If you’ve always been a Windows user, the first thing you will notice after switching to the MacBook is that there is a huge difference in the two giant OS’s. Microsoft’s Windows is considered the norm in the world, but it’s the MacOS that takes the cake as a better OS, and once you port to it, you’ll understand.
But it’s a given that you already have, which is why you are probably here, and you also want to learn how to Install Apps and software on your Mac. Fret not, there are two really simple ways to do just that, so let’s find out.
The first and easiest way to download apps on your MacBook is through the App Store. If you already use the iPhone or iPad, you’d know how simple it is to install apps on your devices, and that’s exactly how it is on the MacBook as well.
First, go to the App Store
Once inside the App Store, find the App you want to download. If it’s a paid app, you’ll have to insert your credit card info to proceed, but if it’s free, the following step is simple.
For example, I chose Lifecraft. Once inside the App page, just press on the blue Get button!
Once you press Get, the button turns green
Press on Install App, insert your Apple ID and password, and once it is downloaded (depending on the size of the App) the app will automatically be available in your Launchpad.
You can bring the launchpad using gestures on your touchpad, and in case you don’t know how to do that, here’s everything you need to know about Gestures on your Macbook. (link to gestures article)
Just click on the App icon and start using it! Easy, wasn’t it?
However, not all apps are available on the Mac App Store. For those apps, you have to download them from the internet, but the installation process isn’t as smooth as it is with the App Store.
It’s not to say it’s difficult, though, so let’s find out how to install apps downloaded from the internet.
If you downloaded a .zip extension file, you can simply double-click on the file and it will unpack automatically for you.
However, if you downloaded a .dmg extension file (which is a disk image), then you first have to mount the file onto your MacBook. You can do it by following these steps.
- Go to the Finder folder available on your Apps dock.
- Search for the downloaded file. It is usually available in the Downloads folder. Duh.
- Double-click on the .dmg file and follow the on-screen instructions. Once the process is complete and the app has successfully been installed on your MacBook, you can add the app to your App Dock for instant launch.
That’s it folks. It’s as simple as following the steps above if you want to install an app on your MacBook. If you have any questions, don’t forget to leave a comment below, and don’t forget to share this article with your friends who have just now converted onto a MacBook!