How to Run iPhone and iPad Apps on Mac


If you own a Mac powered by Apple Silicon (such as the M1 processor), you no longer need to run your iPhone or iPad to run any of your favorite smartphone apps. As long as you’re running macOS 11 Big Sur or newer, you can download and install iPhone and iPad apps onto your Mac.

You'll first have to download it from Apple's App Store before you can run an iPhone or iPad app on your Mac or MacBook.

Start by clicking the Launchpad icon found on the dock of your computer.

Then, press the "App Store" tab. If you can't find it, use the search bar at the top of the bat to locate the program.

Open your App Store or use the search bar

Alternatively, you can use the built-in Apple Spotlight search to open the app. The best way to do this is to click the Cmd+Space Bar on your keyboard. The search dialog will appear at the middle of your computer. Type in "App Store" and choose the first entry.

You can now type the name of the search bar in the top-left corner of the browser.

Using the search bar in the top left corner to locate the app

You won't see the app you're looking for right away—this is because the App Store only displays Mac applications by default. To move views, click on the "iPhone & iPad Apps" list.

If an iPhone or iPad app developer decides to make their mobile app available on Mac, you can now see it on the results tab.

Info: You will need to authenticate yourself—either with your MacBook TouchID fingerprint sensor or your Apple ID password—if you download the app for the first time and see the "Get" icon. The cloud icon indicates that you downloaded the app from one of your devices before and no authentication is needed.

Click the Get" or "Download" button (which looks like a cloud icon) to start the download process.

Once the iPhone or iPad app has been enabled on your Mac, click the "Open button. The app will open in its own window and run like every other program that has been developed for your Mac.

Later, after you've closed the App Store, you can open and run the iPhone or iPad app on your Mac by finding it in the Launchpad or by using the Spotlight search as above.

Unfortunately, there are no Macs with touchscreens at the time of publishing. You'll need to connect with any applications or games you download with your trackpad, controller, or keyboard.

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