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How Do I Decide If Migration Assist or iCloud Is Best for Setting Up My New Mac?

For the first time in years, I’m getting a new Mac (already shipped). It’s been a while since I’ve set up a new Mac, and I’m uncertain which is the best route now.

I’ve used Migration Assistant in the past, but I’ve noticed certain little issues sometimes migrate along with the files.

I thought it might be nice to start fresh, just signing into iCloud and repopulating my files and apps that way, but will some other things be left behind that wouldn’t with Migration Assistant?

And what about passwords. Will both methods preserve my saved passwords?

And are there other factors I haven’t even considered? Just looking for guidance to help me make an informed decision.

Comments: One Response to “How Do I Decide If Migration Assist or iCloud Is Best for Setting Up My New Mac?”

    2 years ago

    I like the iCloud method myself. It is how I do it. Are you using all facets of iCloud?

    If you are using iCloud Keychain, then all of your password should come through. Just go through your iCloud settings in System Preferences and see what you are or are not using.

    Of course you’ll need to handle any files you may be storing outside of iCloud Drive. If you are not using Documents & Desktop, then that will be most of your files. Otherwise, it will be things outside those folders. Maybe iMovie libraries? Things in Pictures not part of your iCloud Photo Library? Just take a look around too see.

    You’ll need to get your apps too. But installing them fresh isn’t hard. Use the App Store app for those, and then fresh installs from the developers (like Adobe Creative Cloud) for anything else.

    If you are keeping your old Mac around then you can always go back to it days or months later to get something you forgot.

    There will be small issues, no doubt. Same with Migration Assistant. So there is no true “right” answer.

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