It has been asked how to customize the backup schedule of Time Machine, but the solutions in the answers only seem to work in releases of OS X that weren’t “rootless”, i.e. before 10.11 El Capitan (or was it 10.10 already?). The recommended tool Time Machine Scheduler also doesn’t seem to have been updated since 2013.

Is there a solution to adjust the backup intervals for current (2015+) versions of OS X?

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    Disable SIP, make changes, enable SIP. – user3439894 Jun 1 '16 at 11:33
  • sip is the tag for System Integrity Protection questions. – grg Jun 1 '16 at 12:31

You can use any of the existing solutions from the existing question Custom Scheduling of Time Machine backups by disabling System Integrity Protection first using csrutil disable in Terminal from the Recovery HD. Once the changes have been made, you can re-enable SIP by running the same command but using ‘enable’ in the place of ‘disable’, also from Terminal in the Recovery HD.

  • Indeed, there’s a quite popular question for that. I’ll keep this one open, though, in case there is (or will be) a solution without disabling SIP. – Crissov Jun 1 '16 at 12:48
  • @Crissov, At the present time there is no other solution but to disable SIP and I do not see Apple changing that any time soon. – user3439894 Jun 1 '16 at 12:49

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