Move content to a new Mac

Use Migration Assistant to copy all of your documents, apps, user accounts, and settings to a new Mac from another computer.

Do you need these steps?

You don't need the steps in this article if you want to do any of these things:

 

 


Before you begin

  • Update the software on both computers.
  • Make sure that both computers have Wi-Fi turned on and are near each other. If either of them is using OS X El Capitan or earlier, make sure that they're on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • If you installed antivirus or firewall software, turn that software off until you're done.


Use Migration Assistant

You're now ready to use Migration Assistant to move your files from the old Mac to the new one.

On your new Mac

  1. Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue.
  2. When Migration Assistant asks you for permission to make changes, enter your administrator password, then click OK.
  3. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer from a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk. Then click Continue.
    Migration Assistant: How do you want to transfer your information?

On your old Mac

  1. Open Migration Assistant, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder. Then click Continue.
  2. When asked how you want to transfer your information, select the option to transfer to another Mac. Then click Continue. 

On your new Mac

When asked to select a Mac, Time Machine backup, or other startup disk, select the other Mac. Then click Continue.

Migration Assistant: Select a transfer source

On your old Mac

If you see a security code, make sure that it's the same code shown on your new Mac. Then click Continue.

On your new Mac

  1. Select the information to transfer.
    Migration Assistant: Choose the users and folders to transfer to the new Mac
  2. Before clicking Continue, learn what it means to transfer a user account. In the example pictured here, Danny Rico is a user account. If an account on the new Mac has the same name, Migration Assistant asks whether to rename or replace:
    • Rename: The account on your old Mac will appear as an additional user on your new Mac, with a separate login and home folder. 
    • Replace: The account on your old Mac will replace the identically named account on your new Mac.
  3. Large transfers might need hours to complete, and might seem to pause occasionally. You might want to start in the evening and allow migration to complete overnight. Click Continue to start the transfer. 
  4. After Migration Assistant is done, quit Migration Assistant on both computers, then log in to the migrated account on your new Mac to see its files.

 


If you need help, please contact Apple Support.

If you're not keeping your old Mac, learn what to do before you sell, give away, or trade in your old Mac.

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