To install and activate an iOS app from Setapp on your iPhone or iPad, you'll need Setapp on your Mac. In this guide, we'll go through the installation step by step.
Before we start, please note: you don’t need to sign in to Setapp on your iPhone or iPad, or link them to Setapp manually — it happens automatically when you install an iOS app.
- Open Setapp on your Mac, find an app with an iOS companion, and click the app to open its page.
- Click "iOS app" (next to the Install button).
Scan the QR code using the Camera app on your iOS device.
Scanning opens the app on the App Store; tap the app's price or the Get button to install the app. If you already have an app installed, update it to the latest version.
Don't worry if you tap the price: you won't need to pay anything on top of your Setapp payments.
If there's no QR code in the dialog, you might have no available device slots or all of them might be occupied. Click either Add Device or Manage Devices, then follow the instructions on the screen. If you need some help, you might want to read about devices in Setapp.
Once you get an available device, start installing the iOS app using Setapp from Step 1.
- After installing the iOS app, go back to Setapp on your Mac and click Done (or drag the slider to "2. Unlock full version"). Then, scan the second QR code to activate the app on your iOS device.
Make sure you’re using the Camera app for scanning, if possible: other QR code readers may not process the Setapp’s activation link correctly.
- On your iOS device, a QR code notification appears on top of the screen. Tap it, then tap Open to start the app.
That's it! The app is fully functional now, and there's nothing more you need to do but enjoy it.
If you have a question about using iOS apps in Setapp, we hope you'll find the answer in this article.