Unite 4 turns websites into apps so you can ditch the Electron versions

Slack (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Unite 4 takes websites and turns them into apps that run like any other.

Unite 4 might just be the app you didn't know you needed but won't want to live without once you've taken it for a spin. In its simplest form, Unite 4 takes a website and turns it into an app, liberating it from your web browser in the process. But you do much more, including turning a website into a status bar app.

Yes, you can put Slack in your status bar. If you're a special kind of sadist, that is.

Turning a web version of apps like Slack into a Unite 4 app means you can ditch the Electron apps that spin up your fans and cook your lap. You'll still have support for notifications and whatnot, not to mention the ability to create something akin to a mobile web app on your desktop – perfect for something like Instagram!

Use cases include:

  • A Discord app with notifications and mic/cam enabled to replace the resource heavy electron version of the app.
  • A Slack app with notifications and mic/cam enabled to replace the resource heavy electron version of the app.
  • A Google Meet or Microsoft Teams app for quick access when you don't want to use them on your main browser or Chrome

Once you have your Unite 4 app you can customize it however you like. From changing the opacity of the whole app to removing things like the label and icon – or the whole titlebar, if you prefer! Unite 4 has it all.

There's a ton more going on here as well – check out the full list of features on the Unite 4 website. That's also where you'll go to download the app as well. It's available for $19.99 or as part of the Setapp subscription.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.