The first time your MacBook Pro starts up, Setup Assistant walks you through the simple steps needed to begin using your new Mac. If you want to transfer your data from another computer, see Migrate your data for details.
Be sure to connect to Wi-Fi, turn on Bluetooth® wireless technology, get an Apple ID, then sign in to iCloud. Activate Siri during setup, if you want. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, you can also set up Touch ID and Apple Pay.
You can do these steps quickly and easily with Setup Assistant—but if you want to do them later, here’s how:
Connect to Wi-Fi. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose a Wi-Fi network and enter the password, if necessary.
Turn Wi-Fi on or off. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Wi-Fi On or Turn Wi-Fi Off.
Turn Bluetooth on or off. Click the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, then choose Turn Bluetooth On or Turn Bluetooth Off.
Tip: If you don’t see the Wi-Fi status icon or Bluetooth icon in the menu bar, you can add them. For Wi-Fi, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network. Click Wi-Fi in the list on the left, then select “Show Wi-Fi status in menu bar.” For Bluetooth, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then select “Show Bluetooth in menu bar.”
Get an Apple ID. Your Apple ID is the account you use for everything you do with Apple—including using the App Store, the iTunes Store, iCloud, iMessage, and more. Your Apple ID consists of an email address and a password. You need only one Apple ID to use any Apple service, on any device—whether it’s your computer, iOS device, or Apple Watch. It’s best to have your own Apple ID and not share it—create separate Apple IDs for each family member.
If you don’t already have an Apple ID, you can create one (it’s free). Go to the Apple ID account website.
Important: If you forget your Apple ID password, you don’t need to create a new Apple ID. Just click the Forgot link in the login window to retrieve your password.
Set up iCloud on your MacBook Pro. With iCloud, you can store all of your content—documents, movies, music, photos, and more—in the cloud, and access it anywhere you go.
To set up iCloud, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click iCloud. In the window that appears, enter your Apple ID and password. Then select the features you want to use. For more about iCloud, see Access your content anywhere with iCloud.
Important: Be sure to use the same Apple ID for iCloud on all your devices.
Set up Siri. You can enable Siri on your MacBook Pro when prompted during setup. To learn how to turn on Siri later and for information about using Siri on your Mac, see Siri.
Set up Touch ID. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar and Touch ID, you can add a fingerprint to Touch ID during setup. To set up Touch ID later or to add additional fingerprints, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Touch ID. To add a fingerprint, click and follow the onscreen instructions. You can add up to three fingerprints per user account (you can add up to five fingerprints total to your MacBook Pro).
You can also set options for how you want to use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro: to unlock your Mac instead of entering your password, to use Apple Pay (see Apple Pay), or to purchase items on the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store.
Tip: If two or more users use the same MacBook Pro, each one can add a fingerprint to Touch ID to quickly unlock, authenticate, and log in to the MacBook Pro. Your MacBook Pro can store a total of five fingerprints.
For more information about Touch ID, see the Apple Support article Use Touch ID on your MacBook Pro.
Set up Apple Pay. If you have a MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, you can set up Apple Pay for one user account on your MacBook Pro during setup. Other users can still pay with Apple Pay, but they must complete the purchase using their iPhone or Apple Watch that’s been set up for Apple Pay (see Apple Pay for more details). Follow the onscreen prompts to add and verify your card. If you already use a card for iTunes purchases, you might be prompted to verify this card first.
To set up Apple Pay or add additional cards later, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Wallet & Apple Pay and follow the onscreen prompts to set up Apple Pay.
Note: The card issuer determines whether your card is eligible to use with Apple Pay, and may ask you to provide additional information to complete the verification process. Many credit and debit cards can be used with Apple Pay. For information about Apple Pay availability and current credit card issuers, see the Apple Support article Apple Pay Participating Banks.
The first thing you see on your MacBook Pro is the desktop, where you can quickly open apps, search for anything on your MacBook Pro and the web, organize your files, and more.
Tip: Can’t find the pointer? To magnify it temporarily, move your finger rapidly back and forth on the trackpad. Or if you’re using a mouse, slide it back and forth quickly.
