How to Play iPod Apps on a PC

Updated February 21, 2017

Application programs for an iPod, also called “apps,” are designed with the same tools used to create programs for Apple’s iPhone. Play an iPod app you have downloaded from the iTunes store on your PC by using an iPhone emulator. There are a number of iPhone emulators available for the PC, some free to use because of their limited functionality while others must be purchased due to their use by developers for testing apps before they are released. Once the iPhone emulator is installed on the PC’s hard drive, the app can be placed on it through the iTunes syncing program as if it was a real iPod.

Download an iPhone emulator program to the PC’s desktop--for example, the free Desktop iPhone program (see link in Resources). Double-click on the file after it has finished downloading. Follow the menu prompts to install the program on the hard drive. Restart the PC to avoid any possible conflicts with the Windows operating system.

Launch the iTunes syncing program by selecting it from the “Start,” “All Applications” pop-up menu.

Launch the iPhone emulator program by selecting it from the “Start,” “All Applications” pop-up menu. Click on the “Sync notification” or “Enable sync” button on the iPhone emulator program’s main screen.

Click on the icon of the iPhone emulator that has now appeared beneath “Devices” in the left column of the iTunes program.

Click on the “Apps” tab at the top of the iTunes program’s screen. Check the checkbox next to the app that you want to play. Click the “Sync” button at the bottom of the iTunes program’s screen.

Right-click on the icon of the iPhone emulator after iTunes has performed a sync and stated that it is done in a text field at the top of the program’s screen. Select “Eject” from the pop-up menu. Quit iTunes.

Click on the icon of the app on the iPhone emulator’s screen. Play the app. Quit the iPhone emulator when you are done playing.


The iPhone emulator is not designed to work with any app created by those who don’t want to use the iTunes program for syncing.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."