Moving your old data to a new computer can be a bit of a headache, especially if you’re going from PC to Mac. Thankfully, there are several ways to go about it, so you can get your new Mac set up and ready to go.
There are various ways to transfer data from your old PC to your new Mac. You could drag your files to an external hard drive and manually transfer them over, set up a networking share between the two systems, or sync them up using a cloud storage account. There’s also the Windows Migration Assistant, a special tool Apple created expressly for this purpose. Both computers will need to be on the same network to use this tool, but past that there aren’t any other hard requirements.
Here’s how to use the Windows Migration Assistant to transfer your files.
Step One: Get Your Windows Machine Ready
To start this process, begin on your Windows PC. Open up a browser of your choice. There’s an Apple page located on Apple’s official help database with links to the Windows Migration Assistant program for each of the various versions of macOS on your new Mac. You’ll install this application on your Windows machine.
Choose the right download for the version of macOS on your new machine and click on the link to get to the download page. Once there, click the blue “Download” button.
Once you have the Migration Assistant downloaded, make sure you’ve closed any open Windows apps, and then open Windows Migration Assistant by double-clicking it. In the Migration Assistant window, click “Continue” to get the process underway.