How to set up, configure, and dive deeply into Time Machine, the built-in backup feature on your Mac.

Time Machine is the built-in backup solution in macOS, automatically making backups of your Mac onto an external drive. It’s easy to set up, and after that, you don’t even need to worry about it. But if you want to customize your experience to fit more particular needs or use cases, you absolutely can.

  • What is Time Machine?
  • Getting started with Time Machine
  • Digging into Time Machine
  • Best drives for Time Machine

What is Time Machine?

Time Machine is Apple’s built-in solution for backing up macOS. You can connect an external hard drive over USB or Thunderbolt (or FireWire, for older Macs) for a wired connection, or over a network for a wireless connection. Time Machine backs up every hour, deleting older backups as the backup drive starts running out of space.

It’s a great first layer to any backup solution, and it’s included right in the operating system.

  • How does Time Machine work?

Getting started with Time Machine

First, the basics. Get Time Machine set up, then learn about how you can choose what’s backed up, how to restore from Time Machine, how to encrypt backups, and more.

  • How to set up and start using Time Machine
  • How to selectively back up with Time Machine
  • How to make sure Time Machine is backing up properly on your Mac
  • How to restore from a Time Machine backup
  • How to delete older Time Machine backups
  • How to encrypt your Time Machine backups

Digging in to Time Machine

So you’ve got everything set up and you know the basics of Time Machine. But there are some advanced steps that you should know about.

  • How to use Finder with Time Machine
  • How to restore individual files from a Time Machine backup
  • How to view Time Machine backups from another Mac
  • How to use Time Machine with multiple Macs
  • How to speed up your Time Machine backups

Any other questions?

If you have any additional questions about getting started with or using Time Machine, let us know in the comments.


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