How to Play Gameboy Games on iPhone without Jailbreak

While there are many emulators for Android, there is no easy way to play it on your iPhone. Sure you can jailbreak your iPhone and then get it done the non-traditional way, but nobody has time for that. In this guide, I will show you how to play Gameboy games on iPhone without Jailbreak. Let’s start.

I don’t know, it’s something about that art style of 8-bit gaming and music that brings back fond memories. Gameplaycolor is a web console that allows you to emulate the console directly from your iPhone’s web browser. If you are curious to emulate GameBoy Advance games on Android, check it out here.

Setting up GameBoy Emulator on iPhone

Go GamePlayColor website in Safari browser and tap the Play Now button. After that, just follow the on-screen steps and create a shortcut to the web page on your iPhone. Tap the Share button at the bottom of the browser.

The website does not work in any other browser and it also has some issues with the beta version of iOS 13.

Select ‘Add to the home screen‘on the Share sheet, rename the shortcut and then tap the Add button in the upper right corner.

Now may be a good time for you to load the Gameboy ROMs into your Google Drive account. Once you’ve loaded the ROMs, proceed to the next step. If you want to emulate Dreamcast ROMs on Android, check it out.

Now, touch the GamePlay icon on the home screen which we created earlier, it should ask you to log in and enter the passcode. Touch the Login button and log into the account where your Gameboy ROMs are stored.

Yes, you will have to load your own GBA ROMs or download CoolROM ROMs. After downloading your ROMs, upload them to your Google Drive account, just log in in the step above.

The website displays a message that you need to access all the data on your drive. It is limited by Google and the website has no control over what data to extract, it is all or nothing. You can review their privacy policy or create a Google account for ROM only, it’s free, you know. Tap ‘Allow’ to proceed.

You will be redirected to the Gameplaycolor website with an access code on the screen. Touch and hold the text field to copy the key and paste it into the home screen app. It would seem confusing, but trust me, it’s easy. Just go to the home screen and paste the key into the Passcode field. Touch Continue Activate.

All your GameBoy cartridges will appear and you can touch them to play. You will see the classic D-Pad and four buttons to navigate and control your characters during the game. Enjoy!

During my tests the emulator worked fine, but it ran into some issues here and there. For example, I couldn’t get the games to play sound at first, but you can fix it by turning the slider to Ring and then tapping ‘Enable sound’ after restarting the app. If you feel that the games are running a little slow, you can fix it by increasing the speed from the Settings. It can go up to 3X.

There you go Now you can play your favorite Gameboy games on your iPhone without jailbreaking. Alternatively, you can check webNES to play any classic NES game you want on your iOS devices without jailbreak.

What are your favorite games, tell me in the comments below?

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