The Finder is an app that’s always open. Use the Finder to organize and locate your files. Force click a file icon to get a quick look at its contents, or force click a filename to edit it.
Open a Finder window. Click the Finder icon in the Dock at the bottom of the screen.
Use the Touch Bar. Tap buttons to move back and forth through items you’ve viewed, set view options, and quickly look at, share, or tag an item.
Tap to see buttons for viewing and sorting options:
Tap to see sharing options:
Tap to see tags you can apply:
The Dock, at the bottom of the screen, is a convenient place to keep the apps and documents you use frequently.
Open an app or file. Click its icon in the Dock.
Add an item to the Dock. Drag the item and drop it where you want it. Place apps to the left of the line in the Dock, and files or folders to the right.
Remove an item from the Dock. Drag it out of the Dock until you see the word Remove. The item isn’t removed from your MacBook Pro—just from the Dock.
See all open windows in an app. Force click an app in the Dock to access Exposé and view all the app’s open windows.
Tip: You can make the Dock larger or smaller, add or remove items, move it to the left or right side of the screen, or even set it to hide when you’re not using it. To change how the Dock looks, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click Dock.
System Preferences is where you personalize your MacBook Pro settings. For example, use Energy Saver preferences to change sleep settings. Or use Desktop & Screen Saver preferences to add a desktop picture or choose a screen saver.
Customize your MacBook Pro. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Then click the type of preference you want to set.
Use the menus and icons along the top of the screen to open new windows, connect to a Wi-Fi network, check your Wi-Fi status , change the volume , check your battery charge , query Siri, and more. The menu items change, depending on which app you’re using.
For more information about using Siri, see Siri.
Spotlight is an easy way to find anything on your MacBook Pro, such as documents, contacts, calendar events, and email messages. Spotlight Suggestions offer info from Wikipedia articles, Bing search results, news, sports, weather, stocks, movies, and other sources.
When you search with Spotlight, the preview area on the right provides search results you can interact with—make a call, send an email message, play a song, get directions, even convert currencies. Spotlight can provide answers to math questions or define words, all on your desktop.
Search for anything. Click at the top right of the screen, then start typing.
Tip: Type Command–Space bar to show or hide the Spotlight search field.
Preview your results. Click a search result and view it in the preview on the right. Sometimes that’s all you need to do—click items or links directly in the preview. You can also double-click a result to open it.
Open an app. Type the app name in Spotlight, then press Return.
Turn off Spotlight Suggestions. If you want Spotlight to search only for items on your MacBook Pro, you can turn off Spotlight Suggestions in Spotlight preferences. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click Spotlight, then click to deselect Spotlight Suggestions. Make any other changes you want to the list of categories Spotlight searches.
Note: Not all features of Spotlight Suggestions are available in all languages or regions, and some features may vary by region.
Now you can talk to Siri on your MacBook Pro and use your voice for many tasks simply by clicking the Siri button. For example, you can find files, schedule meetings, change preferences, get answers, send messages, place calls, and add items to your calendar. Siri can give you directions (“How do I get home from here?”), provide information (“How high is Mount Whitney?”), perform basic tasks (“Create a new list called Groceries”), and much more.
Note: To use Siri, your MacBook Pro must be connected to the Internet. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area.
Enable Siri. Click the Siri icon in the Dock, then click Enable when prompted. If you enabled Siri during setup, clicking the icon opens Siri. Or click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click Siri, then select Enable Siri. You can set other preferences in the pane, such as Language and whether to show Siri in the menu bar.
Note: If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, tap the Siri button in the Control Strip to open Siri.
When you first open Siri on your Mac, you’ll see a list of suggestions about how to use Siri to save time and typing. You can also ask Siri “What can you do” at any time, or click the help button .
Speak to Siri. Click Siri in the menu bar or the Dock and start speaking. Or press and hold the Command key and the Space bar, and speak to Siri.
