Feel confident that your photos, files, mail, and more are safely on your new Surface.
You might have photos, mail, and other information that’s already stored in the cloud. You’ll be able to access all those cloud apps and services easily from your Microsoft Surface. For files that aren’t in the cloud, or for files you just want to back up on your Surface, we recommend transferring your content with a USB-based external hard drive (USB 3.0 will be fastest). You’ll want to purchase and/or use an external hard drive that lists compatibility with both Mac and Windows.
We recommend purchasing an external hard drive with more storage than the amount of used storage on Macintosh HD.
The following steps help you move content from a single user account (the one you are currently signed into). If you have more than one user account on your Mac, you’ll likely want to create similar user accounts on your new Microsoft Surface and repeat the steps below to move content from each of the user accounts on your Mac into the respective user account on your Surface.
Learn how to create multiple user accounts on Surface.
How will I find all the files I want to move?
Here’s the easiest way to find everything you may want to transfer:
Note: you will not need to copy the “Photo Library” folder in “Pictures” if you previously exported your photos during the “Moving your photos” section above.
Almost everything you transfer will work within corresponding Windows applications. Photos, music, videos and PDFs will work with built-in applications. Files created within specific applications, like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Adobe Photoshop, will work when you install the corresponding application for Windows.
However, certain files created within Apple’s applications (such as project files for GarageBand or iMovie) won’t work on Surface. Files created within Apple’s iWork applications can each be exported to a corresponding Microsoft Office document format (e.g. Pages to Word, Keynote to PowerPoint, and Numbers to Excel).
If you already have a preference for Firefox or Chrome, you can download either browser for Windows and pick up where you left off! Both browsers offer a sign-in to sync favorites:
No problem! When you use iCloud for Windows, your Safari favorites will be added to Microsoft Edge on your Surface. Open System Preferences on your Mac and make sure iCloud is set up to sync Safari favorites.
Select from the dropdown menu:
If you’re already used to accessing your email, contacts, and calendar through the web, you can keep doing that with Surface. In fact, you can access your favorite webmail sites more quickly by pinning them.
You can now launch your webmail directly from the Start menu with one tap!
You can now launch your webmail directly from the taskbar with one click!
If you used Apple Mail, you can add your email accounts to the built-in Windows Mail app:
Compatibility with your contacts and calendar and the built-in People and Calendar apps varies based on the account. Click below for more information.
If you’re using a Hotmail.com, Live.com, or Outlook.com account, you’ll be able to access your email in the Mail app, your contacts in the People app, and your calendar in the Calendar app.
If you’re using Gmail, you’ll be able to access your email in the Mail app and your contacts in the People app. However, you won’t be able to view your calendar in the Calendar app. To view your calendar, visit Gmail.com.
If you’re using iCloud, you’ll be able to access your email in the Mail app. However, you won’t be able to view your contacts in the People app or calendar in the Calendar app.
The easiest ways to access your iCloud contacts and calendar are:
If you’re using Yahoo! Mail, you’ll be able to access your email in the Mail app and your contacts in the People app. However, you won’t be able to view your calendar in the Calendar app. To view your calendar, visit Yahoo.com.
If your email account is provided by your ISP (like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, or Charter), it may not work with the Windows Mail app, which only supports adding accounts that use IMAP or EAS. The Windows Mail app doesn’t support adding email accounts that use POP.
If you don’t know what these acronyms mean, don’t worry! Check with your internet service provider’s support team and ask if your email supports IMAP or EAS – they’ll know what you’re talking about.
If you preferred to use Microsoft Outlook or Entourage on your Mac to access your email, contacts, and calendar you can use Microsoft Outlook on Windows in the same way. Learn how to set up email accounts in Outlook 2016 for Windows.
If you were using a Mac, you might also have an iPhone. And that probably means you have music in iTunes and photos in iCloud. Don’t worry, you won’t have to leave any of it behind with your new Surface.