I have 3 MacBooks and I made a Time Machine on one of them e.g macA and then restore it on the others macB and macC. Now I did some changes on macA (added files, deleted apps,...) and did a Time Machine backup again (incremental on the previous one). Is there a way to restore these changes on macB and macC without having to do a full Time Machine restore? Like I want the 3 Macs to be synchronised and similar to each other. Any advice?

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    IMHO, Time Machine is not the way to accomplish this. Not knowing the full explanation of why you want to keep three Macs in sync, and what needs synching, it's hard to come up with a definitive (or close to definitive) answer. Is it data in the standard Users folder structure that needs to be replicated, or files and folders outside this structure?
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 12:23
  • I would advice against the use of Time Machine as a syncing solution in general (just use rsync instead). You might be able to use tmutil compare for a one-off though.
    – nohillside
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 12:23
  • @IconDaemon I want to keep the files and folders similar across them.
    – Tak
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 12:25
  • Can you please be a bit more specific about which files/folders specifically?
    – nohillside
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 12:30
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    This sounds like an ideal candidate for the built-in iCloud sync - support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/mac-help/mh36832/10.15/mac/10.15
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Apr 24, 2020 at 13:42


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