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Set Time Machine to Backup Manually

Time Machine will backup your Mac every hour for the last 24 hours. Hourly backups for the last day and weekly backups for every month. This is great but what if you’d just like to backup when you want. Do you find that a particularly large backup whats to take place when you need to get on with your work, or perhaps you’d just like to backup every week, or month.

It’s not too hard to change Time Machine to backup manually, however it’s a good idea to also set a reminder on your calendar so you don’t forget.

Step 1.
First we need to switch off the automatic backups. To do this click on the Time Machine icon on the menu bar and choose Time Machine Preferences.

time machine pref

Step 2.
You’ll see the Preferences window open up. Turn the big switch on the left-hand side off. This turns off the automatic backups but don’t worry we can still use Time Machine

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Step 3.
Finally we need to figure out how to tell the Mac to backup when we want. Simply return to the Time Machine icon on the menubar and choose Backup Now when you want to backup. Just don’t forget! Luckily you’ll see that at the top of this menu it also shows when the last backup took place. For example the image below shows the last backup successfully took place on March 20.

back up now

One more thing…
Don’t forget to backup! Why not set a recurring alarm in your calendarevery couple of weeks to make sure you perform your backups? Go into the Calendar app and make an appointment. Click the edit button and choose repeat, then choose how often you’d like to be reminded. Finally add an alarm so that a message pops up on your Mac on the day.

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