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Backup Scheduler for Time Machine

By Voros Innovation

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Backup Scheduler for Time Machine lets you control when Time Machine backs up your data

App features:
• backup time interval options range from 10 minutes to 1 week
• option to backup when the computer is idle
• backup when time interval is reached And/Or the computer is idle
• app helper is available free from our website to make backups start automatically
• start app automatically
• dock/menubar icons can be hidden
• app only schedules backups, everything else is done by the system

IMPORTANT: Time Machine backup in System Preferences should be OFF to prevent the system ALSO doing its default hourly backups. Otherwise it continues to do its backups in every hour!

A free Helper (available from our website) is recommended for optimal user experience to enable advanced functionalities:
• Starts scheduled backup on 10.9+ automatically (instead of displaying a reminder)
• Displays Time Machine backup status & statistics

The app does not need Helper for its basic functionalities:
• To show Scheduled backup reminder
• To enter Time Machine

Simple settings:
• Time based schedule: Backup starts in specified intervals (10 minutes - 1 week) or at the earliest possible time

• Idle based schedule: If computer is idle for a specified length of time the backup will start

• Combined schedule: Time based & Idle based schedules can be made to work together (AND) or independently (OR)

• Backup Time period schedule: The time range when backups are allowed. For example from 5pm to 10pm. Note: The computer must support "Power Nap" to start a backup in Sleep mode

#1: "Start backup in every: 6 hours AND when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours but only when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups won’t be more frequent than 6 hours.

#2: "Start backup in every: 6 hours OR when idle for at least 5 minutes"
App tries to start a backup every 6 hours OR when the computer is idle for at least 5 minutes
Backups could be more frequent than 6 hours.

#3: "Start backup in every: never and/or when idle for at least 10 minutes"
App only tries to start a backup when computer is idle for at least 10 minutes.

#4: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least never"
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours whether or not computer is idle.

#5: "Start backup in every: 1 day and/or when idle for at least 3 minutes" AND “Backup between 5pm and 10pm”
App tries to start a backup every 24 hours between 5pm and 10pm if computer is idle for at least 3 minutes.

Note: In Sleep mode computer can only start backups if “Power Nap” is supported otherwise conditions can only be checked when computer is running.
More info:


1. Do I need to disable Time Machine backup?
This is recommended but not necessary. If it is Turned On the system will continue to start a backup according to its 1 hourly schedule as well as starting a backup based on your own preferences.

2. Where can I set up a new Time Machine disk?
All settings are still handled in System Preferences / Time Machine. This app only instructs the system when to start a backup.

3. How does Time Machine Scheduler work?
It simply tells the Time Machine app to start a backup based on the app schedule that you set in the preferences. This is done automatically if Helper is installed, otherwise it displays a reminder.

4. Where can I see the backup progress?
If Helper script is installed the app automatically shows the backup progress, last successful backup date, time and drive info. If the script is not installed this information can be found in the Time Machine app.

5. How to access the app preferences if both Dock and menubar icons are disabled?
Relaunch the app from the Applications folder or LaunchPad. It will open the app preferences window automatically.

6. Is Yosemite supported?
YES, our free Helper script (available from our website) is recommended for optimal user experience.

What's New in Version 1.5.1

+ Fully compatible with El Capitan
+ App automatically respects "Backup while on battery" setting in System Preferences > Time Machine
+ Minor improvements and bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Backup when idle for X minutes does not work as expected

The biggest issue I have with Time Machine is high resource usage after awakening from sleep. Typically, multilple processes contend for resources while my Mac performs various houskeeping duties if I’ve stepped away for a while. I had hoped that Backup Scheduler would delay Time Machine activity until I had taken a break. It does not do this. As soon as the desktop appears after typing in my password Backup Scheduler is already banging away on my Time Capsule backup drive. Time Machine activity shows hundreds of megabytes being backed up, which leads me to believe that the not only does the “backup when idle” function NOT work on wakeup, but it can’t be working AFTER I take a break either. Otherwise there wouldn’t be that much stale data that requires refreshing since I last used the system.

Backup Scheduler seems to work OK for blocking the default hourly Time Machine schedule, but there are other ways to edit this schedule without purchasing Backup Scheduler.

WARNING: Doesn’t actually start backups; wants you to install non-App Store script

Ridiculous. This app doesn’t do anything more than pop up a reminder to manually start a Time Machine backup (pointless and something I can do without giving $5 to the developer), unless you install a script from a 3rd-party site, which is a big red flag: If a developer doesn’t want to incorporate something that essential into the actual App Store product, which is subject to Apple quality control and virus/malware screening, then something fishy is afoot. I’m not about to take that chance and — based on some of the bad reviews by those who did — it sounds like the offsite script may not even work properly. Extremely misleading and suspicious.

After purchasing, installing, and trying this bogus product, I am now extremely skeptical of the validity of all of the 5-star reviews posted. Now I just need to figure out how to pursue a refund, and report this scheme to Apple...

Backup Scheduler - A Godsend to Me

I’m a solo consultant and venture investor with a large number of simulataneoud projects and so use a CRM to keep me organized. This often competes with my disk drive tfor attention when Time Machine back ups occur and everything boggs way down - a siutuation I can’t afford. Backup Scheduler completely resolved that problem. Now, I haven’t had a need to restore from memory, so,I’m trusting that works, but through the dashboard I have every incication that it will. Its a simple solution that gas made my life easier.

One suggestion - their response time to emails is a little slow,so be patient with questions.

Backup Scheduler for Time Machine
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Size: 2.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.8 or later, 64-bit processor

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