Find and open files. Ask Siri to find files and open them right from the Siri window. You can ask by file name, by tags, or by description. For example, “Search for files Ursula sent last week,” or “Open the spreadsheet I created last night.”
Drag and drop. Drag and drop images and locations from the Siri window into an email, text message, or document. You can also copy and paste text.
Save Siri results. Save results from sporting events, Reminders, Clock, Stocks, Notes, Finder, and general knowledge (Wikipedia, for example) to the Today view in Notifications. Click the plus sign in the top right of a Siri result to pin it to the Today view. To see it later, click the Notification Center icon , then click Today. If you’re checking a sports score, for example, results stay up to date.
Adjust the volume. Use the volume buttons on your MacBook Pro to increase or decrease the volume while you’re interacting with Siri. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, adjust the volume in the Control Strip.
Change the voice. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click Siri, then choose an option from the Siri Voice menu.
You’ll find suggestions for things you can ask Siri throughout this guide—they look like this:
Ask Siri. Say something like:
- “Open the Keynote presentation I was working on last night.”
- “What time is it in Paris?”
- “What kinds of things can I ask you?”
Use Notification Center to view details about your day (calendar, stocks, weather, and more) and catch up on notifications you might have missed (email, reminders, app notifications, and more).
Open Notification Center. Click the Notification Center icon at the top right of the screen. Tap Today to see what’s coming up, or Notifications to review what’s come in.
Help for your MacBook Pro and macOS apps is always available.
Get help. Click the Finder icon , then click the Help menu and choose Mac Help. Or type in the search field and choose a suggestion.
To learn more, see Mac Help.
Unlock your MacBook Pro with Apple Watch
Use your authenticated Apple Watch to automatically unlock your sleeping MacBook Pro when you’re close to your computer. Just wake your Mac and start using it—no need to enter a password. Auto Unlock uses strong encryption to provide secure communication between your Apple Watch and MacBook Pro.
Note: Auto Unlock is a feature on Macs (mid-2013 and later) running macOS Sierra, and Apple Watch running watchOS 3.
Set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID. Auto Unlock works when your Apple ID has two-factor authentication turned on. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud > Account Details, click Security, then select Set Up Two-Factor Authentication. For more information, see the Apple Support article Two-factor authentication for Apple ID.
Make sure “Disable automatic login” is also selected. (You won’t see this option if you’re using FileVault, but you can still use the Auto Unlock feature.)
Set up Auto Unlock. Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on all your devices, then click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, or choose Apple menu > System Preferences. Click Security & Privacy, then select “Allow your Apple Watch to unlock your Mac.”
Note: Auto Unlock works only when your Apple Watch is authenticated with a passcode. You authenticate your Apple Watch each time you put it on, so no extra steps are required after you enter your passcode.
Skip the sign-in. Walk up to your sleeping MacBook Pro wearing your authenticated Apple Watch on your wrist, and lift the cover or press a key to wake your MacBook Pro—Apple Watch unlocks it so you can get right to work.
Quickly open apps
Your MacBook Pro comes with apps for all the things you love to do—browse the web, check email, share photos, enjoy movies, and more.
Open an app. Click an app icon in the Dock, or click the Launchpad icon in the Dock and click the app you want. You can also search for an app using Spotlight, then open the app directly from your Spotlight search results.
Ask Siri. “Open Calculator.”
Organize apps in Launchpad. Launchpad organizes your apps in a grid. Drag an app to a new location to rearrange apps. Drag an app onto another app to create a folder. Drag more apps to the new folder to add them. To remove an app from a folder, drag it out.
Get more apps. Click the App Store icon in the Dock and search for apps you want. Apps you download from the App Store appear automatically in Launchpad. To quickly get updates for apps and macOS, click Updates in the App Store.
Multitask on your desktop
The Tabs feature is available in most apps that support multiple windows, such as Pages, Numbers, Maps, and more. And while you’re browsing multiple tabs, you can watch a video using Picture in Picture.
Note: Picture in Picture is not available for all videos.
Browse content with tabs. Open multiple tabs in an app to compare content—for example, Numbers spreadsheets or Pages documents. Or copy and paste content from one tab to another. Tabs also work with third-party apps.
