Backup Scheduler: Time Editor

Developer: Voros Innovation

Current Version: 1.6.0

Last Updated: 2 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 22 out of 29 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 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 Bgwnr

Works well for my unusual backup schedule - I gave Backup Scheduler 4 stars because it meets all my needs. It would have been 5 stars, except that it occaionally dies for no reason I can see and I have to relaunch it. But otherwise, it performs very well. Note that my Time Machine backup routine is probably a little different than most. I don’t want or need hourly backups, so I use Backup Scheduler to run Time Machine every 4 hours between 6AM and 10PM, but only if the computer has been idle for 10 minutes or more. It does all that without a hitch.

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

A great convenience. - Totally a set and forget utility. I see that others have complained about system resource usage, but I don't notice it, perhaps because I use it in combo with an NAS, which I have wake and sleep for a specific period solely for the purpose of backing up. Once the external disk turns off, the Scheduler just sits up in its little home, sleeping the day away. I've never had a problem with it. It gets updates without a hitch. Very well done. Highly recommend.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.6.0
Review by Bamboo4321

Most solid synchronizer software ever - Use this daily to backup Pegasus2 DAS to a Synology NAS which then backs up to another Synology NAS offsite. Works flawlessly. Buy this if you’re serious about your data!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people