These are step-by-step instructions to install iPhone and iPad apps on Apple silicon Macs, bypassing the Mac App Store’s limitations so you can run any iPhone app on your Mac.

Installing iPhone and iPad apps on Apple Silicon Macs.

One of the cool things about having an Apple silicon-equipped Mac is that the chip architecture is very similar to that of what you’ll find in your iPhones and iPads. For this reason, it’s possible to run apps that have been designed for iOS and iPadOS devices on an Apple silicon-equipped Mac.

If you aren’t sure how to install iPhone and iPad apps on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac, don’t fret. We will be walking you through the steps necessary to do it on your own so that you can get the most out of your macOS experience.

Requirements

You must have an Apple silicon-equipped Mac (M-series).

Also read: How to determine if your Mac has an Intel or Apple silicon-based chip

If your Mac has an Intel-based processor inside, such as an Intel i5 or i7 processor, then your Mac is not running Apple silicon and you therefore won’t be able to install iPhone or iPad apps onto it.

What you need to know

While many iPhone and iPad apps will run on an Apple silicon-equipped Mac without a hitch, it’s worth noting that many of these apps have been designed with a touch-based user experience in mind. Having said that, some apps may not work exactly the way you’d expect, or may be a lot more challenging to operate with a mouse or track pad.

Another thing you should be aware of is that iPhone and iPad apps run best at their native resolutions and aspect ratios on Apple silicon-equipped Macs. While apps can be maximized into full-screen mode, the viewing experience may not be as pleasing as it would be on a native device.

Lastly, you should be aware that while some iPhone and iPad apps can be installed on Apple silicon-equipped Macs via the Mac App Store, that isn’t the case for all of them. App developers can prevent apps from being installed on Apple silicon Macs if those developers only want their apps to run on iPhones and iPads.

There’s a trick you can use to circumvent this that we’ll show you after first showcasing the Mac App Store method.

If you still want to move on with installing iPhone or iPad apps on your Mac, then follow along below.

Method 1: Using the Mac App Store

The first method you should always try, since it’s the easiest, is to browse the Mac App Store for the iPhone or iPad app you wish to install on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac. While not all iPhone and iPad apps are available via the Mac App Store, some of them are.

To check if an iPhone or iPad app can be installed on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac via the Mac App Store, follow these steps:

1) Launch the Mac App Store from your Mac’s applications folder:

Open the Mac App Store.

2) Type an iPhone or iPad app’s name in the Search bar:

Search bar in the Mac App Store.

3) Click on the iPhone & iPad Apps button:

iPhone & iPad apps button in Mac App Store.

4) Click the Download button beside the app you want:

Download button beside iPhone app in Mac App Store.

Note: After the app downloads, you’ll find it in your Mac’s applications folder with the rest of your Mac apps:

Downloaded Charcoal app on macOS.

5) You can now launch the iPhone or iPad app on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac and use it:

iPad's Charcoal app running on macOS.

Weren’t able to find the app you were looking for in the Mac App Store? Don’t give up hope, because you can try the more advanced method below which should work for most Mac-unsupported iPhone and iPad apps.

Method 2: Sideload the app

If you attempted to find an iPhone or iPad app in the Mac App Store and it’s not there, you need to follow these steps.

In essence, you need to sideload the app using your own Apple ID with an application for macOS called Sideloadly. But more importantly, you’re going to need a decrypted version of that app’s .ipa file to sideload.

To decrypt any of your own apps so that you can install them on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac, you need a jailbroken device with the app you intend to decrypt already installed on it, and you will need a decryptor app on that same device.

A handful of app decrypting apps exist available for jailbroken devices, such as Frida and bfdecryptor; however, since user-friendliness is important to us and because Dopamine for iOS & iPadOS 15.0-15.4.1 is all the rage right now, we recommend AppsDump because it can be perma-signed with TrollStore and because it’s easy to use. Fun fact: AppsDump is based on bfdecryptor, but with a user-friendly interface.

Note: Do not attempt to download decrypted apps from third-party app stores. Not only does downloading apps from unauthorized stores carry a malware risk, but the redistribution of  someone else’s software without their express permission, free or not, is a form of piracy. If you intend to use decrypted apps, then you must decrypt apps that you already own yourself for personal use and must not share or redistribute them. This also means that you should not download pre-decrypted apps from unauthorized sources.

Now that that’s out of the way, to decrypt and sideload an iPhone or iPad app that isn’t available in the Mac App Store on your Mac, simply follow the steps below:

Step 1: Decrypting an app

1) Visit the following link in Safari on a jailbroken device with TrollStore installed on it:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Zx7KuLeWDSWfGNqB_6GRcL0JsrBZpKu/view

2) Tap the blue Download button:

Download AppsDump.

3) Tap the two A’s in the URL bar:

Safari Downloads button.

4) Tap the Downloads button.

5) Tap the AppsDump .tipa file you just downloaded:

Downloaded AppsDump .tipa file.

6) Tap the Share button at the top right:

Share AppsDump .tipa file.

7) In the subsequent share sheet, tap the TrollStore app icon:

AppsDump open in TrollStore.

8) You will be taken to TrollStore and shown a prompt. Tap on Install:

Install button AppsDump in TrollStore.

Note: AppsDump is now installed on your iPhone or iPad:

AppsDump install successful.

9) Go back to your Home Screen and launch AppsDump:

AppsDump launch app from Home Screen.

10) Tap the app you wish to decrypt:

Choose app to decrypt with AppsDump.

11) In the prompt, tap Decrypt – IPA:

Decrypt IPA.

12) The app will launch and you will see a pop-up like the one below:

Decrypt app prompt.

