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What is the best way to setup a new Apple Mac Computer?

At Keith Thomas, we are often asked, what is the best way to setup a new Apple Mac Computer?

There is more than one way to setup a new Apple Mac Computer, Setting up a new Apple Mac computer can be done in several ways, the method that is used will depend on if you have an existing Apple Mac Computer, or you have been using an Apple ID, Apple iCloud account.

What is the easiest way to setup a new Apple Mac Computer?

The easiest way to setup a new Apple Mac computer is to use the Apple ID, Apple iCloud account, and Apple iCloud Drive to setup a new Apple Mac Computer. If you have been using an Apple ID or Apple iCloud account for an Apple iPhone or for an Apple iPad, or on another Apple Mac Computer the Apple ID, and Apple iCloud will help with the following:

  • Apple iCloud Drive – All of the Documents that are in the Apple iCloud Drive will show up in the MacOS Finder sidebar
  • The Documents folder will show up in the MacOS Finder under Documents.
  • The Desktop Folder will show up files and folders that are on the Desktop.
  • Apple Address Book Contacts are shown in the Apple Address book application.
  • The Apple Calendar Application will show your Apple iCloud Calendars.
  • If Apple iCloud Keychain is used then all of the usernames and passwords are synchronized to the Apple Keychain on the new Apple Mac computer.
  • Book marks from Apple Safari are synchronized to Apple Safari for Mac.
  • Apple Photos for Mac will download Photos from the Apple iCloud Photo Library to the new Apple Mac computer.
  • Some Apple ID accounts will also populate the Internet Accounts, with email accounts, and if Apple iCloud Keychain has been used sometimes the email account passwords are obtained from the Apple iCloud Keychain.

The Apple ID and Apple iCloud New Apple Mac Computer setup, will not transfer any non-Apple or third-party applications to a new Apple Mac Computer. This can be useful, if you have an older Apple Mac computer that is using 32-bit older applications and since MacOS Mojave, New Apple Mac computers use 64-bit applications only.

For the best new clean Apple Mac computer experience the Apple ID and Apple iCloud setup for a new Apple Mac computer is the easiest way to setup a new Apple Mac computer.

Another way to setup a new Apple Mac computer is to use the Apple Migration Assistant.

The Apple Migration assistant is another way to setup a new Apple Mac computer, which can be done in three ways: –

  1. Use your wireless network to copy (transfer) the data from your existing (old) Apple Mac computer to your new Apple Mac Computer.
  2. Use a ethernet network lead with the Apple Migration assistant to copy (transfer) the data to a new Apple Mac computer.
  3. Use Apple Time Machine backup storage volume when setting up a new Apple Mac computer.

The best way to use the Apple Migration Assistant is to customise the process, one of the actions that needs to be customised is the transfer of the Applications. Any Applications that are not 64 bit will not work on a new Apple Mac computer. If 32-bit Applications are transferred, then Apple has the About This Mac, and Storage Panel, and Manage Panel to review applications installed, and can remote 32 bit or unsupported applications from a new Apple Mac Computer.

The Manual Way of How to copy data from an older Apple Mac to a new Apple Mac Computer.

By using an external storage volume, that is Apple Mac formatted, data can be transferred to a new Apple Mac computer by manually copying the data from an older Apple Mac computer to a new Apple Mac computer. If you have a small amount of data to copy, then sometimes an Apple Mac Formatted USB memory stick or a flash storage drive can be used.

  1. Copy some of the folders within the Home House Folder to an external USB-C or to a USB-A storage volume with a USB-C to USB-A adaptor or cable. As all new Apple Mac computers use USB-C vs the older USB-A ports.
  2. Copy the Desktop Folder, Documents Folder, Downloads Folder, Music Folder, Pictures Folder, Movies Folder to an External Apple Mac Formatted storage volume. The best ones to use are external SSD flash storage volumes.
  3. For the Apple address book open the Apple address book on the old or existing Apple Mac computer, and select al of the contacts and then use the File Export menu to create a VCF file, and copy this file to either a memory stick or to a storage volume drive.
  4. Look inside the Apple Mac HD folder to see if any documents have been put just inside the Macintosh HD, as these documents will not show up in the documents or desktop folder.

If you have a Apple Time Machine backup storage volume, you can also copy data from the Apple Time Machine backup storage volume to a new Apple Mac computer, this is not the best way to use the Apple Time Machine backup for most Apple Mac computer users.

How to restore a Apple Time Machine backup to a new Apple Mac Computer?

Has your old Apple Mac computer stopped working, or the computer is beyond repair, do you need to now get the data from a Apple Time Machine backup to a new Apple Mac computer?

An Apple Time Machine backup from an older Apple Mac computer cannot be restored to a new Apple Mac computer directly by using command R and the MacOS recovery console. The best way to use a Apple Time Machine backup is to do the following:

  1. Swiych on the new Apple Mac computer and follow the on-screen information given on setting up a new Apple Mac computer.
  2. When asked if you have a Apple Time Machine backup then choose the option to transfer the information from a Apple Time Machine backup.
  3. Connect the external storage volume to the new Apple Mac computer, and use a USB-C to USB-A adaptor or cable, as new Apple Mac computers only use USB4 (USB-C ports)
  4. Follow the on-screen information to complete the process.

Get help with setting up a New Apple Mac Computer!

Keith Thomas is a Apple Specialist and a Mac computer expert that provides Apple Mac IT support services in the UK to both home Apple Mac computer users and for small businesses and for companies. Onsite Apple Mac computer help and Apple IT support service is available right across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire, London, and to some areas and locations in Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Somerset.

Keith Thomas also provides a Apple Mac Remote Computer Setup service for customers that are outside of our supported areas and locations. Onsite and Remote Apple Mac Computer setup service is available for Apple Store UK customers, John Lewis and Peter Jones Apple Store customers, Harrods Apple Store customers, Currys Apple Store customers.

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