As we explained earlier today, it’s easy to download iPhone and iPad apps from the Mac App Store to launch them on the new M1-powered MacBook Air, Mac mini and MacBook Pro. However, Apple gives developers the option to opt out of their app available on the Mac, and many have opted for this option.
A Reddit user has already discovered that it is actually possible to install application files or .IPA files from your iPhone on an M1 Mac.
To do this, you must have a copy of the IPA file as well On the edge indicates that it must be associated with your Apple ID. This means that you can simply download IPA files from other sources or even share them with other users. So how do you extract an IPA file from your iPhone?
With the iMazing app, you can directly download the IPA files of the apps you purchased on your iPhone. The Reddit user “probably”
- Connect your device to your Mac with iMazing running
- Select “Apps” for iPhone included with your Mac
- Select “Application Management” in the tabs at the bottom
- Select Library on the Application Management screen
- Download the apps you want
- Right-click the downloaded application in the list -> Export ipa
After exporting the IPA, simply double-click the file, then it is installed and moved to the applications folder just like a normal Mac application. You can open it from the Finder, from Launchpad or add it directly to your macOS dock for easy access.
This works for most iPhone and iPad apps, including notable retentions like Netflix, Hulu, Dark Sky and Instagram. However, some applications, such as WhatsApp and the Apple Store application, have additional requirements that do not allow them to open on a Mac at all.
There are a few things to keep in mind with this strategy. First, these developers chose not to make their applications available on the Mac for a reason. In many cases, things are unstable and do not work quite right. Netflix, for example, does not offer full screen mode or even the ability to resize the window.
Instagram works properly, although it is quite small. In fact, I was most impressed with the Plex app, which works without problems. TikTok also works pretty well. But again, remember that developers have chosen to opt out for some reason, so you shouldn’t file complaints with them.
Finally, this is something that Apple can (and probably will) block in the future. This is an unsupported method for installing Apple Silicon Macs iPhone and iPad apps, and we shouldn’t expect it to last forever. Think of this as a temporary way to explore the capabilities of these applications on your Mac.
If you are interested in trying it out, you can download iMazing for free.
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