The GameBoy Advance (GBA) was and continues to be a console with a massive fanbase. With the console having been discontinued, your best chance of playing its classic video games today is using emulators. You do not have to pay expensively to play.
However, the games do not run on all operating systems. For instance, take iOS. Apple doesn’t support gaming emulator apps and doesn’t particularly allow GBA games on their devices. But, supposing you own an iPhone 13 and wish to play, there is a way you can; use GBA4iOS.
A Look at GBA4iOS
To play video games on iPhones, gaming enthusiasts have to jailbreak their devices to play. But now, you don’t even need to go through the jailbreak hassle.GBA4iOS is the solution. It is arguably the best and easiest emulator app to enjoy retro games on your iPhone.
You don’t require the App Store to obtain it and it is safe. With it, Apple’s security is still in control of your phone. This emulator will allow you to play for free and has multiplayer support.
Note; As said, GBA4iOS is safe to use but always has an anti-virus program on your device.
First, Download and Install the Emulator
You won’t find GBA4iOS on the App Store. However, with a third-party app installer, you can obtain the emulator. You can useAppValley or the Ignition App. Simply search for any of these online and you should find the app’s installer page. Download it. On the search bar, type GBA4iOS and tap the result. Click on install. Wait for the download and installation.
As you download your GBA4iOS, from the third-party app, you may see an Untrusted Developer Error. The app is unofficial and hence Apple doesn’t trust the developer.
To fix that, note or remember the developer’s name. Navigate to your iOS 13 Settings then to the General section. Click on Profiles and then look for the app developer. Click on the developer then hit Trust.
How to Play GBA Games
Once you have downloaded your emulator, you need to obtain the GBA ROMs too. These are software copies of the GBA games that you would otherwise buy a console for.
It is essential to know that even though there are already some ROMs on GBA4iOS, you need to manually download them first. You can access and obtain the GBA games list through the built-in GBA4iOS browser, or you can obtain them online.
- To download the ROMs usingGBA4iOS
Start by opening GBA4iOSthen navigate to the search bar, which should appear at the top right. From there, you should be able to see a list of eleven game series. Select one of them and then tap on it. Proceed to hit the Preferred version or the version of your choice.
Click on Download followed by Save. After the ROM(s) are downloaded and installed, it is accessible via GBA4iOS. Simply tap on it to play.
- To source the ROMs externally/ Online
Search for the game ROM online and using a trusted source, download the file. It will be available as a .GBA zip file. To open it, tap on it and click More. From the list of options that appears, select Copy to GBA4iOS. Alternatively, click Open in GBA4iOS.
You should then proceed to launch the emulator. If you see your downloaded GBAROM(s) listed, that should tell you that GBA4iOShas loaded it successfully.
If you are downloading ROMs online, we recommend that you do so from a trusted and official platform.
An Enhanced Experience
Once you have loaded your game, there are other additional things you can do to have better gameplay. You can adjust the controller settings to create your gaming controls. You can also set up Dropbox for Autosave and also customize game maps.
To conclude, with your iPhone 13 and the GBA4iOS emulator, you can play GameBoy Advance games anywhere and anytime. All you need is an internet connection, the emulator, ROMs of your favorite GBA games and you are good to go. Just follow the steps provided above and you will be gaming just like you would with a GBA console.