Learning to use your brand new Mac computer can be overwhelming. This is especially true if you’ve been using a PC all your life and you’re just switching to Mac.
But, don’t worry! The Mac interface is easy to use once you get used to it.
When setting up your new Mac, one of the first things you’ll want to know is how to install apps since this is how you’ll access all the essential programs. We’ve put together this handy guide to walk you through the entire process!
First, Check Out the Mac App Store
Your Mac computer has an App Store just like your iPhone does, and this is the first place to look for apps you want to add.
In the icon tray at the bottom of your desktop screen, you’ll find an icon with a blue background with a white A on it. If you have an iPhone, you’ll recognize this icon as the icon for the app store. Click on this icon to load the Mac App Store.
Once you’ve opened the Mac App Store, search for the name of the app you want to install. For example, if you want to make sure your Google Calendar syncs with your Mac, search for the Google Calendar app.
When you find it, click to download and the app will automatically be added to your Mac! You’ll be able to find it in the Launchpad, represented by the app’s icon.
In order to get apps from the App Store, you’ll need your AppleID and password, which you set up when you set up your new Mac. Most apps will be free but some apps will have a cost. For those, you’ll need a payment method attached to your AppleID in order to purchase.
How to Install Apps that Aren’t in the Mac App Store
Apple has limitations on what applications are available in its App Store. If you’re looking for an app not available in the App Store, you’ll have to go directly to the source.
Search for the application on the web and go to the website or app store where it can be downloaded or purchased. Make sure that you’re downloading or purchasing from a reputable source.
If the file format of the application is .zip then double click on the folder to unzip the file. You’ll be asked where you want to save the file and you can choose which folder you want to save it in. Once the file is saved you’ll be able to access the app.
If the file format of the application is .DMG then double click on the file to view it. Sometimes there will be onscreen directions for you to follow to install the app. If so, follow those to install. If not, simply drag the file to your Applications folder. When it finishes downloading, find the name of the file in the Sidebar and click to eject it. Then delete the .DMG file from your Downloads folder since it’s already in your applications folder.
What if I Don’t Want an App Anymore?
If you decide that you no longer want an app on your Mac, you can uninstall it. This isn’t as simple as dragging it to the “Trash” icon though. For more information about uninstalling apps, check out https://setapp.com/how-to/how-to-uninstall-apps-on-macos
More Information About Mac Apps
Hopefully, this quick guide gave you all the information you need about how to install apps on your new Mac. If you still have questions or you’re looking for some recommendations about which Mac Apps you can’t live without, check out the Apple section of our site.