Apple iMac and MacBook Setup Guide


This guide will show you how to get your new Apple iMac, Mac Pro or MacBook set up and ready to use.

Completing Apple's Setup Assistant


Press and hold the Mac's power button for 2-3 seconds to turn it on. You'll see an Apple logo with a small loading bar below it. After a few moments the Setup Assistant loads, which is a series of steps that will help you to get your Mac up and running.

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On the first screen, choose the region you're in and the language you'd like to use on your Mac, then click Continue.


Pick a keyboard layout, and click Continue.


Check the list of available wireless networks and click the one you want to connect to. Enter the wireless password when asked, which you'll usually find on a sticker on the back or bottom of your router.

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If you want to transfer files from a Windows or Mac computer, or you have an Apple Time Machine backup to restore, pick that option. Or, to set up the Mac as a new computer, choose Don't transfer any information now, and then click Continue.


Location Services help the Mac know where you are to make searches more relevant, and to power apps like Maps. Tick the checkbox to turn them on, then click Continue.


You need an Apple ID to use Apple's online services like iCloud, iMessage, FaceTime and the App Store. If you've already got one, sign in with your email address and password. If not, create one for free by clicking Create new Apple ID, and filling in the form. If you want to continue without logging into an Apple ID, click Don’t sign in. Click Continue to move on.

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You'll have to accept Terms and Conditions to use the Mac. Click the More... links beside the documents to inspect them, and when you're ready to move on click Agree.


Click Agree on the confirmation window.


Create a Computer Account to personalise your Mac. Type in your name, choose a password, and write a hint to remind you in case you forget it, then click Continue.

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Use 'Find My Mac' to locate, lock or remotely wipe your computer if it's ever lost or stolen. This is always worth doing, so click Allow to set it up or Not now to skip.


The iCloud Keychain helps make life easier if you use more than one piece of Apple kit by sharing passwords and account information between them securely. To use it, click Set up iCloud Keychain and then enter your iCloud Security Code. To continue without using iCloud Keychain, click Set up later, and then click Continue.


Leave the boxes ticked to help keep your files secure, or untick any of them to disable those options. Click Continue.

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Feedback helps Apple and app developers improve their products and services. Leave both boxes ticked to share data (it won't include any personal information, just stuff about the app) or untick them to choose not to, then click Continue.


You'll have to wait a few moments while your new Mac finishes setting up. Don't worry, it won't take long.


That's the Setup Assistant completed, and your Mac is ready to use.

The Dock across the bottom of the screen has icons to open and switch between apps - just click an icon to open the app.

The menu bar across the top of the screen is in two halves. The left-hand side is a menu for the active app, with its name and custom menus. On the right-hand side you'll find the time and date, as well as indicators for things like Volume, and the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.


Connecting to the internet


You'll need to connect your new Mac to the internet to get email, download new apps, access social media sites and more.

Connecting to Wi-Fi


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Click the Apple icon on the left of the menu bar.


Click System Preferences... in the menu.


On the System Preferences panel, click the Network icon.


Click Wi-Fi on the left-hand side of the panel.


If it's turned off, click the button marked Turn Wi-Fi on.

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Click the Network Name box, then pick a wireless network to connect to.


Type the wireless password when asked. If you're not sure what it is, you'll usually find it on a sticker on the router. When you've typed it in, click Join.


When you've succeeded you'll see a green indicator and 'Connected' in the Wi-Fi section on the left, with the status also shown in the main window.

Adding an email account to your Mac


Add your email accounts to the Mac's Mail app to get instant access to all your inboxes in one place.

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Click the Mail icon (it looks like a postage stamp) on the Dock at the bottom of the screen.


When the Mail app opens, it shows the add account box. Click your email account type in the list to start.


If you can't see your email type listed, pick Other then click Continue.


Type in your email address and password, then press either Next or Continue.

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If all went well you'll see the Sync options available for the account. Pick what you would like to sync with the iMac (Mail, Contacts, Calendars etc.) by ticking the boxes, then click Done.


Your email will now download in your Mac's Mail app.

If the account didn't set up automatically you'll have to type the settings in manually. We've written a guide to email settings to help you find the information you'll need. If your email account is managed by a school or workplace, you should contact them for further help.


Changing a user account password


When you're first setting up the iMac, you have to create a password for the user account. To change it, or remove it entirely, follow the steps below.

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Click on the Apple logo on the left end of the Menu bar.


Click System Preferences... from the menu.


On the System Preferences panel, click the Users & Groups icon.

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Click your username on the left-hand side.


Click the Change Password button.


Type in your Old password, then the New password, and repeat it in the Verify box. Write yourself a hint to help you guess it if you think you might need one.


Click the blue Change Password button to save your new password.

That's your Mac set up and working, connected to the internet with your email accounts added. If you want to learn how to do more with your Mac, check out the links below. Or, if you'd like to speak to a Team Knowhow Expert you can contact us here.

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