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Get GBA4iOS GameBoy Emulator On iOS 9.3 Without Jailbreak

GBA4iOS – a popular GameBoy and GameBoy Advance emulator – can be downloaded on iOS 9.3 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad if you know where to look. Follow our guide to learn how!

GameBoy Advance being played by a child

The GameBoy and GameBoy Advance is arguably the single best handheld gaming console of all time. It handily beats all of Sony’s offerings – the PSP and PS Vita – while just edging out the Nintendo DS and 3DS in terms of its amazing game library. As a result, the GBA is still amongst the most popularly emulated game consoles on PCs and smartphones alike.

This brings us to GameBoy Advance emulation on iOS. As a result of its strict policy, Apple doesn’t allow emulators on the App Store. There’s good reason for it: emulation is often associated with piracy which is illegal. Apple does its best to make it difficult for people to do illegal activities such as downloading torrents, or watching porn. Both can indeed legal, but it’s not a black or white thing. Apple stays on the safe side.

YET, we are glad to say there is a confirmed way to get GBA4iOS – a popular GameBoy and GameBoy Advance emulator – working on iOS 9.3 on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad without ever jailbreaking it. You can get it much simpler if you jailbreak it of course, but we’ll show you how to download it using just Safari, and the famed “date trick”.

Also read: Play NES Games in 3D

How To Install GBA4iOS Without Jailbreak

Disclaimer: This guide is for educational purposes only. Windows Clan does not condone any illegal activity such as copyright infringement. Please follow this at your own risk.

Step 1: Launch Safari

Step 2: Point your browser to

Step 3: Tap on Install App

Download GBA4iOS iOS 9.3

Step 4: A pop-up box will ask you to confirm if you want to download an app from outside the App Store. Confirm it.

Step 5: Quickly launch the Settings app.

Step 6: Go to General > Date & Time

Step 7: Turn off Set Automatically by tapping on the green toggle.

Step 8: Manual date & time controls will show up at the bottom. Change the date to somewhere in 2014. The exact date doesn’t matter. It should just be a year or two in the past.

Change to manual date and time iOS 9

Step 9: Wait for GBA4iOS to finish downloading.

Step 10: Go again to Settings app > General > Profiles and authenticate the profile needed to install an app downloaded from a third-party source like Pyger.

Step 11: You can now turn on Set Automatically for Date & Time. Follow Steps 6 and 7 to find the particular setting.

Step 12: Launch GBA4iOS and play your favorite GBA games on your iPhone!

GBA4iOS on iOS 9.3 installed

Also read: Play SEGA games on your Windows 10 PC

To source games, you will need to Google around a bit. There are many resources available. In any case, keep in mind that it is illegal to download ROMs. Though I have heard it is fine if you do so IF you own the original games for which you’re downloading the ROMs for.

We have independently tested and confirmed this to be working. GBA4iOS was tested on an iPhone 6S running iOS 9.3.3.