How To: Install GBA4iOS Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone Or iPod Touch

When you Jailbreak the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad one of the most popular things to do is install Emulators. We already showed you how to install gpSPhone 8 Beta on your Jailbroken device, but what if we told you it was also possible to install the emulator on your non-Jailbroken device?

Often times Emulators will sneak their way into the App Store through innocent looking applications, but today we aren’t talking about one of those trojan horse apps. Rather a method discovered by Riley Testut to get a modified version of ZodTTD’s GBA4iOS to run on a non-Jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch.

How To Install GBA4iOS Without Jailbreaking Your iPhone / iPod Touch

Some of its features include “Open In” integration for ROMs, save support, iTunes File Sharing and much more. Just keep in mind that in order for you to play games on the emulator you will need to download GBA ROMs (Google will be your friend in finding such ROMs).

How To Install GBA Emulator For iOS

The instructions for installing this Gameboy Advance emulator on your non-Jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch are simple and you can find them below.

  1. Navigate to this page on your iPhone or iPod Touch and click here.
  2. Start scrolling down the page to the Readme section until you see a blue button that says “Install app.” Tap this button now and it should take you to a new page.
  3. On this new page it will begin cloning the GitHub repo. When it finishes tap the “Next” button to continue.
  4. Finally you should see another button labelled “Install app via OTA.” You know what to do! Tap this button and you will be prompt with an alert asking you for permission.
  5. Grant permission for the app to be installed and the download will begin like any other app you have downloaded from the App Store. When it is done simply open the app and begin building your ROM library using iTunes File Sharing or from getting direct download links in Safari.

 Note: Those that receive two icons after installing should “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.

Let us know if you have any issues installing this modified version of GBA4iOS on your non-Jailbroken iPhone or iPod Touch in the comments section. A big thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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  • Ryan

    Does it work on iOS 7?

  • iPhone4SGuy

    yes, tried and tested Beta 3 on iPhone 4S

  • Javier Morales

    > it work on ipad2 with ios 6.1.3… some roms maybe not are playable, it crashes.. like the SMBros 3… MKart works very fine and fast.

  • Marc

    it work with iOS 7

  • supaabzz

    how to remove the icon says installing?

  • TechPro

    Do you have an app and the installing icon? If you do, reinstall the app and while reinstalling delete the installing icon like a normal app

  • TechPro

    I had the same problem with SMBros 3, i’m using iOS 7 Beta 3.

  • supaabzz

    I tried it, but it doesnt remove. i restored it, it still there. iOS 7 iphone 5.

  • supaabzz

    nevermind i fixed it, i had to delete the normal app while other installing,

  • Rodville

    It doesn’t load over half the ROM’s I have tried. iPhone 5, 6.1.4

  • jordan smart

    it works on ios 7

  • jordan smart

    read the note and the end of the page to get ride of the one installing

  • lipkiss

    I get unknown error .ios 7 beta 3 iphone 5

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Its easier to just jailbreak then download the gbaiphone app and roms

  • Malcolm

    How do I play the roms? Most I download come in a zip file and I’ve tried many apps to unzip but can’t move the gba file over to the app. Any help?

  • blahtofu

    played halfway and crashes, now the app would not open again ?

  • Greg

    works on iOS 7 beta 3, but my control pad looks different

  • Benlego65

    For everyone that is unable to install now;
    Change the reported date on your device to the 15th, try installing through coolrom or some other medium (official installation medium is down) and once it’s done, change the reported date back to what it should be.

  • Shanice Cosby

    After I got half way done with Pokemon the app crashes when ever I try to open it some one help

  • Benlego65

    Set the date on your device to earlier than the 16th and reinstall.
    You can’t reinstall through github so you’ll need another means. I used Coolrom. Just browse to the site on your device and select a GBA rom. At the top of the page for the rom download you are given the link to download GBA4iOS. Install from there. Once that’s done, set the date back and enjoy.

    Do not, I repeat do not, delete the app before reinstalling it. You will lose everything. You can install the app again right over the original install and retain all data.

  • Benlego65

    Please look at the copied reply (reply to “blahtofu”)
    Set the date on your device to earlier than the 16th and reinstall.
    You can’t reinstall through github so you’ll need another means. I used Coolrom. Just browse to the site on your device and select a GBA rom. At the top of the page for the rom download you are given the link to download GBA4iOS. Install from there. Once that’s done, set the date back and enjoy.

    Do not, I repeat do not, delete the app before reinstalling it. You will lose everything. You can install the app again right over the original install and retain all data.

  • Benlego65

    Some people don’t have this option. They may be on the iOS 7 beta (such as myself) or at 6.1.3, and they may be using a 4s,5th gen iPod Touch, or the 5 and thus unable to jailbreak.
    This solution is much easier.

  • http://WorldstarHipHop.com/ Joshua Jones Makaveli

    Then wait for a jailbreak or get VBA on pc.

  • Benlego65

    Most of us are waiting for a jailbreak.
    Obviously.
    Plus, many people (like myself) dislike VBA or other desktop emulators. I prefer to play the games on my phone and I’m sure I speak for many others when I say that.

  • Guest

    does this work on ipod touch 2g ios 4.2.1?