Whether you want to directly move your information from your old Mac, or whether you’re looking to use a Time Machine backup, Migration Assistant can make your new Mac look like a carbon copy of your old one. We’re going to take you step-by-step through the process of using Migration Assistant to move your information from your old Mac to your new Mac – it’s easier than you think.
1 Launch Migration Assistant
On your new Mac, launch Finder and navigate to Applications. Migration Assistant is located in the Utilities folder – double-click to launch. Or, type ‘Migration Assistant’ into Spotlight.
2 Close open apps
Migration Assistant works outside of your user account so you’ll need to close down any open applications in order to proceed. Once you’ve closed everything, press the Continue button.
3 Migrate from a Mac
A box will appear with three various migration source options. From the list, choose the option labelled ‘From a Mac, Time Machine backup or a startup disk’. Press Continue.
4 Connect your old Mac
Next, you’ll need to connect your old Mac
or Time Machine backup to your new Mac. If you’re migrating over Ethernet or Wi-Fi, launch Migration Assistant from your old Mac.
5 Find your Mac
It can take a few minutes for your computer
or Time Machine backup to appear. Once it appears, select your computer or Time Machine backup on-screen and press Continue.
6 Find your information
Migration Assistant will look for info that can be migrated. This includes applications, user accounts, computer and network settings, plus your documents and other media.
7 Choose the users
Choose the users that you want to migrate by marking the boxes next to the user name. Click the arrow next to the user name to view and choose which files for that user are migrated.
8 Pick and choose
You don’t have to migrate everything from your old Mac. Pick and choose what you would like to migrate over by marking the boxes. However, this is limited to folders and not individual files.
9 Begin the migration
Press the Continue button and the migration will begin. The migration will take several hours, depending on how you’re migrating and how much data you’re migrating to your new Mac.
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