How to Run iOS Apps on Mac?

We have always looked for a way to get iOS applications on our computers using emulator or third party applications or some not so reliable methods. Thankfully, Apple has our needs in mind and has provided their users with a way to run iOS apps on Mac. So the users who use Mac can now run iOS applications as well. Continue reading this article to learn how to run iOS apps on Mac.

Running iOS apps on Mac can be possible if you own Apple Silicon with an M1 processor and Big Sur OS. The Apple silicon was announced in 2020 at the WWDC event. If your Mac has an Apple silicon chip, you can run your favorite iOS applications on your Mac without any problem.

Requirements to run iOS apps on Mac:

Mac with Apple’s custom silicon chips: M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultra, and with macOS Big Sur or later.

How to Run iOS Apps on Mac?

  1. Go to the app store on your Mac device.
  2. In the App Store, go to the search area and type the name of the app you want to download. (It’s important to remember that not all iOS apps are available in the Mac Apple Store.)
  3. Select the iPhone and iPad apps tab from the search results.
  4. Next to the app search result, click the Get button.
  5. Enter your Apple ID and password or use Touch ID to start downloading the application.
  6. Once you download it, you can run iOS apps on your Mac.

Many of these apps default to the iPad layout, which makes sense considering the Mac has a wide-angle screen instead of a vertical one. To access all the different settings, you may need to resize the window itself.

Supported Mac device for running the iOS app:

All Macs released in 2020 will contain Apple silicon chips. iMac (24 inch, M1), MacBook Pro (13 inch, M1), MacBook Air (M1) and Mac Mini (M1) have an Apple silicon chip. If you are still not sure whether your Mac has Apple silicon or not, you can check by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of your Mac screen > tap About This Mac > under the chip section if it says M1 is written then you can run iOS apps on your Mac.

To conclude:

Keep in mind that all the iPhone and iPad apps you use on your Mac were originally designed with the touch screen in mind and not for the optimization of the keyboard and mouse desktop. So it might not be a smooth experience to use the apps on Mac as it is on iPhone or iPad. The apps may not even work the same either.

Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.

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