John GBA - GBA emulator APK

Version 3.66 - com.johnemulators.johngba
Last updated: 2020-06-30

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Download Version 3.66 (3660)
Apk Size1.14 MB
App DeveloperJohn emulators
Malware CheckTRUSTED
Install on Android2.3.x and up
App Packagecom.johnemulators.johngba.apk

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App Description

John GBA - GBA emulator is johnemulators,johngba,arcade,john, content rating is Everyone (PEGI-3). This app is rated 4.27 by 195 users who are using this app. To know more about the company/developer, visit John emulators website who developed it. com.johnemulators.johngba.apk apps can be downloaded and installed on Android 2.3.x and higher Android devices. The Latest Version of 3.66 Available for download. Download the app using your favorite browser and click Install to install the application. Please note that we provide both basic and pure APK files and faster download speeds than APK Mirror. This app APK has been downloaded 336530+ times on store. You can also download com.johnemulators.johngba APK and run it with the popular Android Emulators.

John GBA is GBA emulator for android 2.3+.

This app does not work without your own game files.

Please try John GBA lite before purchasing.

John GBA can take over John GBA Lite data.


- Original GBA engine

- Cheats (Raw/GameShark/CodeBreaker)

- High quality rendering

- Search game files in SDCard & Internal Storage

- Virtual On-screen keypad

- Zipped file support

- Save States (with previews)

- Customizable keys

- Turbo buttons

- Screenshot

- Fast forward / Slow down (x0.25 - x16)

- Bluetooth / MOGA controller support

- Dropbox support (requires John DataSync)

- No ADs

- No internet connection

Hardware requirements

-CPU: 1.0GHz Dual-core

-RAM: 1GB 

App ChangeLog

  • v3.66
    -improved performance for ARM(big.LITTLE)

App Screens

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requires following permissions on your android device.

android.permission.VIBRATE: Allows the application to control the vibrator.
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE: Allows an application to write to the SD card. Unknown permission from android reference
control vibration
Allows the app to control the vibrator.

modify or delete the contents of your SD card
Allows the app to write to the SD card.


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  1. Carlos Rodriguez-avatar

    Carlos Rodriguez


    Its a pretty solid emulator there are areas where it can improve. Maybe add a feature to change the opacity of all the buttons that appear on screen. Also add the option to change the screen of the actual game to full screen or stretched out to fit the actual size of the phone.

  2. Rushabh Pathak-avatar

    john gba (gba emulator) full.apk I was searching the best gba emulator who would bring back all my childhood memories. And then I found this emulator. It is very light weight, no ads, best performance. And also the people who are complaining about failures of cheat codes, let me tell you it is working absolutely fine. Loved your product. Love john♥️

  3. Amruth Pillai-avatar

    john gba gba emulator pro apk The rest of the app works great, but the Cheats don't work at all. I'm not able to add any of the Master Code Must Be On GameShark Codes for the Pokemon Games. It doesn't accept any GameShark Codes even though they are in thr right format. Please fix this as soon as possible, thank you.

  4. Peng Sue Vang-avatar

    john gba gba emulator apk Everything works greatly, except for certain cheats. I usually don't care about inputting in cheats unless it's an RPG and I need a boost with exp gaining, so that's my only issue with this. C'mon now~ dropped $3 + taxes for this emulator.

  5. Marcos Morales Carlson-avatar

    Marcos Morales Carlson


    john gba gba emulator download Honestly there is no better app for GBA games than this one. I've tried multiple different apps and John GBA is by far the best one. If your looking for GameBoyColour games I recommend John GBC, made by the same developer and is just as great as this one!

  6. Steve_Macc-avatar

    john gba gba emulator free download This is hands down the best Android GBA emulator I have ever used, it's so easy to import games into and the controls feel great. 5/5/5/5 review from me here.

  7. Matti Gilmore-avatar

    john gba (gba emulator) apk download I have had this for many years it work great. Only probly is ips does not work. And ips files is most prevalent now. When you get ips support ill change my rating to a 5. Now i got to go down load sme other emulator to play the hacked rom I want to play and deal with adds

  8. Sjoerd van Deinse-avatar

    Sjoerd van Deinse


    john gba lite gba emulator games Emulator keeps freezing, I can't recover any of my progress including save files which I made regularly. I'm disappointed to have paid for this, as I can start all over again.

  9. Elonta Henderson-avatar

    Elonta Henderson


    john gba lite gba emulator I believe having a mobile GBA for $3 is a good deal. The display is nice and the lack of ads on this is another plus.

