Migrating 2012 iMac to 2018 Mac mini

Micky Do

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Could someone please clarify: does Migration Assistant let you choose WHICH applications, or is it only set up to take ALL of them? If the latter, it might behoove me to clear out ones that I don't want to migrate on the old system first. If the former, it doesn't matter.
Yes, you can choose which apps and files you want to migrate. It is quite straightforward and easy to use.

I believe Migration Assistant (and Setup Assistant) will "migrate over" -ALL- your applications. You can't pick-and-choose them.

The "basic Apple apps" (such as Safari) won't be migrated, because the newer version will already be on the new Mac.
You believe wrong.....

When there are newer versions of applications, the older version is not migrated, but content and settings are. You can select what you don't want to migrate.
 
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Fishrrman

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Micky Do is WRONG is reply 26 above.

I just opened Migration Assistant to check things out.
I'm using a 2018 Mac Mini and OS 10.14.4.
For my source, I used a backup drive with a copy of the OS on it, Applications folder, accounts, etc.

When Migration Assistant opened, it listed
- Applications
- Accounts
- Settings
etc.

To the left of the Accounts and Settings there were "disclosure triangles".
Clicking these revealed that one could go into the account or folder and select/deselect certain items.

There was NO DISCLOSURE TRIANGLE to the left of the Applications folder.
This would indicate that the user has no options to select/deselect what Applications "get migrated" from the older Applications folder to the newer Mac.

So... my statement in reply 25 stands.

And again -- when you migrate, older Apple-installed apps get "left behind" because newer versions already are extant in the target folder. Examples would be Safari, Photos, iTunes.

The exception would be user-downloaded/purchased [Apple] apps such as Aperture or Final Cut Pro.
If you have these apps on your older drive, they WILL be migrated to the new setup.
 

Mad3sam

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Fishrrman's "you can do it!" routine for migrating to a new Mac:

If you follow my instructions below, I guarantee a success rate of 98%:
PRINT OUT these instructions and check them off as you go along.

1. BEFORE you do anything else, run a "final" backup on your old Mac to an EXTERNAL drive. It can be either TM or a cloned backup using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper. I prefer CCC.
2. Shut down the old Mac and disconnect the external drive
3. Take the new Mac out of the box and set it up on the table. DO NOT PRESS THE POWER ON BUTTON until step 8 (read on). You don't want to begin setup until "the right moment".
4. If you're using an external display, connect the display using the usb-c/VGA adapter/cable that you have
5. Connect the keyboard and mouse if you use them. I STRONGLY SUGGEST that you connect them DIRECTLY to the Mac.
6. If you use a hub, leave it DISCONNECTED for now
7. Connect your cloned backup or TM backup drive -- use a usb-c adapter if needed.

OK, we're ready-to-go, so let's get goin':
8. Press the power on button for the first time.
9. The new Mac may ask for help "finding" the keyboard, just follow instructions.
10. Begin setup. At the appropriate moment, setup assistant will ask if you wish to migrate from another Mac or drive. YES, you want to do this.
11. "Aim" setup assistant at the external backup. Setup assistant will need a little time to "digest it all" (be patient)
12. You will now see a list of things that can be migrated, such as applications, accounts, settings and data.
13. I suggest that you select ALL of them.
14. Let setup assistant "do its thing". It's going to TAKE A WHILE to move things over. Again, be patient.
15. When done, you should see the login screen. Go ahead and login.
16. Once logged in, things should look pretty much as they looked on your old Mac.
17. You should check all your apps. Some may not run, and may require upgrading.
18. You can set aside the old backup, or ... "repurpose it" to become the backup for the new Mac. I'd keep the old one around for a week or so, at least.
First, I like to thank you for submitting your well organized process which encouraged me to try transferring using an Ethernet connection. I was not interested in using time machine or any process other than a direct transfer via Ethernet. However, migration assistant on the new Mac mini went into perennial search mode would not recognize the powerup. So, I tried a reverse transfer and in migration manager on the old Mac, clicked “transfer to another Mac”. Immediately, my old Mac regidiscoverable as ... (name of old Mac mini)”. on the new Mac mini subsequentname of the old Mac mini and transfer proceed as in step 10 above. Possibly a permission, login thing preventing transfer initially but, it worked with this modification.
Fishrrman's "you can do it!" routine for migrating to a new Mac:

If you follow my instructions below, I guarantee a success rate of 98%:
PRINT OUT these instructions and check them off as you go along.

1. BEFORE you do anything else, run a "final" backup on your old Mac to an EXTERNAL drive. It can be either TM or a cloned backup using CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper. I prefer CCC.
2. Shut down the old Mac and disconnect the external drive
3. Take the new Mac out of the box and set it up on the table. DO NOT PRESS THE POWER ON BUTTON until step 8 (read on). You don't want to begin setup until "the right moment".
4. If you're using an external display, connect the display using the usb-c/VGA adapter/cable that you have
5. Connect the keyboard and mouse if you use them. I STRONGLY SUGGEST that you connect them DIRECTLY to the Mac.
6. If you use a hub, leave it DISCONNECTED for now
7. Connect your cloned backup or TM backup drive -- use a usb-c adapter if needed.

OK, we're ready-to-go, so let's get goin':
8. Press the power on button for the first time.
9. The new Mac may ask for help "finding" the keyboard, just follow instructions.
10. Begin setup. At the appropriate moment, setup assistant will ask if you wish to migrate from another Mac or drive. YES, you want to do this.
11. "Aim" setup assistant at the external backup. Setup assistant will need a little time to "digest it all" (be patient)
12. You will now see a list of things that can be migrated, such as applications, accounts, settings and data.
13. I suggest that you select ALL of them.
14. Let setup assistant "do its thing". It's going to TAKE A WHILE to move things over. Again, be patient.
15. When done, you should see the login screen. Go ahead and login.
16. Once logged in, things should look pretty much as they looked on your old Mac.
17. You should check all your apps. Some may not run, and may require upgrading.
18. You can set aside the old backup, or ... "repurpose it" to become the backup for the new Mac. I'd keep the old one around for a week or so, at least.
First, I like to thank you for submitting your well organized process which encouraged me to try transferring using an Ethernet connection and migration manager. I was not interested in using time machine or any process other than a direct transfer via Ethernet. However, in migration manager: after selecting “From a Mac...” on the new Mac mini and hitting next, the page,”Select a Mac, time machine machine backup...”, migration assistant went into an unending search mode and would not recognize either Mac mini’s despite both powered up. After, both migration assistant programs up and running I tried a reverse transfer using migration assistant on the old Mac, clicked “From a Mac”. Immediately, my old Mac became discoverable as ... (name of old Mac mini)” in migration assistant. Subsequently, the new Mac mini was recognized in migration assistant on the old Mac mini and transfer proceed as in step 10 above. Maybe you left out both old and new Mac mini migration assistants need to be running or permission was not given on the old Mac prior to my initial transfer attempt. Regardless, thanks for your help.