iOS Simulator Tips — 1

Xcode Simulator Tips and Tricks 📱

Balraj Verma
3 min readAug 9, 2023
Photo by Joshua Mayo on Unsplash

I sincerely hope that I have been able to be of some assistance to you; if so, please give it a thumbs up. I had intended to publish this post last month, but I was so 🤒 to do so. But now I feel 😊, So let’s start. Again, a microblog may be in two parts.

Everyone who is working on iOS will be aware of Xcode simulator, but those who are new to iOS need some definition of what a simulator is, so here it is: Within the Xcode development environment, Apple offers a tool called iOS Simulator. Without the need for actual hardware, it may mimic the functionality of iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and MacOS devices on a Mac machine. The simulator may be used by developers to test and debug their apps, experiment with various screen sizes and device orientations, and replicate a variety of hardware features like touch gestures, sensors, image functionalities, etc. Developers use simulators the most while they are building code for their apps. Let’s see some tips now.

Capture a Screenshot: Use this combination to capture a screenshot of only the simulator screen. ⌘ + S. But if you want to capture the device bezel too, then use ⌘(command) + ⇧(shift) + 4 + space

Create a gif: To make a gif, you must first record a video using ⌘(command) + R. Following the recording of the video, a record progress button will appear on the device’s top. When you’re done recording, a thumbnail of your recording will appear, and you need to right-click on it and select to save it as a gif. See below for an example

Create a gif on mac
Create Gif on mac

Orientation: Landscape and portrait orientations are supported by some apps. Therefore, you can use ⌘(command) + →/← (left/right arrow) to check your app in that orientation.

Keyboard: The app can accept text input from a virtual keyboard (the display in the simulator) or a physical keyboard (the keyboard on your Mac). To switch between the app’s virtual and hardware keyboards, press ⌘(command) + ⇧(shift) + K, and to toggle between these, use ⌘(command) + K.

App Switcher: You have two options: either change to another app or quit your current one using ⌘(command) + ⇧(shift) + H (2 times continuous), Or you can utilize the simulator’s top-area Home button directly (Press Twice) to launch the App Switcher.

Press the Home Button twice to Launch App Switcher on the simulator

Change Theme: To switch between themes (dark and light) on the simulator, we can use ⌘(command) + ⇧(shift) + A

Volume Control: To increase or decrease volume, you can use (command) + ↑/↓(top/down arrow)

Launch to Home: You can launch the home screen of the simulator using ⌘(command) + ⇧(shift) + H.

Lock Simulator: You can lock the simulator by simply clicking the side button on the simulator, or via the keyboard, just press ⌘(command) + L.

That’s it for this post; the next one will include more intriguing simulator tips.

Thank you for joining me on this learning expedition. Stay healthy and keep learning. Be Motivated, See You again 👋”