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Getting Ready for Work: How to Set up Your New Mac Computer

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In 2020, Mac sales accounted for $9.1 billion of Apple revenue. This astonishing amount was a new record for the company, whose star product is the MacBook Pro.

If you’ve just purchased your very first Mac computer, then congratulations are in order! But, before you get to work, you’ll need to set your Mac up. This article will walk you through the Mac setup process and make sure your new computer is ready to tackle all your important tasks!

Turn on Your New Mac Computer

The first thing you’ll need to do is unbox your MacBook or Mac desktop computer. Then, plug it into the charger and attach the monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Finally, press the power button to turn your Mac on!

Run Setup Assistant

Apple has made the Mac setup process pretty straightforward with the help of the Setup Assistant program. If you’d like, you can skip some steps, such as configuring Siri or a touch ID. Of course, you can always complete these steps later if you wish.

Select Your Country and Language

Using the map of the world, choose your country and time zone. Then, you can select your language and keyboard preference.

If you are bilingual, you should choose your primary language during the setup. Later, you can add more keyboards in System Preferences (where you manage all Mac settings). To change keyboards, select the country flag that represents your desired language in the menu bar.

Connecting to WiFi

First, the assistant will prompt you to connect to a WiFi network. You’ll need to know your password, so if you can’t remember it at the moment, you will have to skip this step. Later, you can connect to your WiFi network using the icon on the menu bar.

Transfer Data

If this is your first Mac computer or you want to start fresh, you can skip this step. But, if you’re going to transfer the data from your old Mac computer, go ahead and do this now.

Sign in or Create an Apple ID

It’s important to have an Apple ID if you want to use the App Store, iCloud, iMessage, or any other Apple service. Be sure you use the same Apple ID on all your devices to keep them synced. So, if you already have an Apple account, you should sign in.

If you don’t have an Apple ID yet, you can make one in just a few minutes.

Set up Screen Time Reports

If you want to minimize your screen time, especially for specific websites or apps, screen time reports are a great option. Each week, you’ll get a detailed report of where you’re spending your time online, which will help you determine how to increase your productivity.

You can also limit your use of apps and websites to a specific amount of time every day.

Enable Siri

Siri can answer your inquiries or assist you when prompted, but you need to set it up first. To do so, Siri will have you repeat some phrases and commands so that it can configure to your voice.

Configure iCloud Storage

iCloud allows you to store content like documents, photos, music, videos, contacts, emails, and more. You don’t have to back up all this information if you don’t want, so be sure to select which data you want to store in System Preferences.

If you would like to back up all your computer’s data with iCloud, you will need to purchase a storage plan. The price starts at just 99 cents a month but can expand your storage up to 2 TB of data!

Choose the Desktop Appearance

Customize your desktop appearance to light, dark, or automatic display. You should also set up your desktop wallpaper and screen saver, as well as sleep mode preferences.

Set up Touch ID

Most new Mac computers have Touch ID capabilities. You can add your fingerprint for easy accessibility, as well as additional fingerprints for other users.

Apple Pay

To enable Apple Pay, you’ll have to verify your card. However, Apple Pay will make online shopping much easier. You’ll never have to enter your credit card details again!

Update Your Software

After you have run through the Setup Assistant, you should visit the App Store. Here you can see if there are any available updates for your computer. Even if it is a new model, the chances are that software has been released since your Mac left the factory.

Download Your Favorite Apps

After you are up to date on your software, you should take a few minutes to download any programs or apps that you will need, including music players, conferencing software, or note-taking programs.

Customize Your Browser Settings

Next, you should start to configure your internet browser settings. First, decide whether you prefer to use Safari, Google Chrome, or Firefox as your default browser.

If you are new to Safari, you should familiarize yourself with some of the browser’s unique features, such as Reader, which allows you to view webpages without ads or distractions.

You can also enable content blockers if you prefer to stop unwanted content from appearing. Just be sure to learn how to allow pop-ups if you need them to navigate a website in the future.

Other settings that you should learn to use in Safari include:

  • Page zoom
  • Auto-play for videos
  • Camera and microphone access
  • Screen-sharing
  • Location services

Learning how to use these features will make it much easier to navigate the web with Safari, especially for work!

Your Mac Computer Is Ready to Go

After going through these simple steps, you are ready to get to work on your new Mac computer! It may take some time to adjust to using Mac, but thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tutorials online to simplify the process.

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