How to back up your Mac with Time Machine — Apple Support

How to back up your Mac with Time Machine — Apple Support

Time Machine is the built-in
backup feature on your Mac that always keeps
an up-to-date copy of everything
on your computer stored on
an external backup disk. Here’s how to set it up. To begin,
choose a backup disk to store
your Time Machine backups. Backups require a lot of space, so it’s a good idea
to pick a device that is used solely for them. You can use
an external hard drive that you plug into your Mac, or you can wirelessly connect
to an AirPort Time Capsule a compatible network-attached
storage device, or another Mac. Find out more
about these options in the link in the description. We’re going to use
an external hard drive. When you plug
a backup disk into your Mac a pop-up window may ask
if you want to use the drive to backup your Mac
with Time Machine. If you see it,
click Use as Backup Disk. If you don’t see the prompt, set up Time Machine
in System Preferences. Click on the Apple menu,
click System Preferences, then click Time Machine. To start the setup process, click Select Backup Disk
and choose your disk. From here,
you can encrypt your backup with a passcode,
if you’d like. Then click Use Disk. Depending on your setup,
you may see additional prompts to help you add a passcode,
reformat your device, or connect
to your network volume. Now your computer
will prepare the disk and your backup
will begin shortly after. Your first backup
may take a long time depending on
how many files you have, but you can continue using your
Mac while a backup is underway. Time Machine only backs up
files that have changed since the previous backup, so future backups
will be faster. After your first backup, Time Machine backs up everything
for you automatically so you don’t have to remember
to do it yourself. Time Machine
makes local snapshots hourly backups
up to 24 hours, daily backups
for the past month, and weekly backups
for all previous months. Plus, the oldest backups
are deleted when your disk becomes full. And if you want
to access Time Machine more quickly in the future, click Show Time Machine
in the menu bar. Once your backup is complete,
you’ll see a notification. To start a new backup
at any time, click the Time Machine icon on the right side
of the menu bar, then click Back Up Now If a backup
is already in progress, you can skip a backup
from this menu. And now your files
are safely backed up. For more helpful tips like this, subscribe to
the Apple Support channel or click a video
to keep watching. ♪ Music playing ♪

Dereck Turner

53 thoughts on “How to back up your Mac with Time Machine — Apple Support

  1. Ibrahim wesam says:

    First comment

  2. LaiTechno says:

    Does the backup also save the personalization settings changed via Terminal?

  3. Jai Shri Krishna says:

    My 2010 Macbook pro not gonna support it. 😞

  4. Alijah Simon says:

    Time Machine is amazing software.

  5. The89Lunder says:

    Am I the only one finding it funny, they refer to a product they have already announced will only be sold as long as stores have them in stock? The factory is not pumping out any new Time Capsules.

  6. de CONO a CODO says:

    Very good video!!! 👏👏👌👌👌

  7. DOGE! says:

    What type of backup disc is the fastest under $150

  8. Hape says:

    It's a pity that the Time Capsule is discontinued. I love mine, it makes continuously backups for all my devices and provides the most reliable and fastest WLAN I ever had for my apartment – even my neighbor can surf on my WLAN.

  9. Praju vada says:

    very useful information and channel thanks!

  10. Piipperi800 says:

    Believe or not, this tutorial works with 10.5 – 10.14. Thats so randomly amazing

  11. CompuMop says:

    I always forget how epic Time Machine is! It’s such cool software!

  12. GH0St3r OLM says:


  13. Julien Hosri says:

    Can I use an external hard drive that I already have files in it? Does it get formatted? (It’s 4tb and my macbook is 256gb)

  14. Ben Schipunov says:

    It said 9:41 as the time for over a minute

  15. Vishal Kripalani says:

    Just waiting for iTune Gift card well I am still a kid and not have debit credit card that's sad but I love apple and I am into ecosystem of apple totally cool

  16. نشوان التميمي says:

    Please translate to Arabic

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  18. Iain Murray says:

    Can you use icloud?

  19. Raymond Lee says:

    After you've made the backup, how do you access the data if your computer crash?

