Some apps on Apple’s App Store are iPhone-specific. That means those apps do not have versions that are designed for iPads. But, you can still install iPhone-specific apps on an iPad, Apple made provisions for that.
Knowing that some companies make their apps only for iPhones, Apple has some settings in iPads which enable you to use those apps.
For the sake of this article, we will use the Snapchat app as an example of installing iPhone-specific apps on iPad.
Snapchat was made for smartphone only — Android and iPhone. But you are still not out of luck if you want to use it on an iPad. You just have to install the iPhone version. Let’s see how we can do that.
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Installing iPhone-specific apps on iPad
Remember we are using Snapchat to demonstrate how to install apps that are iPhone-only on iPads.
- Launch the App Store app from the iPad.
After loading, hit the “Search” tab (with the magnifying glass) at the bottom right corner of the screen.
Key in “Snapchat” in the search box at the top of the screen and tap “Search”.
Tap “Filters” at the top left corner of the screen.
Then tap “Supports” in the drop-down menu.
(By default, you are shown apps that are originally made to work on the iPad. But you can reveal those that are made specifically for iPhones.)
- So tap the “iPhone Only” from the support dropdown menu. This will reveal all apps that are by default hidden from iPads.
You can now see the Snapchat app among your search results.
Hit “GET” to install it.
After you have installed Snapchat, the app will run on the iPad as an “enlarged” version of the original iPhone app. but you can also choose to run it as a shrunk version (the normal version with respect to its display). Tap the arrow in the lower right corner of the screen to switch between the enlarged and shrunk versions.
As said earlier, this is the same way to install any other iPhone-specific apps on an iPad.