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Play Game Boy Advance Games On iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus With GBA4iOS

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Did you know? You can run Game Boy Advance games on your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus without jailbreaking your device on iOS 8?  All it takes is a couple of steps. This is great for those who don’t think the Nintendo Switch is worth the money and want to play some old-school Nintendo games. Follow our short how-to guide after the jump.

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Update: This only works for iOS 8.0, 8.0.1, and 8.0.3. For iOS 8.1, see this post. For iOS 8.1.1, check this one.

First things first: Apple has always been against the idea of allowing console emulators on the App Store. While Android has emulator software to run NES, SNES, Game Boy Advance, DS, and even PlayStation games on your smartphones / tablet, Apple doesn’t allow them for the simple reason that emulation often ends up with users pirating copyrighted game ROMs.

This is the reason why a popular Game Boy Advance emulator for iOS is not available on the App Store. It has, in the past, sneaked in while masquerading as another app but that was rather short-lived.

In order to play Game Boy Advance games on your new iPhone 6, you can either a) wait for the community to release a jailbreaking tool (which may take several months) or b) download a Game Boy Advance emulator for free for your iPhone 6.

Option B is tried and tested, and it works wonderfully on the larger screen of the newer iPhones.

How To Install GBA4iOS On iPhone 6 To Play Game Boy Advance Games

  1. Go to Settings > General > Date and Time and change the date to at least a day in the past. I myself changed it back to a year to be sure, on my iPhone 4S.
  2. Go to GBA4iOS’s official website from your iPhone 6 using Safari.
  3. Tap on ‘Download’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

This will install a GBA4iOS app icon on your home screen just like any other app. Simply launch it and start playing.

“But wait, where do I get GBA games from”, you ask. Well, for that we cannot help you since it is illegal. You can find help on how to download GBA game ROMs from other websites. Download it from a source of your choice, and then you can transfer them to your device by emailing them to yourself.

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