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4 Steps to Prepare for Moving to a New MacBook

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When the time comes for a new Mac, it’s best to have a game plan for how you are going to migrate to your new computer. It’s also important to know the best way to transfer your data, and what the plan is for your old Mac. There are many options for each of these situations.

We’ll break down each step of the process, so you can have the best plan for backing up your data, setting up your new Mac, and some suggestions for what to do with your old Mac.

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1. Back Up Your Data

The most significant step in this process is to back up your data, so you can transfer it to your new MacBook. Whether you are someone who has only a few applications and documents, or have multiple terabytes of data, there are some easy ways to back up your data.

A great method for backing up and transferring your data if you have an external hard drive is Time Machine. It was introduced in 2007, and it allows you to make routine backups of your Mac to an external hard drive. With Time Machine, you can use an external drive that should be a similar storage size to your Mac’s hard drive. That way, you can ensure that you will have enough space to back up your data. There is also a way you can back up your data through Time Machine without an external hard drive.


If you are someone who has configured your settings, has terabytes of data, and wants an almost exact clone of your old Mac’s setup, Migration Assistant is the best method for you. Migration Assistant is an application on macOS that allows you to transfer data such as applications and settings to a new Mac or other sources such as a hard disk or a Time Machine backup. This application is installed on every Mac and is also part of the set-up process in macOS. You can also transfer your data with Migration Assistant in multiple ways.

Another method of transferring your data is through an online service such as iCloud Drive. This method is perfect for people who have basic files and documents that they want to transfer. You can upload files and folders from your Mac through Finder into iCloud Drive. The best part of this method is that once you sign in to your new Mac, you can simply access all the files you uploaded to iCloud Drive. Then you can transfer them to your hard disk, so you can access them if you don’t have an internet connection.


2. Set Up Process for macOS

When you get your new Mac, you will have to go through the macOS setup process. This process hasn’t changed much in the past few years. You will need to go through the process of setting up the basics of your computer such as the language, your country, Wi-Fi connection, accessibility options, and more.

If you plan to use Migration Assistant to transfer your data, you can either proceed with transferring directly from your Mac or an external drive. You can also skip this step for now and do it later.

Once you make it through those steps, you will be brought to your desktop. If you’re signed in to your Apple ID, your new Mac will ask if you want to use the same settings for certain features in macOS. This includes, Screen Time, Location Services, Siri, and more.

3. Erase Your Old Mac

Now that you have set up your new Mac and have transferred your data, you’ll want to erase your old MacBook. If your Mac has a T2 Security Chip, you can use Erase Assistant to erase your data. Erase Assistant also deletes your fingerprints from Touch ID, user accounts, and signs you out of iCloud.

Using Erase Assistant is a straightforward process, similar to erasing an iPhone or iPad. It’s important to note that erasing your Mac will also remove Activation Lock, so you won’t have to do it yourself before opening Erase Assistant. It’s by far the quickest way to erase your Mac.

4. What to Do With Your Old Mac

Your old Mac can serve multiple purposes that you may not have thought of before. If you have a friend or a family member who needs a laptop, you can pass it down to them if it is still in good condition. Another option you have is something that many people do to help pay for their new computer, sell the old one.


Apple does offer a trade in program, where you can recycle your older MacBook in exchange for an Apple gift card. There are also websites where you can sell your computer, such as eBay and Cash For Your Mac. Websites like Cash For Your Mac will ask you to describe your laptop, quote you a price, and give you the necessary shipping information for you to send them the computer. Resellers give different prices, so it’s best to look around to see where you can get the most for your old Mac.

If your Mac isn’t in good condition or isn’t worth much, you can also recycle it. It’s also important to make sure that you have erased your old Mac before handing it off to the next owner.

Setting Up a New Mac Requires Some Patience and Planning

Taking the necessary time to understand how and what you need to do to prepare for your new Mac can prevent a lot of frustration, as well as confusion during the process. There is a method of transferring your data, no matter how much you have, as well as choices for what to do with your old Mac.

Using a transfer method such as Time Machine can make moving your data less intimidating and assure that everything transferred correctly. As a reminder, If you plan to sell your old Mac, make sure to check out multiple websites to receive the best offer.

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