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Set intervals for Time Machine backups › jojo Reviews

Now that macOS Ventura is available to all users, we would like to remind you once again that in the new system version, Apple is more tolerant when it comes to backup intervals. Mac owners now have, at least to a limited extent, the ability to set how often automatic backups take place.

Apple’s default setting is that Time Machine automatically backs up data once every hour, keeping an hourly backup for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups of all data. previous months. As a rule, this specification proves to be useful as the automatic data backups are performed in the background and in most cases unnoticed by the user.

Time Machine can also only backup daily or weekly

Should it nevertheless be necessary to change the intervals of the automatic Time Machine backups, Apple offers this option integrated into the operating system for the first time with macOS Ventura. In Time Machine’s advanced settings, you can now specify that the automatic data backups take place only once a day or even once a week.

Obviously, this has only a limited impact on the amount of data to be backed up. Of course, if the backups are made less frequently, the amount of data that has changed in the selected period and therefore needs to be backed up increases.

TimeMachineEditor offers additional options

However, in view of this Apple innovation, helper apps like the TimeMachineEditor are not entirely redundant. This gives you significantly more extensive options when it comes to controlling the frequency of Time Machine backups. In addition to being able to choose your own time intervals, you can also define freeze times or, in the case of MacBooks, specify whether data backups should always be performed or only when the computer is connected to a power supply.

Timemachine Editor Settings

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