I use the iOS Simulator often to check webpages so I run it and pick "Keep in Dock". That's works except every time Xcode upgrades it's no longer in the dock and I have to go digging for it again.

Is there any way to keep it in the dock permanently across Xcode upgrades?

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SimPholders2 looks like what you want, can't prove it until next Xcode update, though.


Command Space to launch Spotlight type Simulator now simulator opens up... see the dock for Simulator icon, Control Click on that Simulator icon, Options > Keep in Dock

now Simulator stays in the dock for quick access...


Launch the iOS Simulator.app

Right click on it (or control click it) and select 'Options -> Keep In Dock'

That is a Dock-level preference and will survive Xcode updates. You can see the data set in the com.apple.dock preference domain:

defaults read com.apple.dock
  • That's exactly what I've done for the last 5 years. It doesn't stick which is what I said in my question
    – gman
    Apr 15, 2015 at 6:19
  • Well that's exactly what I've done for longer than that, and it's never disappeared from the dock. Apr 15, 2015 at 6:38
  • I wonder what's different about my machine. I just lost it again. Restarted my Mac my dock now looks like this the iOS Simulator has disappeared yet again
    – gman
    Apr 28, 2015 at 17:57
  • The setting for keeping something in dock is set in Dock's preferences. Inspect the output of 'defaults read com.apple.dock persistent-apps' Apr 28, 2015 at 18:43
  • I'm not sure what I'm looking for. It wasn't in there at this point. Adding it back to the dock (run it, lock click icon dock, pick "Options->Keep In Dock") like I always do added it back. Looking at what it added these 3 entries are different "file-mod-date" = 0; "file-type" = 1; "parent-mod-date" = 0; Otherwise no idea what's special about iOS Simulator except it's buried inside XCode instead of like a normal app. You can see Chrome and VLC survived from the pic
    – gman
    Apr 29, 2015 at 1:58

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