Or you oneor removing a , it’s only natural that you want to tear open the box, hit the power button, and scroll through the installation instructions. But before you do that, take a deep breath and step back. There are some things you should know about setting up a Mac.
For starters, the process can take several hours if you plan to transfer your data from another computer. Then there are other things to consider: Do you need FileVault? How can you get information from your old Mac or PC to the new one? Those questions are exactly why we are here.
What you need
Make sure to set aside about an hour to set up your Mac. The process will take longer if you plan to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup from another Mac.
In addition to a reliable internet connection, you’ll need your Wi-Fi network information, your Apple ID username and password, and the Mac’s charger or power cord.
It is helpful to have a piece of paper and a pen handy. During the installation process, you will be asked to create a user account, including username and password. We don’t recommend storing passwords on paper – it’s much more secure to use a– but a piece of paper is useful for temporarily storing this kind of information until you can enter it into your password manager. Make sure to shred the sheet of paper when you are done.
Once you have everything in order, connect the charger or power cord to your Mac and turn it on.
Apple’s Setup Assistant will guide you through most of the process
The first time your Mac is turned on, you will be greeted by an installation assistant. The assistant will help you select your country and language and connect your Mac to the Internet. You will also be tasked with creating a user account on the Mac and signing in to your Apple ID.
During the process, you will be asked if you want to enable services such as FileVault, iCloud Keychain, or Find My Mac. You will also be asked if you want to enable Siri or provide logs to developers when issues are detected. Here’s what some of these features do for you.
FileVault encrypts your Mac’s hard drive to prevent unauthorized access to the information you store on it. If you’re not sure, you can always turn it on or off in the future.
iCloud Keychain is Apple’s password manager built into all of its devices. If you are using iCloud Keychain on iPhone ($ 599 at Apple) or iPad ($ 299 at Apple), those usernames and passwords will also be available on your Mac. iCloud Keychain also stores your Wi-Fi network credentials, which means you don’t need to log into a Wi-Fi network on your Mac if you have previously connected to it on your iPhone. It’s a good idea to turn on iCloud Keychain.
Find My Mac works with the ($ 1,800 at Best Buy) it is less likely to disappear, because you never know when you might end up with a lost or stolen MacBook. There is no downside to turning it on.to help you locate a lost Apple device. I recommend enabling Find My Mac even for a device the size of an iMac
If you have a MacBook, you also need to set up Touch ID, the fingerprint reader that unlocks your computer, which you use to sign in to apps or authorize Apple Pay purchases. It’s all pretty simple, just keep following the prompts, enter all the required information, such as your Apple ID or create a username, to complete the gist of the installation process.
Recover from a Time Machine backup
During installation, you will be asked if you want to restore your new Mac from a Time Machine backup of another Mac through Migration Assistant. If so, you need the storage device where your Time Machine backup is stored.
If you haven’t backed up your old Mac through Time Machine, it’s not too late.. Or if you prefer to transfer your files and settings directly from one Mac to another, .
Follow the directions in the Migration Assistant tool and select to transfer your data from a Time Machine backup. Select the Time Machine drive connected to your new Mac and select the most recent backup.
Then you will be asked to confirm what information you want to transfer – including home folders, applications, settings, user accounts and other miscellaneous documents.
The process can take several hours depending on how much you need to transfer. If it’s going to take a while, you don’t have to be careful. It’s okay to leave your computer and go to a show, let it process overnight, or even run some errands.
One thing to keep in mind, and Migration Assistant will remind you if you come across this, is that your new Mac must have the same OS update as your old Mac (or vice versa). So you may have to complete the installation process without using Migration Assistant, then update your operating system (instructions on how to do that are provided below) and then run Migration Assistant.
If you’re switching from a PC to a Mac, you can use Apple’s migration assistant, but the process is a bit more complicated and technical (just at the beginning). Apple walks you through the process in this support article.
Install any software updates
Once you’ve completed Setup Assistant and find yourself looking at your Mac’s desktop, it’s a good idea to check for pending software updates.
To do that, click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen followed by System preferences > Software update.
Once your Mac’s software is up to date, you’ll also want to check and make sure all pre-installed apps are updated from the App Store. Look for the App Store icon in the app dock at the bottom of your screen. Click on it to open the App Store, then select Updates and then update all apps with pending updates.
Now that your Mac is all set up, it’s a good idea to be prepared for any hiccups you might encounter. Be here MacOS Big Sur, we have to get you started. When your Mac inevitably slows down, .. If this is your first time using this