To set tab preferences, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock. Choose an option for “Prefer tabs when opening documents.”
Watch while you work. Click the Picture in Picture button in a Safari or iTunes video. You can drag the video to any corner of your desktop, and it stays put while you switch between apps and spaces.
Access your content anywhere with iCloud
iCloud is the easiest way to make sure all your important content is everywhere you are. iCloud stores your documents, photos, music, apps, contacts, and calendars, so you can access them any time you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
An iCloud account is free, and it comes with 5 GB of free storage space. Purchases you make from the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store don’t count toward your available space.
iCloud also keeps everything up to date on your devices. So if you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, just sign in to iCloud using the same account and you’ll have everything you need.
Here are some of the things you can do with iCloud.
Automatically store your desktop and Documents folder in iCloud Drive. Save files in your Documents folder or on your desktop, and they’re automatically available on iCloud Drive and accessible wherever you are. Working with iCloud Drive, you have access to files on your iPhone or iPad in the iCloud Drive app, on the web at iCloud.com, or on a Windows PC in the iCloud app. When you change your file in iCloud Drive, you’ll see your edits wherever you view the file.
To get started, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click iCloud, select iCloud Drive, click Options, then select “Desktop & Documents Folders.”
Share purchases with Family Sharing. Up to six members of your family can share their purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store—even if they use different iCloud accounts. Pay for family purchases with one credit card, and approve kids’ spending right from your MacBook Pro or iOS device. Plus, share photos, a family calendar, reminders, and locations. To set up Family Sharing if you didn’t when you set up your MacBook Pro, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click iCloud, then click Set Up Family.
Share photos using iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing. Store your photo library in iCloud and see your photos and videos on all your devices. Share photos and videos with only the people you choose, and let them add their own photos, videos, and comments. To get started, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click iCloud, select Photos, then click Options.
Enjoy your purchases anywhere. When you’re signed in to iCloud, purchases you’ve made from the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store are available at any time, no matter which computer or device you used to purchase them. So all your music, movies, books, and games are available wherever you go.
Locate your MacBook Pro with Find My Mac. If your MacBook Pro is stolen, you can easily locate it on a map, lock its screen, or erase its data remotely if you have Find My Mac turned on. To turn on Find My Mac, click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click iCloud, then select Find My Mac.
With Continuity, you can seamlessly move among your iOS devices and your MacBook Pro. Just sign in to your iCloud account on your MacBook Pro and your iOS devices, and whenever they’re near each other, they work together in great ways. Continuity features described in this section include Handoff, Universal Clipboard, iPhone cellular calls, SMS messaging, and Instant Hotspot.
Other Continuity features include Auto Unlock (see Unlock your MacBook Pro with Apple Watch), Apple Pay (seeApple Pay), and AirDrop (see AirDrop). For a list of system requirements for devices that support Continuity, see the Apple Support article System Requirements for Continuity.
With Handoff, you can pick up on one device where you left off on another. Work on a presentation on your MacBook Pro, then continue on your iPad. Or start an email message on your iPhone, then finish it on your MacBook Pro. View a message on your Apple Watch, and respond to it on your MacBook Pro. You don’t have to worry about transferring files. When your MacBook Pro and devices are near each other, an icon appears in the Dock whenever an activity is being handed off; to continue, just click the icon.
Turn on Handoff on your MacBook Pro. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click General, then select “Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.”
Turn on Handoff on your iOS device. Go to Settings > General > Handoff, then tap to turn on Handoff. If you don’t see the option, your iOS device doesn’t support Handoff.
Turn on Handoff on your Apple Watch. In the Apple Watch app on iPhone, go to Settings > General, then tap to turn on Enable Handoff.
Note: To use Handoff, you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the Lightning connector and iOS 8 (or later) installed. Make sure your MacBook Pro and iOS device have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are signed in to the same iCloud account.
Handoff works with Safari, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Messages, Notes, Reminders, Keynote, Numbers, and Pages.
