Install iDevice apps from the Mac App Store
As is typical for Apple, the official route is simple and straightforward. Users open the Mac App Store and click on the account information in the lower left. The store shows an overview of all apps that the user has already downloaded on the Mac and on iDevices. When clicking on the “iPhone & iPad Apps” tab, the user can see which of the iOS and iPadOS applications are available for installation on the Mac. The download works like with normal Mac apps by clicking on the cloud symbol. The iDevice application is installed and can then be used on the respective M1 computer.
If you want to search for specific iOS applications in the store, you can do so using the search field. With the results it is important to ensure that only results under the “iPhone & iPad Apps“ tab are taken into account. Some programs come with warnings like “Designed for iPad. Not Verified for macOS “. Developers want to express that the user experience on Apple computers is not the same as on iDevices – for example because the operation is designed solely for touch input.
IOS apps that are blocked for the Mac can also be installed
If software providers block their iOS programs for Mac use (for example because keyboard and mouse control means restrictions in terms of ease of use), there are still unofficial ways to get iOS programs on the Mac. To do this, the “.ipa” file of the iOS or iPadOS application must be extracted. For example, users can use the iMazing use. It is also possible with Apple’s Configurator 2 (Store:).
Since the “.ipa” extraction has disadvantages in terms of convenience and individual restrictions (and it is not the installation method provided by Apple), the method is only recommended in emergencies – especially since there are usually good reasons why certain iOS apps are are not (yet) approved for use on Macs.