TimeMachineEditor is a software for OS X 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.

Download (updated 04.11.16)

Additional screenshots

TimeMachineEditor 4.4.1

Requires OS X 10.9 or newer (El Capitan included).

What’s new?

  1. -Better detection of backup failure (for example when the backup disk is not available).

  2. -Better Italian localization.

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 nor does it do any other nasty thing.

TimeMachineEditor is free software.


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Should I turn the big switch from the Time Machine preferences to OFF?

Yes and TimeMachineEditor will do that automatically for you. Doing that merely disables the default one-hour scheduler since you will now be using TimeMachineEditor to trigger the backups.

Do I need to keep the application running all the time?

No. You just need to use the application when you want to change the settings.

How does TimeMachineEditor preserve/discard backups?

TimeMachineEditor does not change that, it is handled by Time Machine. Time Machine will coalesce and discard backups as described in the Time Machine system preference pane.

How do I uninstall TimeMachineEditor?

Use TimeMachineEditor one last time to turn it OFF, then just trash the application.

Look at the Time Machine logs to get more information about Time Machine’s activity: