To do this, you must have a copy of the IPA file, and as The edge underlines, it must be associated with your Apple ID. This means that you can just download IPA files from other sources, or even share them with other users. So, how to extract IPA file from your iPhone?
Using the iMazing app, you can directly download the IPA files of the apps you purchased to your iPhone. Reddit user “probablyamy” detailed the process:
- Plug-in device on Mac with iMazing running
- Select “Applications” for the iPhone connected to your Mac
- Select “Manage applications” from the tabs at the bottom
- Select “Library” in the application management screen
- Download the apps you want
- Right click on the downloaded application in the list -> Export ipa
Once you’ve exported the IPA, all you need to do is double click on the file, then it installs and moves to your Applications folder like a normal Mac application. You can open it from Finder, Launchpad, or add it directly to your macOS dock for easy access.
It works for the vast majority of iPhone and iPad apps, including notable resistors like Netflix, Hulu, Dark Sky, and Instagram. However, some apps, such as WhatsApp and the Apple Store app, have additional requirements that prevent them from opening on the Mac.
There are a few things to keep in mind with this strategy. First, these developers chose not to make their apps available on the Mac for a reason. In many cases, things are wonky and don’t work very well. Netflix, for example, doesn’t offer full screen mode, or even the ability to resize the window.
Instagram works fine, even though it is quite small. I was actually quite impressed with the Plex app, which works without a hitch. TikTok also works great. But again, remember that the developers chose to opt out for a reason, so you shouldn’t complain to them.
Finally, this is something Apple can (and probably will) block in the future. This is an unsupported method of installing iPhone and iPad apps on Apple Silicon Macs, and we shouldn’t expect it to exist forever. Instead, think of it as a temporary way to explore the possibilities of these apps on your Mac.
If you want to try it out, you can download iMazing for free.
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