What To Do When You Get a New Mac

When you get a new Mac, you'll be walked through some steps in Setup Assisant. After that, there will be a few thing you want to check and set up before you start using your Mac.

Comments: 14 Responses to “What To Do When You Get a New Mac”

    Howard Brazee
    6 months ago

    I’ve always heard recommendations that I start everything from scratch, but I’m always afraid that some apps that I didn’t buy from my Mac have security codes and settings that I will miss, and I’ll have to re-buy them (if they are still available).

    Should I use migration assistant from my old Mac or from my Time Machine? Afterward, should I format my Time Machine to start it over?

    Howard Brazee
    6 months ago

    Your comment about keeping everything on the cloud interests me. I have a family plan with 200 GB and 8.5 GB available. I think my music and photos and documents are there, but my impression is that none of my programs are there. I will replace my iMac when I see the M1 iMacs, but I see that default iMacs come with much smaller drives. I’ll probably spend money for more space, or move my Music & Photos to an external SSD. But I really am clueless about using the Cloud to get around my

    6 months ago

    Howard: Don’t start from scratch unless everything you have is in the cloud, or you have a good reason. You should never have to re-buy an app just because you got a new computer, unless you weren’t using the current version of that app before. If there is a “code” or something you need to activate an app, then you should have that or be able to get it from the publisher from your account.
    You can do migration assistant either way. If you can do it from your old Mac it may be slightly faster than Time Machine. I like to restart my Time Machine backup when I get a new Mac, but you should be able to do it either way.

    6 months ago

    Howard: Apps aren’t stored in iCloud or any other cloud service. You’d need to add them again from the Mac App Store or re-download them again. That shouldn’t be a problem. I’ve done it many times before. Always opt for more hard drive than you think you need. I hear from people all the time that bought a Mac with too small of a drive and regret it.

    Sherry
    6 months ago

    Gary,
    Can you explain to me why Apple Pay is more secure than using a reg. c.card? I never use A.P. but I might start if it’s more secure.

    6 months ago

    Sherry: Basically, when you use your credit card the merchant (and person at the cash register) gets your credit card number. So it is easy for a nefarious person to then use that card info and charge other things (AKA “getting your credit card number stolen.”) But when you use Apple Pay, a one-time code is used. They never see or get your card number. That code is only for that one transaction. That’s much safer and more private. See https://www.apple.com/apple-pay/

    Gene
    6 months ago

    Got a used Mac. How do I get my KeyChain password data to the new machine?

    6 months ago

    Gene: iCloud Keychain? Just log into your iCloud account as you would do anyway. Otherwise, for other things, migration assistant should do it.

    Ariella
    6 months ago

    I purchased a new laptop the M1…it won’t read usb sticks. Is there a reason for that? My other laptop does. Thanks

    6 months ago

    Ariella: What do you mean by “won’t read?” What happens, exactly? Is there an error message? Do you see them appear in the the Finder sidebar? Do they appear in Disk Utility?

    Sharyn Lucas
    6 months ago

    I set up new iMac as u stated. Seemed great until 3 power failure from storms. On third power failure my external backup won’t back up, doesn’t connect in finder, makes a noise and I get a message to eject before connecting. I assume a new external backup is required. What should I purchase. Thx

    6 months ago

    Sharyn: Could be that it was damaged by one of the power failures. You should definitely get a UPS with surge protection for your Mac and peripherals. Just get a good USB3 HDD that you like and is at least twice the size of all of your data. More if you can.

    Carl
    6 months ago

    Can I use Migration Assistant to copy photos from my desktop to my MacBook?

    6 months ago

    Carl: Migration Assistant is for when you get a new Mac to copy the whole account. If you use it when you get your new Mac, it should copy the photos. Otherwise if this is later, use another method, depending on where and how your photos are stored.

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