How To Play Pokemon on iPhone [Apps, Emulators, Browser options]

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Oct 14, 2022

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Pokemon took the world by storm when the first games were released in 1996. 

If you’re one of the many Pokemon fans and wondering how to play Pokemon on iPhone, you’re in the right place. 

Whether you’re looking for the latest Pokemon titles or want to turn back the clock and play the classics, we explain how to do that in this article.

Read on!

Pokemon Games Available On The App Store

The original Pokemon video game series, which was produced for the Game Boy line of consoles, could have (arguably) easily paved the way to become a top live service game– but that term meant very little back in 1998.

That didn’t stop the game from seeing all sorts of spin-offs on various consoles, making Pokemon one of the biggest anime franchises.

Today, there are a total of 122 Pokemon video games, some of which you can download directly from the App Store onto your iPhone or iPad. These include:

Pokemon GO

Pokemon Go logo

source: pokemon.com

Pokemon GO is a location-based VR game that revolutionized the mobile gaming space when it was released six years ago. 

The augmented-reality game lets you find, catch, and train Pokemon in the real world with the help of the camera on your device. The game is free to play and has more than 800,000 active daily Pokemon Go users in the US.

Pokemon Masters EX

Pokemon Masters EX poster

source: pokemon.com

Pokemon Masters EX is another free-to-play mobile game that takes place on the artificial island of Pasio, where you can not only catch Pokemons but team up with other trainers and their Pokemons as well. 

Teaming up with others lets you unlock more attack options and story missions, making it a great game for those who like strategy games and prefer playing them in teams.

Pokemon Quest

Pokemon Quest poster

source: pokemon.com

In Pokemon Quest, players build and decorate their own base camp, go on fun expeditions with their cube-shaped Pokemon buddies, and battle other Pokemon trainers.

The best part about it is that it includes all 150 original Pokemon from the first-generation games.

Pokemon Unite

Pokemon Unite poster

source: nintendo.com

The latest addition to the Pokemon franchise is a free-to-play, multiplayer online battle area game where you play in teams of five with other Pokemon trainers from around the world and battle to score the most points in the allotted time.

The game, which has more than 700 Pokemons, which is close to the total number of Pokemon, with different battle styles, requires teamwork, as well as individual skills to evolve your partner Pokemon to win.

How To Emulate Classic Pokemon Games On Your iPhone

Although iPhones are one of the best gaming phones out there, those looking to buy nostalgia won’t find it on the App Store.

The good news is you can get the classic Pokemon games on your iPhone, but you’ll need to download an emulator first. 

An emulator is an application that allows your computer system to behave like another computer system– or in this case, a console that can run the old Pokemon classics. 

The top 4 Pokemon emulators for iPhone are:

  • GBA4iOS
  • EclipseEmu
  • iNDS
  • Delta

These emulators will let you play Pokemon games that are/were available on the following consoles:

  • Game Boy/ Game Boy Color
  • Game Boy Advance
  • Nintendo 64
  • Nintendo DS

Note: Emulators are not available on the App Store, so you’ll need to install them from their official website, via your browser.

GBA4iOS

GBA4iOS icon

source: gba4iosapp.com

GBA4iOS is probably the best emulator that’s currently available on the market that won’t ask you to jailbreak your iPhone.

Apart from allowing you to play GBA, GB, and GBC games, this emulator boasts an array of helpful features such as multiplayer support, cheat codes, and “Save State” –and you can even use Dropbox for Sync. 

To play the classic Pokemon games on your iPhone with this  emulator:

  1. Head over to gba4iosapp.com from your browser on your iPhone. Download and install the GBA4iOS 2.1 from there. 
  2. Launch the app and tap “Continue” in the pop-up window.
  3. If the emulator doesn’t open up, you’ll need to change the date on your iPhone and set it to anything before February 19th, 2014. You can do that by going to Settings> General> Date&Time. Once you’ve changed the date, open the emulator, and change the time settings to “Automatic” to avoid similar accessibility issues in the future.
  4. If you already have a Pokemon ROM on your iPhone, you can upload it to the emulator. You’ll need to go to Settings of GBA4iOS, sign into your Dropbox account, and upload the ROM after enabling Dropbox Sync. If you don’t have the ROM, you can download it directly from the emulator by clicking on the + icon in the app.

Note: There are three tabs at the top of the in-app screen. To make sure you can access both GBC and GBA games on the same screen, always select the “All” tab. From there, you can select any game you want to play on your iPhone.

EclipseEmu

EclipseEmu icon

source: eclipseemu.me

The EclipseEmu emulator also allows iPhone users to play Pokemon games on an iPhone.

