By Casey Liss
Starting Anew on macOS

A few months ago I had to give up my primary computer, and had just purchased a new iMac. In doing so, I came up with a checklist of things to do before disposing of an old Mac, and when installing on a new one.

Recently Aleen was going through something similar, and she encouraged me to post my lists.

I’m not going to cover backing up, installing macOS, or any of the other obvious steps. These are just the things I always seem to forget.

Cleaning Your Mac

These are the things I do before giving up a Mac:

  • Remove Dropbox
  • Disassociate the computer with the iTunes Store
  • Disassociate the computer with the Mac App Store
  • Disassociate the computer with iMessage in
  • Turn off Find My Mac
  • Remove the Mac from my support profile
  • If desired, reinstall macOS as per Apple’s instructions

Re-installing on a New Mac

In no particular order, these are the things that I do and install once I get a new Mac. Naturally, this list may or may not work for you.

Additionally, the following groups of files should be transferred:

  • Music
  • ~/Desktop
  • ~/Desktop/Incoming (basically, my dumping ground)
  • ~/Downloads if anything is there
  • ~/Documents

Naturally, your mileage may vary. But that’s my list.