Note: The decrypting process will take several seconds. Times vary depending on the app and the device. Wait until it completes. 

13) When finished, you will return to the AppsDump app and see the following pop-up revealing where the decrypted .ipa file is stored:

Complete AppsDump process.

14) Tap the Complete button to finish.

Note: You have decrypted the app and can now move forward with sending the .ipa file to your Mac as discussed in the next section.

Step 2: Moving the decrypted app to macOS

15) Launch Sileo from your Home Screen:

Open the Sileo app.

16) Tap the Search tab:

Sileo search tab.

17) Tap the Search bar and type Filza:

Search for Filza.

18) Tap the Filza File Manager search result.

19) Tap the Get button:

Sileo get button.

20) Tap the Queue button:

Sileo Queue button.

21) Tap the Confirm button:

Sileo Confirm button.

22) Tap the Done button:

Sileo done button.

23) Launch the Filza app from your Home Screen:

Open the Filza app.

24) Navigate to /var/mobile/Documents/DumpIpa/:

Navigate to AppsDump directory Filza.

25) Tap the decrypted .ipa file you made:

Tap the decrypted .ipa file you made.

25) Tap the Open In button:

Filza open in button.

26) In the subsequent share sheet, tap the AirDrop button:

Filza AirDrop ipa file.

27) Tap the Mac you intend to install the app on via the AirDrop available devices interface:

Select AirDrop device.

28) Once complete, check your Mac’s Downloads folder to make sure the file was sent there successfully:

Decrypted .ipa file in Mac's Downloads folder.

Note: The decrypted .ipa file is now on your Mac, and you can begin the sideloading process as discussed below.

Step 3: Sideloading the decrypted app

29) Launch a web browser on your Mac and type the following URL and press return:

https://www.sideloadly.io/

30) On the Sideloadly website, click the blue macOS Download button:

Sideloady macOS Download.

31) Open your Mac’s Downloads folder and double-click on the Sideloadly .dmg file:

Double-click Sideloady download.

32) Drag the Sideloadly icon into your Mac’s Applications folder to install it:

Drag Sideloady into macOS Applications folder.

33) Launch Sideloadly from your Mac’s Applications folder:

Sideloady macOS Applications folder.

34) If this is your first time installing Sideloadly, then you’re likely to get the pop-up below when trying to open it. Click Cancel:

Cancel Sideloady cannot be identified.

34) Navigate to  → System Settings…:

System settings macOS.

35) Click Privacy & Security in the side bar:

macOS Privacy and Security open anyway.

36) Click the Open Anyway button.

37) Authenticate yourself for the next step either with your Apple Watch, Touch ID, or your Mac’s password:

Authentication for macOS open anyway.

38) Click the Open button in the next prompt:

Open button to use Sideloady after authentication.

39) When Sideloadly launches and you see the pop-up below, click Yes:

Sideloady Local Anisette Problem Yes.

40) In the next prompt, click OK:

Sideloady Administrator Permission OK.

41) Sideloadly now requests you to authenticate yourself with your Apple Watch, Touch ID, or your Mac’s password:

Sideloady Touch ID authentication.

42) In the next prompt about the Sideloadly Anisette, click the Cancel button:

Cancel button.

43) Launch the Mail app on your Mac:

Launch Mail app

44) Navigate to Mail → Settings…:

Mail Settings.

45) Click the General tab:

Mail Settings Manage Plugins.

46) Click the Manage Plug-ins… button.

47) Put a check mark beside SideloadlyPlugin.mailbundle:

SideloadyPlugin MailBundle check mark.

48) In the next prompt, click Allow Access:

Sideloady allow access.

49) Click the Apply and Restart Mail button:

Sideloady apply and restart mail.

50) Return to the Sideloadly application and ensure that Apple Silicon is selected in the drop-down box:

Sideloady Advanced Options.

51) Enter your Apple ID email.

52) Click the Advanced Options button.

53) Put a check mark next to Remove limitation on supported device.

54) Drag the decrypted .ipa you AirDropped earlier over the empty IPA box and drop it:

Drag IPA over Sideloady.

55) Click the Start button:

Sideloady Start button.

56) In the next prompt, click the Cancel button:

Sideloady Cancel button.

57) When prompted, enter your Apple ID password and click the OK button:

Sideload Apple ID Password prompt.

Note: Your Apple ID is used to sign the app on your Mac. This information is only shared with Apple. Use a burner Apple ID if you don’t feel comfortable with this.

58) Sideloadly will sideload the .ipa onto your Mac. When finished, you will see the word Done at the bottom, like so:

Sideloady done sideloading.

59) Attempt to launch the sideloaded app from your Mac’s Applications folder:

Launching the sideloaded app on macOS.

60) Click the OK button in the prompt:

Sideloaded app for testing only OK.

61) Navigate to  → System Settings…:

System settings macOS.

62) Click Privacy & Security in the side bar:

MacOS Privacy and Security Open Sideloaded app anyway.

63) Click the Open Anyway button.

64) Authenticate yourself for the next step either with your Apple Watch, Touch ID, or your Mac’s password:

Authenticate yourself to open sideloaded app.

65) In the next prompt, put a check mark next to Always trust apps from this developer:

Always Trust Developer.

66) Click the Open button.

67) Enjoy your iPhone or iPad app on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac:

Facebook for iPad app on macOS.

Conclusion

That wraps up this tutorial showcasing how you can install iPhone and iPad apps on your Apple silicon-equipped Mac, and we hope you found it helpful. We understand it involves a lot of steps, and it may look intimidating at first glance, but once you’ve got all the apps set up on your iPhone or iPad and your Mac, things go really quickly for future sideloads.

What apps from your iPhone or iPad have you started using on your Mac using this method? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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