  10. derden95-avatar

    john gba lite gba emulator download Better than I expected. Loads .zip format games just fine. The controls seem a little janky for the dpad but I'm not even sure if that really is the apps fault. I had low standards and it seems alright.

  11. Eric Rodriguez-avatar

    Works great with no problems. It's cool to finally play some old school yugioh. It was really the only game I played on the advance as a kid.

  12. Lucille Owens-avatar

    Almost lovely — if you added more nuanced speeds like 1.5 or even 1.25 and 1.75 it would be better! Certain coordination-heavy but slow games can't be finessed at 2x speed :'(

  13. Jake Welch-avatar

    TURN SMOOTHING OFF BY DEFAULT. Gosh how hard is it. Terrible volume options, I wish there was a slider for volume. And no rewind. Apart from that it's great and easy to use

  14. Steven Wood-avatar

    Amazing app works flawlessly, however I wish there where more settings for us to mess around with such as on screen button opacity from 100% to 0% Am using an ipega controller so I need to place the buttons on screen manually using the shooting v3 software because am not able to use the in app control scheme. More options I will then put it to a 5 star rating!

  15. mark lopez-avatar

    Only reason for the 4 stars is because I can't turn off the vibration when using the app.

  16. PapaWill-avatar

    I like the overall experience, but I'm trying to access gamesharks and codebreakers. Everytime I do, the codes are invalid when I select the proper format. Can someone help me?

  17. BRNZ-avatar

    Watch out when first downloading it forces you to downloand 3rd party app that is just spam amd spy where and adds. Randomly deletes gamesaves and starts game back to the start and can't find the save anywhere was on last 2 bosses 🤬 not worth buying

  18. SuperGrizz91-avatar

    I really enjoy how it allows me to play games of my childhood and all of my other favorites my only issue is of i could turn the dpad into a circle pad instead

  19. Edgar Molina Lomeli-avatar

    Edgar Molina Lomeli


    Good price. It's a good, fast emulator that allows me to play my childhood games on my phone.

  20. Veronica G.-avatar

    Great emulator! Very easy to use and well worth the price!

  21. Christopher Ortiz-avatar

    Christopher Ortiz


    Nice, works well with a 360 controller, auto scans for games, feels like a winner

  22. Anand-avatar

    Deserves 5 star, and will get them when my issue is taken care of. Near perfect, but it absolutely refuses to accept any master code. Some cheat codes that work on other emulators are not working here. Looking for a fix!

  23. Vincent Munoz-avatar

    For some reason when I come back to the app in a day or two all my saves go bye bye please fix and tell me so I can rate 5 stars again.

  24. ッAap-avatar

    Really great, works with my x360 gamepad, and overall just a good emulator!

  25. Will B.-avatar

    Outstanding. I can use my PS4 controller to play all my favorite GBA games on my phone. I'm finally able to play Mother 3 for the first time! Thanks 👍

  26. Cameron Baker-avatar

    Work flawlessly. Very happy with this purchase. Save states work and my 8bitdo controller connects and works well with every rom I've downloaded.

  27. Niketas Leopard-avatar

    Niketas Leopard


    Never had a problem since first time using it, the backup save is a pretty amazing feature~

  28. Ali Ahmed-avatar

    No cheat codes work. Please fix the issue i will change to 5 star. Or i want refund.

  29. Muhamad Hafizi-avatar

    Best emulator ever... Nothing else to comment.. Thanks for creating such an amazing app that is useful to use..

  30. rrooyy eeffrreemm-avatar

    rrooyy eeffrreemm


    Total ripoff man. Cheats don't work at all. Don't download this. Cannot even take back my money now😠

  31. Pope Deadguy-avatar

    Of course some of the ROMS you can play are garbage but that's your lookout.

  32. Matt Grady-avatar

    Amazing emulator. Definitely worth the price.

  33. Cryptid Fenic-avatar

    Had it for years and works great, even with cheats.

  34. MOPAR CUSTOMZ-avatar

    Best emulator out there youtube helps alot on getting games to this emulator very easy

  35. Johnathan Callum-avatar

    Johnathan Callum


    Works well. I use it on my Chromebook

  36. RJB Inc-avatar

    One if the best emulators on the market so happy I bought this when I did I'm gonna buy more products from these people more often

  37. Alvin Febrianto-avatar

    Alvin Febrianto


    Best emulator, simple and have good feature

  38. Dildo Saggins-avatar

    Pretty good, customizable layout

  39. jervis torres-avatar

    This Apps Is Super Cool Can You add 4x 8x In Fast Forward 🔥 🌚

  40. Casey Bozenski-avatar

    So I shelled out 5 bucks for this and no cheat codes work. Pages of googling and not a single one will work. Ripped off.

