How to Setup Time Machine Backup on Mac

One of the most scariest things in today’s modern world is to lose all your data in a whiff. Hence, there is a constant need to back up all the data from time to time. And, Mac lets you do that with its built-in Time Machine backup software.

Time machine, by default is the quickest and easiest way to take backups. It works with any type of a hard disk connected to your computer. So, connect the hard drive where you want your backups to be stored and start the process.

How to Setup Time Machine Backup on Mac

In this article, we will be explaining you how to set up the time machine and use it for restoring individual files or the entire hard drive.

Here’s How to Set up the Time Machine

Step #1. Launch System Preferences from the dock or choosing it from the Apple icon on the top-left of the screen.

Launch System Preferences on Mac

Step #2. Next, click on “Time Machine.”

Setup Time Machine Backup on Mac

Step #3.Check the box on right, which says, “Show Time Machine in Menu Bar.” By doing so, you can directly launch Time Machine by pressing the icon from the menu bar.

Step #4. Swipe the toggle button to “On” to set up your Time Machine.

Turn On Time Machine on Mac

Step #5. Now, click on “Select Backup Disk.

Step #6. Next, from the drop-down menu, select the preferred hard disk and hit “Use Disk” option.

Hit Use Disk Option on Mac

Here’s How to Retrieve Individual Files using Time Machine

Step #1. To launch Time Machine app, either click on “Time Machine” icon from menu and then select “Enter Time Machine” or open Application folder and then double click on Time Machine to start it.

Step #2. You will now see the Time Machine Window. Find the file or folder you want to retrieve and click “Restore” from the bottom right corner.

Restore from Time Machine Backup on Mac

Step #3. The selected files/folders will be restored to its original place.

Here’s How to Retrieve Entire Contents by using Time Machine Back up

Step #1. For restoring entire contents of your drive, you need to navigate into the recovery partition. Press Command + R and Mac will reboot to a screen that displays OS X Utilities.

Step #2. Now, choose “Restore from Time Machine Backup” and then click on “Continue.”

Step #3. You will see some information on your “Restore your system“, read it and press “Continue.”

Step #4. Select “Time machine backup” and once again, press “Continue.”

Step #5. Choose the latest backup of your hard disk and click “Continue.” Also, in the popup of “Select a Destination Window“, choose your Mac’s main hard drive.

Step #6. Once the backup is done, your device will re-start.

Additional facts:

  • For storing backups on multiple devices, you need to repeat the “Here’s how to set up Time Machine” process again. When you it the second time, a window will popup asking to either replace earlier disk or “Use Both.” Click on “Use Both” for having backups on multiple hard drives.
  • The backups happen on an hourly, weekly and monthly basis. There is no way to stop them. However, to carry backup as desired, you can click on “Time Machine” icon and then select “Back Up Now” option.
  • You can add or delete the apps for backups. To do so, open Time Machine, select “options” and then use “+” or “-” buttons to select items to exclude them from backup process.