How to run iOS apps on Mac?

How to run iOS apps on Mac?  © Shutterstock

How to run iOS apps on Mac? © Shutterstock

Macs equipped with Apple Silicon chips (M1, M2, etc.) have certain advantages over Intel Macs. Among these, we find the possibility of using applications initially intended for iPhone or iPad.

Not all apps are available on Mac. Among those that are, some are perfectly functional and others have not been validated for macOS. That doesn’t mean they don’t work.

In this article, we show you how to run iOS and iPadOS apps on Mac.

Run iOS Apps on Mac

1. Open the App Store

Click on the apple, in the menu bar, then on “App Store”.

Access the App Store on macOS © Clubic

Access the App Store on macOS © Clubic

2. Find an app for iPhone or iPad

Use the search, located in the sidebar, to find the application of your choice and validate with the “Enter⏎” key.

Search in the Mac App Store © Clubic

Search in the Mac App Store © Clubic

Under “Results for,” click “Apps for iPhone and iPad.”

Filter search for iPhone and iPad apps © Clubic

Filter search for iPhone and iPad apps © Clubic

3. Install the app

Click on the application sheet to find out more.

Open an iOS file in the Mac App Store © Clubic

Open an iOS file in the Mac App Store © Clubic

Click “Get” or the app price.

Obtain an iOS app in the App Store under macOS © Clubic

Obtain an iOS app in the App Store under macOS © Clubic

Click “Install”.

Install an iOS app on the Mac with the App Store © Clubic

Install an iOS app on the Mac with the App Store © Clubic

4. View settings

In general, the settings are limited, but you can check out the controllers to better use the iOS app on your Mac.

Open the application and, in the menu bar, click on the name of the application then “Settings”.

Access the app Settings menu © Clubic

Access the app Settings menu © Clubic

In the “General” menu, choose the window size.

The General menu of settings for an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

The General menu of settings for an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

With “Alternatives to taps” you define whether you use the keyboard and mouse, as shown, instead of taps. Knowing that to “replace” the finger on your iPhone, it is the (simple) click of the mouse. For example, to scroll up, you click at the bottom and hold the mouse while moving upwards.

Options regarding alternatives to tapping on an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

Options regarding alternatives to tapping on an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

In “Game Control”, you can emulate a controller.

Game control settings for an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

Settings concerning the game control of an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

You cannot enable “Tap Alternatives” and “Gamepad Emulation” at the same time.

Choosing between gamepad emulation or tap alternatives for an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

Choosing between gamepad emulation or tap alternatives for an iOS app on Mac © Clubic

Install the apps you have on your iPhone and iPad on Mac

1. Open the App Store

In the menu bar, click on the apple then “App Store”.

Access the App Store on macOS © Clubic

Access the App Store on macOS © Clubic

2. View downloaded apps on your iPhone or iPad

Click on your name, at the bottom left, to access your account and all the applications you have already installed at least once.

View apps downloaded to a Mac with your Apple account from the App Store © Clubic

View apps downloaded to a Mac with your Apple account from the App Store © Clubic

Click on “Apps for iPhone and iPad”.

View applications downloaded for iPhone or iPad with your Apple account from the Mac App Store © Clubic

View applications downloaded for iPhone or iPad with your Apple account from the Mac App Store © Clubic

3. Install apps

Click on the cloud with the down arrow to download the desired applications.

Download an iOS app from your Apple account © Clubic

Download an iOS app from your Apple account © Clubic

4. Enable automatic download

To avoid needing to repeat these last steps, an option is available to have your Mac automatically download any applications you purchase or download on all your other devices.

Make sure you are still in the App Store window and click on the “App Store” menu then “Settings”.

Access the App Store Settings menu on Mac © Clubic

Access the App Store Settings menu on Mac © Clubic

Check Automatically download purchased apps from other devices”.

Check the settings of the App Store of your choice © Clubic

Check the settings of the App Store of your choice © Clubic

Take the opportunity to check, if you wish, “Automatic updates” and “Automatically download integrated content”.

You will find iOS applications on Mac in the same location as those for macOS, namely in the “Applications” folder.

The Applications folder with iOS and macOS apps © Clubic

The Applications folder with iOS and macOS apps © Clubic

Running iOS apps on Mac is as quick as installing an app for macOS to improve harmony and synchronization across the Apple ecosystem. The limits depend on the developer and the chip in your Mac, it must be an Apple Silicon chip.

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