Using RetroArch Emulator to Play Retro Games on iOS Devices

RetroArch is known as the most sophisticated emulator of all time. It literally supports any platform and can work on any operating system. Ann PC and Android users know that installing and using the emulator is relatively simple and requires a few seconds. However, this isn’t the case with iOS users and you will need a different approach. Luckily, there are methods you can use and all of them will be revealed below.

Method 1: Using TweakBox

In order to download RetroArch emulator and install it, you cannot go to the App Store. This app isn’t compatible with million pages long terms and regulations of the store and you will need to use another method. The first method is mentioned below.

  1. Download the TweakBox

This is an app that allows you to install and use other apps. In this case scenario, it works perfectly and it has what we need. Once you are done with the installation, launch the app.

  1. Go to apps

You will have to tap apps and then go to TweakBox Apps. This is a section of the app where the emulator is located.

  1. Find it

Type the name of the emulator and you will see it as the first recommendations immediately.

  1. Install the emulator

Simply click on the RetroArch emulator and install it. Wait for a couple of seconds until the process is completed.

Now you have the emulator and you are ready to start using it. Using is simple as well. Basically, open the app, load the ROM file and the game will start. Exit the app once done and repeat the step every time you want to play one of retro games.

Method 2: Using CydiaImpactor

CydiaImpactor is the second method you can use. It is simple as well as the first one we have explained. The first thing you will have to do is actually download the CydiaImpactor. Follow the guide mentioned below.

  1. Download CydiaImpactor
  2. Leave it on your desktop
  3. Use it when you want to install the app

Now is the actual process in which you will install RetroArch. Keep in mind that you need access to a computer to use this method.

  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer
  2. Open the CydiaImpactor
  3. Locate the app (RetroArch IPA file)
  4. Open it
  5. It will be installed
  6. Download retro ROMs
  7. Enjoy in the games

CydiaImpactor basically opens the app file and transfer it to the phone. It will sign it during this process and allow for the phone to recognize the file and allow the installation. The last step is to go to general, management and trust the app. This will allow you to launch the app.

When using CydiaImpactor you will need an Apple account. There are two main ways you can use in this case scenario. The first one is to open a real Apple ID and use it. The paid account will allow you to use the app for 12 months. You can also use a free, dummy account that is available for 7 days and then will expire. Simply create the account again and use it.

The final word

Apple doesn’t allow us a lot of things. They have an excuse for many bans and it is perfectly normal. Luckily, they are unable to prevent gamers from enjoying their favorite titles on their Apple devices. Yes, you need more time than simply installing an app, but all of the steps are easy to follow and each step literally takes a couple of seconds.

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