GBA4iOS IPA Download

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GBA4iOS

Turn your iPhone or iPad into a portable Game Boy Advance console and play your favorite games everywhere you go. Download the latest version of the GBA4iOS emulator on iOS 15 and import ROM files. The number one GBA emulator for iOS is back.

GBA4iOS IPA Download

What is GBA4iOS?

GBA4iOS is a free Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color emulator for iOS allowing you to play Nintendo's classic games directly on your iPhone or iPad. This GBA emulator works on both jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS 7 and newer devices, including the latest release of iOS 15.

The GBA emulator for iOS supports all games released during the years for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color. It offers also some additional features like an option to save game progress, activate a cheat engine, skip frames, or enable fast forward for quicker gameplay.

GBA4iOS allows you to play games in portrait or landscape layouts. The first one emulates a console look, but if you prefer to use a bigger screen the landscape mode is for you. The emulator stretch out the image and displays overlayed game controls on the screen.

Two iPhone screens showing the GBA4iOS running Spider-Man and GTA on iOS.

GBA4iOS is a full-featured GBA emulator that can easily replace the Nintendo console. It copies almost every aspect of the original Nintendos console and adds some additional features. Of course, the only downside is that all controls are displayed on the screen and are not physical.

On top of that, GBA4iOS comes with a multiplayer feature. Linking allows you to activate a multiplayer that normally requires a Link Cable. Wireless Linking uses either local Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. For best performance, all devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

The latest release of GBA4iOS 2.1 offers a completely new emulator core based on VBA-M, support for iPads, full GBC game compatibility, Dropbox Sync, customizable skins support, and URL Scheme support. Moreover, the emulator can play external audio during game playback.

Two iPhone screens showing the Settings page and List of installed GBA rooms in GBA4iOS.

To make the gaming experience much better on a flat-screen GBA4iOS adds vibration on button press support. The device will vibrate whenever you press a button on the controller. There is also an option to connect an external controller and configure all button actions for it.

Airplay technology implemented in GBA4iOS iOS app allows you to easily activate the Second Screen. When AirPlay is connected or you use HDMI, the game will appear on the second screen, and the controller will remain on your mobile device screen. How fun is that?

GBA4iOS is packed with two controller skins (portrait and landscape mode) for both Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games. GBC doesn't offer the fullscreen mode, instead, the controller fits into the full screen. New controller themes can be downloaded and imported.

Two iPhone screens showing the GBA4iOS current skins in portrait and landscape modes on iPhone.

GBA4iOS for iOS allows you to import GBA and GBC games in ROM files. A ROM image is a computer file that contains a copy of the data from a read-only memory chip, often from a video game cartridge. GBA4iOS iOS can load the files and emulate the console on an iPhone or iPad.

Once a ROM image is imported to the GBA4iOS app, the game will be added to the list displayed on the home screen. When you will import hundreds of games it's easy to navigate through the alphabetically sorted list. There is also an option to display quickly only GBA or GBC games.

What's more, GBA4iOS for iOS is packed with a built-in browser allowing you to access popular websites offering to download ROM files of popular GBA and GBC games. The desired website can be configured on the emulator's settings page. Only one page can be selected.

Alternatively, you can install other free GBA and GBC emulators for your iPhone and iPad such as Delta Emulator, Happy Chick, Provenance, GBA.emu, or RetorArch Emulator.

How to install GBA4iOS IPA

GBA4iOS iOS was released for iOS 7 and newer. The only working application allowing you to sign and install IPA files on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7 firmware is Sideloadly.

Download GBA4iOS IPA and sideload the app

Sideloadly is as easy to use as Cydia Impactor alternative and it allows you to install GBA4iOS IPA file. No matter if you downloaded the macOS or Windows version, the workflow is the same.

Step 1. Open Sideloadly application.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone / iPad to the computer via USB.

Step 3. Click on the IPA icon to select the GBA4iOS IPA to sideload.

Step 4. Enter your Apple ID to sign IPA file.

Step 5. Click the Start button to install the IPA file on your device.

Step 6. Provide the password for your Apple ID.

Sideload GBA4iOS IPA on iOS

After the file is verified and installed on your iPhone or iPad it's required to allow using apps from a developer account connected with your Apple ID. To allow the app to run go to Settings.

Step 7. Open Settings app from the home screen.

Step 8. Navigate to General VPN & Device Management.

Step 9. Click on the developer app with your e-mail.

Step 10. Tap on Trust to allow the application to run.

Trust developer app

Repository

GBA4iOS iOS was never released through any official repository. Add the GBA4iOS Repo (via Tony's Repository) to your list of Cydia Sources and install the free iOS GBA and GBC emulator.

  1. Open the Cydia app from the home screen.
  2. Tap Sources → Edit → Add the https://iostonykraft.github.io Repo URL.
  3. Search for GBA4iOS 2.1 package in the newly added repo and install it.
  4. Restart the Springboard when prompted to apply changes.
  5. GBA4iOS app icon will be added to the Home Screen.

Alternatively, please use the quick links available below to quickly add the repository to your favorite package manager (Cydia, Sileo, Installer, Zebra) with just one click.

Install GBA4iOS with weblinks

GBA4iOS can be installed on your iPhone or iPad using direct web links. If you don't own a computer you can try to install it using direct links (available on top). It uses a public certificate to sign the app and it's often revoked by Apple disallowing to install GBA4iOS.

GBA4iOS Install - direct weblinks (no PC)

Step 1. Tap on Install iPogo from the Safari browser.

Step 2. Tap Install when message prompt "would like to install GBA4iOS".

Step 3. iPogo app Icon will appear on your Home Screen.

Step 4. Navigate to Settings → General → Device Management.

Step 5. Find the newly installed Enterprise App Certificate and trust it.

Step 6. Run GBA4iOS for iOS 15

GBA4iOS iOS like all other unofficial apps is using a developer certificate. Those certificates are monitored by Apple and they get very often revoked.

It means that you can't install apps until the developer provides a new certificate. An always working solution is to sign the IPA by yourself and install it to your iPhone.

Download GBA ROM games

GBA ROM files contain a copy of the data from a read-only memory chip from Nintendo's video game cartridge. Those ROM files can be imported to the GBA4iOS app running on your iPhone. There are various websites offering GBA ROM and GBC ROM files for download.

*be aware, that downloading ROM files can be illegal depending on the country where you live.

Import GBA ROM files

Importing GBA ROM files or GBC ROM images on your iPhone is straightforward. There is no need to download or configure any BIOS files. GBA4iOS supports games packed in ZIP files.

Step 1. Download ROM file with a game image in Safari browser.

Step 2. Share the file and send it to the GBA4iOS iOS app.

Step 3. The ROM image with the game will be transferred to the emulator.

Step 4. Lunch the game from the list in GBA4iOS app.

Open the iOS Game Boy Advance emulator from the home screen and you will see on the home screen of the emulator the list of all available GBA and GBC games.

Source Code

GBA4iOS was published as an open-source project with code released through GitHub Repository. Recent changes to the source code were added on 20 Oct 2021. If you wanna learn from the code or participate in the development of the emulator feel free to send a pull request.

This GBA emulator was written 92.2% using C++ language. To compile the project it's required to use macOS and install Xcode 5 or later, targeting iOS 7.0 and above.

What's new

  • Added support for iOS 15.
  • Convert to Dropbox API V2.
  • Fix ROM display on iPad.
  • Fixed some UI bugs/crashes in Settings.
  • Compliance with iOS 9 Controller API changes.

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