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Downloading, Installing and Updating RetroArch for Android devices.

Downloading and installing


There are multiple ways of downloading RetroArch for your Android device. Depending on your Android phone's architecture, you may want to install 64 bit instead of 32 bit.

Installation via Google Play


  1. Open the Google Play Store app Google Play Store Logo
  2. Note: you can also go to play.google.com
  3. Search for RetroArch.
  4. Select RetroArch then Download.

This will download the latest stable version. Or you can go to the Google Play Store page by clicking here for 64bit or by clicking here for 32bit.

Installation via Website


Unknown Sources To avoid compromising the safety of your device, always use applications provided through our official channels.

  1. Go to www.retroarch.com then click Get RetroArch or click here on your device.
  2. Scroll down untill Android section.
  3. Select either Download or Download (64bit).

    There are several ways to determine if you have 64bit or 32bit version. You can use app like Antutu or AIDA64. You can still find out without app.

    Go to Settings - System and check Kernel version. If the code inside contains x64 string, your device has a 64-bit OS; if you cannot find this string, then is 32-bit.

  4. Click on the downloaded APK file.

Before Android Oreo:

  • Enter your device settings.
  • Go to Security.
  • Find the Unknown Sources option and check the box. A warning will pop up which you should definitely read. Once done, hit OK and this will enable you to install APKs from Unknown Sources.

After Android Oreo:

  • Begin installation with a file browser or through the web browser.
  • Android will tell you that the app doesn’t have permission to install APKs. Click the available Settings button in that prompt.
  • In the next menu, tick the box that lets that app install APKs.
  • Hit the back button to return to your installation.

Installation via F-Droid


This is our F-Droid app repository for RetroArch. You can add this repo via QR scanning the code below:

QR Code.
or by entering https://fdroid.libretro.com in the F-Droid application.

You can also download older builds using https://fdroid.libretro.com/archive as repository URL in the F-Droid application.

Download with Buildbot


You can either choose Nightlies or Stable bundle, you can find a bundle with RetroArch, all the cores and all the assets here - pick the latest version, go to android and download RetroArch.apk or RetroArch_aarch64.apk.

For Nightlies here - pick the latest version(based on date), and download ...RetroArch.apk or ...RetroArch_aarch64.apk.
(where ... represents the date)

Video Demonstration


Quick Video Demonstration