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[Update] iOS Emulation - How to play GBA games on your iPhone without a jailbreak
Advance Wars on iPod touch? Yes, please (Updated: Working again!)
Product: Emulation
 
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Updated on October 3rd, at 10:30: This hack is working again. You just need to change the date on your iPhone before downloading to get it to work.

We've updated the guide with new links and steps.



Up until recently, only those wily tinkerers who had jailbroken their prized Apple gizmo could run emulators on iOS.

Not so more, my friend.

Some clever clog has figured out how to skate past Apple's rules and get ZodTTD's gpSPhone emulator on any old iPhone without having to hack your device.

This nifty emulator, named GBA4iOS, enables you to load ROMs from iTunes File Sharing or Safari; boasts save states and auto save; and fills the iPhone 5's screen. Sadly, the sound is a little dodgy and the frame rate isn't perfect.

But anyway. If you fancy playing Advance Wars on your iPhone this morning, follow this quick and easy tutorial. Except you shouldn't. Because, well, that's illegal.

Note: Pocket Gamer does not condone piracy, and offers this information for entertainment purposes only. We also take no responsibility if you follow this guide and manage to bugger up your iOS device in the process.

First things first, head into the Settings app on your iOS device. Choose General, and then Date & Time. Now set the date to any time before July 17, 2013.
GBA on iOS


Now open Safari and head to this page to get the most recent version of GBA4iOS.

Follow the relevant link and you should get to a drop down list.

Choose GBA4iOS and hit done. Then hit "Confirm" on the pop-up.
GBA on iOS


Once the app has installed, you should be able to set your date and time back to normal. Then try to load the app.

If, for whatever reason, it doesn't work, try reinstalling the emulator, putting your phone in Airplane mode, or putting the date back before July when using the emulator.
GBA on iOS


The emulator will now appear on your Home screen like any other app.

You will get this pop-up the very first time you load GBA4iOS, but just hit 'Continue' and you'll be good to go.
GBA on iOS


There are two ways to get ROMs onto the emulator.

You can simply find a ROM file (or one that's in a zip file) on the internet.

Download it with Safari. Once it's done, you'll see a button that says 'Open in...'

Give it a tap, and choose 'Open in GBA4iOS' to move it to the emulator.
GBA iOS


GBA on iOS
Alternatively, you can download the ROMs onto your computer, and transfer them across using iTunes.

Open iTunes, plug in your device, and choose it from the left-hand column.

Then click 'Apps' along the top bar, and you'll find GBA4iOS under 'File Sharing'. Simply drag your ROM file into this list and sync your device.

GBA on iOS

Whichever method you choose, simply pick the game from the ROM list in GBA4iOS and it will start playing.

Enjoy the game, you filthy pirate!
 

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Mark Brown 3 October 2013
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@AnonNymuz | 17:40 - 20 January 2014
I've finally found a working GBA Emulator for iPhone AND PC!

Get it here at: http://apkhackz.com/gba-emulator/
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Jason Sicklick | 16:35 - 4 January 2014
i have an ipod touch 2g with ios 4.2.1 and i set my date to may 10th,2011 and i installed gba4ios from that site but it said unable to download gba4ios. What Did I Do Wrong? PLEASE HELP!!
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Garret Shroyer | 21:02 - 14 October 2013
I just got the app yesterday, but now I can't open the App Store at all! It just says "Cannot connect to Itunes Store" always. Can Somebody please help me!
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@CatheyBarrett1 | 07:49 - 12 October 2013
I must give my thanks to SARAH MOORE, who posted here last week comment about system she uses to earn online... I've got my FIRST check total of $550, pretty cool.. You can try it for yourself. b
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jeffyg3 | 01:44 - 4 October 2013
Why on earth would you buy an Android tablet or phone just to play GBA games if all you have are iOS devices? Take a couple minutes and jailbreak it and there's a a lot of emulators for iOS out there, even better than what's on Android.
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Solm | 14:37 - 3 October 2013
Great guide but seems like a lot of hassle just to get GBA games working on your ipad. Just get an Android tablet or phone.
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@triple_filtered | 14:51 - 1 October 2013
If anyone sees this, you can actually still get it to work. You just need to set your phone's date to before July 2013.
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Bruno Davide | 20:01 - 17 July 2013
man, yesterday has worked, today cant't download anything:( i have no more emulators sigh
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Blue Lucero | 19:11 - 17 July 2013
nice one! thanks heaps.
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@scruffydoug | 18:49 - 17 July 2013
Installed this morning, tried a rom, worked fine. Went to try again this afternoon, and the app just launches to a black screen for a split second, then fails back to the main iOS board. Anyone else getting the same?
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