How to back up your Mac 2022

Back up your Mac!
Back up your Mac! (Image credit: iMore)

When it comes to your Mac (or any computer, for that matter), one of the most important things that you should be doing is backing up your data. No matter who you are or what you do for a living, most of your entire life is probably on that Mac if not all. This means your photos, videos, important documents, sensitive information, and so much more — it's all in one place. Because no one is immune to a system failure, it's always a great idea to make sure that you can recover all of your stuff if something goes catastrophically wrong. When it comes to the subject of how to back up your Mac, here are the best possible options to use with your current Mac or even PC.

Don't lose your data, always back up your Mac!

With so many options available, there is no reason why you should be confused on how to back up your Mac regularly. We always recommend having both a physical backup available (check out some of the best external hard drives to use for that) as well as an off-site cloud backup. After all, if your house burns down and you leave your external hard drive with your backup behind, then all of your data just went up in flames.

Our personal favorite from these is Backblaze because it provides simple cloud backup at an incredibly affordable rate. We also like to use Time Machine, as it already comes with your Mac and is completely free to use — all you need is an external hard drive, which can be pretty cheap to obtain these days. Another good option is Carbonite because it's foolproof enough for everyone.

Christine Chan

Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.

When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.