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How To Install NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator on iOS 10.0 – 10.3.1 (No Jailbreak / No Computer) iPhone, iPod touch & iPad

NDS4iOS is one of the most well-known Nintendo DS emulator apps available for iOS. It makes it very easy for anyone to play their favourite Nintendo DS games on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad for absolutely nothing!

For a long time this app was only available to people with jailbroken devices, however in recent years is has become possible to install this app without the need of a jailbreak. These methods can be a little temperamental so new websites are always showing up with the ability to install them.

Requirements & Notes

  • This does not require a jailbroken device.
  • This app is signed and can be revoked at any time by Apple. If this happens the app will start to crash. To fix this, re-download the app and try again. If this does not fix the issue then try again in a few days.
  • You should only download games you own physical copies of to avoid breaking the law.
  • For some reason Tutu decided to remove NDS4iOS from their store, but you can still install it using the updated guide below.

Download Links

Written Guide

Installing NDS4iOS

  1. Navigate to this page on your iOS device (must be with Safari). Tap on the button of the top of the page labeled ‘Regular’. This should show a green ‘Download Now’ button. Tap on this download button.
  2. You should get a pop-up asking you if you want to install the Tutu Helper app on your device. Tap on the ‘Install’ button, and the app should begin to install on your device like a normal app store application.
  3. Once the app has been installed it will not open due to an untrusted enterprise developer error. To solve this open the Settings app and navigate to General>Device Management
  4. Tap one of the menus within this page until you find the one containing TutuHelper. Tap ‘Trust’ twice and the app will become trusted.
  5. Now that the TutuApp is installed, you need to install NDS4iOS separately. Navigate to this page in Safari on your iOS device. Tap the ‘Apps‘ tab near the top of the page to view the available apps.
  6. Scroll down until you find the NDS4iOS app. When you do, tap on it to bring up the install page. Tap the ‘Install‘ button at the bottom, and a pop-up should appear asking if you want to install the NDS4iOS application. Tap the ‘Install‘ button, then the app should begin to install.
  7. Once the app has been installed it will not open due to an untrusted enterprise developer error. To solve this open the Settings app and navigate to General>Device Management
  8. Tap one of the menus within this page until you find the one containing NDS4iOS. Tap ‘Trust’ twice and the app will become trusted.
  9. You should now be able to open and use NDS4iOS on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
  10. Once you open the app, you will be greeted with a blank list of games. When you add games to NDS4iOS, this is where they will appear.

Adding Games

  1. Download and install the free zip rar tool application from the app store.
  2. Open the Safari app on your device and navigate to a website which you can download NDS roms from. To find one, simply search for ‘nds roms‘ on Google.
  3. Find the download link for a game you want to download. Remember to only download games which you own physical copies of to avoid breaking the law.
  4. Tap on the download link for the game, and wait for it to load. When it does, you should get the option to either ‘Open in NDS4iOS’, or ‘Open in zip rar tool’ (if you get neither, tap the ‘More’ button). If you are able to open in NDS4iOS, use that option and skip steps 5 to 7. If you do not see this option, then open the file in zip rar tool.
  5. Once the zip rar tool app opens, you will be asked if you want to extract the file. Tap on the ‘OK‘ button to unzip it.
  6. Once extracted, a folder should be created with the game’s name. Tap and hold on this folder to bring up a gray menu. In this menu, tap on the ‘Compress as zip‘ button.
  7. Once the folder has been compressed into a zip file, tap and hold on the next file. In the gray menu, tap on the ‘Open in …‘ button. In the menu that appears, select the ‘Copy to nds4ios‘ option to add the game to NDS4iOS.
  8. The game should now be available in the ROM list. To play the game, simply tap on it!

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