If you’ve got a Samsung ACE like me, and are pretty into tech sort of things, you probably want to download some neat applications, or even just modify that ugly home screen that doesn’t have much functionality. Unfortunately it comes with a two-tier security lock on it… This means that you aren’t allowed to install any unsigned applications. (Which is basically any application that doesn’t cost money.)
With some digging I’ve figured out a way to get around this, and hopefully it will help you out too! You need to do a little downloading and installing on your phone so just follow along and lets hope it works for you.
Setup – Downloading and getting the files ready
First off were going to need a few developer files, this will allow you to install applications on your device that are unsigned. You really need to make sure this is something you want to do first as I’m almost sure that you will no longer get support from your carrier if you do this, and some application could possibly be malicious. So if you do this, I’m not responsible for what you download.
- Download the Microsoft Security Configuration Manager
- Download the Samsung Ace Developer Certificates (My carrier is sprint and I dont know if these will work for other carriers.)
Once they are done downloading, install the Security Configuration Manager and navigate to the directory where it was installed. There should be a file called “Tool.cab” we will need this in the next step.
Step 2 – Putting stuff on our ACE
Now we want to make sure we transfer the files necessary to our Samsung ACE. Transfer the Certificates and Tool.cab file over to your device, if you have a storage card (which you should) it would be best to put these here.
After you have put everything on your ace, unplug it from the USB port, we wont connect it for a little bit.
Step 3 – Installing on our phone.
Install the Certificates cab onto your device, not the memory card. Once that has completed reboot your device.
Once the device has been rebooted, locate the Tool.cab file on your device and reboot again!
While you’re rebooting you can read this joke if you want, maybe by then your samsung will be ready for the next step…
What do you get when you cross a turkey with a penguin? — a very cross penguin
Okay maybe that was a bad idea, your Samsung Ace is probably still rebooting… Just wait until its done.
Step 3 – The final step, and you’re ready to go!
Now that your ace is back up and running, get back to the PC side of things and launch that Security Configuration Manager that i had you download earlier. Plug in your phone to the USB again, and wait until it notices that your device has been connected. You may want to have Active Sync up so you can save time and stop it from syncing when you plug it back in.
After a short while it will acknowledge your device is connected and show you what it’s current security settings are. In the drop-down box, highlight “One-Tier Prompt” and hit “Provision”.
You should receive confirmation that your device was provisioned, but keep an eye on the device in-case it prompts you to say yes to something.
Now re-boot your device one more time and you should be unlocked!
Thanks to the following thread for the help: