Play Pokémon (And Other GBA/GBC Games) On Your iPhone!

**Note: I am an iPhone user, so this guide will cover how to install this emulator on iOS devices. There is a way to do this on Android devices as well, but I don’t know that process. Sorry!**

If you’re like me, and most people born between 1985-1995, you grew up with a love of Pokémon. The Pokémon games were a huge part of my childhood, to the extent that I had two Game Boy Advances (thanks, Mom and Dad!), a link cable, and both games in each Gen to trade Pokémon back-and-forth with myself.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve installed emulators like Visual Boy Advance onto my computers for a fun Pokémon pick-me-up when needed, so that I don’t have to dig through my mother’s house to find my old systems (and a slew of AA batteries). But what about when I’m on the go?

No, this isn’t my screenshot. I always name my Pokémon actual names. But I have to give it to whoever decided to use a bird named “Pimp Seal” to kill a Rayquaza.

On many a roadtrip, I find myself wishing that I’d brought my 3DS with me so that I could quickly indulge in one of the many beloved Pokémon regions that have stolen my heart since 1999. “Why can’t Nintendo just port to the phone?!” I whine. I’d gladly pay for a copy of a Pokémon RPG, but none are available.

Therefore, other tactics are thankfully available.

Keep in mind that this guide is accurate as of July 30th, 2018. If you are reading this somewhere down the line and these tactics no longer work, I apologize!


Let’s Get Started!

Today, boys and girls, we will be installing the GBA4iOS emulator. It can be installed onto iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches running on the iOS 11 operating system. No jailbreaking is required, and all past GBA titles are allowed. The installation process is simple and easy, and I have outlined it below for your gaming pleasure:

  1. Open your iOS browser. I use the Google Chrome app, but the Safari app works as well!
  2. Type in
  3. Scroll down, and select the most recent release. As of this penning, it is “GBA4iOS 2.1”.
  4. Confirm and install. The GBA4iOS app will be installed onto the home screen of your iOS device.
  5. Open the grey “Settings” app for your iOS device from your home screen.
  6. Select “General”.
  7. Scroll down and select “Device Management”.
  8. Tap on “China Television Information Technology”.
  9. Verify the app.
  10. You’re all set!

To download games, I recommend going to the website on your iOS browser. Search for the title that you want, and select “Download”. When it runs, either tap on “Open in GBA4iOS”, or tap on “More…” if the GBA option doesn’t show yet. If you’ve tapped “More…”, scroll until you see GBA4iOS as an option 🙂

Guess who’s back? Back again? Childhood’s back! Tell a friend 🙂

The Perks

  • Again, no jailbreaking required! Yippee!
  • GBA4iOS supports multiplayer for other users with this emulator!
  • Cheat codes are allowed for your games!
  • Sync your data via iCloud storage for all devices!
  • Game Boy Colour games are allowed as well…just as they were on the physical GBA!


The Cons

  • None.
  • Moral dilemmas via piracy?
  • Lost productivity via Pokémon.

2 comments to Play Pokémon (And Other GBA/GBC Games) On Your iPhone!

  • Kassy  says:

    Wow, that is really weird that there is no iPhone version for these apps. It would be so frustrating for people who love the games. I am glad that there is a way to make it happen, thanks for sharing. 😀

    • AngieChu  says:

      You’re welcome 🙂 Yeah, I’m definitely loving to be able to play Sapphire straight from my iPhone now instead of having to dig out my old GBA and burning through those batteries!

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