The Best iOS Emulators For Mac & Windows

By Michael Grothaus •  Updated: 05/26/21 •  4 min read

Ever wanted to run iOS apps on your PC? Well you can! Here are the best iOS emulators for Macs and Windows computers.


Macs have a lot of apps. Windows PCs have a lot of apps. But compared to the iPhone, Mac, and PC app offerings combined are slim. There are literally MILLIONS of apps and games that are designed to run on iOS. 

The sad thing about this is that you need an iOS device to run them. Or, at least you used to. In recent years a number of iOS emulators have popped up for both Mac and Windows. What in an emulator?

In short, an emulator is an app itself that emulates (presents to be) a specific hardware device–such as an iPhone. Because the emulator appears to be a hardware device, you can install software on the emulator that normally requires that device to run–software like operating systems, including iOS.

Emulation is nothing new. As a matter of fact, the technology has been around for decades now. There are emulator apps that let you run Windows on a Mac, Android on a PC, and even old gaming consoles, like the Atari, on the Mac or PC.

And on e your emulator app is loaded up with the desired operating system, you can then install any app that operating system runs inside of the emulator. It should be noted that the iOS emulator apps we list below are different than the technology Apple has developed to allow iOS developers to easily port their iOS apps to the Mac.

That technology is not emulation since it doesn’t allow the iOS operating system to run on the Mac. 

If you want the real emulation deal, so to speak, you’ll need one of the apps below. We’ve provided the app’s download link, developer’s description, and cost so you can choose the right one for you.

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The Best iOS Emulators For Mac & Windows
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Appetize.io

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Remoted iOS Simulator for Windows

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iPadian

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Corellium

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Electric Mobile Studio

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Michael Grothaus

Apple expert and novelist, Michael Grothaus has been covering tech on KnowYourMobile for the best part of 10 years. Prior to this, he worked at Apple. And before that, he was a film journalist. Michael is a published author; his book Epiphany Jones was voted as one of the best novels about Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly. Michael is also a writer at other publications including VICE and Fast Company.
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