So you can speed up backups on Mac — 2022

It is always recommended to make a backup of your Mac computer if you usually store important data on it. Being able to have a backup of said data is essential in the event of possible problems with the equipment that would force you to restore it. However, they have the drawback that they usually take a long time to make, so in this article we will tell you how you can make backup copies in macOS much faster.

If you use the Time Machine option

If you already know the procedure forbackup Mac with Time Machine, surely you already know what this implies and that is keep absolutely everything from your computer. From your folders to the apps you have installed, through the settings you have configured. Now, this could make the copy very slow due to the amount of data there is. Therefore, in the following sections we explain how to speed up your backups if you use this method.

Keep RAM memory free

Although it is really perfectly possible to make backup copies in Time Machine while you do other things, it is no less true that this process will be accelerated if you are not doing anything at the moment. It is understandable that you cannot always stop doing your tasks to make the copy, but to the extent that you can it is advisable that close all applications and that you do as little as possible until the process is over.



If you cannot close what you are doing at the moment, it is advisable that this task is not precisely that of transferring data to some disk. If we take into account that backup copies already involve this task, the action will be even slower if there are several disks obtaining data from the Mac and vice versa.

Using an SSD is always better than an HDD

To make copies with Time Machine you need an external storage disk and this is where we find two types: the classic hard disks (HDD) and solid disks (SSD). Both are good options because in the end they allow you to do the same thing, however SSDs are usually many fast because they have higher transfer speeds than the others.

That is why we recommend the purchase of an SSD to make the copies. are devices more expensive , that's true, but in the long run it may be worth it because it will load all the content you have on your Mac at a faster speed. You can also benefit from other advantages of these discs such as their portability Due to its more compact size and its endurance because the components are more durable and less fragile than those found in hard drives.

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Don't delete the oldest copies

Perhaps you may think that if you delete the oldest copies or format the disk from time to time, this will benefit the copies being made at a higher speed. But that is not so, rather the opposite happens. The system already deletes the oldest copies automatically without you having to do anything, so you will never run out of free space unless the amount of data on your Mac is greater than the amount of data on the disk itself.

And not deleting old backups will also make it run more smoothly through the system that Time Machine uses for backups. There's a lot of data on your Mac that continues to persist over time, so there's no need for it to be loaded again, and so Time Machine detects what those items are and doesn't load them. However, when making a copy from scratch, you would have to load them again because they are not stored.

Add exceptions to copies

In light of the above, there may be some folders that you don't want to be saved in Time Machine backups. If they are heavy elements that have a certain temporary nature or that are not directly important to you, you can add them as an exception when making copies and prevent them from being loaded. To do this you must follow these steps:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Go into Time Machine.
  3. Click on Options.
  4. Click on the ‘+’ icon.
  5. Locate and select those folders and/or files that you do not want to be uploaded in the backup copies.
  6. Tap Save.

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Always keep the disk connected

Time Machine performs a backup every hour , as long as the Mac is turned on and the drive is connected. Therefore, it is not necessary for you to make backup copies manually and to be connecting and disconnecting the disk every time. It is highly recommended that you always stay connected so that these copies are made in the background while you do other things, so that in a certain way you are saving time.

If it goes too slow

If you are having problems making backups because they are excessively slow, there are two essential tips that you should keep in mind when detecting possible problems.

    Latest version of macOS:If the problem with slow backups is due to a software problem, the best way to solve it is to be on the latest version of the operating system available for your Mac. Disk problems:Open Disk Utility on your Mac and check the status of the disk you're using for Time Machine backups. It is recommended that if it gives you problems, you format it and configure it in AFPS format.

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If you don't want to save all the data

We assume that you care to keep your Mac's settings in case you ever want to restore them by uploading that information. However, it is possible that what is most important to you are data such as documents, files or photos . That is why in this post we will tell you how you can make backup copies much faster than with Time Machine.

Always keep iCloud sync on

Apple's cloud storage service can be a great ally to make automatic backup copies of some data and without having to use Time Machine, have external drives or anything like that. If you go into System Preferences > Apple ID and go to the iCloud tab, you will find that the following data can be synchronized:

  • Photos
  • Mail
  • contacts
  • calendars
  • Reminders
  • Grades
  • Key chain
  • Find my Mac
  • Bag
  • House

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There are also many apps that have iCloud sync and thus will save your data as well. And it is that all this, in addition to guaranteeing the permanence of the information in the cloud, will also allow you to synchronize them with other devices of the Californian brand. Now, if these take up a lot of space, you will need to have a contracted iCloud rate. There are 50 GB, 200 GB and 2 TB, since only 5 GB are given free as standard.

Take advantage of other clouds to store files

If iCloud doesn't convince you, there are many other cloud storage services that will allow you to upload your files manually and they will be stored there safely and accessible at any time. This is much more tedious since you have to upload that data manually, but if once you upload all of them you keep the habit of uploading the new ones, in the end it will take you little time.

Of course, for this to be faster it is still convenient that you have a good internet connection preferably wired. In the end, the connection with the cloud is made in this way and the more upload speed you have, the sooner all the data will be saved. We remember that some of the most popular services for this are Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive, although there are many more.