You can download the complete app here.

In this video I show you how to easily make an Automator app that will allow you to change your Time Machine backup interval in mere seconds and avoid painful visits to the terminal window to do it manually. Applescript code: You can copy and paste this code into an Applescript editor or into a “Run Applescript” task in Automator. Its that easy. Save as an app and you’re ready to go! You can customize your time intervals.

Simply replace the numbers in the curly braces {1, 2, 3, … to any numbers you want, keep in mind, however that these are in hours.

set hours to choose from list {1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 24} with prompt “Set your Time Machine interval:” OK button name “Go” cancel button name “Cancel”
if hours is false then return “user cancelled”
set interval to hours * 3600
do shell script “defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ StartInterval -int ” & interval with administrator privileges
display dialog “Your Time Machine backup will now occur every ” & hours & ” hours.”

Alternatively, you can use this terminal command, and replace the backup interval in seconds at the end. In this command it is set to 7200 seconds, or two hours.

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ StartInterval -int 7200

Hope this has helped you manage your Time Machine Backups more efficiently.

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One Response to OS X Tips and Tweaks: How to Easily Change Time Machine Backup Intervals with Automator and Applescript

  1. Marc says:

    Ive been looking for this, looked into a few apps that are available in the app store like “backup scheduler for time machine” and “ischeduletimemachine” as well as one that is free ware called “Time Machine Editor” but your app is all I need, straight to the point. As this post is form 2012, does it still work as intended on El Capitan? Ill be following your page and vids. Thanks.. still can’t believe it tool me this long to find.

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