How to run iPhone and iPad apps on Mac


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If you own a Mac powered by Apple Silicon (like the M1 processor), you no longer need to turn off your iPhone or iPad to use some of your favorite mobile apps. As long as you’re using macOS 11Big Sur or later, you can download and install iPhone and iPad apps on your Mac.

Before you can use an iPhone or iPad app on your Mac or MacBook, you must first download it from Apple’s App Store.

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Start by clicking the Launchpad icon in your computer’s dock.

Then click on the “App Store” button. If you can’t find it, use the search bar at the top of the bat to find the app.

Alternatively, you can use Apple’s built-in Spotlight search to open the app. The easiest way to do this is to press Cmd+Spacebar on your keyboard. The search box appears in the center of your screen. Type “App Store” and select the first item.

You can now enter the name of the iPhone or iPad app in the search bar in the top left corner of the window.

You won’t immediately see the app you’re looking for – this is because the App Store only shows Mac apps by default. Click the “iPhone and iPad apps” list to switch the view.

If the developer of the iPhone or iPad app has chosen to have their mobile app available on Mac, you will now see it on the results page.

Info: If this is your first time downloading the app and seeing the “Get” button, you’ll need to authenticate — using your MacBook’s TouchID fingerprint sensor or your Apple ID password. The cloud icon indicates that you have previously downloaded the app on one of your devices and that authentication is not required.

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

Once the iPhone or iPad app is installed on your Mac, select the “Open” button. The app opens in its own window and runs like any other application developed for your Mac.

Later, after closing the App Store, you can open and run the iPhone or iPad app on your Mac by searching for it in Launchpad or using Spotlight search as we did above.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, there are no touchscreen Macs yet. You will need to interact with any apps or games you download using your trackpad, mouse, or keyboard.

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