  20. Yashmaan Sharma says:

    No! You can't use mac when 'Time Machine Backup' is going on. In my experience I was working on a file that was about ~46GB. When I was having trouble in my mac. I used Time Machine to restore my full disk files after formatting. Guess what! It failed every time. Even after installing OS from server & then opening disk, copying that ~46GB was not possible because it got corrupted.

  21. dwiscocwisco says:

    Put usbc on all of your devices

  22. The Greatest says:

    i think ipad pro can shock up the world again, when they can running console games like xbox / ps4 in their tablet, it will be change the game industry in the whole world, the same thing when iPod with iTunes and Sony with Walkman music , great transformation, even steve jobs was sony fan boy when he young

  23. Socalthemeparks17 says:

    Okay, but that music though.

  24. Benjamin Browder says:

    I'm benjamin o Browder

  25. Benjamin Browder says:

    imbede on my phone and I don't know what to do I am whatever

  26. XxHighlyEthanxX 101 says:

    Samsung is better!

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  28. V. Sriram Sundar says:

    It's funny how this channel of Apple allows viewers to comment🤣

  29. metty 214 says:

    But can you back up the backups

  30. Sylvain Alain says:

    The best software when you need to upgrade your current storage or change for a ssd drive 🙂 I use it everyday. It’s the best backup solution that I know afaik.

  31. Anthony Alexander says:

    Who has 2 macs >:(

  32. Anthony Alexander says:

    I like time machine

  33. Richard Kannoor says:

    hard disk suddenly disappeared, is it because something crashed? please help how to get it back

  34. Konrad Dudek says:

    Hi guys, can you make video on mapping network drive from Airport Time Machine. I struggle to do that for couple of weeks and some YT tutorials. Drive become unresponsive after few hours….

  35. JJ Bouajram says:

    If you’ve already backed up your hard drive and you just want to “update” the back up in the future to the external hard drive will it just overwrite the file for the back up on the external hard drive with the new updated back up ?

  36. Eduardo Louis says:

    can i create a partition on an external hard drive ? Let's say 1TB and split it in 2 halves and use the half for TimeMachine and the other half for normal storage? will it allow me?

  37. Ian Mackenzie says:

    What if you don’t want to wait until the disk is full before it starts removing backups. For example: I would like old backups removed when the disk is at 60% capacity. Can I remove them manually?

  38. Jesus Uribe says:

    Question: After a back up is done, can I wipe my Laptop completely and them restore from External Hard Drive Back up?

  39. Arrowlog Productions says:

    Why doesn’t time machine work with iCloud?

  40. Tony True says:

    Take a shot every time she says “back up”

  41. Fizzard says:

    My dream of an macbook will come true one day…

  42. gouri panda says:

    After we back up can we eject the external drive?

  43. Christian Osorno says:

    if i have stuff already on my hard drive & never backed up my stuff, would using it with Time Machine erase everything that i have on my hard drive???

  44. Max Power says:

    Time machine works like a charm. 👍

  45. Bass Kot says:

    I ❤️ my 💻

  46. Voracious T says:

    but what about softwares , mine are a bit outdated , will it affect them also??

  47. Ivy Tuga says:

    If i use my external disk as the Time Machine for my mac, can i still save files in it that are not from my mac or does the disk become solely a disk for backing up my mac?

  48. 7homas 0wen says:

    My disk does not appear in time machine. It shows the disk on the desktop but not here?

  49. SugarGliderDude says:

    remember when time machine first got released, loved it, though i miss the spinning arrow when it backs up, would love to see it back to spinning again.

  50. Stephen M says:

    As my Mac is only a paltry 2tb I have all my photos and 4K video on an 8tb hard drive. I back up my Mac to a second 8tb drive. I cannot find a way to include the first hard drive with my photos and video in the backup. As I’m new to o Mac can anyone advise me please? Thanks

  51. SNIKPOFilms says:

    does it backup photos and imovie?

  52. Thaofa says:

    If I delete a file, will it delete on the time machine backup?
    This is good incase you accidentally delete something. But then bad incase you deleted malware.

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