How to Transfer Data From Windows PC to Mac [VIDEO]

Apple has shared a new tutorial on its Apple Support YouTube channel, explaining how you can transfer your data from a Windows PC to a Mac using Migration Assistant.

“Migration Assistant makes a copy of supported content to transfer from your PC to a Mac,” explains Apple in the video.

If you’re making the switch from Windows to macOS, the utility can be used to transfer contacts, calendars, photos, other media files, and more from your PC to a Mac while you’re setting the latter up.

To transfer data from a Windows computer to a Mac with Migration Assistant, you’ll have to first make sure the PC and Mac are fairly close to each other and that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Next:

  1. On your PC, go to using an internet browser of your choice.
  2. Download the version of Migration Assistant you need from the link.
  3. Close any and all open apps on your PC.
  4. Launch Migration Assistant.
  5. Click on Continue.
  6. Turn off automatic Windows updates if you’re prompted to do so. Once done, click on Continue.
  7. Turn your Mac on and start setting it up. Early in the setup process, Migration Assistant will appear and ask how you want to transfer your data.
  8. Select From a Windows PC and click on Continue.
  9. Select your PC and click on Continue.
  10. Make sure the verification codes displayed on both devices match, and click on Continue on your PC.
  11. Wait for Migration Assistant to gather all of the transferable data from your PC. When that’s done, you’ll see all of it in a list on your Mac. All of the items will be selected for transfer by default, and you can deselect any you do not want to be included.
  12. Click on Continue.
  13. Click on Set Password and create an Administrator password for your Mac.
  14. Click on Continue.
  15. Wait for the transfer to complete. Do not power off or otherwise tamper with either computer during the transfer process. It is normal for your Mac’s screen to go black or get dim during the transfer, and it will automatically restart when it’s done.
  16. When the Mac restarts, you’ll be notified that the migration was complete. Click on Done, and let your Mac restart once again to complete the process.
  17. On your PC, click on Done to close Migration Assistant.
  18. Log in to your Mac with the password you created during the migration process to complete the setup process.

Migration Assistant supports Windows 7 and up. For the utility to work, you will also need the name and password for the Administrator account on the PC you’re transferring data from.

Check out the full video tutorial from Apple Support below:

YouTube video

Microsoft has a similar tool for migrating from macOS to Windows.

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