These are the instructions to root Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 (running on android 2.3.6) using Kernel file in Odin.
Requirements: Your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 should have atleast 30-40 percent of battery to perform the rooting process.
Step 1: Download and Install Samsung USB Driver on your computer. If Samsung USB Driver already installed on your computer then Skip this Step.
Step 2: Download and extract the root files on your computer. After extracting you will be able to see the following files:
Step 3: Now, Copy Update_su.zip file to your Phone SD Card memory.
Step 4: Power Off your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160.
Step 5: Now, you have to enter into Download Mode on your phone by Pressing Volume Down Key, Home Button and Power key at same time for 5-8 seconds until you entered to the download mode.
Step 6: In the Download mode you will be able to see a Warning Triangle Sign. In this situation you have to press the Volume up key to continue.
Step 7: Now, Open Odin3 (found in the extracted folder, that you have downloaded in the Step#2) on your computer. Then connect your phone to the computer.
Step 8: Once you have connected the phone to the computer, Oden will automatically recognize the device and show “Added” message at the lower-left panel.
Step 9: Once your device detected by Odin, click on the PDA button and select the I8160XXLD8_Ready_To_Root_ANT.tar.md5 file (you have extracted this file in step#2).
Step 10: Now, click on the Start button in odin to begin the Flashing. Once flash process is completed your phone will restart automatically.
Step 11: Once you see, the Green Pass Message then remove the USB cable from the device (during this process, your device will restart automatically).
Step 12: Now, Disconnect your device from the USB cable and make sure it is Power Off.
Step 13: Now, you need to boot into Recovery Mode. To boot into Recovery Mode: Press and hold Volume Up Key, Home Button and Power key at same time for 7-10 seconds (you have to press and hold all three buttons at same time) until recovery mode is active.
Step 14: In recovery mode, Select Apply update from external Storage using Volume Up and Down Button.
Step 15: Now locate the Update_su.zip, that you have transferred to the phone’s external memory (In Step#3) and Press Power Button to confirm.
Step 16: Once Flashing is completed, Select Reboot System Now.
Step 17: Now your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 is Rooted. To check whether your phone is rooted correctly, open Applications Menu, there you will be able to see a new app installed, called SuperSU. If this app exist then it means you have successfully rooted your device.
Optional: You can also verify the root status of your device by using the Root Checker Application.
[*] The above tutorial helps you to root Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 running on Gingerbread (2.3.6), if your device is running on Android 4.1.2 then see How to Root Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 (Android 4.1.2).
[*] No Data Loss Process: This is the zero data loss process, means you will not loose your photos, videos, music, contacts, applications and games.
[*] Warranty Void: Your Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 GT-I8160 Warranty may be Void after following the above tutorial.
[*] How to Unroot? To unroot Open SuperSU > Settings > Full Unroot.
[*] Credits: Big thanks to the Ddikodroid (xda developer) for his hard work and contribution to the XDA community (for root file).