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How to play iPhone and iPad games on Mac?

Apple’s M1 and M2 processors let you play iPad and iPhone games on Mac computers.

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Do you have an iPhone or iPad and want to use it with your Mac to play games? Maybe you’re bored at work and just want to play a round of Among Us. All you need is an Apple-based Mac.

It’s now common knowledge that native iOS and iPadOS app compatibility is available on Apple’s ARM-powered Macs. The games you love to play on your iPhone can now be played on your Mac. However, there is a downside to this feature, which we’ll get to shortly.

Here we’ll show you how to run iOS apps and games developed for iPhone and iPad on a Mac using Apple’s M1/M2.

How to play iPhone and iPad games on Mac?

If you’re signed in to your Mac with the same Apple ID as your iPhone or iPad, it’s much easier to download a game you’ve already purchased. The steps are as follows:

  1. Launch the App Store on your Mac and click on your Apple ID name in the bottom left corner of the window. This will list all the apps you have purchased. Click “iPhone and iPad Apps” to filter purchased iOS/iPadOS apps that can run on your Mac.
  1. Scroll down and find the game you want to install on your Mac and click the Download button.
How to play iPhone and iPad games on Mac?
  1. Finally, launch the program by double-clicking its icon in Launchpad or Applications folder. The program will start in a new window.
  1. If you’re using a Mac with macOS Big Sur 11.3 or higher, we’re not done yet as you have additional options. All you need to do is select the name of the app or game from the menu bar and then click “Preferences” to get to the settings menu.
  1. You should be in the General section of the Preferences panel, where you can increase or decrease your window size so that the default setting is larger.
  1. You may choose to use your keyboard and trackpad instead of touch inputs and motion controls by clicking “Touch Alternatives.”
  1. Similarly, if you want to use the keyboard and trackpad instead of the controller, go to the Game Control menu and turn on Controller Emulation. However, you cannot use Controller Emulation and Touch Alternatives at the same time.

That’s it. Now you know how easy it is to run iPhone and iPad games natively on a supported Mac. If an iPhone game you purchased has an iPad version, your Mac will automatically download the iPad version because it fits the larger screen better.

Now, we want to talk about a situation that may be disappointing for some players. Games are limited to what’s available on the Mac App Store. If you’re looking for an iPhone or iPad game and you can’t find it, it’s probably because the creator of the app has decided not to release it for Apple Silicon Macs. This applies not only to games but also to regular apps.

Some users have discovered that they can install any iOS/iPadOS software on M1 Macs using a program called iMazing Configurator. While this feature was previously available, Apple has permanently disabled it as of macOS Big Sur 11.3. If you haven’t purchased any of the apps shown, you can still use the program to download them.