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How to Use Mac to Run iPhone and iPad Apps

by Kevin

Introduction

You no longer need to take out your iPhone or iPad to run some of your favorite mobile apps if you own a Mac powered by Apple Silicon (such as the M1 processor). You can download and install iPhone and iPad apps on your Mac as long as you’re running macOS 11Big Sur or later.

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

Begin by selecting the Launchpad icon from your computer’s dock.

Click the Launchpad button in your Mac's dock

Then, choose “App Store” from the drop-down menu. If you can’t find it, look for it using the search bar at the top of the bat.

Open the App Store or use the search bar

To access the app, you may also utilize Apple’s built-in Spotlight search. The quickest method is to use Cmd+Space Bar on your keyboard. In the middle of your screen, the search dialog will display. Enter “App Store” and choose the top result.

Use Spotlight Search to find the App Store

You may now type the name of the iPhone or iPad app into the search box in the window’s top-left corner.

Use the search bar in the top-left corner to find an app

Because the Software Store defaults to just displaying Mac applications, you won’t find the app you’re searching for right away. To switch perspectives, click the “iPhone & iPad Apps” item.

Click the "iPhone & iPad Apps" option under the "Results" header

If the creator of an iPhone or iPad app choose to make their software accessible on Mac, it will now appear on the results page.

  • If this is your first time installing the app and seeing the “Get” button, you will need to verify yourself—either using your MacBook’s TouchID fingerprint sensor or your Apple ID password. The cloud symbol signifies that you’ve already downloaded the app on one of your devices, so you don’t need to log in.

To begin the download, click the “Get” or “Download” button (which looks like a cloud symbol).

Select the "Get" or Download button next to the app listing

Select the “Open” option after the iPhone or iPad app has been installed on your Mac. The software will launch in its own window and execute just like any other Mac application.

Click the "Open" button to launch the app

You may open and launch the iPhone or iPad app on your Mac later, after you’ve exited the App Store, by looking for it in the Launchpad or using Spotlight search, like we did above.

Unfortunately, there are no touchscreen Macs available at the time of writing. You’ll have to use your trackpad, mouse, or keyboard to engage with any applications or games you download.

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