RetroArch - Multiple Emulation for iOS (N64/PSONE/NES/SNES/GENESIS/GBA - and more) without the need to Jailbreak!
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RetroArch - Multiple Emulation for iOS (N64/PSONE/NES/SNES/GENESIS/GBA - and more) without the need to Jailbreak!

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Found 19th Mar 2014
-Revised 20th May 2014- For those having issues getting the emulator to open or rom to run, run through the steps again.

Play Nintendo 64, Playstation One, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo, Megadrive, Game Boy Advance and more on your Iphone/Ipad or Ipod touch.

You won't need to Jailbreak your device.

Supported devices - Ipad 2 or above or Iphone/Ipod touch 4 or above. Ios6/7 required.

To install - Follow these three steps, read them thoroughly and make sure you understand what you need to do before attempting to install Retroarch.

1) Open the deal link on your device,

2) Click on Retroarch, you will be prompted with a message on how to install, proceed. The app will instantly appear on your Home screen and begin to install, whilst downloading/installing you now have approx 10 - 15 seconds to open the settings of your device and change the date to anytime in the year 2012, again do this before the app fully installs. If you don't do it in time, you may see an error message and Retroarch icon may appear greyed out, subsequently the app won't run. If this is the case, hold your finger on the app to uninstall, change your date back to auto and run through this step again until the Retroarch icon is no longer greyed out (fully installed). If the app installed ok, it won't be greyed out, proceed to the next step.

3) Run Retroarch at least once, once opened don't forget to change your devices date back to automatic or you will have issues running other apps, such as SSL error messages. Unfortunately you may need to change the date back to to 2012 each time you run Retroarch in order to open it successfully, but once open the date can be set to auto.

"Where do I find Roms?" Google is your best friend.

"Ok, I've found a rom website, how to I go about downloading a rom to importing it into the Emulator?"

First of all locate a webpage with a direct rom link. Again, just like when you installed Retroatch, importing roms requires the date to be changed back to 2012. As far as I know this is to allow the folder Retroarch reads from to be written to - otherwise it is locked. Once you initiate a rom download you will be asked which App you want to open the file in, select Open in - "RetroArch". Give it a few seconds (give or take, depends on your connection) to download. Retroarch will automatically pop up with the newly downloaded rom in view, click on the rom to run.

Remember, only download a rom if you own the original.

Blurb from the Dev - "RetroArch is a powerful engine that allows you to Play games (retro and more current ones). RetroArch is an open-source project that makes use of a powerful development interface called Libretro. Libretro is an interface that allows you to make cross-platform applications that can use rich features such as OpenGL, cross-platform camera support, location support, and more in the future.
Libretro and RetroArch are perfectly suited for creating games and (in the near future) apps leveraging the features of mobile phones and tablets.

RetroArch and the Libretro API has above all proven itself to be a very capable API for emulators, and this package includes an overwhelming amount of open-source emulators to use. Most of these have been vetted by the original authors and have their consent. In the instances where they are not, all effort has been taken to ensure there are no license problems."

Unsupported Devices: iPhone 1, 2, 3 iPod Touch 1, 2, 3 iPad 1, Only supports iOS 6 and 7 (+). I Can No Longer Use Anything On my iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch? Just make sure you date is back to 2014! CRASHES? 1.Change the date to 2012. 2.Open the app ONCE. 3.IMPORTANT: Set the date back to 2014. Does this app instore via Itunes/appstore? No, it installs OTA directly to the homescreen bypassing the appstore.

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Original Poster

A reminder for those running into issues getting RetroArch to start.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20406996/hotukdeals/Untitled.png

Help page : http://emu4ios.net/#help

http://i.imgur.com/MUNX0Mq.jpg

Disclaimer - I do not own the image above, found via Google images.

Edited by: "fluidz" 19th Mar 2014

how do i actually get games onto it ? i have tried but no joy ????

Original Poster

Matthew Leeds

how do i actually get games onto it ? i have tried but no joy ????



When you download a rom, you will be asked by Safari "Open In..." tap it, select "Open in AllEmuRa", the rom will appear, if it doesn't click on "Load Content", once the Rom has downloaded it will appear in the file directory. If tapping on the rom doesn't open the game, or crashes the app, tap "cancel" (top right), tap "Choose Core", select the system you're trying to emulate, ie Snes, and then try reloading the rom in "load content".




Edited by: "fluidz" 19th Mar 2014

I got the app and also the game boy one but it just replaced the 1st app I downloaded ? Can't u download the games via the app ?

Original Poster

Matthew Leeds

I got the app and also the game boy one but it just replaced the 1st app … I got the app and also the game boy one but it just replaced the 1st app I downloaded ? Can't u download the games via the app ?



Not possible at the moment.

"Why Do They Overwrite? I Want All the Emulators At Once!

Currently this is impossible to fix, as the code signing company MacBuildServer was caught by Apple. Unless Emu4iOS buys a $300 enterprise account."


Edited by: "fluidz" 19th Mar 2014

Original Poster

A couple of tips - if the wrong control overlay is loaded, ie - Snes overlay for the N64, click on the little alien retroarch icon at the top of the screen, scroll down to settings, input options, overlay preset, and select the correct .cfg layout.

