OS X Yosemite: Transfer your info from a computer or storage device

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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 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.

Transfer info from a Mac

Before you transfer information from a Mac, connect the two computers with a cable (Ethernet, FireWire, or Thunderbolt).

Note:   If you’re transferring from a Mac with OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier using a Thunderbolt cable, follow the steps for transferring from a Time Machine backup or other disk.

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

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

  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.

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

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

  4. To begin the transfer, click Continue.

Transfer info from a PC

You can transfer 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.

    Windows Migration Assistant

  2. Select what to transfer.

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

      The user’s pictures, movies, music, documents, downloads, email (from POP and IMAP accounts), contacts, calendars, purchased iOS apps, bookmarked websites, and settings will be transferred.

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

    • Email from a POP account in Microsoft Outlook on Windows is transferred only for the logged-in user.

    • Contacts from Microsoft Outlook on Windows are transferred only for the logged-in user.

  3. To begin the transfer, click Continue.

For information about where your info was transferred, see Transfer your info from a PC.

Transfer info to a Mac

Before you transfer information from a Mac, connect the two computers with a cable (Ethernet, FireWire, or Thunderbolt).

Note:   If you’re transferring from a Mac with OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier using a Thunderbolt cable, follow the steps for transferring from a Time Machine backup or other disk.

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

  • Open Migration Assistant, then follow the onscreen instructions to transfer info to a Mac.

Transfer info from a Time Machine backup or other storage device

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 v10.8 Mountain Lion 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 your other Mac.

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

  2. Select the disk, then 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.

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

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

  3. To begin the transfer, click Continue.

Published Date: Sep 15, 2017
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