There are a lot of wonderful GBA games out there even though the hand-held gaming device hasn’t been manufactured in years now. But that shouldn’t stop you from playing GBA games. Here you will learn how to install the GBA emulator on iOS 11.3, 11.2.6, 11.2.5, 11.2, 11.1.2, 11.1, 11, 10.3.3, 10.3, 9.3.5, 9.3.3, 9.2, 8.4.1 – 8.1, 7.1.2 firmware or below without having to jailbreak your iPhone!

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How to Install GBA Emulator on iPhone 6 Plus, 6, 7, 8, X, SE, 6S, 5s, 4S

While emulators could function on the iPhone before, Apple patched the date loop trick in the latest iOS firmware. Apple did it because the loop in question could be used to infect devices with harmful malware. The tutorial below will allow you to install GBA4iOS the GBA emulator and enjoy your favorite old games. Keep in mind that the process works better on any iDevice above the iPhone 4S. Also make sure you have a connection to the internet before proceeding further.

Here are the steps you need to perform in order to install the GBA4iOS emulator on your iPhone 8, X, 7, 6S, 6, 5S, SE, 5C, 5 or 4S running iOS 10, 11 or newer iOS version:

  1. The first thing you need to do is go to from your device. The word ‘GBA’ needs to be in uppercase letters.
  2. If this link do not work for you, you can download from here:
  3. You will be asked a password. Enter ‘agothro’.
  4. You’re going to see a lot of Chinese. If you don’t know how to read Chinese don’t worry about it and just tap the purple button you see.
  5. Installation will start without directing you to your home screen.
  6. Once installation is complete feel free to download the roms you want and play the games you enjoy on your iPhone.

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There’s a chance that the above method might not continue working. If such an event occurs, there’s another way you can still play GBA games, however, your device will need to be jailbroken on iOS 8.4 or iOS 9.0.2 for it to work.

Alternate Method to Install GBA Emulator

  1. Add as a source in Cydia.
  2. Search for ‘GBA4iOS’ and simply install it.
  3. Download the roms you want after installation and play!

So there you have it! Two ways you can install the GBA emulator and play some cool games on your iPhone.

Update #1: We have tested the GBA emulator with iOS 11.3, 11.2.6, 11.2.5, 11.2.1, 11.2, 11.1.2, 11.1, 11, 10.3.3, 10.2.1, 10.2 / 10.1.1 / 9.3.2 / 9.3.3 & 10 beta, 9.2 / 9.1 / 9.0.2 and it worked fine. Just follow the same steps to install GBA emulator on your iPhone.

  • Help plz

    Why doesn’t it work for me it sais cant download this app right now or something like that


    mine says it cant install… wtf?

  • Jonathan

    Do you need wifi to download this?

  • Yumi

    It’s because Apple recently blocked it. :T So this method doesn’t work anymore.

  • UnlockBoot

    Please follow the steps from the video.

  • Justin

    My Dropbox folder shows the gba app but no files and I do have the apps synced and I also saved within the game as well as the save state option. The app isn’t working despite setting the time back. Any suggestions?

  • HelpMeBruh

    Mine just say installing.. However nothing is happening? I’ve followed the steps exactly as you gave them?

  • LaughingDuckies R.

    It doesn’t work for me, my iPhone SE on 9.3.3 systematically says it could not install GBA4iOS at this time. I tried installing it from different sources to no avail.

  • RMM

    I have the same issue. Exactly followed the steps in the video and stays at installing and giving the error message with Done and Retry as options. Can’t remove it either. Please help us out! 😉

  • Confused

    I did everything and it worked, until my phone battery died and I turned it back on. Now, the app opens and crashes immediately, and I can’t open the emulator any way, even the one you demonstrated in the tutorial opening it through the app window. Is it possible I’m missing something?

  • Plutia

    not working on ios 10? T____T

  • UnlockBoot

    Please try again. It works now.

  • Joshua

    I was just wondering on how to connect with other people.

  • Javier Lineros

    It says “gba4ios could not be installed at this time” i followed the steps and always the same trouble. Pls if you could help i would be so grateful

  • Guest

    To remove it turn off your internet

  • helicopter

    chinese? is this safe? or should i use a spare device that isnt used for important transaction

  • Andrew

    still doesn’t work

  • Sterfry

    Dude this is sick! I was having a great time challenging gym leaders in Pokémon and then I woke up to find my app didn’t work. I think it’s because of apples software update to 10.3.3. It needed to verify the app again. Well that was a downer. Hope you can fix that soon! Thanks!

  • I installed GBA4iOS on my iPhone 7, but it starts crashing after I installed it, I don’t know that’s happened after installed emulator.

  • Pokefan

    It say she apple
    Restricted your app