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Start, pause, and resume a Time Machine backup

You can have Time Machine perform a backup at any time, even if you don’t have Back Up Automatically selected in Time Machine preferences.

  • Start a backup: Click the Time Machine icon  in the menu bar, then choose Back Up Now.

  • Pause a backup: Click the Time Machine icon  in the menu bar, then choose Skip This Backup.

  • Resume a backup: Click the Time Machine icon  in the menu bar, then choose Back Up Now.

If the Time Machine menu isn’t in the menu bar, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Time Machine, then select “Show Time Machine in menu bar.”

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