If you are playing using the N64 emulator, some games require the Dpad instead of the Analogue stick. To switch back and forth quickly, click the + Icon, top right of the screen.

Edited by: "fluidz" 19th Mar 2014

so where do i actually find the "roms" one i have the app ?

Original Poster

Matthew Leeds

so where do i actually find the "roms" one i have the app ?



Google!

works near perfect on android. there is a engine to play cave story aswell.

Nice one

Retroarch is a great emulator package. I have it on my homebrew browser on the Wii. Plays Capcom CPS1 and CPS2 arcade games perfectly.

PSX working great so far. I'm on iOS 7.1 on an IPad Air

cool ill try later!

It works!

truly

Seems to install ok, now for the roms...

Keep getting 'safari cannot open file' when I try to download rom
Any ideas ??

Original Poster

Mr jim e bones

Keep getting 'safari cannot open file' when I try to download romAny … Keep getting 'safari cannot open file' when I try to download romAny ideas ??



Click open in... Select open in allemuRA.
If the rom doesn't open the emulator, or the emulator opens then crashes, change the date back to 2012, try downloading again, and retry downloading the rom, this time the emulator should open. Load the rom. Choose the correct core (console) if the rom crashes the emu whilst set to auto.

Don't forget to change your ios date back to auto. You may need to follow this procedure each time you want to add more roms to the emulator.

Edited by: "fluidz" 30th Mar 2014

I would be careful with this app. Once downloaded I managed to use 180mb with using my phone! Got an alert from o2 about usage!
Deleted app. No more data leakage.
Just letting people know.

fluidz

Click open in... Select open in allemuRA.If the rom doesn't open the … Click open in... Select open in allemuRA.If the rom doesn't open the emulator, or the emulator opens then crashes, change the date back to 2012, try downloading again, and retry downloading the rom, this time the emulator should open. Load the rom. Choose the correct core (console) if the rom crashes the emu whilst set to auto.Don't forget to change your ios date back to auto. You may need to follow this procedure each time you want to add more roms to the emulator.



managed to get super mario to download for 'sios'
bit hit and miss though with others
using ipad 2 on 6.1.4

Looks good but a bit of hard work with the roms.. Heat added for me though thanks

Mine keeps crashing after I tryed to downloads this one rom and I tryed setting the date different but it doesn't work

(Grr there's defiantly something wrong with HDUK today! Every time a post a comment half of it disappears upon posting!) Thanks for posting this OP I'm sorry to bother you, but would you mind giving me a 'dummy's guide' shall we say to changing the time thingy on an iPhone whilst this apps downloading please?
Edited by: "hannah7992" 8th May 2014

When I try to download it it will say "cannot connect to bitbucket.org. Any one else have this issue or is it just my Internet or device?

I have the console loaded running, and games downloaded and running. I would just like to know how to improve performance. I have the latest iphone and ios.

Banned

Hi, I've had RetroArch downloaded on my iphone 5 for a few months now and have loved it. Recently I've ran into a problem. I can't open the app even though I set the date and time back to July 15th, 2012. Does anyone know what to do? I've considered deleting the app and redownloading it, but then I would have to delete my progress in my games I've even updated my iOS too. Please help! Thanks.

Original Poster

Updated thread, if having issues before rerun through the steps and all should be well.
Edited by: "fluidz" 20th May 2014

atticus144

Hi, I've had RetroArch downloaded on my iphone 5 for a few months now and … Hi, I've had RetroArch downloaded on my iphone 5 for a few months now and have loved it. Recently I've ran into a problem. I can't open the app even though I set the date and time back to July 15th, 2012. Does anyone know what to do? I've considered deleting the app and redownloading it, but then I would have to delete my progress in my games I've even updated my iOS too. Please help! Thanks.



you can redownload it without deleting it, and your games will still be there

Hi well I'm havering trouble getting any rom to work I having it running perfectly in iphone 4 on 7.1.1 but tried on my iPod touch on 7.1.1 with same Roms that work on my iphone but I only get fails to load it is on auto and I have Manually change core to no change

Hi well I'm havering trouble getting any rom to work I having it running perfectly in iphone 4 on 7.1.1 but tried on my iPod touch on 7.1.1 with same Roms that work on my iphone but I only get fails to load it is on auto and I have Manually change core to no change

I'm on a iPhone 4s with ios7 and I can't get pokemon stadium to load. It starts then just shuts off. Help plz?

I keep getting the message " the directory containing the file must have write permissions" specifically written like that. I keep reloading but all the roms I keep open in... To the retro arch app won't run, help me, please!

"Cannot Be Downloaded At This Time"

"Retry or Done"

Every time I try to load a Nintendo 64 rom, Retro Arch "fails to load content." Any ideas to fix this?

Hi im running this on my ipad 4 and it works great for all games except when i try to play n64 games its really choppy and the sound is all over the place. How do i get it to run n64 games smoothly?

Basically, I had retroarch installed and it worked fine, until my iPhone died. Now, I can't open retroarch, even if I set my date back to 2012. Any fixes or ideas?

Please help. When I try to start the rom all I get is failed to load rom

Can you plzzz tell me a site to directly download roms everything i found with GOOGLE downloads it in zip

I can't get the +icon to show up to change to the Dpad instead of The Analog stick! Please help!

How to use Nintendo 64 controller

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