How to run iOS apps on Mac?

Vineet Maheshwari

We always looked for a way to get iOS applications on our computers using the emulator or third party applications or some not so reliable methods. Luckily Apple has the best interest of our needs and has given a way for their users to run iOS apps on Mac. So, the users who are using Mac will now be able to run iOS applications as well. Continue reading this article to learn how to run iOS apps on Mac.

To run iOS apps on Mac can be possible if you own Apple Silicon having an M1 processor and Big Sur OS. The Apple silicon was announced back in 2020 at the WWDC event. If your Mac is having Apple silicon chip then you will be able to run your favorite iOS applications on your Mac without any hassle.

Requirements to run iOS Apps on Mac:

Mac that has Apple’s custom silicon chips: M1, M1 Pro, M1 Max, M1 Ultraand running macOS Big Sur or newer.

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 in the name of the app you wish to download. (It is important to remember that not all iOS apps are available on the Mac Apple Store.)
  3. Select the iPhone & iPad Apps tab from the search results.
  4. Next to the app search result, click on 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 will be able to run iOS apps on your Mac.

Many of these apps will default to the iPad layout, which makes sense given that the Mac has a wideangle screen rather than a vertical one. To access all of the various settings, you may need to modify the size of the window itself.

Supported Mac device for running iOS app:

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

To conclude:

You need to keep in mind that all the iPhone and iPad apps you are running on your Mac were originally designed keeping the touch screen in mind and not for the optimization of the desktop with keyboard and mouse. So, it might not be a smooth experience to use the apps on Mac as it was on iPhone or iPad. The apps also might not even work the same.

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

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Vineet Maheshwari is a passionate blogger and relationship oriented digital marketing consultant with over 10 years of experience in SEO, PPC management, web analytics, domain investing, affiliate marketing and digital strategy. He has helped high tech brands connect with customers in an engaging manner, thereby ensuring that high quality leads are generated over time.
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