I want to move to a new Macbook. However, I have a POP3 email account on Mac Mail with some old emails that I would like to migrate to a new Macbook which are no longer on the mail server. Would Apple Migrate Assistant allow me to move these emails to the new Macbook? Or is there an alternative method that would allow me to achieve this?

  • Is use of the Migration Assistant a must, or are you open for other approaches? If the second, please edit your question to indicate so? – nohillside Jan 23 '19 at 19:11
  • Have edited the question to allow other options to be proposed. – jonroper Jan 23 '19 at 19:14

Apple's Migration Assistant will transfer all settings and files from your old Mac to your new one, including all email accounts, regardless of type, IMAP, POP, Exchange, etc.

  • Remember to use the Migration Assistant at the very first login of the new Mac, to avoid 'doubled account' issues if you do it later. – Tetsujin Jan 23 '19 at 20:12
  • Good point. I usually create an "admin" account. Log in with that, run software update and then run Migration assistant. But at first run works well too. – Steve Chambers Jan 23 '19 at 20:58
  • So is the Migration Assistant literally just copying/moving the hard drive from one mac to another? – jonroper Jan 23 '19 at 22:17
  • Pretty much. Some stuff is left behind. Caches and the like and things specific to the source Mac. Not everything, but, everything you need for an identical experience. – Steve Chambers Jan 24 '19 at 0:36

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