Apple MacBook Pro 2020

If you’ve recently upgraded to an M1-powered Macbook from an Intel-powered MacBook, migrated apps don’t automatically run on M!, instead they run on Rosetta 2 — Apple‘s simulation software to run intel-based apps on the new Mac.

While the apps work absolutely fine, it’s better to download the app’s native M1 version for better performance.

How to check if an app is running on Rosetta or M1 native architecture:

  1. Hit Command + Space on your M1 Mac to bring up the Spotlight search.
  2. Type in “Activity Monitor,” and hit return.
  3. Click on the CPU section in the top bar.
  4. You’ll see a column named “Kind”. If the app says “Intel” under that, you should download the native version if available.
Snapshot of the Activity Monitor on M1 Mac

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