  41. I Crash At A Brothel-avatar

    I Crash At A Brothel


    It can't load save file anymore, i think this need an update.

  42. Super AJ-avatar

    I've used this emulator for years. Tons of awesome features, like if you accidentally load a save, you can undo it and be right back where you were. Hands down the best emulator you can get on your phone. Thanks John!

  43. Mikey Apple-avatar

    Absolutely the best emulator hands down.

  44. JustLeo467-avatar

    Great emulator! I just have a tiny little problem with it: I can't delete buttons from the HUD. Since I never use L or R on my games, I would like to be able to take them off the screen.

  45. Charles Davis-avatar

    It has a big lagging issue

  46. Just Bird-avatar

    This is more of a question- How would one go about transfering saves/ save states between devices? Ive enjoyed using this app to play the Mother3 fan translation. No lag and easy to use.

  47. Evan-avatar

    * update * changing to 2 stars due to poor communication through email. I can't seem to get a reply or answer as to why I can't play my games since android 10 update. Everything was fine before update. If developer answers me and helps then I will change rating.

  48. cannon fam-avatar

    Ive been using this forever. Basically the first app I have bought. Works great. Works really great. Ive played for years and before i used the lite verson. Countless roms. Probably 35 or so just on gba and ive never had a crash. Never. Its crazy

  49. Ferdinand-Antonio Calairo-avatar

    Ferdinand-Antonio Calairo


    I really enjoy this emulator... But can you include a function to add more buttons...ex: sometimes I need to press L or R with another button... And it's tough when they are not shoulder buttons. So maybe by adding a "custom buttons" function will make gaming a little better. And also, some of the chest functions don't work either. Other than that...I really like this emulator.

  50. Jose Bautista-avatar

    This emulator runs really good with all my roms I have, unlike myboy where it constantly is asking to access my emails. I recommend this emulator one of the best I've found, plus the interface can be customized.

  51. Vorbel Morbels-avatar

    I've had the free verison for the longest time and finally got the paid version. I really love this app and it's given me very few issues.

  52. sabibi-avatar

    Awesome app. Only thing i would really want is d-pad sensitivity change but other then that its amazing

  53. Francisco Huebes-avatar

    Francisco Huebes


    The app is pretty good, and I do not have any problem, talking about gameplay, but even with the paid version, some adds still appearing in my cellphone, even out of the app, and it's a king of boring, and it anoys me because now, when I try to use whatsapp or youtube, for example, these adds start to appear, I would like to receive a feedback, 'cause I don't wanna stop using this app

  54. Mr. Cheese-avatar

    This is the perfect app to emulate gba games in my opinion, but a recomendation would be to add shaders i think it would really add to the experience.

  55. Tony Sim-avatar

    Poor controls. Fast forward was abysmal. Made me not enjoy the game I played. Had to uninstall and use another app.

  56. Crash Nebula-avatar

    I'm loving this emulator. my only gripe is when playing a game such as the "sims:bustin out" where moving diagonally is required. I've fooled around with the settings( making diagonals larger, smaller etc.), but I can't get it to read diagonal movement very well. wish there was maybe a virtual control stick option, unless I glanced over it. Otherwise 5/5, awesome emulator.

  57. 日本語話せませ-avatar



    I bought this just to support you, keep up with the excellent work! The emulator is perfect, but I'd love to be able to connect "in multiplayer" with the same rom on the same device. This would greatly help with games like "Pokémon" as you could trade with yourself some pokémon which evolve only by being traded and get some pokémon which you wouldn't be able to get without cheats.

  58. Dalton Martin-avatar

    pretty good app but even though I like it, I have two complaints that has me going back to the My boy emulator, when I play games on my S9+, it runs well but when my fingers leave the buttons on the screen, they instantly stop working, My Boy has a slight pull that lets my fingers glide on the screen and still use some directions. as for the other buttons, My boy lets me use combo buttons unlike John GBA, though if there is something Im missing, sorry. But unless this is fixed, My Boy for me.

  59. knight dillon-avatar

    One of the only gaming apps worth buying, works like a dream and saves good too. You can hook a controller and play that way also. Been using this app for years.

  60. Marco Castanon-avatar

    The best game for GBA just one little thing, can u make it work with LG G8xThingQ Dual Screen i would split it in both screen i very sure is going to look awesome Thanks.

