Time Machine is a great tool that automatically makes backups of your Mac onto an external drive. What's really great about it is that it's built into macOS itself, so every Mac comes with it automatically. It's fairly simple to set up, and after that, you don't even need to worry about it. But if you want to, you can customize your Time Machine experience to your particular needs.
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.
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.
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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.
Updated May 2020: Up-to-date for macOS Catalina.
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