Introduction: How to Put Games on Your TI-84 Plus or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition

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Many kids at school keep bugging me on how to do this so this is for you guys...and girls.

I figured this out by reading a lot on the Internet. I'm not some computer or calculator expert so I wont be able to answer your questions because I'm overwhelmed...and I might not know the answer.
So if someone sees a question in the comments and knows the answer please post it. Thanks.

Step 1: Things You Will Need

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Everything you need is listed here:
-TI-84 Plus or TI-84 Plus Silver Edition
-USB Cord (The same kind thats on the PSP
-Software that will allow you to mannage data on your calc (this is the one I use and its great)
-Ion, which can be found Here (This will allow you to play the games)
-Games to download (Hereis a great place to get games)

Step 2: Download TI-Connect So You Can Mannage Data on Your Calculator

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Go here to download TI-Connect so that you can mannage data on your Calculator.
This is the one I use and its great because you can backup your calculator.

Step 3: Download Ion

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Go here to download Ion, which will allow you to play the games.
Open the file.
Extract all files.
Send the files to your calculator's RAM.
If you need help look at the pictures.

Step 4: Install and Archive Ion

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After you downloaded Ion and put it on your calculator press the "PRGM" key and youll see the three programs, execute the first one and it should say "Ion installed."

After that press second and the the plus key then 2 then 7
then go over the three programs and press enter so that there is a star next to it. If there is a star next to it then it is archived. The good thing about the archive is that you have more space in your RAM and if your RAM is deleted your archive is not. This way if Ion gets erased just unarchive those three and re-install, then archve them again.

Step 5: Get Some Games

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All that is left is to get some games for your calulator. Here is one of the best places to get games.
For instructional purposes I will show you how to put Tetris on your calculator.

Tetris can be found here.

Open the zip file and extract all files. Once that is done right click on the one that says tetris in lowercase letters and send to ti device. Make sure it is being sent to the archive memory. Press the program key and run prgmA. Tetris should be there, and is ready to play.


amarinakos (author)2017-11-13

When i put the program in it says done, but how do i launch the game?

ewokko (author)amarinakos2017-11-23

2ND-0- Asm( prgm and the game u want to play enter enter

Maui_ (author)2017-09-18

is it possible to do this on a mobile device such as an iPhone

TeddyK12 (author)Maui_2017-10-23

just get games on the App Store.

Maui_ (author)2017-09-18

also is it possible to do this on microsoft 2003

DaveS295 (author)2017-05-02

How did u get the files on the cacluator?

ShadowFox9000 (author)2017-02-08

Hey you can copy and paste this to your notepad so you don't waste ur $$$ on a subscription

GuiseppK (author)2016-12-06

I can't install that io thing how do I do this with ti connect CE\

FaiyazR (author)GuiseppK2017-01-07

You have to get the CE version of that software, which should also be on TI's site.

yoshiloverm (author)2016-08-13

Whenever I get to the screen where I try to load a game, the game won't work. For example, when I try to load Mario, I open the game to the screen that says


and press enter, the screen just says



which brings me back to the "prgmMARIO" screen. I have a TI-84 Plus

FaiyazR (author)yoshiloverm2017-01-07

There are some games that can be played with nothing other than the calculator's OS, but there are others that require more downloads (like Ion and MirageOS) to make the game compatible. I assume that Mario game runs on Ion. If it does, you have to download Ion, launch it from the "APPS" folder, and then launch the game from the Ion menu. It won't work if you try to launch it with the "PRGM" button.

Shield_Reigns (author)2017-01-04

This post is like 5 y/o. lol

ChristianL80 (author)2016-04-14

Does this work with the ti-84 plus ce?

NathanD84 (author)ChristianL802016-09-07

No, you'll have to use a different strategy for that, but it's SUPER easy. Basically, instead of downloading TI manager, download TI manager CE. Then, drag the game into your files. (Games designed for the TI-84+ will work this way, but I'd still advise you to download from a site other than, that way you can take advantage of the CE display and get a pacman game that looks like actual pacman, etc etc.) Once you've done this, unless the game is an assembly/asm game, you should be fine. Open up programs and select the game. If the game IS an asm file, go to your catalog, select "Asm(" and paste it into your homescreen by pressing enter. Then open up your programs, and select the game. It'll paste the run command after "Asm(", and then you should be good to go. Press enter, and your game should run.

yoshiloverm (author)2016-08-13

When I load Ion onto the calculator, it is Archived. I go to unarchive it, it says




When I press quit, everything closes, and when I press GoTo, it takes me back to the menu where I try to unarchive Ion, only to lead to the same result. I have a TI-84 Plus.

NathanD84 (author)yoshiloverm2016-09-07

The method he lists here is pretty terrible. The way he's using is pretty buggy. Basically all you need to do is open up device explorer, drag the game file onto your desktop, and then drag it onto your flash/archive. If it STILL doesn't work, try uninstalling Ion, and instead install MirageOS. Hope this helped!

MegG13 (author)2016-08-03

how do you delete the games.

