I have the 2 TB iCloud storage plan and back up my iPhones and iPads there. How do I configure Time Machine to do the same with my MacBook Pro's and Mac Mini's?

  • I found this... apple.stackexchange.com/questions/182223/…, which still doesn't answer the question. I'm determined to find a way to do this, even if I have to pull something out of my...USB port... – Wilfred Smith May 3 at 0:30
  • There must be a script or something that can be made to work. – Wilfred Smith May 3 at 0:31
  • My comment on the linked post still applies - just get Backblaze [CrashPlan is gone, except for corporate]. – Tetsujin May 3 at 6:42

You cannot officially back up a Mac to iCloud at this time.

If you want to write a program that does this, you could utilize CloudKit. This would be beyond the scope of a single Stack Overflow question, so I'll just link to the CloudKit documentation here:


  • Well, that's not an acceptable answer.! – Wilfred Smith May 3 at 0:26
  • Acceptable or not I believe Ezekiel is correct. – Steve Chambers May 3 at 0:34
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    @BillSmith I've revised my answer to explore a possiblity – Ezekiel Elin May 3 at 1:26
  • Better answer, but I'm holding out for someone to try to make it work. I know the Time Machine protocol is based on SMB. It's pretty hard to believe that nobody has created a product that munges the two together. – Wilfred Smith May 3 at 1:33
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    @BillSmith TimeMachine does work over SMB, by nature of creating a Sparse Disk Image on the receiving end. It would likely be easier to implement a custom backup program then to make time machine backup over a fake SMB connection to a fake Sparse Bundle. – Ezekiel Elin May 3 at 3:44

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