When you buy a Mac, you’re getting more than just a computer. You’re also getting the best possible experience with it right out of the box.
This means that there are important things to do as soon as you bring your new Mac home. If you don’t take these steps right away, your Mac experience could be hampered and it will take significantly longer to get everything set up and running smoothly.
Fortunately, these tips only take about 20 minutes to complete, which is much shorter than the time it would take to troubleshoot various issues later on.
Once you finish reading this article and follow our advice, you’ll be ready to go with your new Mac from setup to first use at home. Here are some things that you need to do after buying a new Mac:
Install macOS Updates
One of the most important things you can do after buying a new Mac is to install MacOS updates as soon as you can. Every Mac comes with a few automatic updates installed.
But there are also several important updates that you need to manually install. Additionally, there are certain specific updates that you need to install on each type of Mac, since they’re all different.
If you don’t install updates regularly, you run the risk of your Mac being vulnerable to security issues, which can lead to identity theft and other serious consequences.
Plus, it’s also important to stay on top of MacOS updates so that you can take advantage of new features and functionality as soon as they become available.
You can check for system updates by going to the Mac App Store, clicking on the menu icon in the upper left hand corner, selecting “Updates” and clicking “Update” next to any updates that are available.
Scan For Malware
The next thing that you need to do after buying a new Mac is to scan for malware. It’s important to do this before you do anything else, because you can’t use your Mac if there’s something malicious on it.
You can use a Mac built-in app called “Xcode” or an app like “Anti-Malware for Mac” to scan for malicious software. If you don’t find anything, but are still concerned about malware, you can also scan for it online using a website like VirusTotal or have it professionally cleaned.
If you find malware, you’ll need to remove it before you do anything else. It’s important to do this, because malware can cause all kinds of serious issues, including data loss and identity theft.
Activate Service And Support Coverage
One of the first things that you should do after buying a new Mac is to activate your coverage plan and service coverage. If you bought your Mac from an Apple store you can activate your coverage right there in the store.
If you bought your Mac online, you can activate your coverage and coverage plan online by logging into your Apple ID account. If you don’t activate coverage for your Mac, you won’t be able to take advantage of any service coverage or warranty existing on your Mac.
Plus, it’s also important to activate a coverage plan because it will help you get assistance from Apple Support if you ever run into any problems.
Set Up iCloud Syncing
One of the most important things that you can do after buying a new Mac is to set up iCloud syncing. This will allow you to automatically sync certain types of information between all of your devices.
You can choose to sync things like your contacts, calendars, photos, bookmarks, documents, reminders, music and more. This will make it easy to use the same information on all of your devices, which will reduce the risk of misplacing information or forgetting something important.
You can set up iCloud syncing when you first set up your Mac, or you can go into the iCloud app on your Mac at any time to set it up after the initial setup has been completed.
Install Quality Apps
Another important thing to do after buying a new Mac is to install quality Mac apps that you use often. Apps like your web browser, email client, calendar, notes, calculator, weather and notification center are critical components of macOS, so you definitely want to install them as soon as possible.
You can install apps from the App Store. You can also install apps by loading them onto a USB drive or a thumb drive and then plugging it into your Mac.
If an app that you want to install requires a login, be sure to enter your login information before installing it, since the app will still be able to function without iCloud syncing enabled.
Import Your iTunes Library And iOS Backups
Another important thing to do after buying a new Mac is to import your iTunes library and iOS backups. This will allow you to get all of your music, videos, apps and other content that you had on your old Mac onto your new one as quickly as possible.
You can do this when you first set up your new Mac, or as soon as you get home and connect your new Mac to your router. You can also import your iOS backups onto your new Mac by plugging in your USB drive and selecting “Restore from Backup” in the Time Machine app.
Schedule System Backups
One of the final things that you need to do after buying a new Mac is to schedule system backups. This is one of the best ways to ensure that your data is safe in case something happens.
The best way to do this is to use a Mac backup app like “Carbonite” or “Dropbox” to automatically back up your data and keep it safe in case anything goes wrong.
You can also use Time Machine to automatically back up your data, but it only backs up your data when you plug in an external hard drive.
Set Up Hot Corners
Another important thing to do after buying a new Mac is to set up hot corners. Hot corners allow you to use your mouse and click on certain areas of macOS to activate common tasks and features.
You can set up a hot corner for your web browser to open a new tab, you can set up a hot corner for your laptop screen to dim, or you can set up a hot corner for the Notification Center. You can set up hot corners using the “System Preferences” app on your Mac.
Invest In Protective Gear
Finally, you should invest in protective gear for your Mac. You can use a specially designed sleeve or case to protect your Mac from drops and falls.
You can use a screen protector to prevent your screen from getting scratched or cracked. You can use a keyboard cover to prevent crumbs and dust from getting into your keyboard.
You can use headphones to prevent hearing damage when listening to audio at high volume. You can use a mouse pad to prevent your mouse from sliding around your desk and scratching your desk surface.
You can also use an Ethernet cable to plug your Mac directly into your router to eliminate Wi-Fi issues. You can also use a surge protector to protect your electronics from power surges.
When you buy a new Mac, it’s important to do a few things right away. First, make sure to install any macOS updates that are available, and then make sure to scan for malware and activate any coverage you have.
After that, you should set up iCloud syncing, install your apps, and restore your iOS backups. Finally, you should schedule system backups and invest in protective gear to keep your computer safe and secure.