You might have gotten a new Mac and would want to transfer almost everything from the old one. You’d want to turn to Migration Assistant for this job. With Migration Assistant, you can transfer your apps, settings and accounts.
This in-built utility lets you literally migrate from your old Mac to the new Mac. The instructions below will show you how to go about it.
Migration Assistant setup
Note this: before you start embarking on migration, make sure you do a backup. Who knows? Anything can happen.
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You should also take quick look through your old machine. Then delete stuff you don’t wouldn’t want to bring on the new Mac.
After backing up the old Mac, make sure the two Macs are running the same version of MacOS. If they are not on the MacOS version, you’d need to update the one with the previous version. To update it, click the Apple icon at the top-left corner > About This Mac > Software Update.
To use Migration Assistant, you’ll have to name the old Mac (i.e. if it doesn’t have one). Check to see if it got one or not, go to System Preferences > Sharing and check the Computer Name field at the top.
Now, connect both Mac computers to AC power.
Starting the migration
If both Macs are running MacOS Sierra or later, then you can connect them wirelessly. Just turn on the Wi-Fi on both computers. They should be close in proximity. And also make sure they are connected to the same network.
For some reason you may not be able to connect them wirelessly. If that’s the case, I recommend you follow the instructions from Apple to use a wired connection using the target disk mode.
Now, with the two Macs connected on the same network, launch Migration Assistant on the new Mac. Find it in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder or just search for it.
When the Migration Assistant opens, click Continue. Choose to transfer from From a Mac, Time Machine backup or startup disk. Then, hit Continue.
From the old Mac, open Migration Assistant as well and click Continue. Now, choose to transfer To another Mac, then hit Continue.
Go back to the new Mac. Go to where you’ll be asked if you want to migrate from a Mac, Time Machine backup or startup disk. Choose From another Mac, and click Continue.
Correspondingly, make sure the security code matches up on both Macs if you see one. The name of the old Mac will show up in the Migration Assistant window on the old Mac. Select it and click Continue.
Next, you will see a list of items to transfers. They include Applications, User Account, Other files and folders and Computer & Network Settings. Check the ones you want to transfer to the new Mac.
If your new user account and the one on your old Mac are the same, you’ll be asked to rename it. Or you can keep the name and have it replace the user account that you set up on your new Mac.
Finally, click Continue to begin the migration.