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How to backup photos to my Mac with or without time machine

If you are an Apple user and want to learn how to make a backup copy of your photos, then you have come to the right place, since we will teach you how to do it later. It is always advisable to have a backup of photos and files, since if when updating the software we lose all the information due to an error, then you can use your backup to recover everything without problems.

Steps to back up photos to my Mac with Time Machine

Next we will show you all the steps you must follow to make a backup copy of the photos on my Mac with Time Machine.

  • To start you must press the CMD key and the space bar at the same time to open ‘Spotlight’. Later you have to write ‘Time Machine’ and proceed to run the app.
  • Next you have to connect the disk or external device on which you are going to store your backup to back up your files to the computer .
  • Right after connecting the disk to the computer, the Time Machine program will ask you if you want to use that drive to store the backup you are going to make.
  • You will also have to check a box that says ‘Encrypt backup disk’. In this way, you will have to enter a password to access the files saved on the disk. This is an advantage, since if the backup falls into the hands of third parties, they will not be able to access your information easily.

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  • In fact, the official Apple website recommends that we only use one device to save the backups that we make throughout the year. Also remember that if the disk does not have the proper format, you will have to format it from scratch.
  • So, to create the password you will have to fill three fields: in the first you must enter the password you want, then in the second field you have to type the password again and in the last field you can add a clue. This will help you remember it in case it does not come to mind when accessing the hard drive.
  • After you finish creating the password, you simply have to click on the option that says ‘Encrypt disk’. In case the disk does not meet the requirements of the recommended format, then the Time Machine program will ask you if you want to erase the disk completely.
  • If you click on the ‘Delete’ option, we remind you that you will permanently delete both the information and the previous formats from the unit where you are going to make the backup. That is why we recommend that you make sure that the disk does not have any relevant document before formatting it.
  • In addition, we remind you that if you proceed with the formatting of the disk, you will have to wait a few minutes until all the files that you had saved are deleted. The more files you delete, the longer this process will take and a notification will be displayed on the desktop taskbar at the end.

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  • Now, if you press the option ‘Do not erase’ you will be redirected to the device selection menu to make the backup on your Mac.

How to Backup Photos to My Mac with iCloud Drive

In case you don’t know, all photos and documents that you save in iCloud Drive will be updated on all your Apple devices. In other words, you will be able to access all the synchronized documents from iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, which works as a backup of your photos.

Set up iCloud Drive on a Mac

  • To start you have to turn on your Mac and open the Apple menu. Here you must select the option that says ‘System Preferences’.
  • Then click on your Apple ID and select iCloud.
  • Now you must log in with your Apple ID and finally select the ‘iCloud Drive’ section.

Set up iCloud Drive on the rest of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices

  • First, open the settings menu and click on your Apple ID.
  • Then you have to select the ‘iCloud’ section and proceed to activate iCloud Drive.
  • You can also find all your iCloud Drive files in the app called Files.

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