The web browser is the most important application for users to carry out their daily internet browsing tasks. Here’s how to run IE on Mac in a few easy steps.
Internet Explorer gets a bad rap sometimes. But the truth of the matter is, some websites need Internet Explorer to run. Besides that, some people prefer the interface that Internet Explorer provides!
If you prefer IE, here’s a quick guide on how to run IE on Mac.
Why Run IE on Mac?
If you’re a web developer, you may want to test your website on a browser other than Safari. Internet Explorer is the default browser on a lot of Windows computers. That means there are a lot of people using it, so it’s important to optimize your website for it.
The majority of websites work on any browser, but some older sites don’t. If you’re trying to access a site that needs IE, you can benefit from this guide.
You may also prefer the IE interface! If you’ve recently moved from PC to Mac, you may want to use a browser you’re more comfortable with. You’ve already mastered IE, so why switch over now?
Secret Agent Safari
Mac’s default browser, Safari, lets you disguise it as another browser. This will make other websites think Safari is IE!
Safari can masquerade as a lot of browsers, including:
- Internet Explorer 7 through 11
- Microsoft Edge
- Google Chrome
To disguise your Safari, open up the browser and click ‘Safari’ in the toolbar. Then click ‘preferences,’ ‘advanced,’ and check the box that says, ‘Show Develop menu.’ This will give you access to the options you need.
Close the preferences menu and navigate to ‘develop’ in the toolbar. Hover over ‘User Agent’ and you’ll see a menu featuring all the browsers you can masquerade as. Click the one you want to disguise Safari in and you’re done!
Now you can browse any website you want without restriction.
This won’t change the browser at all, just how other websites perceive the browser. Your browser won’t transform into Internet Explorer or Firefox when you masquerade it. Still, this is the easiest way to bypass website restrictions without hassle.
There are tons of visual tutorials that cover this process. Check out this one here: https://setapp.com/how-to/use-internet-explorer-for-mac.
Use a Virtual Machine to Run IE
For some, simulating IE through Safari won’t be enough. They want the full IE experience!
While Internet Explorer isn’t available directly on Mac, there are still ways to get it. It’s just going to take a little bit of work.
First, you’re going to need to install virtual machine software. Virtual machine software lets you emulate a separate OS as if it’s an application. This lets you run software that you can’t on your native OS.
There are a few virtual machine programs available. VMware Fusion is one of the most popular. Download VMware Fusion, then download a Windows ISO file.
You can get the ISO file from Microsoft’s website. Launch VMware and click “create a new custom virtual machine”. Drag and drop the ISO file into VMware, click finish, and start-up VMware again.
You now have a virtual machine on your Mac. It’ll perfectly emulate the windows OS that you dropped into it. You can now navigate to an IE download using the virtual machine window, and launch it within VMware.
This is the best way to get access to the full Internet Explorer on your Mac. With the virtual machine, you can also install other Windows programs onto your Mac. It’s a very helpful and fun program to play with, and worth the price if you’re looking to do more than access IE.
Run IE With Modern.IE
There’s one more way to run IE on your Mac. It’s called Modern.IE, and it works right through your Safari browser! It’s an official Microsoft product, so it’s totally safe.
First, you’ll need to download Microsoft’s Remote Desktop app. You can find this on iTunes. Search for it, download it, and install it.
Once you’ve got that installed, open Safari and navigate to Modern.IE. You’ll need to subscribe to their service using a Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, go to the Microsoft website and create a Hotmail or Outlook email address.
After subscribing to Modern.IE, you’ll get an email telling you you’re good to go. Start the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.
You’ll see a few options along the top toolbar. Select ‘Azure RemoteApp’ and you’ll be asked to sign in with your Microsoft account. Type your email into the provided bar and click ‘Continue’.
The Microsoft Remote Desktop will now show a drop-down that reads ‘Internet Explorer’. Click on that and you’ll see, ‘IE Tech Preview’. Double click on ‘IE Tech Preview’ and you’ll be greeted with good old Internet Explorer.
Now you can use Internet Explorer as its meant to be used. Modern.IE uses the latest version of Internet Explorer 11, and it’s kept up to date. You won’t notice any differences between this and IE on a Windows computer.
Relaunching IE is even easier, as your Remote Desktop app will remember your login info. Launch the Remote Desktop app, hit ‘Azure RemoteApp’, and double-click on IE Tech Preview. It’s almost too easy!
This is great if you only want to use IE occasionally, or want to save on install space. It doesn’t require an install or IOS file like the virtual machine, and is a little more user-friendly.
What’s the Best Way to Run IE on Mac?
Determining the best way to run IE on Mac is up to your personal preference.
If you’re a more tech-savvy user, the virtual machine offers an authentic IE experience. If you’re trying to bypass website requirements, go with the Safari disguise option. For everyone else who just wants to test the waters or occasionally use IE, go with Modern.IE.
Whichever way you choose, you’re going to be pleased with the results. IE runs just as well on Mac as it does on PC. Pick the method that’s best for you, and take control of your browsing experience!
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