Previously available only for the Mac, Setapp now offers a monthly subscription that includes access to paid apps on iPhone and iPad.
Launched in 2017 with just 61 apps, Setapp is a continuously growing subscription service that allows users to access paid apps for a single monthly subscription. Currently hosting around 190 Mac apps, the service has now added its first iOS apps.
“Adding iOS apps to Setapp has been one of the most popular requests since our launch,” said Oleksandr Kosovan, CEO and Founder of Setapp. “We’re excited to offer the ability to use their favorite apps wherever they go on their mobile devices.”
This addition to Setapp kicks off with eight iOS titles, each of which is first accessible through the Mac app. When launching Setapp on a Mac, the catalog now contains a Available on iOS section.
At launch, the main titles of the eight are the Ulysses writing app and the MindNode mind-mapping tool. It also includes Taskheat and 2Do task managers, Paste clipboard manager, PDF search and SQLPro Studio.
They’re all Mac apps too, so selecting one of them takes you to a page where you can install Mac, iOS, or both. The first time you choose an iOS app, you need to add a new device to your account.
The new “Available on iOS” section of Setapp
Since you access Setapp through a Mac, even though there is a free trial for macOS, it counts as your first device. To add an iPhone, iPad, or both, you need to purchase an additional license for each machine you want to add.
Once you have registered an iOS device to your Setapp account, the page for each eligible app on the Mac Setapp app contains a pair of QR codes. The first one downloads the app from the App Store to your iOS device, then the second unlocks it.
Setapp really comes in handy when two or three of its apps are the ones you need. However, it is also useful because of how the one-time price gives you access to apps that you can only use very rarely. If the app is on Setapp, you can install it, use it, and then delete it as needed.