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I know that there's Window>Scale>100/75/50% but the scale of the retina iPad simulator is still too big for my screen to be able to test anything.

Is there a way I can scale the size of the iOS simulator smaller than one of the default values? I need it to scale down at least to 25% for my screen size to accommodate the window.

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I think you tagged it appropriately. I did add the ios-simulator tag as I think it is possible it could be used by others. – bassplayer7 Sep 1 '12 at 19:25… It worked for me. Enjoy programming. – user105091 Dec 17 '14 at 6:13
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You can't. I've been an iOS software developer for two years and I haven't been able to find a way do this. I have tried to find solutions to this but came up with nothing. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I'm 99% certain there's no way to do this.

When my screen is too small I use 50% scale window, which is ought to be enough until I hook up my big monitor again at home.

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Confirmed; has to do with a rendering issue if you could resize it… – Ethan Lee Sep 5 '12 at 5:41
New update in iOS SDK now allows scaling, see my answer below. – Nicholas Jul 26 '14 at 23:30
@Nicholas OP knew he could scale to 50% or 75% of the size, he was wondering if he can go smaller like 25%. – Enrico Susatyo Jul 27 '14 at 3:16
My bad, over read that. Have deleted my answer :) – Nicholas Jul 27 '14 at 4:28
As of today with Xcode 7, you can now select 25% scale of the simulator. – Enrico Susatyo Oct 2 '15 at 1:18

You can scale iOS Simulator to desire scale (I tried from .2 to 1.4 ) and it worked for me.

To do this you have to go to /Library/Preferences and edit file. Edit value for key SimulatorWindowLastScale to desire scale.

I tried this on latest version of Mountain Lion (10.8.4) and on the iOS 6.0 Simulator.

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On my setup, using Xcode 5 from the App Store, the fine is located in the path ~/Library/Preferences. Modified it as explained and it worked fine. For me, .4 was the magic number to make the iPad fit properly on my screen. – jm9k Oct 14 '13 at 22:58
This should be the accepted best answer. – Stevko Aug 5 '14 at 16:46
I had inconsistent results with the simulator in Xcode 6, but ultimately it does still seem to work. defaults write ~/Library/Preferences/ SimulatorWindowLastScale "0.4" – jm9k Sep 11 '14 at 8:55
Works perfectly to get iphone 6 plus to fit on my (only) hd screen – mcfedr Oct 28 '14 at 9:43

In Xcode 6.3 just press +5 (25% scale) or +4 (33% scale). Or in Window > Scale

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For Ios 8 and 9 you can also use Command + 3 OR Command + 2 for resizing the ios simulator. – anonymox Mar 2 at 8:00

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