How to install any iPhone or iPad app in MacOS Big Sur

Milan Stanojevic
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Big Sur update for macOS is finally here, and it has brought some amazing features. One of the most anticipated features is the ability to run iOS apps natively on your Mac computer.

Using iOS apps on macOS is pretty simple, and in this guide, we’ll show you how to install any iPhone or iPhone on macOS.

How can I install any iPhone or iPad app on macOS Big Sur?

1. Make sure that your device is compatible

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The ability to install iOS apps on macOS is available only on the latest Mac computers with the M1 chip. If your Mac doesn’t have an M1 chip, then you won’t be able to install and run iOS apps on it.


2. Download the app from the AppStore

  1. Launch the App Store from the Dock.
  2. Use the search bar and enter the name of the app that you want to download.
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  3. Now click on iPhone and iPad apps to show only iOS applications.
  4. Install the desired application and run it.

Keep in mind that not all iOS applications are available for download on macOS. It’s also worth mentioning that many apps work great, but they don’t have full mouse and keyboard support.

You should also know that you’ll always download an iPad app instead of an iPhone app. However, if the iPad version isn’t available, the iPhone version will be downloaded instead.

So what’s the difference between iPad and iPhone versions? iPad apps work almost like regular applications, and you can minimize them, run them in full screen or in split-screen mode.

On the other hand, iPhone apps don’t have any of these features available, so you won’t be able to resize them or run them in full screen.

Installing iPhone and iPad apps on macOS Big Sur is pretty straightforward, and you should be able to run iOS apps on your macOS as long as your Mac is powered by an M1 chip.