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We strongly recommend you read these instructions before downloading an app.
Be aware that you may switch your date back before you install but also know that after iOS 7.1, this may not always work anymore - it's very sporadic. It is recommended you practice this method where you change your date back after you have tapped "install."
Open the tab of the app you wish to install here.
Tap "Download" and install
Immediately go to Settings on your iPhone/iPad/iPod
Head to "General", "Date & Time"
Toggle off "Set Automatically"
Scroll back the date to to 2012!
Exception: If you are downloading GBA4iOS 2.0, set date back to February 18, 2014 or one day back.
The application should now begin installing, if not, just tap on it once. Note: if you see a pop up telling you that the app could not install, always tap the "retry" button. Once the application has been installed and opened once, you may toggle "Set Automatically" back on so your date goes back to the present.
If your device powers off or reboots in any way, make sure to change your date back before launching the application again, otherwise it will not launch properly.
Created by a young and amazingly talented developer named Riley Testut, this app will bring back those nostalgic moments of playing on a Game Boy to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!
Unfortunately, as this was a relatively quick creation by Riley so there are some bugs - one being sound from the ROMs you download not playing properly.
A new version of this app is now available at GBA4iOSApp. You can read all about the new features and updates posted by one of the beta testers here: GBA4iOS Blog.
Pros and Cons: sound problems, no cheats, some ROMs do not work. Version 2.0 fixes all of these issues.
Please change date back one day (or to February 18, 2014) when installing the app. You will have to do this every time you restart.GBA4iOS 2.0, created by Riley Testut, was released on February 19, 2014. It has been called one of the greatest emulators not in the App Store. It comes with a myriad of features and updates such as Cheats, Dropbox support, custom skins, iOS 7 controller support and much more.
Created by a fairly unknown, but talented, developer named Ignacio Sanchez Gines - who goes by the alias drhelius - this app allows you to play your favorite Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color games on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch!
This application will run GB and GBC games at full speed, it also includes tons of amazing features like a highly accurate CPU, authentic LCD controller and precise sound using SDL audio emulation. This app mimics the original Game Boy experience with mix frames that gives the LCD ghosting effects from the original device.
Pros and cons: it is a Gameboy emulator that is mostly obsolete when you compare it to GBA4iOS which offers GBA, GB, and GBC support with a ton of other features.
If you have fond memories of playing Ultima IV, Wizardry and Star Control, then you must be old enough to remember a fun little Operating system called DOS. iDOS is an emulator by FastIntelligence known to have been allowed in the App Store and promptly removed by Apple multiple times. iDOS brings those nostalgic moments from the 80s and 90s back to life on your iPhone iPad or iPod Touch Devices!
Pros and cons: If you look hard enough, you can even install Windows 3.0. The iTunes Sharing feature was disabled to comply with Apple and probably still remains the case.
A BitTorrent client for iOS. The app uses lib transmission as its backend and allows you to download torrents. It supports the big three methods to downloading torrents: URL, filesystem, and magnet links.
Pros and Cons: You are able to torrent using your cellular network and not just Wi-Fi, but it may take a minute for the actual download to start. The development has been abandoned and no further updates will be available according to the creator.
Created by a man of many skills, Robert Brogila, MD.emu is just one of his many amazing applications that allow you to emulate and play games from the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!
Besides this being a “.emu” emulator, making it top of the line, it is packed with tons of features like 6-button controller, 4-player multi tap support, configurable multi touch controls, portrait and landscape orientation support. This app will bring back memories of your younger years sitting in front of a TV clutching a Sega Genesis controller.
Pros and cons: one of the best Sega Genesis/Mega Drive available on iOS without a jailbreak but lacks an interactive UI.
Due to a DMCA notice, this app is currently unavailable for download.
Created by the versatile team InfiniDev, a group of 10 brilliant developers, nds4ios is the first and only application of its kind on iOS. It brings you all the functionality of the Nintendo DS portable gaming system, into your very own iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!
At the moment, this app only runs at a full speed of 60 Frames Per Second (FPS) on A7 iDevices (iPhone 5s and iPad Air). This application is still going through development and adding things like full speed rendering and many other desirable features coming soon. We will continue to provide you with the most up-to-date download link for this application. The app is constantly being updated. You must use the official download link below to visit the InfiniDev website in order to get the app so we can support the continuing development of the app!
Pros and Cons: This is the only app you can download to play Nintendo DS games on your iDevice but it only runs at Full Speed on A7 devices. it is still playable on older iDevices, however don't expect the experience to be the same as it is on newer devices.
Created by coolstar, a very talented developer that was the first to bring iOS screen recording to any non-jailbroken device. RecordMyScreen allows you to screen record your screen as you work on any iDevice on iOS 5 and iOS 6.
Pros and cons: this does not work on iOS 7 devices at the moment. However, the application is still being worked on and will be updated with iOS 7 support very soon, according to the developer.
The iOS 7 app is currently in alpha and as soon as it is available to download we will be the first to have it.
Created by young developer nicolasgomollon, RecordScreen is a universal iPhone and iPad application that allows you to record your screen, even on non-jailbroken devices. This application will work on any iDevice on iOS 5 and iOS 6.
This application was made from RecordMyScreen and does the same things that RecordMyScreen does. The difference in the two is that the design and interface of the application was made from scratch by the developer. Choosing between this application and RecordMyScreen is purely based on preference. They both do the exact same thing.
Cons: It is not available on iOS 7… yet
Created by Lucas Mendes Menge, a developer that decided to bring SNES to non-jailbroken devices as a hobby, play your favorite Super Nintendo Entertainment System games on you iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Devices!
This application emulates your favorite SNES games to perfection using features like frameskip, auto-save, and SMC/ZIP support. A stable and modern SNES emulator made with a simple UI can be used to do what it is meant for. Playing SNES games!
Pros and Cons: A very simple emulator that can be used to play SNES games, but does not come with many features.
Thanks to Spencer Nielsen, removing several jailbreak-specific features, SNES4iOS was born as an app, modified from the original Super Nintendo Entertainment System, for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices! You are able to play the classics like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, etc.
Pros and Cons: Although playable, SNES4iOS is filled with several issues like, save states not supported on iPhone, quitting and pausing crashes the app, and no iCloud support implemented yet are just to name a few.
Sadly, this app has been removed from the App Store. We'll update you if it ever springs up again without the need of it. If you got the app in time before they removed it from the App Store, remember that you can record Minecraft or other OpenGL games by simply activating Assistive Touch!
The following are not applications but websites we recommend.
The GBA4iOS Blog is a popular website by @mithical where he covered his whole 6-month journey beta testing GBA4iOS 2.0. Sporadic posts are still updated whenever a big piece of news regarding the emulator surfaces - keep up with everything Riley Testut and GBA4iOS-related in one place.
GBA4iOSkins, created by the Start3rs, is a site that creates, hosts and lets you download a myriad of controller skins that work perfectly with GBA4OS 2.0.
Get downloading now!
GBA4iOSkins is always accepting skin requests. We have now created a submission system where you can submit any and all ideas for skins that you may have, be it television shows, video games or your favorite anime characters - there is no limit!
Disclaimer: When downloading any of these apps you are acknowledging full responsibility for any mishap or problems that may occur with your device. Be aware that you are using this service at your own risk and we cannot be held liable for your own actions.