How to get iOS simulator for free on Mac:
Are you using a Mac machine and do you want to launch a simulator on your Mac machine? It’s so simple to get a simulator on Mac environment. You need to have the latest version of Xcode which is compatible with the Mac OS installed for having a simulator. In order to launch or select simulator, launch Xcode on your machine and click on the Xcode menu from the Xcode header window. Here you can find a list of options, click on the Open Developer Tool from the list of options. From Developer Tool options, click on iOS Simulator. When you do this, you can find a Simulator window with lot of header options.
When you choose the iOS Simulator option, it directly launches a default simulator along with the Simulator header options. Now click on the iOS Simulator header menu to know the simulator details or to quit the simulator. Click on the Hardware option among the header options and from its respective menu, click on Device.
When you click on Device option, you can find a list of simulators available such as iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad Retina, iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPhone 6 Plus, Resizable iPad, iPhone 6, Resizable iPhone etc… along with the Manage Devices option. If you are using the latest version of Xcode these devices will have latest iOS i.e., 8.1 installed on them. If you want to further get any older versions or any other kind of iOS devices, just click on the Manage Devices option.
Now a window appears on the screen, with the list of devices available and with certain options at the bottom of the window. Click on the ‘+’ icon which is at the bottom of the window to add a new simulator. When you click on the ‘+’ icon, a pop-up window appears on the screen with certain options like Simulator Name, Device Type and iOS Version. If you want to get a new simulator, click on the iOS Version drop down and choose Download more simulators… option. Click on Create button after choosing the download option. When do this, you can observe a window with Components field. Click on the download icon beside the simulator version and enter password to continue installation of the simulator on Mac machine. By this way you can add the simulators that don’t exist with Xcode. You can get this simulator for free at any time and can be used by any one.[review]
Originally posted 2015-04-03 18:21:46.