Backup Scheduler: Time Editor 4+
Customize and Schedule Backups
Backup Scheduler for Time Machine lets you control when Time Machine backs up your data
Supports: macOS 10.11 - Ventura +
• Time based schedule: Backup starts in specified intervals (10 minutes - 1 week) or at the earliest possible time
• Idle based schedule: If computer is idle for a specified length of time the backup will start
• Combined schedule: Time based & Idle based schedules can be made to work together (AND) or independently (OR)
• Backup Time period schedule: The time range when backups are allowed. For example from 5pm to 10pm. Note: The computer must support "Power Nap" to start a backup in Sleep mode
• Dock/Menubar icons can be hidden
• App only schedules backups, everything else is done by the system
IMPORTANT: Time Machine backup in System Preferences should be OFF to prevent the system ALSO doing its default hourly backups. Otherwise it continues to do its backups in every hour!
A free Helper (available from our website) is recommended for optimal user experience to enable advanced functionalities :
• Automatic scheduled backup (instead of a reminder)
• Time Machine backup status & statistics
The app does not need Helper for its basic functionalities:
• To show Scheduled backup reminder
• To enter Time Machine
#1: "Start backup in every: 6 hours AND when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours but only when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups won’t be more frequent than 6 hours.
#2: "Start backup in every: 6 hours OR when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours OR when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups could be more frequent than 6 hours.
#3: "Start backup in every: never and/or when idle for at least 10 minutes"
App only tries to start a backup when computer is idle for at least 10 minutes.
#4: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least never"
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours whether or not computer is idle.
#5: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least 3 minutes" AND “Backup between 5pm and 10pm”
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours between 5pm and 10pm if computer is idle for at least 3 minutes.
Note: In Sleep mode computer can only start backups if “Power Nap” is supported otherwise conditions can only be checked when computer is running.
More info: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5394
1. Where can I set up a new Time Machine disk?
All settings are still handled in System Preferences / Time Machine. This app only instructs the system when to start a backup.
2. How does Time Machine Scheduler work?
It simply tells the Time Machine app to start a backup based on the app schedule that you set in the preferences. This is done automatically if Helper is installed, otherwise it displays a reminder.
3. Why do I need a helper?
When Backup Scheduler was released in 2013 it worked flawlessly by calling the system time machine functions directly. A macOS update broke the functionality, so in order to restore full functionality we made changes to use a small helper script instead of abandoning the app and its users.
4. How can I uninstall the helpers?
Please delete the following folder: ~/Library/Application Scripts/com.vinnov.Time-Machine-Scheduler
They are passive and only occasionally called, they don't reside in the memory for more than a fraction of a second.
5. Where can I see the backup progress?
If Helper script is installed the app automatically shows the backup progress, last successful backup date, time and drive info. If the script is not installed this information can be found in the Time Machine app.
6. How to open preferences if both Dock and menubar icons are disabled?
Relaunch the app from the Applications folder or LaunchPad. It will open the preferences window.
+ Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Simple and effective
I have been using Backup Scheduler for quite a while now. I really appreciate the amount of control it provides over Time Machine. I backup to an external SSD every night between 2:00 am and 4:00. Backup Scheduler has not failed to do perform the back up on my Mac ever. I also have set the option to open on start up and in a couple of times during a power outage the backup took place when power was restored prior to the backup start time. Set it and forget it! I don't backup during the day so I can't comment on resource usage. I highly recommend Backup Scheduler.
Backup when idle for X minutes does not work as expected
The biggest issue I have with Time Machine is high resource usage after awakening from sleep. Typically, multilple processes contend for resources while my Mac performs various houskeeping duties if I’ve stepped away for a while. I had hoped that Backup Scheduler would delay Time Machine activity until I had taken a break. It does not do this. As soon as the desktop appears after typing in my password Backup Scheduler is already banging away on my Time Capsule backup drive. Time Machine activity shows hundreds of megabytes being backed up, which leads me to believe that the not only does the “backup when idle” function NOT work on wakeup, but it can’t be working AFTER I take a break either. Otherwise there wouldn’t be that much stale data that requires refreshing since I last used the system.
Backup Scheduler seems to work OK for blocking the default hourly Time Machine schedule, but there are other ways to edit this schedule without purchasing Backup Scheduler.
WARNING: Doesn’t actually start backups; wants you to install non-App Store script
Ridiculous. This app doesn’t do anything more than pop up a reminder to manually start a Time Machine backup (pointless and something I can do without giving $5 to the developer), unless you install a script from a 3rd-party site, which is a big red flag: If a developer doesn’t want to incorporate something that essential into the actual App Store product, which is subject to Apple quality control and virus/malware screening, then something fishy is afoot. I’m not about to take that chance and — based on some of the bad reviews by those who did — it sounds like the offsite script may not even work properly. Extremely misleading and suspicious.
After purchasing, installing, and trying this bogus product, I am now extremely skeptical of the validity of all of the 5-star reviews posted. Now I just need to figure out how to pursue a refund, and report this scheme to Apple...
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- 10.8 MB
- Requires macOS 10.11 or later.
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