Andy Lester

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How can I transfer stickers from my old laptop to new?


I bought a new MacBook Pro a few weeks ago, and I’d like to get the stickers from the back of the old one onto the new one. Most specifically, I really like that Google “My other computer is a data center” sticker (no disrespect to Milwaukee BarCamp or Pumping Station: One, of course).

Any suggestions as to how I could remove them intact from the old machine?  And affix them to the new?  If it matters, the new laptop has an aluminum case.

I’m also looking for stickers of Plankton, Mr. Krabs’ nemesis from SpongeBob SquarePants, since I named the laptop “plankton” in his honor.  I always name my machines something related to Quinn or what Quinn is into at the time I got the machine.


  1. I don’t know if it will harm the computer, but usually using a heat gun will work to soften the glue enough to remove the sticker. The glue may not stick again, but there are other adhesives you can use to reattach.

    I might also suggest a clear plastic covering, in case the new adhesive isn’t as friendly to your new laptop.

  2. Doug: What other adhesive would I use if I went the glue gun route?

  3. Maybe research all those wine bottle label savers?

  4. I’d use spray glue to re-stick them.

  5. My problem has been solved. I picked up new PS:1 stickers at last week’s barcamp, and Brian Fitzpatrick at Google mailed me a bunch of new “My other computer is a data center” stickers. No transferring necessary!

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