How to Get Pokemon on iPhone?


I know you have heard of Pokemon in the past. I bet you played it too. No matter how advanced our gaming industry is, we can’t just forget some classic games like Pokemon.

With time, our devices have been developed. Most of the smartphones available today can withstand any intensive graphic scenario that heavy games create. But what about classic games? Whether it runs or not is hardly an issue because their high-end CPU and GPU have a raised standard. The real problem is availability.

That’s why I am here to walk you through the process of downloading Pokemon on your iPhone.

How to Download Pokemon on iPhone?

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Let’s assume you are new to this whole Pokemon thing. And, I have a question for you. Have you played Mario games? Pokemon is one such game with no intensive graphics but full of fun. The storyline of both the games is different, though.

I am sure that you will never Google ‘how to get Pokemon games on an iPhone’ after reading this article till the end.

For the convenience, I have divided this guide into two parts; the first one does not involve jailbreaking but the second one does.

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How to Get Pokemon Games on iPhone without Jailbreak?

So you don’t want to jailbreak, do you? As we all know, jailbreaking is snatching the root access without the permission of the manufacturer. So, you will end up with a warranty voided iPhone if you try. So don’t try to jailbreak unless you are fully aware of the process.

Are you ready to find out how to play Pokemon on iPhone without jailbreak? Here you go!

Note: – Most of the online tech gurus suggest that the lower the iOS version, the better it will be. So, don’t upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.

You can try even if you have upgraded. If it turns out to have no uses, you can move on to the next version. But beware. Next version is how to download Pokemon on iPhone with jailbreak.

Follow the steps given below to enjoy the real Pokemon experience.

Step 1: First, you need to adjust the time in order to play Pokemon on your iPhone. Go to Settings>> General>> Date& Time.

Step 2: You will find a toggle there to switch between automatic and manual timing. Turn off the option using that toggle. If you don’t do this, you will not be able to adjust the time manually.

Step 3: Now backdate the phone to at least a month. The higher the difference between the current date and the set date, the safer you will be.

We are going to install Game Boy Advance Emulator here. So, every time you restart the device, the backdating is mandatory for the proper functioning

Step 4: After completing the above step, you have to open Safari browser and visit GBA4iOS website (

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Note: – In case you want to play DS versions of Nintendo Pokemon (Diamond, Platinum, Pearl, Black,
HG SS, B2, White, and W2) on iPhone, you should visit to download NDS4iOS emulator instead of GBA4iOS. Don’t forget to follow the backdating technique as well.

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Step 5: You will see a ‘Download GBA4iOS 2.0’ link. Then, you can see a set of links from which Download GBA4iOS 2.0.X should be your pick if your device has iOS 7 or 8. And in case you only have iOS 6, tap on Download GBA4iOS 1.6.2 link.

Step 6: Then, you get an install button. It will take some time to get the app downloaded. After the download, the installation procedures will be started at once.

Step 7: As soon as the emulator is installed, you can see the icon on the home screen. As the next step, you have to open it. Hit the Trust button when prompted.

Step 8: Once the app is opened, you have to search for Pokemon ROMs using the browser. They help you run Pokemon on iPhone.

Step 9: Download the ROM to your local storage by tapping the appropriate button. When the downloading is finished, you must choose an app to open the same. Go with GBA4iOS as we are about to play the game.

That’s all. You will be able to play Pokemon for iPhone within no time.

Note: – When you finish with the gaming session, you can set the date back to automatic. But each time a restart is done, the backdating is inevitable to run the emulator.

How to Get Pokemon for iPhone with Jailbreak

You have read the no-jailbreak-method above. But the same is inapplicable for higher iOS versions. So, you can follow this method to play Pokemon on iOS.

Step 1: Jailbreak your device. You can follow several methods to do it according to your device and iOS versions.

Step 2: Open Cydia on you iDevice. Using the unofficial jailbroken package manager (Cydia), you can download either GBA4iOS or NDS4iOS (to play Pokemon Diamond on iPhone). Don’t forget to install one of them.

Step 3: Open the emulator using the app icon given on the home screen. And, you have to get a Pokemon ROM next.

Step 4: When the downloading of the ROM is finished, you should choose an app to open the same. Don’t go wrong to select GBA4iOS or NDS4iOS (whichever you downloaded).

how to download pokemon for iOS

Hurray! You now know how to get Pokemon on iPhone no matter which iOS version you have.

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Wrapping Up

I have shared two different methods to download Pokemon on iOS. You can go with one based on your OS version. You must be extra vigilant in the selection of ROMs. Download from the trusted sources only.

Even if you are new to Pokemon, I recommend trying it. You are going to thank me later for encouragement.

If you face any difficulty in running the game, you can ask me using the comment section down below.

And, I hope you will help your avid gamer friends to know how to play Pokemon on iPhone by hitting one of the share buttons here.


  1. Oh, great! Thank you for the information. I hope we get it too on Android smart phones. I love watching and playing Pokemon much.

  2. I am biggest fan of pokemon i just like it so much i always wanna download this game but on play store it shows such nasty games i don’t like them but this looks amazing thank you so much.


  3. some peoples really like this game like my little brother he was asking me for months to download a game of pokemon
    May god bless you


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