If you buy a new Mac, you will need to go through a standard setup procedure where you will need to configure some options. This video goes through the steps to set up a new Mac for the first time.
- [Instructor] If you buy a new computer with macOS Catalina or if you do a fresh installation of macOS, there will be an initial setup process the first time you start up your computer. It will take a moment to start up, then you should see a screen like this which will prompt you to answer several questions. Some are really obvious like choosing my location. I'll just choose my location and click Continue. You can see how that works. I'm going to skip some of the more obvious questions so we can focus on the important ones. Now, at this point, you may see a screen prompting you to sign into a Wi-Fi network. If you use Wi-Fi, you will select your Wi-Fi network from that list. Then put in the password for that network if it's locked. Then you'll have internet for the rest of this setup. So I'll put in my password for this network, hit the Return key. And after a moment, I'm connected to the internet. If you have a wired connection to the internet, you will not see that step. And if you cannot connect to the internet now, there is a movie later in this course about internet connections. So I'm just going to skip past this question about privacy. Feel free to read the details as you're going through here. Now it's offering to let me transfer data from another Mac. If you are migrating your documents and applications from an old Mac, you can choose that option and follow the prompts but I'm not going to transfer anything now, so I'll click Continue. And now it's prompting me to either sign in to my Apple ID account or create a new Apple ID. I explained what the Apple ID is earlier in this course and we even saw a preview of this screen and I want you to know that you do not have to use an Apple ID account. It may look like you do at first but if you do not want to sign in, you can just click this option at the top that says Set Up Later. You can also create a new account here from this screen. Also, if you do happen to have two separate accounts for iCloud and the iTunes or App Store, you can click this option down at the bottom that says Use different Apple IDs for iTunes and iCloud. You can just click that option and sign into those two accounts separately. Now, I do have one single Apple ID which we will use in this course, so I'm going to sign into that. I'll put in the username, hit the Return key and put in my password. Next, is the User Agreement. You can read all the details here. I'm just going to click Agree to continue. And Agree here as well. Next, you will need to set up your user account. Basically your name and a password for the computer itself. Every time you turn on the computer, you will need to type in your password to unlock it. This keeps your computer secure. Now, since I signed into my Apple ID account, it already set up my username based on that. You can change it if you like or if you do not sign into an Apple ID, you'll just need to put in your full name and then it will automatically fill in your abbreviated account name. Then set the password that you want to use to unlock this computer. I'll type that in and I do have to click on this Next field and type in the password a second time just to verify it. Then I'll click Continue here. Most of these questions will be clear if you read the text on the screen and answer with your preference. So I'm going to skip past them. If you get this question about FileVault. This is a pretty heavy layer of encryption for the files on your drive but it can slow down the computer and introduce some other problems. Unless you need some very heavy encryption, I usually just turn this off. Then click Continue. I'll skip through a few more questions that you can figure out just by reading them and when you're finally done with all of that, you'll be signed into your computer and you can start working with your new system.
- Launching and managing applications
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Use the Messages app with iCloud
- Use FaceTime for audio and video calls
- Using bundled applications
- Import and organize pictures
- Use the App Store to install and update applications
- Install software from the web
- Using Siri for voice commands
- Manage notifications
- Share files and data between devices