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I'm the user with the less internet speed, one of my friend downloaded iPhone Simulator in his Xcode 4.5 to test the code in iOS 5.1, 5.0, 4.3 os too, now if I want those simulators in my mac, is there any way from there I can copy those simulators and simply paste it somewhere in my XCode.app folder that I will get those simulators in my Xcode too? --- I'm taking this as an advantage for not downloading the same thing again and save the time!

I came to know that, we can find the iPhone simulators here for XCode 4.3 or higher versions,


Have anyone tried this before? or some other way to get this other than downloading.

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Did you try to just copy the whole folder (starting from iPhoneSimulator.platform) over to your computer and restart Xcode? –  patrix Feb 25 '13 at 12:20
No @patrix, I've not tried this before! that's why I'm asking if anyone had tried this or not. –  Hemang Feb 25 '13 at 12:21
What prevents you from trying it yourself and reporting back? I don't see how this could break anything, in the worst case it just doesn't work. –  patrix Feb 25 '13 at 12:27

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As @patrix told me to tried on my own self, I've do so, I got the simulator from here,


and copy the simulator sdk you want to add in your xcode, and paste it on the same path as above in your mac. That's it.

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Thanks for this tip... It works perfectly for me :) –  iOSAppDev Oct 14 '14 at 6:25
Unsurprisingly, trying this to get simulators for iOS 7.1 back from my XCode 6 install to my 4.6 (old MBP17 running 10.7) ran into issues. It built OK but when launched, their Simulator didn't recognise the SDK. –  Andy Dent Oct 28 '14 at 18:11
@AndyDent, Surprised! it should give you an error and that's correct because iOS7 wouldn't support v.4.6. –  Hemang Oct 29 '14 at 4:49

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