Install Non Appstore Apps Mac


NOT FOR CIRCULATION Installing Non-App Store Apps: Mac OS X 10.8, Mountain Lion Information Technology Services, UIS 1 1. Open System Preferences by going to the Apple menu and clicking on System Preferences. App packages for Android are packaged in APK files which can also be downloaded from outside the Play Store (such as through your web browser). Before attempting to install APK files, however, you must first allow your phone to install from “Unknown Sources” (i.e. Non-Play Store apps).

IPA files contain iPhone apps. Some of them are from the App Store, which Macs can install by simply double-clicking. But what if you want to install an app you compiled using Xcode yourself, or an IPA you download off the Internet? Previously, there was no way to do this, but I’ve figured out a workaround to run any IPA file on a M1 Mac. And I mean ANY app. Especially the Non-Appstore ones.


  • M1 Mac
  • An IPA file you want to install (not from the App Store)
  • 5 mins of time

Note: if your app is downloadable from the App Store, just use the iMazing method instead. It is a LOT easier, you just double-click a file and go. This is meant to be use for IPA files that are NOT obtainable on the App Store.

  1. Download a wrapper The way MacOS runs iPhone apps is by downloading the app from the Appstore and manipulating its metadata into something MacOS can read. It does this by installing a “wrapper” for iOS apps. We will need a wrapper to run our app, too. The first thing you need to do is download an iOS AppStore app. You’ll need this to generate the wrapper, but it can be uninstalled after we’re done. I’m using a podcast app called Overcast, but most other iPhone apps will work. Enter the macOS App Store, and search for your app. Make sure to select “iPhone and iPad apps” instead of “macOS apps”, as we need an iOS app to use as our wrapper. Simply download it and proceed to step 2.

  2. Copy the wrapper Open the Terminal application. Type cd /Applications/ and then cp -R [the app you just downloaded].app ~/Documents. DON’T DO THIS VIA FINDER, it will mess up the wrapper.

  3. Sign your IPA Use iOS App Signer to resign the IPA file you plan to install. This is essential! If you compiled an iPA with Xcode, you can skip this step, as it is already signed.

  4. Prepare your IPA Then, cd to wherever your downloaded your IPA file, and unzip it with unzip YOURIPA.ipa. Using Finder, copy the app inside the Payload folder into our wrapper in ~/Documents.

  5. Modify the wrapper Right-click the wrapper we copied into Documents and select “Show Package Contents.” Delete WrappedBundle, and move into Wrapper. Copy the app extracted from the IPA into this folder, and delete the original app that was in there. Do not delete the plist files. Leave BundleMetadata.plist alone, as we don’t need to change it. Modify iTunesMetadata.plist, replacing the softwareVersionBundleId, bundleShortVersionString, itemName, and artistName with the proper information that can be found in your app’s Info.plist (again, use Show Package Contents). While changing these are all recommended, the only one you REALLY need to change is itemName and bundleShortVersionString.

  6. Fix the wrapper Remember how we deleted WrappedBundle? Well, we actually do need that to run, but we couldn’t use the one already made. It’s a simple fix though. Open Terminal and cd into the first wrapper folder (~/Documents/WrapperApp.app). Run ln -S Wrapper/YourIOSApp.app WrappedBundle.

  7. Install the wrapper Finally, we’re done! Rename the wrapper app in your Documents folder to the name of the app you’re installing, and run it! You can copy it into your /Applications folder if you want it to live in the Launchpad.

  8. Approve your app When you run your app, macOS will complain about not trusting you. Open System Preferences, select “Security and Privacy”, and click “Open Anyway” next to the text saying “x was blocked from use”. Select “always trust this developer” (since it’s you) and click “Open”, and you’re done! The app will now run like it’s on iOS!

In the future, I will create a script to do all this for you, automatically. For now though, you’ll have to do it all by hand. There is a limit to how many apps an Apple account can make; if you run into that problem, create a new Apple ID and use it for signing. One more thing: I think you might have to resign the app file like you do if you want to sideload an app on iOS, but I’ve just discovered this today, so I’m not sure. If you have a Developer Account, it will last a year. But who knows, maybe it won’t need to be resigned? Either way, occasional resigning is nothing, compared to having any app installed on a Mac.

When you receive a pop-message, warning you that 'You can only install apps from Microsoft Store' or 'The app you're trying to install isn't a verified app from the Store', like the blow listed image, it doesn't mean that you can only do as what your PC told you.

To resolve this problem, you can first follow this page to learn some background information and disable or enable Windows 10 to install non-Store apps with provided solutions here:


Microsoft firstly tested the feature of preventing non-Windows 10 Store apps to install on PC in February 2017 and added it into Windows Insiders on March 20, 2017. With the final rollout of Windows 10 Creators, this new feature is able to warn and block users whenever they attempt to install an app from unknown resources outside the Windows Store. This feature continuously exists in all of the following versions of Windows 10 - 1703, 1709, 1803, 1809 and the latest Windows 10 OS.

With this feature embedded in Windows 10, you can fully control the apps by blocking non-Store apps or allowing Windows 10 to install apps from third-party platforms. You can either download and install apps from anywhere by default or stop apps from unknown sources harming your PC or negatively impacting your data.

So how to block or allow Windows 10 to install apps that are from unknown resources? In the following guide, you'll learn steps to enable Windows 10 get apps from desired sources - Windows Store or other platforms.

How to Block Windows 10 from Installing Non-Store Apps

On Windows 10 Creators, or the following new Windows 10 OS, you can apply tips in the following steps to block non-Store apps from being installed on the desktop:

Install Non Appstore Apps Mac

Step 1: Open Settings > Apps.

Step 2: Click Apps & features > Select 'Allow apps from the Store only' option under Installing apps.


When you complete the steps, Windows system will automatically keep all changes without restarting your PC. And now, you can only install apps from the Store.

Sometimes, when you fail to get a desirable application from the Windows Store, you may want to download and install it from a third-party platform. And then you'll need to follow the tips below to allow Windows 10 non-Store apps.

How to Allow Non-Store Apps to Install on Windows 10

Step 1: Open Settings and click Apps.

Step 2: Select the right option to allow Windows 10 install apps that are outside the Windows Store.

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Allow apps from anywhere: This means you can install any apps from any source.

Warm me before installing apps from outside the Store: This means that you'll be able to install both apps from inside and outside the Windows Store. When you install a non-Store app, Windows will show a warning notice to show you that the app isn't from the Store.

Install Non Appstore Apps Mac

When you have followed all the steps in this guide, you can install applications as many as you need from any platform.
Also, you can revert the changes with the same steps as mentioned above whenever you need.


This feature indeed plays a significant role in Windows 10 to protect the Windows OS and users' data by getting apps from the Store rather than unknown sources as installing apps from the Internet and other platforms can cause a serious issue.

If you are a technology enthusiast or professional tech lover who can tell a real and fake app, you can allow Windows 10 to install apps from the Internet or other sources.

If you are a regular user who often has troubles in identifying an official app, and even install some malware or a poorly designed app, your best choice is to block Windows 10 from installing non-Store apps.

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For more Windows 10 tips and solutions to most ordinary Windows 10 problems and errors, follow and visit How-to and Computer-instruction pages on EaseUS website.

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