Move Contacts and Calendar to new Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by les24preludes, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. les24preludes macrumors member

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    This should be simple right? Well the Apple support instructions don't work, at least not as I understand them.

    Migrating from a Mac Mini to a Mac Pro, both using El Capitan. Same versions of Contacts and Calendar. I put the original applications Contacts and Calendar on a memory stick and then try and open them in the Mac Pro. They just open as blank applications with no data in them. So where is all the data and how do I import it?

    Thanks for help solving this.
     
  2. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Aren't your contacts and calendar in iCloud? You shouldn't have to do any moving at all. Just enter your user name/password in settings and they'll be there.
     
  3. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    did the migration assistant not help?

    or to carry on from where you left off just use your time machine back up on new machine.
    ok granted this will bring over everything and some of it you may not want.
     
  4. les24preludes thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't use migration assistant when I moved from the Mac Mini to the Mac Pro - no doubt I should have, since getting iTunes to work was a nightmare. I also don't use iCloud. Is that a quick fix? I would prefer "in theory" to keep all my data on my actual computer for security reasons - am I being paranoid or is there some sense in this? Does iCloud "see" all the data on your computer or just what you post to iCloud?

    I'm trying to find out where the library files are for Contacts and Calendar........
     
  5. elf69 macrumors 68000

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    I do believe you can select what you share with Icloud.

    or use time machine back up from old machine and it will get your new machine pretty much an exact copy of old one.

    you may not want this of course.
     
  6. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

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    All data backed up to iCloud is encrypted so well even Apple can't see your files. The only reason there have been reports of "hacks" are because people gave out their emails and passwords to nefarious phishing sites.
     
  7. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    In OS X (and Windows, for that matter), data is stored separately from the app, so copying calendar.app and contacts.app simply copies the app, which are already present on the new Mac.

    I'm a fan of iCloud, but if you distrust it, what you can do is Export your calendars and contacts from the old Mac and Import them into the new Mac. Here's how:

    Calendars: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH22713
    Contacts: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH22749
     

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