How to Open the iPhone Simulator Without Opening Xcode

iPhone SimulatorThis is a useful tip if you have to do any type of mobile web testing for iOS Safari and you either don’t have an iPhone/iPod Touch or you don’t feel like plugging it in and setting things up.  As long as you have Xcode installed, you can simply open a terminal and run the following command:

MACBOOK:~ user$ open -a iPhone\ Simulator

This should launch the last simulator you had running.  If you need to run a different version of iOS or switch to a different device profile, you can do that once the simulator has started.  Hopefully this works for you – you can even create a shortcut and put it on your desktop or in the dock if you find yourself running this command often.