DanielP361 (author)2016-06-07

so I have a TI-84+, and whenever I open doors cs 7 and select the game it just types programBREAKOUT and when I hit enter it just loads for a second, then says Done. That's all. Any idea how to fix it?

StefanS17 (author)2015-09-23


InfiniteA1 (author)StefanS172016-04-18

You have to press enter when it pops up

InfiniteA1 (author)StefanS172016-04-18

You have to press enter when it pops up

Choo choo town (author)2015-10-20

So having a problem, when I try to install anything I get the error "sorry. It appears that (insert program here) was created for another calculator and does not work on TI-84 Plus CE - 5320. We cannot send it

The problem is that you have a CE edition, I have the same. Sicne the screen resolutions are different, many programs are not compatable.

Lil'dA (author)2016-03-15

It's also possible to play original gameboy games on a ti-84 cse as well by using ti-boy.

maxkid900 (author)2016-03-04

thank you

bhupinder___ (author)2015-11-12

My calculator says Err: Archived everytime i try to play a game and it gives me the options of 1: Quit and 2: Goto and when i try to play a game thats not archived it says error syntax. Help please

EricM9 (author)2015-03-11

Will this mess up my calculator in any way? I don't want a $120 calculator to only be able to play video games.

BenjaminK15 (author)EricM92015-10-29

no, it just takes up space therefore slowing down your calculator

Teodor2014M (author)2015-08-28

will the fx 83gt plus work??

LandonV (author)2015-01-15

i downloaded it onto the calculator... ion that is... and once i click on it it dosnt say ion installed... *frustration*

phantom6192 (author)2014-10-01

Need help. After pressing enter with the program "Ion", my calculator keeps displaying "Syntax Error" instead of "Done." Can someone please help me?

swaglicious (author)phantom61922014-12-27

Ion is made for ti-83, not 84. Get DoorsCS7 for 84

Goggles31301 (author)2013-09-26

Help please? i keep trying to add not only ion but doors CS, but it will not allow me to set to RAM.
Yes, i tried the button on the right, and nothing happened. I can only send it to "archive."
How can i fix this?

JacobA4 (author)Goggles313012014-11-23

I get the exact same thing, and I don't know how to fix it.

swaglicious (author)JacobA42014-12-27

The Archive is the ram. On newer versions of TI Connect and the calculator, Flash/Archive is what you want, not the RAM. It's no different, his version is just older. They seperated the Flash/Archive and RAM, so Flash/Archive is where the apps and programs are actually located.

EastonH (author)2014-12-20

i try to install the program but then it tells me there is an err: syntax I NEED HELP!

js416 (author)2014-11-08

Does it work for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition?

jhua1 (author)2011-11-02

OMG, it friggin cleared my ram. AHHH, i spent an hour putting all those in =____=

AdamS2 (author)jhua12014-09-25

Every one just get Mirage OS, it is so much easier because you send all your games to your ram. Some examples of games you can play are mario and tetris. it organizes it into one folder. so get mirage os ok

henryqiu (author)AdamS22014-11-03

THere's no mario

jhua1 (author)jhua12011-11-02

it keeps clearing my ram =_____= someone help please?

superalex11 (author)jhua12012-02-01

Yea, mine too. What I did was back everything up in TI-Connect and click restore when it gets cleared.

Sorunome (author)superalex112012-02-24

well, why don't put all the stuff in archive? Go to the memory menu, let you display all and then press enter to archive it.
Ion can't handle archived games, but a other program that can't be deleted via ram-clears called DoorsCS can, it has also a lot more features than Ion. It can be found here:

Wesley666 (author)Sorunome2012-02-24

Yes, but if if you put it in archive, when you have to clear your ENTIRE memory for quizzes, tests, midterms or finals, you will still lose it, unless your school is pretty slack and doesn't make you clear you calculator.

Sorunome (author)Wesley6662012-02-25

Then get zStart (, make it run on ram clears, get Omnicalc ( and activate the memory protection, now go to zStart and insert all Omnicalc hooks, try to put zStart again before you hand in the calculator. You'll notice that people can't visit any-more the reset menu. :)

Wesley666 (author)Sorunome2012-02-25

Or use Mirage, you can set it up so when you clear the memory, it clears the memory without removing Mirage and all the games, and still displays the message all the teachers look for. You still have to be able to visit the reset menu, otherwise the teachers will just take the calculator away then you better be able to do math in your head, and fast.

Oolab1 (author)Wesley6662012-04-04

It also works perfectly if you go to memory > Group > new group > add+ > press "right arrow" > press "enter". It comes with the calculator, and stays there even if the calculator is reset. To get it all put back just go back to memory > group > ungroup > select your group > press "3".

Sorunome (author)Oolab12012-04-05

But if all your memory is deleted the groups are as well. I found a little program to overgo really EVERYTHING:
Well, I didn't try it out yet thought.

geoffrey.haselden (author)2014-10-16

Great for Ti-83, but doesn't work for 84

bobby.williams.1297 (author)2014-10-06

ion is made for TI-83 calculators

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