Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Q: Added NSUserDefault data retrieval to the app.  For testing I would like to reset all the data I added to the defaults database, so that everything is in the state when the user launches the app the first time.

A: The easiest way is to remove the app from the simulator-- just like you'd remove it from a real phone, by tapping (clicking) and holding until the icons start vibrating. That removes all app data, and the next time you install from Xcode it's like the first time.
If you have other app data you need to keep, you have a couple of options.
One way would be to have some debug code that calls removeObjectForKey: on each of your defaults keys.
The other is to find the directory where the simulator copy is installed, and remove the file containing the preferences. Use this to find the app:
ls -ld ~/Library/Application\ Support/iPhone\ Simulator/User/Applications/*/*.app
The full path to your app will contain directory whose name is a UUID. In that directory, look in Library/Preferences for the preferences file. Remove that, and user preferences are gone.

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