How to Get Pokémon on iPhone without JailBreaking

Most of us are Nintendo games fans in our childhood days. Game lovers still want to play that Pokémon, Mario kind of games in their leisure time. The problem faced by many users is they aren’t directly able to play such games on their smartphones. Especially the iPhone users need to either jailbreak their phones or use emulators. First, let’s see what exactly terms jailbreak and emulator means. Further, we will see how to get Pokemon on iPhone.

What is Jailbreak?

In simple words, Jailbreak is to bypass all the locks of your iPhone, iPad or iPod. By jailbreaking your device, you are able to install all the cool unofficial applications and tweaks. It allows you to change the icons, dock, status bar, chat bubbles, weather backgrounds and much more. But the disadvantage of jailbreak is it voids your phone’s warranty and hackers can easily access your phone. Hence, we would recommend not opting for jailbreaking.



What is Emulator?

The option to access the unofficial apps is to install an available emulator for your iPhone. An emulator is basically software that replicates the usage as on the original device or system. Emulators are specifically designed for developers for testing apps and other programs.

The most popular two emulators are GBA4iOS (GameBoy Advance) and NDS4iOS (Nintendo DS). Download GBA4iOS if you want to play gba4ios games like Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen or the Originals. If you want to play the Nintendo DS versions of Pokémon (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HG SS, Black, White, B2, and W2), download the NDS4iOS emulator. These emulators will support all iPhone and iPad models, including iPhone 4/4S/5/5C/6/6 Plus and iPad Mini/Air, iPad ¾.


How to get Pokemon on iPhone [Without Jailbreaking]


Method 1: Download and install GBA4iOS emulator

Step 1: Install GBA4iOS on your iPhone. If you have upgraded your phone to iOS 8.1, then, you can’t install it from Apple store. For iOS 8.1, it is removed because of copyright issues. All the users having iPhone with iOS 8.0.3 and below can directly install GBA4iOS 2.1 from HERE. All the users having phones running iOS 8.1 or later can download the paid version.


Install GBA4iOS

Step 2: To install the emulator successfully you need to adjust the date. You will need to change this date every time you restart your phone. Follow below mentioned steps to adjust date:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Tap General.
  • Tap Date and Time.
  • Toggle Set Automatically to OFF.
  • Set date in the year February 19,2014.

Adjust the date

Step 3: Install the app. Tap the Trust option when prompted. Then choose Trust again to confirm.

Step 4: On Safari browser, Search for “Pokemon ROM GBA”. You need to install these game files to play the games. And you need to download the ROM for GBA emulator. You can try downloading ROMs from below two sources:

Step 5: Once you have downloaded the ROM, open it with GBA4iOS app and start playing Pokemon on iPad, iPhone.

Step 6: After running GBA4iOS app for the first time, you can set your date to the current time. But you need to change the date again whenever you reset your iPhone.

Download and Install GBA emulator for ios without jailbreak

Method 2: Download and install NDS4iOS emulator

Step 1: You need to perform the same date changes as mentioned for GBA4iOS. Below are the steps:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap General
  • Tap Date and Time
  • Toggle Set Automatically to OFF
  • Set date in the year February 12, 2014.

Step 2: Launch Safari and browse to the URL: on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Step 3: Tap Install from the top-right corner of the webpage and select the option to confirm installation on the prompts that follow.

Step 4: Press the Home button and wait until nds4ios finishes installing on your device.

Step 5: Go to Settings, tap General, and tap Profiles. You’ll see a new profile that starts with “Guangdong.”

Step 6: Tap it and then tap Trust when prompted. The nds4ios emulator is now installed and ready to use.

Step 7: Search for “Pokemon ROM NDS”. You need to install these game files to play the Pokemon for iPhone. And you need to download the ROM for GBA emulator. You can try downloading ROMs from below two sources:

Step 8:Once you have downloaded the ROM, open it with NDS4iOS app. You can start enjoying “Pokemon on iPhone”.

Advantages of GBA4iOS and NDS4iOS Emulator:

(1) Both the emulators work with a non-jailbroken apple device.

(2) Supports Dropbox integration.

(3) Supports iOS 7 controllers.

(4) Both emulators are packaged with options for control pad style and position.

(5) Allows you to run and play ROMs for free.

You can also try playing some other games from your old days. Start playing your favorite “Pokemon on iPad”, iPhone, and iPad. You can download Pokemon Go for Android from HERE 🙂

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