Emulator GBA4iOS 2.0 is out with support for iPad, iOS 7 controllers and more

By , Feb 19, 2014


Earlier this week, we told you that a big update for the popular emulator GBA4iOS was coming soon. The developers said that it would be launching today, February 19, and they have delivered on that promise. GBA4iOS 2.0 is now available for installation.

Among the many additions to the Game Boy emulator is iPad support, iOS 7 controller support and Dropbox integration. More importantly, the app is now much easier to install, as it does not require you to be jailbroken or to change your device’s date…

Using the new GBA4iOS, gamers can play ROMs for Game Boy Advanced, Game Boy Color and originally Gameboy games. There are a number of titles available that support this media, and the app includes a built-in web browser for finding them.


GBA4iOS 2.0 also supports various cheats, including Game Genie and Action Replay. It also offers full iOS 7 controller support and third party controller skins, and if you have a Dropbox account, you can store game saves and load ROMs using the cloud service. 

So where can you get it? Well given Apple’s track record for removing emulators from the App Store, GBA4iOS decided to go with a workaround solution and let users install the app directly from their website. Just click here to install it while on an iPad or iPhone.

Note: Though GBA4iOS 2.0 doesn’t require a data change, the developers say that the device may need to be set back to 2/19/14 if the app fails to open. 

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  • Marcus

    This is awesome! I have my iPhone in hand now!

    • Marcus

      What the heck I posted this and I thought there was a glitch because the comment wasn’t showing up even after I reloaded the page… So I posted it again but with slightly different words… Then I reloaded the page again and it was there so I deleted the comment and now it reappears as a Guest? Disqus sure is difficult sometimes.

      • smtp25

        yeah deletes never seem to delete . .. just make it a guest comment

      • bob


  • Marcus

    Awesome! I’ve been waiting for this! I have my iPhone in hand now 😀

    • Marcus

      Also if your iPhone or iPad is vibrating after you click buttons while playing games, there is an option in the settings to disable that.

      And it appears that Dropbox Sync is not working at the moment. It detects that the app is still in development mode so for now that doesn’t work. Just a heads up!

      • KY

        Where is the setting to disable the vibrations?

  • fernando

    i will catch them all

  • Brandon Lee Robinson

    My 5s won’t install it. Just keeps trying…

    • Gucciipad

      Works fine for me on my 5s

    • Eni

      for mine too

    • L1ghtman

      Same here, 4S with iOS 7.0.3

    • Marcus

      It works on my 5s perfectly

    • Mine did the same thing, set your date back to before the 19th Feb (Settings > General > Time & Date), hit the icon to start the install process. Once it’s done that, open it, get into the app then you can set your date back again.

    • Jim Jones

      Yeah I can’t download it either. I’ve tried safari and chrome.

  • Soleros

    where can i find the roms games?

    • Marcus

      When you open up the GBA4iOS app just click the “+” at the top right of the screen and you will be directed to a website called CoolROM where you can download all the games you wish to play.

      • Eni

        i dowload games from the CoolROM but they show like a .zip and they dont work at all, what can i do?

      • bob

        unzip it

      • Eni

        how to? it doesetn have options, unless in a pc, but i cant reupload becoze dropbox it doesent work at all

      • Marcus

        For me it shows up like that too but when the download is finished, the file automatically unzips itself.

      • Eni

        for some games it does unzip itself, but for the mos of them it does not

      • Marcus

        That’s sucks I don’t know what the problem is, I’ve downloaded 6 ROM’s and they have all unzipped themselves.

      • Eni

        yes that sucks 🙁

      • Kalle ballsson

        Can gba4ios crash your iphone? I have a new 5s and i dont dare to download it. Is it safe?

      • Marcus

        I don’t think so. I have a 5s and haven’t had any problems with it so far. I also have some friends at my high school that have it and they are using iPhone 4, 4S, 5, or 5s. No problems with anyone. There is nothing you need to worry about.

      • Kalle ballsson

        Ok , thank you very much. Do you have any game to recomend?

      • Marcus

        I haven’t used the emulator for a couple of weeks now but I’d say that my favorite games were Kirby or Mario related one’s. I liked the original Super Mario Bros and Kirby Nightmare In Dreamland. Just look through and try some of them, those were just the one’s I enjoyed a lot.

      • Kalle ballsson

        So you don play pokemon

      • Marcus

        No I don’t

    • bob

      go to walmart and go to the cereal section and buy a box of weetbix. 1 in 10 will have a free gameboy game for you to play

  • Jared Steffen

    Just keeps looping trying to install iPhone 5s

    • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

      same for me. Running iOS7 on Verizon iPhone 5

      • Jared Steffen

        Also Verizon doubt that matters though at first though it would be 64bit unsure

      • f96lrs

        change the date

      • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

        it’s still 2/19/14. There’s no need to change the date to 2/19/14………

      • f96lrs


      • bob

        2/19/14 is different to 2/19/14

      • bob

        You actually need a Sprint iPhone 5

    • Chris Smith

      same for me in the uk on EE

    • Tony

      Yep same thing on my 5s and I fresh installed everything yesterday so there shouldn’t be any messing with this.

      • Jared Steffen

        Maybe it’s a server type thing I’m guessing a fix/comment will be posted later about the issues

    • Marcus

      It works perfectly on my AT&T 7.0.4 iPhone 5s

      • Jared Steffen

        Yeah I checked on twitter he said the servers are being hammered it’s a really popular thing tou for lucky I guess I’m looking forward to using the iOS 7 controller with it

      • Marcus

        Yeah that actually makes sense. I literally downloaded it within 30 seconds of the app being released though so I got really lucky. I got a notification for the iDB article on my Mac and before I even clicked it I grabbed my phone and downloaded it. 😀

      • Jared Steffen

        Also even though I was at home on wifi it used 230mb of my data not do nothing just great

      • Alex Marwaha

        Do u think after a day or two I will be able to download it?

