How to make secure macOS Time Machine backups from anywhere

Discover how to create remote Time Machine backups for your Mac with Meshnet.


Making regular backups of the information on your Mac helps protect your files against accidental deletion or other types of data loss events, such as hardware failure, malware infections, or power surges. Apple’s Time Machine tool that comes pre-installed on Mac devices provides a convenient way to recover your data after these types of incidents. It periodically backs up all the information on your Mac, keeping multiple versions of your files.

To store backups, Time Machine requires a separate storage medium. The advantage of using Meshnet in the context of backup creation is that your storage device can be accessed from anywhere. Meshnet facilitates remote file transfer and ensures secure connectivity between devices, irrespective of where they are located.

This guide describes how you can use another Mac as a Time Machine backup destination and access it over Meshnet for regular backups.

Before you begin

Make sure that:

  • Your backup disk has at least twice the storage capacity of the disk you're backing up with Time Machine. This will provide you with the flexibility to continue backing up your Mac regularly.

  • The other Mac is turned on and has Meshnet enabled whenever you want to back up your data.

Configure a shared folder

To use another Mac on your Meshnet as a backup destination, you need to configure a network share on the other Mac.

  1. Turn on File sharing.

  2. Click the Add button(+) under Shared folders, and then choose or create a folder to use for Time Machine backups.

  3. Control-click the folder you've added and choose Advanced options.

  4. Select Share as a Time Machine backup destination, and then click OK.

Connect to your remote storage location

Once you’ve set up your remote folder, you can access it as a network drive using Meshnet.

  1. Copy the device’s Nord name or Meshnet IP address from the NordVPN app.

  2. In the server address box, enter smb://, paste the Nord name or IP address of the Mac you want to access, and then click Connect.

  3. Click Connect again to confirm the connection.

  4. Enter your username and password for the other Mac.

  5. Select the shared folder you configured earlier.


To make it easier to connect to the remote drive in the future, select Remember this password in my keychain to save your username and password for this connection.

Set up Time Machine and make a backup

After you have connected to your remote storage location, you can set up Time Machine to use it as your backup destination.

  1. Click Add backup disk and select the folder you configured earlier from the list of available disks.

  2. Click Set up disk.

  3. Select Registered user, enter your credentials for the remote Mac, and click Connect.

  4. If you want Time Machine to encrypt your backup disk, turn on the Encrypt backup toggle and create a password for the backup bundle.

  5. Control-click your mounted disk and select Back up now to start your backup immediately.


You can click on the Options button to customize the backup frequency.

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