  61. Ignas Remeikis-avatar

    I hoped to make better use of my screen with no ads, but sadly there is no way to adjust screen scaling for vertical and landscape modes individually. Would've still given it a chance, but as this is the old version that won't get feature updates anymore and reading that the dev removed old NES apps entirely, I guess I'll be safe and just continue using the lite one. The new app seems to have even less options for screen scaling, while also showing a wrong screen ratio for GBA in layout options.

  62. Chris TBTP-avatar

    Non-email intrusive, fully-functional gba emulator. Fast forward, button mapping, save / load states, cheats, overlay customization, even FPS monitoring are all present here. Excellent optimization (even older phones will benefit from physical camera buttons etc that can be mapped to shoulder buttons or load / save functions). Perfect app to play some of my favorite RPGs from my pocket while taking up very little precious disk space.

  63. Jeffrey Lund-avatar

    I've tried a few GBA emulators and this is by far the best. The interference is simple and easy, and the emulation is (relatively) easy on the battery while being very faithful and smooth. All the bells and whistles like save state, custom virtual buttons/dpad, speedup, etc are there. Well worth the small cost!

  64. Matthew Kinsella-avatar

    Matthew Kinsella


    I installed this just to play pokemon emerald and it runs smoothly, I had no problems playing it but one thing I learned the hard way is when you exit without saving when the pop up tells you to it won't save any progress since the last time you did, I lost 6 hours of gameplay because I thought in game saves would be fine.

  65. Kevin Waggott-avatar

    Fantastic! Had no issues. Thanks, I can now play GBA games without having to hunt for cartridges online.

  66. Thomas Rowe-avatar

    Ok, so brilliant emulator, just need to get rid of the quick load NEXT to the save button. Sooooo annoying. It just needs to be taken away really or at least come up with the option "are you sure" incase you hit it by accident and lose all your damn work. Also it needs to have save states so I can trade Pokémon ect

  67. The Cartoon Man-avatar

    The Cartoon Man


    This is a great app I love it. The only thing I can't figure out is how to add the game artwork to the game list.

  68. Alexandru Zugrav-avatar

    Alexandru Zugrav


    In the description it says that the paid version has Bluetooth connection and when I go to the options, the Bluetooth connection is in none of them. For a game like pokemon emerald the multiplayer option is impossible because of this malfunction. I payed for the game and about a week later went to play multi with a friend. I request fixing that or a refund.

  69. balisongman07-avatar

    Absolutely amazing app. I use an old moga pocket controller for my phone that's a pita to connect, but John's app connects it for me easily. The cloud support is a godsend and let's me play between my tablet on the tv and my phone at work. The only issues I've had is crackle in audio and a crash in minish cap (but a Google search showed alot of emulators do.)

  70. Hawkedoesstuff-avatar

    Runs all traditional roms (wouldn't run hacks but whatever) and is super easy to use. Seperate save and load States for each game means no digging through files to find your last save. You can configure the buttons to whevere you like on screen, plus only three dollars to remove ads but fully functional otherwise? Definately worth the money. I highly recommend this.

  71. Nikolas Jackson-avatar

    Nikolas Jackson


    I love this emulator and dig the ability to move my buttons around, its very streamlined as well. However, i can not get cheats working in any way shape or form regardless of the type of cheat. It always says invalid code when entering anything more than one line long (which most master codes are)

  72. Simon N. Simonsen-avatar

    Simon N. Simonsen


    Great emulation performance, good config menu, unintrusive design. I realized I've been using the free version for ages and that's when I knew I had to get the paid version. If that's not a good sales pitch then I don't know what is

  73. Mason Perry-avatar

    Ive used this app and the gbc version for running roms of games for years and ive never had a single problem. Thank you for creating this.

  74. Brandon Taylor-avatar

    I'm sure it's great but I'm unable to get the D-Pad on my steelseries controller to work with the emulator. My controller works with every other emulator I've tried it on. Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. Will change to 5 stars if I can figure it out.

  75. Redasher-avatar

    Can you make the trading system like the one from my boy I can't complete the Pokedex in fire red and leaf green

  76. Durand Victor-avatar

    simply perfect lvl of customization, compatibility, speed. paid only for no ads, free version has already all features. your smartphone is of course a gba on top of all its various other functionalities. IMPECCABLE controller support, with mid range and entry level wireless controllers.

  77. Saddist love-avatar

    not bad emulator i would say better graphics would be very nice and gameplay other than that I like it

  78. Jiacheng Sun-avatar

    Here is the thing I want to mention. before you complaining cheat code invalid pls make sure your rom version is fitted for the cheat code, especially master code. for example leaf green master code that most people get from internet is specifically for version 1.0 if you are 1.1 it won't work. it's not the emulator's problem. you dont need to spend 6 dollars to get my boy gba at all. my personally like John's interface way more than my boy.

