Install game CIA files to 3DS/2DS

This tutorial will show you how to install game CIA files to your 2DS/3DS. These files can be obtained by downloading from online or by backing up your own 3DS carts.

WARNING: Please follow this guide at your own risk. Deleting or changing files not in this page may brick your system. When in doubt, ask for help.

Navigation keys: [A] – select • [B] – go back • [START] – exit

  1. Search on google for “3ds cia files”.
  2. After download, extract game from zip file (example:game.cia) to your desktop.
  3. Transfer the game.cia to SD > CIA directory located in your SD CARD. You can also FTP the files to the same directory.
  4. After transfer is complete, put SD Card back on the 3DS/2DS and boot the FBI app, do the same if you ftp’d the cia files.
  5. in FBI app go to SD > CIA
  6. Select game file with [A] and choose INSTALL to install the game and keep the original CIA file, otherwise select INSTALL AND DELETE to install the game and delete the CIA file.
  7. If you want to install multiple CIA files, go to SD > CIA directory, select and press [A] on <CURRENT DIRECTORY>. You cannot pick which CIA files it installs, it will install every CIA file in the current directory. Select options 1 or 2 below:
    1. Install all CIAs – will install all CIA files in the current directory.
    2. Install and delete all CIAs – will install all CIA files in the current directory and delete them after installation.
    3. Delete all CIAs – will delete all CIA files in the current directory.
  8. After install press the [HOME] on the 3DS/2DS and tap [X] CLOSE on the bottom screen to close the FBI app.
  9. Wait a few seconds and it should give you the “NEW SOFTWARE HAS BEEN ADDED” message.

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