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How can I customize the schedule at which time machine backups.

I am annoyed by looking at the number of times I see the TimeMachine backing up several MBs every hour and then the cleanup.

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Schedule backup for every 4 hours ( 4*60*60 = 14400 )

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto StartInterval -int 14400

Default is 1 hour ( Rollback procedure )

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto StartInterval -int 3600

Source: http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/02/change-the-time-machine-backup-schedule/

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I would recommend using the app TimeMachineScheduler for this, it provides an easy-to-use graphical interface, and has a lot more features than a simple Terminal-line.

Unlike typing a command into Terminal.app where a typo can potentially create problem, using a graphical user interface is safer.

TimeMachineScheduler

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