      • Jared Steffen

        Try at night or sometime others might not be trying or a day or two could be long enough

      • bob

        good for you

    • bob

      so you are trying to install an iphone 5s on your gba4ios?

  • felixtaf

    Wonderful… Works great….

  • PainToad

    Mean while, since switching to a Nexus I’m loving the DS emulator at full speed.

    • Chris

      And what does this have to do with GBA4iOS, iPhone, iPad, or support for game controllers on iOS? Did you not read the article ?

  • Brian Brown

    Can’t link Dropbox at the moment …

  • Alex Marwaha

    Hey can someone tell me why it isn’t downloading? It’s stuck on the installing loop please help

    • Ninja Banana

      Is the data in your settings at 2014?

    • Rishabh Gupta

      Dude, i m also unable to install this
      Tried date 19 feb 2014
      15 feb 2014
      And different times
      But failed to install
      If u find a way, please reply

      • bob

        change to last year

  • on3simpleclick

    Sweet! installs just fine on my iPad mini Retina (:

  • Brandon Lee Robinson

    For those of you that couldn’t get it to work. Set your date back to 2012, tell it to install. Once it installs, change your date back.

  • Alyssa Surowiec

    Hey guys, I’m @alyssasurowiec:disqus ( Riley’s tech support for GBA4iOS 2.0).
    Please tweet me any issues or questions, and i’ll try and help you out!

  • Duc T-ra

    Work great on my iphone 5 ios 7.0.4 but install fail on my ipad air iOS 7.1…

    • WolfgangHoltz

      iOS 7.1 is just a beta so you should report that bug to Apple so they can correct it for iOS 7.1 final release.

  • Duc T-ra

    BTW, just change the date back to 18th Feb 2014 and you good to go. It resolved failed install on my iPad Air…

    • Stan_the_man7

      This worked, thanks

  • Francisco Perez

    How do I set back the i5?

    • bob

      buy a time machine and go back in time

  • smtp25

    Nintendo noob here .. whats the best game I can pick up as a casual gamer? I got the mario kart and the Super Mario 4 one. Pokemon and YugiO not to sure about

    • iPhone Gruru

      pokemon emerald

    • bob

      my little pony

  • nonchalont

    The controller support for ps3 controller is kind of acting funky. I push down and it goes back up whenever I go to select an option. Anyone else experiencing this issue?

    • Nick

      My ps3 controller didn’t even get recognized. I use controller for all.. How did u do it?

    • John Willis

      Yeah, I only use controllersforall with my PS3 and am fairly disappointed that GBA4iOS 2.0 did not give adequate support for this. I wanted Apptendo 64 =( However, San Andreas still works great =D

      • Nick

        It works now tho’… Dunno what changed. But most games work with controllers for all, for me then..

  • Noah Mospan

    Just wondering, could I use my iphone as the contrôlée and the game bring played on my iPad?

  • kurt

    I have jailbreak my ipad with Controllers for All. does it support connecting PS3 controller?

    • Nick

      I’m wondering the same thing.. @alyssasurowiec:disqus

      • Chris

        I have tried and it appears GBA4iOS would need an update as Controllers for All connects but doesn’t let you set up controls with an external controller. Tried to play Pokemon Blue and the buttons were all messed up. Hope that helps/they fix this!

  • John

    Is there a way to make the controllers on landscape mode bigger?

    • bob

      hold the phone closer to your face. it makes the controls bigger

  • Mitchell Petrie

    I tried downloading on both mine and my girlfriends 5S yesterday (19/02/2014) and it would just look. I tried today (20/02/2014) by setting the date back to yesterday and it worked.

  • Chris Ryan

    is there an uninstaller for this? just curious if it starts to mess things up…

    • bob

      no it never uninstalls it just puts a virus on and you have to buy a new phone

  • bob

    app crashes when trying to add a cheat

  • Sleetui

    When enabling cheats, my game lags. (ie: Pokemon Emerald) Help?

    • Nick

      Don’t use cheats :)!

      • Sleetui

        So apparently we can’t use Cheats even though they are implemented in the application? Well, PEOPLE nowadays…

  • Jeep204

    Does the GBA4IOS 2.0 only work for IOS7? And will they release an update for 1.6.2 that has cheats?


    hello, i have a question is this emulator safe to install? I’m being reading around and people say it is not safe to install because the emulator install a profile, it is that true or not?

  • Brandon Weidema

    the haptic feedback is awesome!

  • Guest

    Why cant i play yu gi oh capsule monster coloseum in my ipad?

  • Jim

    Pokemon black doesn’t start on gba4ios?

  • Kakishikimoto Mikachi

    It just goes into an install loop… I changed the date to like Jan 2014, downloaded, then changed it back to the current date and vice versa.

  • Star

    I have a 5s and while I’m playing it restarts my phone every time. I basically have an irregular time limit to play. How can I fix that?

  • Wilson Suriel

    So I when I actually play the games my phone says no SIM card installed and shuts down my phone anybody else having this problem. I’m on the 5c by the way

  • Max V. Lynden

    every time i try to download it it just wont load the page and it says that there is some 404 error or somthing please help me

  • Steven

    When I pick between the 3 starters the screen turns blue and my phone restarts! Why?