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TimeMachineEditor 5.1.9

Change the default backup interval of Time Machine

Category: Utilities
Price: Free
Popularity: High
Version String: 5.1.9 (213)
Release Date: 2021-05-09
Architecture: Intel & AppleSilicon(ARM)
Minimum OS: macOS 10.9
Vendor Name: Time Software
Homepage: tclementdev.com

Version History 5.1.9 (213)

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Description:

TimeMachineEditor is a software for macOS that lets you change the default one-hour backup interval of Time Machine. You can change the interval or create a more sophisticated scheduling (see screenshots below).

This is useful if you don’t need to backup every hour and don’t want the performance penalty. This is also especially useful if you manipulate lots of data within one hour as you would spend the whole day backing up.

Catalina users: if a security dialog prevents you from installing the application, control-click the installer package, then choose Open from the shortcut menu, then click Open. Alternatively you can install version 5.0.7 and update to 5.0.8 from within the application (main application menu > Check for Updates).

How does it work?
TimeMachineEditor triggers Time Machine backups when it is most appropriate, the whole backup process is still handled by Time Machine. TimeMachineEditor is not a 'hack', it does not modify system files.

Command Line Tool
The tmectl(1) command line tool allows to print and modify settings, enable/disable the scheduler and uninstall the application. Just fire up the command without any argument to see its usage.