Emulator apps are fast becoming very popular as the only of downloading and playing console games on the iPhone or iPad, and now you don’t even need a jailbreak to do it. The latest emulator app to be released is called Provenance, and it’s very simple to download and use.
Provenance is a multi-platform emulator app that emulates the Sega Master System, Game Gear Game, Sega Genesis, Nintendo, NES, SNES, PS2, Atari, and many more. It runs on all iOS devices compatible with iOS 9 or higher, but you won’t find it in the iOS app store. Emulators are the only way to get your iOS device to support games on platforms other than iOS 13, but Apple doesn’t allow this type of app in the store. It is packed with great features that you won’t find in any other app, and there is no need to jailbreak to install it.
Games controls can be configured to your requirements
Various save states
Doesn’t hog your battery, RAM, or any other app resources
Upload your custom artwork
OpenVGDB for artwork
Free to use
Download ROMs via Provenance
No jailbreak needed
Many more features
HOW TO DOWNLOAD PROVENANCE EMULATOR
Playing retro console games on your iPhone or iPad has never been easier. Although the app store isn’t an option, Provenance can still be downloaded in two ways. Before you start, do make sure iTunes is up to date and you back your data up – hopefully, nothing will go wrong but, if it does, at least you can restore your data and settings.
METHOD 1: IPA FILE DOWNLOAD
For this, you need your Mac or PC, Cydia Impactor, the Provenance IPA file, and your Apple ID. Read on for the download links and instructions:
First, download Cydia Impactor onto your computer – this is required for signing and installing the IPA file
Download the Provenance IPA file onto your computer and save it on your desktop for easy access
Extract the IPA file
Plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer and open the Cydia Impactor tool
Wait – it needs to detect your iPhone or iPad first
When it has, you can find and drag the IPA file into the open app
You will be asked for your Apple details – type them in and, if the Expired Certificate warning pops up, tap OK
Click Start and wait. This could take a few minutes so be patient and do not touch your computer or device
When it’s done, you will get a Successful Installation message on your screen
Provenance app is ready – if you get an Untrusted Developer error when you try to use it, see below for steps to resolve.
METHOD 2: vSHARE APP
vShare is another app store, an unofficial one that was released initially to replace some of what we could get from Cydia without having to jailbreak first. It offers a choice of other emulators as well as Provenance, alongside a huge range of modified apps and games, other tweaks and paid apps for free. Because of what it offers, it is a popular way of installing Provenance emulator app:
Using Safari browser on your device, go to the vShare page and download the installer
Open it by tapping on the app icon
Tap on Apps > vShare Apps
Search the list or use the search box to find Provenance
Tap on it and tap on Install next to it
Tap Install on the popup message
When it’s done, Provenance is on your home screen and ready to use
When you install any unofficial apps, you will need to trust the developer. This is a security measure by Apple, in a bd to stop unauthorized apps from being used on your device but its very simple to get around. All you need to do is trust the developer; here’s how:
Open your iOS settings app
Tap on the General option and go to Profiles & Device Management
There, you will see a list of the profiles on your device – tap the developer you want to trust (if you used Cydia Impactor, you might see your Apple ID – tap on this)
Tap on the Trust option, and then you can close settings
This should be done for all unofficial content; when you use the app again, the error won’t appear.
HOW TO ADD ROMS TO PROVENANCE:
Before we tell you this, a warning. Unless you own the physical game that you want the ROM for, it is illegal to download them as they are copyrighted – you continue at your own risk.
When you open the emulator app, there won’t be anything in it; its down to you to add the ROMS.
Open Provenance emulator on your iPhone or iPad
From the app home screen, tap the + button – this will let you add the ROMs
Tap the built-in web browser and type in the name of the game you want the ROM for.
Tap on any reputable link and tap on the game you want
Download it to your device
Find it and choose to open it in Provenance
You and open provenance emulator will see your new games – tap to play them
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Provenance Safe to Use?
Yes. As well as the work the developers have done, we also tested it and can confirm it is safe. It doesn’t require a jailbreak, so your device is not being hacked into and opened to external threats. So long as you use the official links (provided here), you won’t have any trouble.
What Games Can I Play?
Provenance is a multi-platform emulator, supporting, Sega, Nintendo, NES, SNES, Atari, PS2, and others. Any retro game on those platforms can be played.
Will it Run My Battery Down?
No. it doesn’t take up much in the way of any resources on your device, making it a very efficient emulator.
Provenance is the latest in a long line of external emulator apps that you don’t need to jailbreak to use. It is entirely free and safe to use, giving you back your old favorite games on your iPhone or iPad.