Copy content from one device, and paste it into another nearby device within a short period of time. The contents of your clipboard are sent over Wi-Fi and made available to all Mac and iOS devices logged in with the same Apple ID that have Handoff, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth turned on. For more information, see Handoff.
Note: To use Universal Clipboard, you need an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has the Lightning connector and iOS 10 or later.
Use across apps. You can copy and paste images, text, photos, and video between any apps that support copy and paste on your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
You can take calls—and make them—right from your MacBook Pro.
Note: A Wi-Fi connection is required in order to make or receive phone calls on your MacBook Pro.
Take a call. When someone calls your iPhone, click the notification that appears on your MacBook Pro screen. Your MacBook Pro becomes a speakerphone.
Make a call. Click a phone number in a Spotlight search, or in an app such as FaceTime, Contacts, Safari, or Calendar. A nearby device (iPhone, iPad) with a cellular connection is required in order to make phone calls.
Send and receive SMS and MMS text messages right from your MacBook Pro. When friends and family text you, you can respond with whichever device is closest. All messages appear on your MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch.
Note: To set up this feature, choose Messages > Preferences and click Accounts.
Lost your Wi-Fi connection? Use the Personal Hotspot on your iPhone or iPad to connect your MacBook Pro to the Internet.
Note: Personal Hotspot requires an iPhone or a cellular model iPad, with iOS 8 or later.
Connect to your device’s Personal Hotspot. Click the Wi-Fi status icon in the menu bar, then choose your iPhone or iPad in the list of devices that appears. (You don’t need to do anything on your device—your MacBook Pro connects automatically.)
Check the status of your connection. Look in the Wi-Fi status menu to see the strength of the cellular signal.
When you’re not using the hotspot, your MacBook Pro disconnects to save battery life.
To learn more about using Instant Hotspot, messages, phone calls, Universal Clipboard, and Handoff with your MacBook Pro, open Mac Help (see Mac Help). See the Apple Support article Use Continuity to connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac or go to Mac and iOS.
You can make easy, secure, and private purchases on websites using Apple Pay on your MacBook Pro. With Apple Pay, your credit or debit card information is never stored by Apple or shared with the merchant. When you shop online using Safari, look for an Apple Pay button. Confirm payment using your iPhone or Apple Watch. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar and you are the first user to go through setup, place your finger lightly on the Touch ID sensor to authenticate and complete your purchase.
Note: For information about Apple Pay, go to Make secure purchases in stores, in apps, and now on the web. For information about current card issuers, see the Apple Support article Apple Pay participating banks.
Set up Apple Pay. Apple Pay uses the credit or debit cards you’ve already set up on your iPhone or Apple Watch, so no extra setup is required. You must be signed in to an iPhone or Apple Watch that has Apple Pay set up with the same Apple ID you’re using on your MacBook Pro. The default payment card, shipping, and contact information that is set on your iPhone or Apple Watch is used for purchases on your MacBook Pro.
If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, you’re prompted to configure Apple Pay during setup. If you don’t choose to set up Apple Pay when you first start up, you can set it up later in the Wallet & Apple Pay pane of System Preferences. Manage your payment cards there—add or delete cards and make updates to contact information.
Make a purchase. Click the Apple Pay button on the website, then to confirm the payment, use Touch ID or the passcode on your iPhone, or double-click the side button on your unlocked Apple Watch. If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, you can confirm the merchant name and purchase amount on the Touch Bar. Then place your finger lightly on the Touch ID sensor to authenticate and complete your purchase.
AirDrop makes it easy to share files with nearby Mac computers and iOS devices. The devices don’t need to share the same Apple ID.
Note: AirDrop for iOS requires devices that have the Lightning connector and iOS 7 or later. Not all older Macs support AirDrop (for a list of supported Macs, see the Apple Support article Use AirDrop to send content from your Mac).
Send a file from the Finder. Click the Finder icon in the Dock, then click AirDrop in the sidebar on the left. When the person you want to send a file to appears in the window, drag the file to him or her.
Send a file from an app. While using an app like Pages or Preview, click the Share button and choose AirDrop.
