How to install iPhone and iPad apps on Apple M1 Mac

iPhone apps on M1 Mac

Apple M1 Macs had many major selling points like a massive boost in performance, memory management, battery life, the fastest Mac released by Apple, and so on.

However, I feel like the main selling point that impressed me in the post is that you can now install and use iPhone and iPad apps on your Apple Silicon-based M1 Macs.

With millions of apps available for iPhone and iPad and combining them with an already massive library of Mac apps, macOS will now have the biggest collection of apps ever.

iPhone apps on M1 Mac

The tricky part is that not all iPhone or iPad apps are natively available in the Mac app store, mainly due to developers not updating them to be compatible with the new M1 Macs or opting out of the option to make their iOS and iPadOS apps available on macOS.

But fortunately, there is a way where you can install almost any iPhone or iPad app on your Apple M1 Macs, including popular apps like Instagram, Netflix, Amazon Prime, TikTok, and more.

Here is the detailed guide with a step-by-step process on installing iPhone and iPad apps on your Apple M1 Macs.

How to install iPhone and iPad apps on Apple M1 Mac

Step 1:

First, visit this link to download and install the app iMazing on your Apple M1 Mac.

Once the file has been downloaded, launch it from the Downloads folder on your Mac.

After this, drag and drop the iMaging app icon into the Applications folder, and you can now launch the app from the Launchpad on your Mac.

Step 2:

Now connect your iPhone to your Mac using your charging cable, and then go to the iMazing app.


From here, select later at the bottom left corner to skip the backups page and then click on the Apps option in the left menu and hit manage apps at the bottom right of this page.

iPhone apps on M1 Mac

You will now be asked to enter your Apple ID and password. Enter the details to proceed further.

Apple M1 Mac

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Step 3:

Once you finish entering your Apple ID login details, you will then be taken to the Manage apps page, which contains all the apps installed on your iPhone or iPad.

Now switch to the Library tab at the top and hit download on the iPhone or iPad apps you want to download and install on your Apple M1 Mac.


After the app has finished downloading, right-click on the app, and then select the Export .ipa option and select a folder to export the file on your Mac.

iPhone apps on M1 Mac

Step 4:

Now you can launch the .ipa file from the location you exported it to, and it should install just like any other app on your Mac, and the app will be automatically moved to the Applications folder.

You can then open the app from the launchpad and start using it.

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Note: Using iPhone and iPad apps on Apple M1 Mac

Before you get all excited that you can now finally run iPhone and iPad apps on your Apple M1 Mac device, remember that this is just a temporary workaround, and it might stop working any time soon.

Most developers choose not to make their iPhone or iPad apps available on macOS because they might not be fully compatible yet could have some issues. 

So, using this method might not be ideal for all the iPhone or iPad apps as some might not work as you expected, however popular apps like Instagram and TikTok seems to work without any hiccups for now in the Apple M1 Macs.

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