If you have two macOS accounts on the same computer and want to merge them, macOS doesn’t offer an easy way to do it, but that doesn’t mean it’s very complicated. You can complicate things with file and folder permissions, but my suggestion is that you take the opportunity to archive and delete that account you no longer want.
Before the merger
You need to verify that there is nothing in the old account that you need to access to export.
Safari contacts, reminders, calendars, notes and bookmarks. These five types of data can be difficult to manage if iCloud sync is turned off for the macOS account you want to delete, and you only have some data from your new macOS account. You must save your data before deleting it.
Mail. Again, it is easier to export local mailboxes than to extract them from the migrated data.
Data stored in applications. For apps that are not from Apple, you need to make sure they don’t have any stored data so that you can’t access them by opening the app and opening the database, file macOS package or something similar in your new account.
Come out with the old, merge the new
Warning! Before continuing, back it up to Time Machine, create a local clone, or use any other kind of backup method to make sure you don’t accidentally lose your data.
1. In the “Users & Groups” preference panel, click the lock icon in the lower left corner and enter the administrator password.
2. Select the user you want to delete and it will be merged with the other.
3. Click the minus icon (‘-‘) at the bottom of the list.
4. MacOS will ask you how you want to proceed. Select “Save Home Folder to Disk Image”.
5. Click on “Remove user” and confirm.
When the process is complete, the old account will be deleted from the system, which is in the Users directory is a disk image. You can double-click this disk image file and then copy the files or use the import function in any application that provides this capability.
One of the many apps that sync files from different locations could also be very helpful in copying only files that don’t exist into the new account in case there is a duplication between the two accounts.
If you had two photo galleries, one on the old account and one on the new one, and you want to merge them, you probably need Fat Cat Software’s PowerPhotos program, the only tool that offers the ability to merge galleries. of photos.
Original article published in igamesnews US.