We’re all fans of playing retro games on emulators for popular gaming platforms, but Apple unfortunately doesn’t allow such apps into the App Store, because of which jailbreaking usually remains the only other option. Today, we’ll tell you how to install a GBA emulator on your iPhone or iPod touch without jailbreaking.
Made by Riley Testut using ZodTTD’s existing gpSPhone codebase, GBA4iOS will run on iPhone and iPod touch without the need for a jailbreak. It has features like iTunes File sharing, “Open in” integration for ROMs, save support and more. (Note that to play games on the emulator, you’ll need to have GBA ROMs.)
Installing it is fairly simply. Here are the step-by-step instructions:
- Open this GitHub link in Safari on your iOS device.
- Scroll to the Readme and you should see a big blue button that says “Install app.” Tap on that button, and that should take you to a new page.
- Once the page completes cloning the GitHub repo you should see a blue “Next” button. Tap on that.
- You should now see a button “Install app via OTA.” When you tap this button, you’ll see an alert asking you for permission.
- After giving the needed permission, the download should start like any other app download from the App Store. Once it’s done, open the app and load up a ROM using iTunes File sharing or getting a direct download link in Safari.
Let us know how it goes in the comments below.
Update 1: If you’ve got two icons after installing, reader Jimothy has a way to delete the extra one:
Go through the steps to install again with the app still installed and then when it starts to re-download, delete the extra [installation] icon.
Update 2: This method will no longer work, for more details read this post.
Update 3: GBA Emulator GBA4iOS 2.0 with iPad support was released recently. Check this post for more details.