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How to Set up a New MacBook

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It’s an exciting time when you get a new MacBook. When you turn it on for the first time, you will have to set it up. Here are a few tips to follow when you get a new MacBook.

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Get Online
Unless you don’t plan on going on the Internet at all, it’s probably a good idea to set up your WiFi when you get a Mac. Plan on doing this at a place that has Wi-Fi, whether that will be at home, your job, or another place you frequent. Wherever you are, it’s important that you have the Wi-Fi password ready for you as you will be prompted to enter it to get online.

Attach only Necessary Devices
There are many devices you may want to eventually use for your MacBook, but you don’t have to put them all in right away. If you are going to use an external keyboard and trackpad, you can go ahead and plug them in. If you are also using a mouse, you can attach that as well. Lastly, if you have an external display, you can plug it in and turn it on. Then, you can plug in your Mac to the power source.

Power on
After you have your Wi-Fi password ready and you have attached the devices you want to use, it’s time to turn on your Mac. Some Macs will automatically boot up once your computer is connected to power, while others may power up once you open the lid. If neither of these happens with your Mac, click the power button.

Use the Built-in Setup Assistant
One of the best things about Mac is that Apple makes it so easy to get set-up and going. When you power on your MacBook for the first time, you will answer setup questions to help you get started. You will need to know your Apple ID, which is the same ID you already use on your iPhone and/or iPad.
It’s probably a good idea for you to allow the setup assistant to turn on iCloud Keychain, FileVault, and Find My Mac. It can also transfer info from another computer to your new one.
You will also need to create a username and password. This information will be used when logging into your Mac as well as when you make certain changes like installing software or adjusting certain settings.

Check for Updates
Once the setup assistant has completed setting up your new Mac, you will want to look for any updates. To find this feature, go to the App Store, and then select “find and install any software updates.” Once you have updated your software to the latest version, you are free to connect your printer or any other devices you would like.
Apple has made it super easy to get your computer up and working for you just about as soon as you turn it on. If you take a few minutes to follow these steps at the beginning, you won’t need to worry about doing it later. Enjoy using your new MacBook!