Control who can send items to you using AirDrop. Click the Finder icon in the Dock, click AirDrop in the sidebar, then click “Allow me to be discovered by” and choose an option.
When you send a file to someone, the recipient can choose whether or not to accept the file. When someone sends you a file, you can find it in the Downloads folder on your MacBook Pro.
Tip: If you don’t see the recipient in the AirDrop window, make sure both devices have AirDrop and Bluetooth turned on and are within 30 feet (9 meters) of each other. If the recipient is using an older Mac, try clicking the “Don’t see who you’re looking for?” link.
To learn more about AirDrop, go to Mac Help (see Mac Help).
You can use AirPrint to print wirelessly to:
- An AirPrint-enabled printer on your Wi-Fi network
- A network printer or printer shared by another Mac on your Wi-Fi network
- A printer connected to the USB port of an AirPort base station
Print to an AirPrint printer. When you print from an app, click the Printer pop-up menu in the Print dialog, then choose a printer in the Nearby Printers list.
Can’t find the printer you’re looking for? Make sure it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your MacBook Pro. If it’s connected and you still don’t see it, try adding it: Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click Printers & Scanners, then click Add . (You may have to temporarily connect the printer to your MacBook Pro using a USB cable.)
To learn more about AirPrint, go to Mac Help (see Mac Help).
Show whatever’s on your MacBook Pro on the big screen using AirPlay Mirroring. To mirror the MacBook Pro screen on your TV screen or to use the HDTV as a second display, connect your HDTV to Apple TV and make sure the Apple TV is on the same Wi-Fi network as your MacBook Pro. You can also play web videos directly on your HDTV without showing what’s on your desktop—handy when you want to play a movie but keep your work private.
Mirror your desktop using AirPlay Mirroring. Click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar, then choose yourApple TV. When an AirPlay display is active, the icon turns blue.
In some cases, you can use an AirPlay display even if your MacBook Pro isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network asApple TV (called peer-to-peer AirPlay). To use peer-to-peer AirPlay, you need an Apple TV (3rd generation rev A, model A1469 or later) with Apple TV software 7.0 or later.
Play web videos without showing your desktop. When you find a web video with an AirPlay icon , click the icon, then select your Apple TV.
Tip: If the image doesn’t fit your HDTV screen when you mirror the screen, adjust the desktop size for the best picture. Click the AirPlay icon , then choose an option under “Match Desktop Size To.”
Apple TV is sold separately at apple.com or your local Apple Store.
Migrate your data
It’s easy to move your files and settings from another Mac or PC to your MacBook Pro. You can transfer information from an old computer to your MacBook Pro wirelessly, from a Time Machine or other USB storage device, or with an Ethernet cable and adapters.
Tip: For best results, make sure your MacBook Pro is running the latest version of macOS. To check for software updates, click the App Store icon in the Dock, then click Updates in the App Store toolbar.
Transfer wirelessly. To transfer the data when you first set up your MacBook Pro, use Setup Assistant. To transfer data later, you can use Migration Assistant. Open a Finder window, go to Applications > Utilities, then double-click Migration Assistant to do a wireless migration. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Tip: To transfer the information wirelessly from your old computer to your MacBook Pro, make sure both computers are connected to the same network. Keep both computers near each other throughout the migration process.
If you used Time Machine to back up your files from another Mac to a storage device (such as an AirPort Time Capsule or an external disk), you can copy the files from the device to your MacBook Pro. For more information about Time Machine backups, see Back up and restore.
Copy files from a USB storage device. Connect the AirPort Time Capsule or other storage device to your MacBook Pro using an adapter, such as the USB-C to USB Adapter (see Accessories). Then manually drag files to your MacBook Pro.
Transfer using Ethernet. To migrate over Ethernet, use a USB-C to Ethernet adapter (available separately) to connect the Ethernet cable to your MacBook Pro. Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to your other computer (you might need another adapter, if your computer doesn’t have an Ethernet port). Before migrating your data using Ethernet, make sure your MacBook Pro battery is fully charged.
