Backup Scheduler: Time Editor

Developer: Voros Innovation

Current Version: 1.6.0

Last Updated: 4 months ago

Download Size: 3 MB - Download


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

Supports: macOS 10.8+ to High Sierra +

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

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


Release Notes:

+ Updated for High Sierra
+ Bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.5.1
Review by Jfromnewtulsa

No more Time Machine hourly backups and cpu taxing! - BackUp Scheduler is just what every MAC owner needs. It allows us to continue our necessary backups on OUR timetable and not the Time Machine’s schedule. No more issue while watching an iTunes movie with stuttering and such when the hourly Time Machine back up kicks in. We also get to use the unique APPLE software of Time Machine to back up our MAC and important files on our back up disks. I’ve used this app for over a year and it stays updated with the latest OS X with no issues.

Found helpful by 11 out of 12 people
Version 1.5.1
Review by Duggadugdug

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...

Found helpful by 27 out of 35 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.6.0
Review by Poetifyer

Works Great!!! Does Exactly What It Says It Does! - There are some negetive reviews here. They are not reading the screen when the app starts up. It says in effect, that one must download a script from OUR website, meaning the developer, to use all the functions. The script is simple to install. Just click on it. After that, it works Great!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.6.0
Review by K784

Took a bit to figure out - but works great now! - Yes, we had to install the 3rd party script. Lots of people have reviewed this and been satisfied, so we figured it was worth a try. We had to try a few different settings, but is now working well. I would give it five stars, but took off one star because of the hassle of installing the script and needing to test the settings multiple times before it worked. Here are the settings I use to get one backup every night: Start backup every 24 HOURS OR when idle for at least NEVER Backup between 9:00PM and 4:00AM Checked Hiide dock icon Checked Start Automatically at logon. Hope this helps! I am happy not to have a Time Machine backup running on and off all day and creating copies that take up tons of space.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.6.0
Review by dramatis personae

Doesn’t work - Directions and help are unclear. In the end it didn’t cause my product to back up at all.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.6.0
Review by SCGay

Work's Great!! - I really like this easy to use app. The Time Machine’s constant auto-backups are great but they slow the system down frequently. Now I can schedule backups during typical downtime at night; keeping my data backed-up regularly and freeing up speed during use hours.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.6.0
Review by QofC

Works Very Well - Works very well. I have my backups scheduled every night between 2 and 6; successful completion every day. I am very pleased.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people