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      • #2311917
        AskWoody Lounger

        To expand my knowledge base I purchased some AC plugs that can be wifi controlled. This is normally done with an app named KASA that is installed on your ios smart phone. I do not do smart phones. However the web said I could download and run an ios emulator. I asked for suggestions and got many, the top 5 or 10 or 15 ios emulators for win10 from some very fishy sounding sites. Is there a safe ios emulator that is safe to get? Has anyone used the KASA app on an emulator? So far I have been successful in my goal to learn.

        Always looking for a conversation so I may learn something new and then pass that on.

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        Did you read

        There isn’t an iOS emulator that runs on a PC. The iOS Simulator that runs on a Mac as part of Xcode is only for developers to test code out on their Mac before running the app on an iOS device.

        Nathan is one of our Mac/iOS techies, so I’d be likely to be suspicious of those “fishy-sounding sites”.

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      • #2315122
        AskWoody Plus

        There are some iOS emulators for Windows but these are intended for developers.

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        • #2315127
          AskWoody MVP

          I use an Android emulator (Android Studio) that’s intended for developers to play the odd mobile game. It uses a lot of disk space for junk I don’t need, like the whole IDE and debugger, but the emulator actually works well, unlike some others I’ve tried that are not dev-oriented. There are supposed to be ways to remove the unneeded stuff, but I haven’t tried it yet.

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      • #2315141
        Nathan Parker

        Kirsty’s quote of mine is accurate. I would avoid any of the iOS emulator sites, since none are going to be genuine iOS and likely give you more problems than it’s worth. If they have an Android app, you can see if there is an Android simulator worth using (someone who is more knowledgeable about Android than I am can recommend one), or if you can pick up a cheap device that can run Android (tablet, Chromebook, etc), that might work. If it requires iOS, you could pick up an iPod Touch which will allow you to run any iOS app without needing an iPhone. It’s basically an iPhone without the phone.

        Nathan Parker

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      • #2315177
        AskWoody MVP

        I searched Kasa on the web and found the site. It’s surprising that they didn’t have “get it on Google” or “find it on Apple app store” links all over the place like so many sites do. I couldn’t find any mention of what it meant by “your smartphone” on the site itself, but when I drilled down to the .pdf manual for the Kasa KP200 (not sure if that is your model, but it’s as good as guess as any), and I found this text:

        “Go to Google Play or the Apple App Store or scan the QR code below to download the Kasa app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.”

        So it is available on Android, where it should be easier to come by an emulator. Like you, I don’t do smartphones, but a lot of businesses out there think 15% profit loss is acceptable, I guess (that’s about the percentage of US adults that do not have smartphones), and while I am usually happy to take them up on their offer of me not patronizing them, sometimes it’s annoying to me. Recently, I wanted to get some items from Dollar General, but for COVID-related reasons, I did not want to go into the store. Fortunately, they offered curbside pickup, but their site could only tell me what they had in stock, with no option to place an order from there. I already had Android Studio set up (for Battle Cats), so I located the app and installed it into the emulator, and it worked perfectly well to place the order.

        Unfortunately, when I got the automated email, it told me to check in with the app at the store, which I could not do. I could bring one of my laptops and run the emulator easily enough, but it won’t do any good without any internet connectivity. I tried to get their phone number with 411 from my “dumb” feature phone, and they gave me a number that didn’t work. An employee came out, and I asked her about it, and she was familiar with the order, and brought it out to me.

        It was more annoying than it had to be, but I did get my order without going in, which would not have happened without the Android emulator. Fortunately, since then, Dollar General has added the option to buy from their web site, so I don’t need to use the app anymore… but I may need to again, and it’s good to have it.

        I actually do have an old Android tablet that still works great (at nearly 9 years old), but it was abandoned by its manufacturer whose name rhymes with Samsung almost as soon as it was released. It’s fast enough for my needs, but it’s been artificially obsoleted by the usual means for mobile devices. Not making that mistake again… if I can’t update any given computing device to the latest OS without having to use any hacks or unofficial means, I don’t want it.

        Initially, I tried Anbox on Linux, and I did not have good results with it. It might be different in Windows, though, and there are some choices there that don’t exist on Linux.  Android Studio’s emulator is superb, though, and is available free. As I mentioned, it is meant to be a SDK for Android, with the emulator being for testing, but it works as a emulator without knowing what to do the rest of that stuff.


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