  79. Andrew Lytwyn-avatar

    This GBA emulator is fantastic. I've gotten back into playing the old Pokemon games and have not experienced any issues with the app whatsoever. If I could give it more stars I would. Definitely worth paying a little extra for the full version. Great job!! 🤗

  80. A Google user-avatar

    Hi, nice app and does as expected. Handles saving really well, and even saves the state of your current playthrough, which other emulators don't do. Please add a screenshot button option in the Virtual Keypad if you can. It would be very convenient for people who screenshot heavily. Thanks.

  81. Patrick Dailey-avatar

    Excellent emulator. The "lite" version is fully compatible with adaway, and I was perfectly happy with it, so I bought the paid version because developers should be paid for their work.

  82. Jacob J-avatar

    It's everything I was looking for in an emulator. Runs smooth, opens up a world of gaming possibility, easy controls, it's all good. My only regret is not having shoulder buttons on my phone.

  83. Undead_LumberJack-avatar



    Very good emulator its definitely easy to use and I would recommend this to anyone I love that the app itself searches for the games I don't have to manually put the files in. I love it overall I haven't found any flaws

  84. Lizzy Lee-avatar

    I absolutely love this emulator. Would give it five stars if it had cable link emulation so I could trade Pokémon across the different versions. Other than that, I have zero complaints.

  85. Matthew Boyd-avatar

    Haven't had a single problem with this emulator. Just go to Google download a rom for what game I want to play and then travel back in time to when things were simpler. Like a time machine I swear.

  86. DnkMemBoi-avatar

    great emulator for on the go or sat at home. i really love the dropbox linking, for new users this means that you can play on your phone or tablet then instantly play were you left off on your other device.

  87. Lemar Woods-avatar

    I bought this version and it doesn't have the link local setting

  88. Adam Kirkwood-avatar

    This is such an amazing emulator. This app. + bluetooth controller. + screen casting. = Best GAMEBOY PLAYER EVER. No need to get gamecube and GB player. This works just as great. If not any better. + free games. Plz create a PS1 adn/or PS2 emulator.

  89. Flumper-avatar

    My only complaint is that the virtual d-pad is not the best. if it followed your thumb around the screen it would ve much more useable.

  90. poison shift-avatar

    was working a few months ago. i bought this and was using a ps4 controller. using the same setup over Bluetooth and now the directional pad and sticks are not working, and if they do it's not right at all

  91. Andrew Grasso-avatar

    Would be perfect if the center of the directional pad wasn't a dead zone. Really kills any significant reaction time on a touch screen. Especially for any fighting game which relies on slide movements.

  92. PC-98-avatar

    The games run fine on my J7 but you can't apply visual filters such as "pixelate" that the PC emulator Visual Boy Advance has. It's also pretty weird with cheats, some codes I'm trying to enter work as intended on the aforementioned PC emulator but are detected as invalid on John GBA.

  93. chris marino-avatar

    Best emulator on the market, but I wish you would allow quick switching to other games without having to exit the game, I want to evolve my pokemon!

  94. Leo Kenji Cheah-avatar

    Leo Kenji Cheah


    this app is spectacular, one of the best gba emulators, but one thing, I would appreciate it if you can make a link cable connect for trading. Other than that, this app is highly recommended for such a cheap price. 😇👍

  95. ChevySpeed724-avatar

    Absolutely awesome emu for GBA. I'm finally enjoying all my Gen 3 Pokémon games that I sold years ago to pay for college. This is better than my old GBA in every conceivable way, besides physical buttons, and brings the nostalgia hard. A++.

  96. Brendon Basey-avatar

    I love this app. it works great. I just cant get the cheat codes to work. if that could be fixed it would easily be the best gba emulator out.

  97. fewstr-avatar

    Good for everything except the audio isn't good when sped up and more importantly I can't change to the high quality mode.

  98. Jesus Avila-avatar

    TOO EASY TO DELETE GAME! Do not save the game in-game, because the developer put a giant "load state" on top of the screen...i made it smaller, tried removing it. then i accidentally clicked on it and had to restart the game, since I avoided saving states to get a fair experience of the game.

  99. CantOutRunADuck-avatar



    Great emulator! Lots of adjustment options for the controls and display and always runs smoothly even on my $40 phone. This App is well worth the price.

  100. Matt Akash-avatar

    fantastic emulator! love the layout and the options, its fast with scanning and easy to use. i wish i bought it sooner.