Apple's built-in Time Machine app makes it simple to back up Mac data. Here's how to back up content using the Time Machine app in macOS Mojave.

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How it's done

Follow these instructions to begin using Time Machine for backup purposes on your Mac.

How to enable Time Machine backups on your Mac

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Choose the Time Machine icon.

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  3. Click Select Backup Disk.
  4. Select which disk you'd like to use as a Time Machine backup.

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  5. Check the Back Up Automatically box in order to automatically back up your Mac to your chosen disks.

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Your hard drive is now ready to accept backups through Time Machine.

How to restore files from a Time Machine backup

  1. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
  2. Choose the Time Machine icon.

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  3. Check the box next to Show Time Machine in menu bar.
  4. Click Enter Time Machine after clicking the Time Machine icon in the Menu bar.

  5. Find the file or folder in question and click Restore.

You're set! Time Machine will copy that file back to its original location on your hard drive.

Our top equipment pick

There are countless hard drives available that support Apple's Time Machine app for backup purposes. These three are among the best on the market.

Ideal for most users

G-Technology G-Drive 1TB

Durable, colorful accessory

USB-C ready plus USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 compatible, this stylish drive from G-Technology is lightweight and Mac ready.

Also available in 2TB and 4TB models, G-Technology's G-Drive is one of the easiest drives to use for backup. Just plug it in and you're halfway there! It's available in silver, space gray, and rose gold.

Other options

The following hard drives are also among our favorites for 2019.

SanDisk Extreme Portable External 250B, 500GB, 1TB, 2GB (From $73 at Amazon)

This product proves that even hard drives can be beautiful.

LaCie Porsche Design 1TB, 2TB, 4TB (From $90 at Amazon)

LaCie is well known for its backup devices and this is one of the most popular models on the market.

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