Game emulators have always been popular, but, for so long, we had to jailbreak to get them. Now, with an emulator app called HappyChick, anyone can play console games on their iOS device without having to jailbreak. Read on to find out more.
What is HappyChick?
HappyChick is an emulator app offering a way to turn the iPhone or iPad into a mini, mobile games console. With support for more than 18 consoles, HappyChick is one of the most comprehensive emulator apps, with support for iOS 13 and an excellent game experience – this will be much better if your device has more than 2GB RAM.
HappyChick offers plenty of features for all:
- Support for more than 18 consoles
- Hundreds of games
- Add external ROMs
- Online multiplayer support
- LAN support for playing without Wi-Fi
- Secure, fast downloads with cloud servers
- Record and share your gameplay
- Customizable game maps and game controls
- Supports iOS 12 and iOS 13
- No jailbreak needed
There are two ways to download the HappyChick emulator app; the first is using an unofficial installer called AppValley, and the other is to install the IPA file directly to your device.
Method 1: AppValley App
AppValley is an unofficial app store that offers thousands of modified and tweaked games and apps, and a few Cydia tweaks, such as HappyChick emulator:
- Using the Safari browser, go to the official AppValley website and download the app store.
- Open AppValley and an Untrusted Developer error will appear – remember the developer name.
- Open Settings > General > Profiles
- Find the developer in the profiles list and tap it.
- Tap on Trust
- Now open AppValley again and type HappyChick into the search bar.
- Tap the result and, on the app page, tap on Install
- When the HappyChick icon is on your home screen, the emulator is ready to use.
Method 2: IPA File
Using this method only gives you HappyChick; you need your computer, your Apple ID, and Cydia Impactor:
- Download Cydia Impactor onto your PC or Mac
- Now download the IPA file for HappyChick
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and open Cydia Impactor
- When your iOS device has been detected, drag the .ipa file into Cydia Impactor.
- Type in your Apple ID and click OK on the expired certificates warning
- When Cydia Impactor has signed and sideloaded the file, the HappyChick icon will be on your home screen.
- Open it and, if needed, follow the steps above to fix the Untrusted Developer error.
This method does have one downside – if your Apple ID is a free one, the app certificate expires seven days after HappyChick is installed. This will cause the app to crash, and you will have to reinstall it and start over.
Frequently Asked Question
We get quite a few questions about HappyChick, and these are the commonly asked ones:
Can HappyChick Be Updated?
Yes, it can. The HappyChick developers regularly update their emulator and will notify you when an update is ready. Simply tap the notification message and follow the instructions.
Why Does HappyChick Keep Crashing?
If you used the IPA method, it would be because the app certificate has expired, and you will need to reinstall it. Otherwise, it is most likely down to performance on your own device, typically not enough space. Clear out files, apps, and anything else you don’t need. Move your media files to another form of storage and try again.
Is HappyChick Safe?
Absolutely. While you take a risk with any unofficial software, the HappyChick developers have taken great care over their app and have included some pretty tight security. It is updated regularly, not just with new games but with security improvements and fixes whenever required. There is no malware, no viruses, or anything else nasty in the emulator and, because you are not jailbreaking, your device is not being opened to potential external threats. However, do install anti-virus software on your device as a backup safety measure.
You won’t find a more comprehensive emulator app anywhere, especially not one so comprehensive. HappyChick is totally free to download and use and, if you opt for the AppValley method, you get a huge choice of other apps and games too.