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How to Run Mac Apps on Windows 10
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How to Run Mac Apps on Windows 10

Ever found yourself in a situation where you loved software, only to know that it is compatible with Mac machines? Agreed, it is an anomaly as the number of Windows compatible software is vast. But at times, you might find yourself in such a situation or may come across with certain apps that work better on macOS.

If you are stuck in such a situation, here we will state ways for you to run Mac apps on your Windows 10 device. Surprised! Don’t be, just remember nothing is impossible.

Ways to run Mac Apps on Windows 10

Step 1: Make a Virtual Machine with macOS on it

This is the simplest way to get Mac on Windows and run Mac apps. To learn how to run Mac on Windows check out my tutorial on How to Install macOS Mojave on Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine?

The step by step guide will make you learn how to get macOS virtual machine and how to install it on Windows 10.

Once you have the virtual machine up and running with macOS on it, come back here to learn ways to install and run Mac apps on Windows.

Step 2: Use your Apple Account

From this step onwards everything will work in a similar manner as it works on actual macOS. You’ll need to login into your Apple account to access App Store. If you don’t have one you’ll need to create an Apple account.

To create an Apple account on a web browser, follow the steps below:

1. Head to Apple ID account page, fill in all the particulars given in the form to create your AppleID. Remember provided email address will be your new AppleID.

Apple Id Account page
2. Next select security questions, if you want to receive updated checkbox to subscribe.
3. Click Continue.

These simple steps will help you create an Apple ID.

Once done login to your Apple account to start downloading apps from App Store. To access App Store click on App Store iconApp store icon present in the dock. Log in to your Apple account > look for the app you wish to download > click on Get > Install.

This will install the apps on your macOS virtual machine installed on Windows 10.

Install the apps on your macOS virtual machine

Using these simple steps you can use macOS on Windows 10 with the help of a virtual machine.

This might hit you with questions like what about the current session? Will you able to resume it from where you left or not?

To resume working from where you left you would need to shut down virtual machine in a sequence for this click on Apple logo > Shut Down. This will help you resume working.

However, if you want to extra cautious you can take a snapshot, to save the current state of the virtual machine.

To take a snapshot on VMware click on VM > Snapshot > Take Snapshot.

Take a snapshot on VMware

Next, give a name to the snapshot and hit Take Snapshot.

This way you’ll be able to save your current session.

Using these simple steps you can easily run Mac Apps on your Windows machine. However, you must never forget since you are using a Virtual machine they might not work as on actual macOS. This is simply due to a virtual machine sharing the host machine’s system resource. In addition to this, a piece of advice avoid updating your macOS Virtual Machine as the patch that makes the macOS virtual machine run is compatible with a specific version and may not work with the updates.

FAQ’s

Can you run Mac apps on Windows?

You can run Mac apps on Windows 10 easily, but before that you need to install macOS on Windows 10 in a virtual machine. Here, virtual machines play an important role to imitate dedicated hardware by emulation of a computer system. You also need to download and install certain essential tools such as VMware to run Mac apps on Windows 10.

Can you run Mac on a PC?

Yes you can run Mac on a PC like a pro. To do this, you would require a compatible PC where you can install macOS. Here, you need to select the hard drive on which you never had Windows installed. You can run Mac on a PC by creating an image file of macOS or doing it through a virtual machine.

Can you download Apple apps on Windows 10?

Apple’s iTunes apps are now available to download on Microsoft’s Windows 10 Store. It is useful development for users who wish to access iTunes apps on Windows 10. Here, you can download, purchase, and manage iTunes apps easily from Windows 10 Store.

Is it safe to use Hackintosh?

Well, it totally depends on the method you use to access macOS on your Windows machine. If you create an image of macOS and clone it on Windows PC or you try a virtual machine to access Mac on a PC, you probably are in safe hands. On the other hand, it could be debatable whether using Mac on Windows is legal or not, as you are licensed to use the software and license terms don’t allow you to imitate software.

Is a Hackintosh worth it?

If you want to access all features and functionalities of Mac without spending money on buying new Mac system, then Hackintosh is a good option. It is also useful for users who tend to work on two different systems that require access to Mac and Windows features.

Of course, you can give it try, but keep in mind you can lose everything on the virtual machine in this process. 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. rehmat

    your article was helpful and informative

    1. Preeti Seth

      Dear Rehmat, Thank you for sharing your feedback.

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