For complete details about all the migration methods, see the Apple Support article Move your content to your new Mac.
Save space on your MacBook Pro
macOS Sierra frees up space if you’re running out of room on your MacBook Pro and helps you save space as you work. You can set options to free up even more space on your MacBook Pro.
Optimize storage. Set options in the Recommendations pane. Go to Apple menu > About This Mac, click Storage, then click Manage. When your Mac is low on storage, you’ll see an alert that will open the Recommendations pane.
Set options to:
- Store in iCloud:
- Store files in iCloud, where they stay secure and available. You can turn on iCloud Drive to store files on your desktop and in your Documents folder in iCloud.
- Turn on iCloud Photo Library to store items from the Photos app in iCloud.
Even though your files are stored in the cloud, you can access them right where you left them on your MacBook Pro. For more information, see Access your content anywhere with iCloud.
- Optimize Storage: Remove iTunes movies and TV shows you’ve watched, and keep only recent email attachments.
- Erase Trash Automatically: Automatically erase items that have been in the Trash for more than 30 days.
- Reduce Clutter: Review documents and delete older ones stored on your MacBook Pro.
macOS Sierra also prevents you from downloading the same file twice in Safari, alerts you to remove installer software when you finish installing a new app, clears logs and caches that are safe to remove when you’re low on storage, and more, to help you save space as you work.
Back up and restore
To keep your files safe, it’s important to back up your MacBook Pro regularly. The easiest way to back up is to use Time Machine—which is built into your MacBook Pro—with a wireless AirPort Time Capsule (sold separately), or an external storage device connected to your MacBook Pro.
Files stored in iCloud Drive and photos in iCloud Photo Library are automatically backed up to iCloud and don’t need to be part of your Time Machine or other backup.
Set up Time Machine. Make sure your MacBook Pro is on the same Wi-Fi network as your AirPort Time Capsule, or connect your AirPort Time Capsule or external storage device to your MacBook Pro. Click the System Preferences icon in the Dock, click Time Machine, then click On. Select the drive you want to use for backup, and you’re all set.
- Automatically backs up everything on your MacBook Pro, including system files, apps, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents.
- Remembers how everything looked on any given day, so you can revisit your MacBook Pro as it appeared in the past or retrieve an older version of a document.
- Lets you restore your MacBook Pro from a Time Machine backup. So if anything happens to your MacBook Pro, your files and settings are safe and sound.
To learn more about backing up and restoring your MacBook Pro, go to Mac Help (see Mac Help) and search for “Time Machine,” “external storage device,” “backup,” or “restore.” To learn more about AirPort Time Capsule, go to Airport Time Capsule.
AirPort Time Capsule is sold separately at apple.com or your local Apple Store.
You can press key combinations to do things on your MacBook Pro that you’d normally do with a trackpad, mouse, or other device. Here’s a list of commonly used keyboard shortcuts.
Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
Copy the selected item to the Clipboard.
Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app.
Undo the previous command. Press Command-Z again to redo.
Select all items.
Open a Find window, or find items in a document.
Find again, or find the next occurrence of the item you’re searching for. Press Command-Shift-G to find the previous occurrence.
Hide the windows of the front app. Press Command-Option-H to view the front app but hide all other apps.
Minimize the front window to the Dock. Press Command-Option-M to minimize all windows of the front app.
Open a new document or window.
Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
Print the current document.
Save the current document.
Close the front window. Press Command-Option-W to close all windows of the app.
Quit the app.
Choose an app to Force Quit.
Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps.
Take a screenshot of the entire screen. Press Command-Shift-4 to take a screenshot of a selected area of the screen.
If you switched to the Mac from a PC, or if you like to use the keyboard instead of the trackpad, check out Switching PC Habits for a list of Mac keyboard shortcuts and the differences between Mac and Windows keyboards. For a more complete list of keyboard shortcuts, see the Apple Support article Mac keyboard shortcuts.
If your MacBook Pro has the Touch Bar, see the Apple Support article Using the Escape button on your MacBook Pro with Touch Bar for more information about the Esc button.