Move your data from a Windows PC to a Mac
Make sure that your Mac has the latest macOS updates, and your PC has the latest Windows updates.
Connect your Mac and PC to the same network, such as your home Wi-Fi network. Or connect an Ethernet cable between your Mac and PC to create a direct network connection. You might need an Ethernet adapter, such as the Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter or the Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter.
Install Migration Assistant on your PC
Use your PC to download and install the appropriate Windows Migration Assistant, based on the version of macOS on your Mac:
- Windows Migration Assistant for macOS Ventura and macOS Monterey
- Windows Migration Assistant for macOS Big Sur
- Windows Migration Assistant for macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave
- Windows Migration Assistant for macOS High Sierra and macOS Sierra
- Windows Migration Assistant for OS X El Capitan or earlier
Move your data
You're now ready to move your data from your PC to your Mac. The "On your PC" images below are from the latest Windows Migration Assistant, but they are similar to earlier versions.
On your PC
- Open Migration Assistant. If any other programs are open, you're asked to quit them before continuing.
- Click Continue.
- If Migration Assistant detects any of these conditions, it warns you about them before you can continue:
- Your PC is configured to install Windows updates automatically.
- Your PC is using a network firewall that might prevent your Mac from connecting to your PC.
- Your PC is running on battery power.
- When asked for permission to send app usage data to Apple, click Automatically Send or Don't Send.
- When Migration Assistant begins searching for your Mac and waiting for it to connect, complete the next steps on your Mac.
On your Mac
- Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
- Follow the onscreen instructions until you're asked how you want to transfer your information. Select the option to transfer from a Windows PC, then click Continue.
- Select the icon representing your PC, then click Continue.
On your PC
Make sure that your PC and Mac show the same passcode, then click Continue.
On your Mac
- When your Mac has finished scanning the files on your PC, select the information that you want to transfer to your Mac. You might need to scroll down to see the complete list. Find out more about the data that you can transfer.
- Click Continue to start the transfer. Large transfers might need several hours to complete.
- When finished, log in to the new user account on your Mac. The account uses the same name and password as the account on your PC.
- Authorise your Mac for iTunes Store purchases. It's important to do this before you sync or play content downloaded from the iTunes Store.
If you need to transfer data from another Windows user account, log in to that account on your PC, then repeat these steps.
What data is moved, and where?
- Moved to the Mail app on Mac: Email and email settings from Outlook and Windows Mail.
- Moved to the Contacts app: Contacts from People (Windows 10 or later), Outlook, and the Contacts folder in your home directory.
- Moved to the Calendar app: Appointments from Calendar (Windows 10 or later) and Outlook.
- Moved to the Reminders app: Tasks from Outlook. Requires migrating to a Mac with macOS Ventura.
- Moved to the Music app, Podcasts app, Books app, and TV app, respectively: Music, podcasts, audiobooks, and movies and TV shows.
- Moved to Safari: Homepage and bookmarks from Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari.
- Moved to System Settings or System Preferences: Custom desktop pictures, language settings, and location settings. If the Mac is using macOS Ventura, known Wi-Fi networks are also moved.
- Moved to your home folder: Documents and other files from your home directory. And photos, which you can add to the Photos app manually, or let Photos search your Mac for photos to import.
- Moved to the Shared folder of your home folder: Non-system files and documents from the system disk (typically the C drive) and other available disks. Requires using Migration Assistant while logged in to your PC as an administrator.
If you have any issues moving your data
You can use the check disk (chkdsk) utility on your PC to check for issues that might prevent successful migration of your data.
- Right-click the Start button, then click Run.
cmdand press Enter. Command Prompt opens.
- At the prompt, type
chkdskand press Enter.
- If the utility finds problems, type
chkdsk drive: /F, where drive is the letter representing your Windows startup disk, such as C.
- Press Enter.
- At the prompt, type
Y, then restart your PC.
- Repeat this process until the check disc utility reports no issues. If the utility can't fix every issue that it found, you might need to have your PC serviced.
Or use an external storage device or file sharing to copy important data from your PC to your Mac.