iNDS is the best Nintendo DS emulator for iOS 13
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We didn't write anything about emulators for iOS lately and this is a great chance to come back to the topic. iNDS is our opinion the best Nintendo DS emulator for iOS 13 and iOS 12 available from Cydia Repo. You can also install it without jailbreak or computer on the iPhone 5 and above.


Content Summary

  1. What is iNDS?
  2. How to install iNDS on iOS - no Jailbreak
  3. Download iNDS iOS IPA
  4. iNDS Repository
  5. iNDS alternatives for iOS
  6. Frequently Asked Questions

What is iNDS?

iNDS is a fork of the original iNDS emulator by William Cobb. Currently, emulation is powered by the DeSmuME threaded ARM interpreter and runs at nearly full speed on the iPhone 5 and above. Due to the need to mmap the entire ROM into memory, devices with 256MB of RAM are not supported.

These devices include the iPod touch 4, iPad 1, iPhone 3GS, and anything below those devices. The Nintendo DS emulator is available as an open-source project via GitHub for those interested in learning more about how it works. On the website, you can find also a full changelog.

Nintendo DS emulator. iNDS for iOS 12

iNDS for iOS is packed with a lot of useful features. Download Nintendo DS ROM files directly to the app installed on your iPhone. The emulator allows you to search for game ROM files and download, extract, and set them to run from iNDS app. There is no need to use a PC or Mac to sideload games.

From Emulator Settings you can choose control pad style. vibration strength, disable touchscreen, backup ROM files on Dropbox account, switch between available video filters, change games speed, speedup emulation by skipping frames, display FPS, activate full-screen settings, and more.

iNDS ROM list and Emulator Settings

How to install iNDS on iOS - no Jailbreak

Installing the Nintendo DS emulator on your device is really easy, and what's best you don't need to jailbreak iOS to make it work. Follow our step-by-step guide to download iNDS app.

If you don't own a PC you can also try to install iNDS emulator with web links. This method uses an enterprise certificate that is regularly revoked by Apple. It means that the iNDS app will stop opening. We provide for you mirrors for iNDS app. If the links are not working, try again in the next 24h.

Step 1. Click Install Now from your browser.
(mirrors: TweakBox, iOS Ninja)

Step 2. Tap Install on message prompt “would like to install iNDS”.

Step 3. iNDS app Icon will appear on your Home Screen.

Step 4. Navigate to Settings → General → Device Management.

Step 5. Find the newly installed Enterprise App Certificate and trust it.

Step 6. Run iNDS iOS app.

Now you can run the app like any other installed on your iPhone. If the application will not work, it can be related to the certificate revoked by Apple. Basically, it means that you need to reinstall the app to make it work again. Go through all steps from the beginning or use an alternative method.

Download iNDS iOS IPA

AltStore can activate max 3 apps on your iPhone using the free certificate. Every 7 days after installing apps, you need to resign apps and send them to the AltServer (running on PC or Mac), which installs the resigned apps back to your device using iTunes WiFi sync (works also using a USB cable).

Step 1. Download AltStore and install the app on your PC or Mac.


Or use any other Cydia Impactor alternative for Windows or macOS.


Step 2. Open Safari and download iNDS.IPA (9 MB).

Step 3. Lunch AltStore and navigate to "My Apps" section.

Step 4. Tap on the + button available form the left-right corner.

Step 5. Select downloaded iNDS.IPA file to install.

Step 6. AltStore will start installing SiNDS emulator.

Step 7. The iNDS app will be available from your home screen.

To prevent apps from expiring, AltStore can refresh apps in the background when using the same WiFi network as AltServer. The installed app will be not revoked in the least expected moment thanks to manual installation using your free Apple certificate. Remember that your PC must be on to sing IPAs.

iNDS Repository

You are just a few steps from installing the iNDS from official Cydia Sources. To add iNDS Repository to your list of Cydia Sources follow our step-by-step guide.

Step 1. Open the Cydia app on your device.

Step 2. Tap Sources → Edit → Add the official iNDS Repo.

Step 3. Switch to Search Tab and type iNDS.

Step 4. Tap the Install button.

Step 5. The app icon will be available from the home screen.

Cydia Repository with iNDS app

iNDS alternatives for iOS

1. Provenance:

Provenance emulator is a multi-emulator frontend for iOS and tvOS, supporting various Atari, Bandai, NEC, Nintendo, Sega, SNK and Sony console systems. Main features include options to save states, adjust controller overlay opacity, play in portrait or landscape orientation.

2. Happy Chick:

Happy Chick is one of the most comprehensive game emulators supporting arcade (MAME\FBA), GBA, GBC, MD, SFC (SNES), FC (NES), PSP, N64, NDS, PS1, and DC. Using this free iOS emulator you can not only play your favorite games but also download them directly to the iPhone.

iNDS Logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Is iNDS safe?

Installing iNDS emulator on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch is 100% safe. The application was tested by our team and downloading the app is as easy as removing it from iOS system.

Can you play Nintendo DS games on iPhone?

The answer is absolute yes. You can download and play all popular Nintendo DS games on iPhone installing a free emulator like iNDS app. In this article, you can find all the details on the app.

What is better iNDS or nds4ios?

In our opinion, the iNDS app is actually the best Nintendo DS emulator for iOS 13 offering all features to download and play console games for free. You will not find a better solution.

Why iNDS is not working?

When you try to lunch the Nintendo DS emulator and the app is not working it's probably related to certificate revoke. To fix this issue you need to re-install the app and add the new certificate to trusted.

How to update iNDS emulator?

To update the iNDS emulator it is required to reinstall the app. Download the IPA file and sideload the application again on your iPhone or use the direct links to download the app without a computer.