This web-based multi-emulator comes with GBA, GBC, GB, NES, SNES, GG, and SMS support and unlike GBA4iOS, you can use it on any device, not just an iPhone. 

To get EclipseEmu on your iPhone and make it work:

  1. Open the Safari browser and head to Eclipse.Emu.me.
  2. Click on the red “Get” button and you’ll be directed to another page where you can set it up.
  3. Tap “Setup Eclipse” and customize the app by choosing the display mode and the skin. You’ll then have to agree to the app’s Terms and Conditions and wait for the setup to complete.
  4. Once you close the window, you’ll be able to add your Pokemon game by clicking the + icon. There are several different ways to upload the game: you can add it from a repo, Dropbox, or Google Drive or upload it from a URL.

The game you’ve added will appear in your library. All you need to do is tap on it and you can start playing right away.

iNDS

iNDS icon

source: github.com/iNDS-Team

iNDS is another third-party emulator app that allows you to play Nintendo DS games on your iPhone. 

The emulator originally required users to jailbreak their devices, but now, you can use it on an iOS 7+ to play your favorite Pokemon game on your iPhone.

To download it:

  1. Download the iNDS IPA file from their GitHub page.
  2. Open “Settings” and select the “VPN & Device Management” option.
  3. Tap the iNDS emulator profile and then tap “Trust” in the pop-up window.
  4. Launch the app and search for the Pokemon game you want to download in the search bar.

When you find it, select the game and it will be automatically added to the emulator.

Delta

Delta icon

source: reddit.com/r/Delta_Emulator/

Delta is an updated version of GBA4iOS and is the most popular and reliable Pokemon emulator for iPhone that supports a huge variety of gaming consoles, including GBA, GBC, GB, NES, SNES, NDES, and many more.

It also comes with a number of cool features such as split screen support, multiplayer support, and Cloud syncing. 

The only downside is that you can only use it with iOS 10 and above.

To download this Pokemon emulator for iPhone through AltStore:

  1. On your computer, open a browser and search for the AltSTore website. From there, download and install the app on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
  3. Launch the AltServer and select its logo when it appears in your Windows bar.
  4. Click the “Install AltStore” button and select the device you want to install the app on, in this case, your iPhone.
  5. Login with your Apple credentials and wait for the installation process to complete.
  6. Open the AltStore on your iPhone, search for the Delta app, and install it on your iPhone.

If you don’t have the Pokemon ROM for iOS on your iPhone, you’ll have to download them. If you do, you can find them by tapping the + icon. 

Where Can You Get Pokemon ROMs For iPhone?

The Pokemon emulator on your iOS device helps the game run as it does in its original environment (the compatible consoles) but you’ll still need the software (known as ROM) to play the game on your iPhone.

If you’re looking for Pokemon ROMs, they’re not that difficult to find. All you’ll need to do is do a quick Google search and the results will show plenty of Pokemon ROMs you can use to play the game on your iPhone.

Once you find what you’re looking for, download it, add it to your emulator and you’re good to go.

Note: Although Pokemon emulators for iPhone are perfectly legal to use, you’ll be entering a grey area by downloading ROMs from unreliable sources since the companies who have made these games own them.

How To Play Pokemon in Safari With Good Play Color

If you don’t want to download an emulator to your phone, the safest way to play classic Pokemon on an iPhone is via a web-based emulator, like Game Play Color. 

This emulator supports GB and GBC games and includes an offline support function that lets you play games without a WI-FI connection. 

It does, however, come with a few restrictions:

  • Switching between apps may reset the emulator, so you’ll lose your progress.
  • It doesn’t have a “Save state” feature, so you’ll have to save your games to the ROM file.

To install and use the Game Play Color Pokemon emulator on your iPhone:

  1. Download the Pokemon ROM you want to play on your iPhone and save it to Google Drive.
  2. Open gameplaycolor.com on the Safari browser– one of the best browsers in the world.
  3. Tap “Play Now” and then click the“Share” button.
  4. Select “Add to Home Screen” to get your Game Play app on the iPhone home screen. 
  5. Launch the app and sign in to your Google Drive account and sync your account by copying the access code.
  6. Once the compatible ROMs show on your screen, tap on the game you want to play and start playing Pokemon on your iPhone.

Bottom Line

If you’re wondering how to play Pokemon on iPhone, the easiest way is to download the modern Pokemon titles from the App store. Those who prefer the classics can download their ROMs and install any of the available Pokemon emulators for iPhone devices to play their favourite games.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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