How to use, install and run apps or applications from my iPhone or iPad on my Mac

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There are people who really prefer to use the computer to stay on their cell phones, or who simply for work reasons prefer to stay on the computer more. In this way, it would be more convenient for them to be able to carry out their activities and have within them even the most common applications of our iPhone. And for this you will have to install applications on Mac .

But it is really possible to download the applications we commonly use on ours iPhone or iPad and use them daily on our Mac computer? The answer is yes, although not all computers have this capability, keep reading this article.

    Is there a risk of installing prohibited applications on my Mac?

    Apple has a database where it records all application developer IDs. The fact that an app is "not allowed" it does not mean that it is harmful . However, it doesn't give you full confidence that the application isn't harmful to your Mac.

    One of the ways to distribute viruses and malicious software is through apps. They do this by injecting malicious code to redistribute it. But assuming the application you want to install on your Mac is not malicious, there is no risk as long as it comes from a well-known developer registered with Apple .

    Yes, it is currently possible to download this application, but unfortunately not all computers have this ability. At least not natively already default. Only those Macs that have the integrated Apple M1 chip can do this.

    These computers are currently known as Apple Silicon. Well, they have this chip built in. Among these computers we have the MacBook Air released at the end of 2020 along with the MacBook Pro 13-inch and Mac mini .

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    Now as far as the software is concerned these need to have macOS 11 BigSur or any version later than this. So basically you have to take into consideration the model, if it has an integrated M1 chip and that its software is one of the newest.

    Find MacOS apps

    In the app App Store you can find all the applications available for MacOS, both paid and free. You just have to enter it and then directly explore or search for the app you want to download.

    Use Mac simulators

    It is also possible use iOS simulators or emulators on your Mac , thus being able to install all the apps available for iPhone. This can be done via another app: 'Xcode' .

    What are the steps to follow to install the apps on the Mac?

    It is currently possible have these applications on our computers in two ways. One is through the Mac App Store and the other is outside of this store. Below we will show you the steps you need to follow.

    How can I install applications on my Mac from the App Store?

      How can I install applications outside the Mac App Store?

      If you've performed the above steps and haven't found the application you want, don't worry. Some developers have decided not to be part of the App Store. However, it is possible to do it in an alternative way , using third party applications like iMazing, you just need to follow the following steps:

        Run the apps from your iPhone or iPad on your Mac by doing the following

        You will go to the App Store on your Mac and download the app "Xcode" . His icon is a blue plane with a hammer on it. Once installed, we won't need to run the app. What you will do is execute "Finder" to be able to get the function to run apps for iPhone or iPad.

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        Next, you will find the section "Applications" in the menu on the left. All installed apps will appear where you need to right click on "Xcode". This way, you will be able to see the preferences menu where you will select 'Show package contents' .

        From now on you will follow the following path: 'Content'> 'Developer'> 'Platforms'> 'iPhoneSimulator.platform'> 'Developer'> 'Applications'> 'iOS Simulator'.

        Finally, you can launch the iOS simulator on your Mac in a simple way and you can download all the apps you want.

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