Modifying Time Machine backup interval

James83448

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 4, 2015
150
7
I don't want to use TimeMachineEditor as I would rather use a native app (Time Machine) to achieve the same outcome.

I'm following this tutorial to modify a .plist file, which apparently modifies the backup interval.

I have opened the com.apple.backupd-auto.plist, although there seems to be 2 things with the standard value of 3600 seconds:
Code:
<dict>
                <key>Interval</key>
                <integer>3600</integer>
                <key>Delay</key>
                <integer>3600</integer>
                <key>GracePeriod</key>
                <integer>1800</integer>
                <key>Repeating</key>
                <true/>
                <key>AllowBattery</key>
                <true/>
                <key>PowerNap</key>
                <true/>
                <key>Priority</key>
                <string>Utility</string>
</dict>
I'm not sure weather to edit both values or just the first one "Interval", as both "Interval" and "Delay" imply the same thing.

Can anybody offer some advice please?

Thanks in advance.
 

James83448

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 4, 2015
150
7
Thanks for the reply, it doesn't seem to update the "Next Backup" time though. I entered the equivalent of 23 hours (in seconds), and the next backup seems to be in 15 minutes.

I've tried the command with TM both active and deactivate (although when it was active, it wasn't actually backing up at the time).
 

James83448

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 4, 2015
150
7
Thanks for all replies.

I've decided not to use TM, and chose CCC to backup to 2 EHD's.