How to transfer files from your Old Mac to your New Mac

Are you planning to have a fresh start with a new Mac as your old Mac has screwed-up, you might want to move selected group of files to your new Mac. So, here’s  a easy solution, if you want to move all your favorite files, apps, accounts, and settings, you’ll have to use Apple’s Migration Assistant.

Apple’s Migration Assistant is a built-in utility that helps in transferring data from your old Mac to a new Mac. Also, it allows restoring Time Machine backup data. So, let’s go through how you can set up your new Mac with your old files, settings, and account.

Migration Assistant Process 


Before doing anything, it’s better to back up your Mac in case something goes wrong. Also, you can have a quick look at your Mac and delete unnecessary and useless files that you don’t want to move to your new Mac.

After taking back up of your old Mac, check if both of your Macs are updated to the latest MacOS versions. You can directly check if your Mac is up to date by clicking on the Apple icon on the top-left corner. Now, click on About This Mac, and select Software Update button.

Now, for using Migration Assistant, you need to check if your old Mac has some name.

  • You can go to System Preferences > Sharing, where you’ll find the name field of your Mac at the top.
  • Finally, connect both Macs to AC power.
  • Start the migration.

If you old Mac has Mac OS Sierra or later versions, you can connect your Macs wireless. Connect your Macs by turning on Wi-Fi. If you are unable to connect them wireless, go through Apple’s instructions to have target disk mode and wired connection.

  • After connecting your Macs on the network, start Migration Assistant on your new Mac.
  • You’ll find it in the Utilities folder of Applications.
  • After starting Migration Assistant, click Continue
  • Select if you want to transfer from Time Machine backup, old Mac, or startup disk and Continue.
  • Now, open Migration Assistant on your old Mac, click Continue

  • Select transfer to another Mac.
  • Again go to your new Mac, you’ll be prompted if you want to migrate from a Time Machine backup, old Mac, or startup disk.
  • Select From Another New Mac > Continue.

  • You’ll find the name of your Old Mac in the Migration Assistant window on your new Mac.
  • Select it and Continue.


Finally, you’ll find a list of options to transfer. All your Applications, Files and Folders, Computer Settings, and Accounts will be there.

  • Select the items you want to move to your new Mac.


If you have same user account name on both Macs, you’ll be prompted to rename it on your new Mac or keep the name and replace the user account that you set up on your new Mac. Click Continue to start the migration process.

Disclaimer: This information is covered based on the latest research and development available. However, it may not fully reflect all current aspects of the subject matter.

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