install ClockworkMod Recovery for Galaxy Ace by copying the zip to SD Card and applying it from the stock recovery.
  3. Stock recovery will be replaced by CWM. Download CM 7 and fixes
    New stable version by FrozenAceTeam (Maps working now):
  4. Boot up CWM and backup your current ROM first (Make sure you have enough space on SD card ~300MBs else backup will be broken). Next, clear data/factory reset/cache. Install zip from SD Card and select CyanogenMod. After it is installed, download FM Radio Fix and flash it, if you require FM Radio.
  5. Reboot phone and enjoy CM 7!
UPDATE to CM 7.2

If you’ve already installed the above CM 7.1, here’s the update to it.

  1. Download CWM 5 and flash it in Recovery.
  2. Download  CyanogenMod 7.2-COOPER-KANG-AXEL-RC1 and flash in Recovery. Wipe cache. (Data wipe not needed since upgrading from CM 7.1) Reboot.
  3. In case you have issues with Google apps, flash GAPPS in Recovery. (If apps like GMail still force close, restore the previous working version using Titanium)


Sharing a few awesome snapshots of my CM 7 revamped Galaxy Ace. Themes applied vary.

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132 Responses to CyanogenMod 7 on Galaxy Ace

  1. Himadri says:

    I wiped my phone from recovery and bluetooth now works. but gapps wont budge! crashes every time. I flashed gapps from recovery. no go. Ohh I need maps on my phone real bad! 🙁

  2. amir says:

    not yet.,,i just installed ClockworkMod Recovery for Galaxy Ace…i’m blur.,.help me pliss.,.

  3. Himadri says:

    I downgraded to Google Maps 5.12 and life is sweet now!

  4. Himadri says:

    anyone tried any ICS ROM on the Ace?

    • Nishant says:

      Yes, I’ve tried until the latest one as of now, beta5. Most of the stuff works fine, and it’s also a wonderful change of experience from GB. But until the camera doesn’t work, I’m not shifting permanently. But you can expect things to get better as Qualcomm just released ICS drivers for ARMv6, so our phone will get true hardware acceleration for ICS and camera will also be fixed soon.

  5. Nandakishore says:

    Yup, and its Gorgeous!! But there is still No Camera!!

    Heres the Review Of the Beta 4 Version (latest- beta5)

  6. Himadri says:

    I am gonna install this ROM tomorrow. Any1 used this? Any hate points besides the boot animation?

    • Nishant says:

      The boot screen is lovely, I don’t suppose there is anything to dislike there. Try the new updated links, which are for the FrozenAceTeam version of CM 7. Works pretty good for me presently. No issues really.

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