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Transfer your info from a computer or storage device

If you didn’t transfer your information to your Mac when you first set it up, use Migration Assistant available in OS X 10.6.8 or later to transfer your information at any time.

You can transfer your user account—including all your pictures, music, and files—from a Mac or PC. You can also transfer information from a disk or a Time Machine backup. For best transfer results, upgrade to the latest version of macOS before you transfer information.

Transfer info from a Mac

Before you transfer information from a Mac, connect the two computers with a cable (Ethernet, FireWire, or Thunderbolt) or make sure they are connected to the same wired or wireless network.

  1. Open Migration Assistant, click Continue, then follow the onscreen instructions to transfer info from a Mac.

    Open Migration Assistant for me

  2. Open Migration Assistant on the other Mac, then follow the onscreen instructions to transfer info to a Mac.

  3. Select what to transfer.

    • Apps: Select the Applications checkbox.

      Incompatible apps or apps with newer versions already installed may not be transferred or may not be usable.

    • User accounts: Select the checkbox next to the name of each user account you want to transfer.

      Click the disclosure triangle next to the checkbox to select the specific information to transfer, including the user’s apps, documents, pictures, movies, desktop, Downloads folder, and more.

    • Documents and files from apps: Select the “Other files and folders” checkbox.

    • Computer settings: Select the Computer & Network Settings checkbox.

      Your desktop picture, network settings, and more will be transferred.

      You can also click the disclosure triangle next to the checkbox to select which computer or network settings to transfer.

  4. To begin the transfer, click Continue.

For more information about transferring information to a new MacBook, see the Apple Support article Move content to your new MacBook or late-2016 MacBook Pro.

Transfer info from a PC

You can transfer info over a wired or wireless network, as long as your computers are connected to the same network.

  1. Close all other apps, open Migration Assistant on your PC, then follow the onscreen instructions.

    If you don’t have Migration Assistant, download it from the Apple website.

    Download Windows Migration Assistant

  2. Select what to transfer.

    • User accounts: Select the checkbox next to the user’s name.

      Click the disclosure triangle next to the User checkbox to select a specific user. Click the disclosure triangle next to a user name to select the information to transfer, including the user’s pictures, movies, music, desktop, documents, downloads, email (from POP and IMAP accounts), settings, and more.

      Note: If you’re transferring from Windows, these items are transferred only for the logged-in user: email from a POP account in Microsoft Outlook, and Contacts from Microsoft Outlook.

    • Computer settings: Select the Settings checkbox (in a user account). The desktop picture, selected language, and location will be transferred. Network settings and passwords aren’t transferred.

    • Additional shared files, apps, other files and documents, and more: Select the Other Files checkbox. Click the disclosure triangle next to the checkbox to select the information to transfer.

  3. To begin the transfer, click Continue.

For more information about transferring information from a PC, see the Apple Support article Move your data from a Windows PC to a Mac. For information about where your info was transferred, see Transfer your info from a PC.

Transfer info from a Time Machine backup or other storage device

You can transfer information from another disk on your Mac, a disk connected to your Mac, a disk on the same network, or another Mac with OS X 10.8 or earlier connected to your Mac using a Thunderbolt cable.

If you’re using a Thunderbolt cable, connect the cable to the computers, hold down the T key while restarting the Mac that has the info to transfer, then follow the steps below on the Mac you want to transfer information to.

  1. Open Migration Assistant, click Continue, then follow the onscreen instructions to transfer info from a Time Machine backup or other disk.

    Open Migration Assistant for me

  2. Select what to transfer.

    • Apps: Select the Applications checkbox.

      Incompatible apps or apps with newer versions already installed may not be transferred or may not be usable.

    • User accounts: Select the checkbox next to the name of each user account you want to transfer.

      Click the disclosure triangle next to the checkbox to select the specific information to transfer, including the user’s apps, documents, pictures, movies, desktop, Downloads folder, and more.

    • Documents and files from apps: Select the “Other files and folders” checkbox.

    • Computer settings: Select the Computer & Network Settings checkbox.

      Your desktop picture, network settings, and more are transferred.

  3. To begin the transfer, click Continue.