Download GBA Emulator to iPhone and iPad without Jailbreak

Pokemon Emerald on the iPad

GBA4iOS is a Gameboy Advance emulator for iOS devices including the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. The app will run on iOS version 6+ (including iOS 8). You can now download and play your favorite Gameboy games, such as Pokemon Emerald, The Legend of Zelda the Minish Cap, Kingdom Hearts Chain of Memories, Super Mario Advance 2, and more on your iOS device.

The tutorial will show you how to download the GBA emulator onto your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch and also how to download ROMS to the iOS GBA emulator.

Install GBA Emulator to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch without Jailbreak

You can skip steps 1 & 2 if you are on iOS 8.1+
1. Go to Settings > General > Date & Time > Turn Set Automatically Off

Turn Set Automatically Off

2. Change the date to August 1st

Change Date to August 1

3. Go to the following link to download GBA4iOS

GBA Emulator iOS Download

4. Press Install

Install GBA4iOS

GBA4iOS is now installed on your device. An Untrusted Developer warning will pop-up when first launching the app. Simply press Trust.

Untrusted Developer

Adding Roms to GBA4iOS

You are only allowed to download ROMS of copies of games that you physically own.

Legal Confirmation GBA4IOS

1. Open GBA4iOS and go to Settings (Gears icon on the left)


2. Go to Homepage

Change Homepage

3. Check Custom and add to the Custom Homepage field

Custom Homepage

4. Return to main menu and go to search (Magnify glass icon on the right)


5. The page will load. Search for ROMS under ROM Files section (Gameboy Advance & Gameboy Color)


6. After finding a ROM press the Download Now button to download game

Download Now

7. Press Save to save game name

Save Game Name

8. The game will now appear in the main menu. Simply press the game title to launch the game

Game Added to GBA4IOS

GBA4iOS Pokemon

It has been reported that some iOS versions are unable to download GBA4iOS. Please check back as we receive more updates.



  1. Justin says:

    You are my lord and saviour. Thank you! I downloaded gba4ios on my iphone5S around 100 times and nearly broke it multiple times trying to downgrade it. When I lost hope and saw this I gave a try thinking it was gonna fail anyway…..YESSSS!!! I was wrong for once

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