Schedule Backup Overview

You might have already recognized the importance of making backup for your Windows PCs and/or Servers. However, since the data on your hard drive varies each day, the initial backup file has gradually become useless. Nobody can predict what would happen in the future. It’s a good thing to backup your data regularly thus we won’t lose much if something unfavorable happens.

However, can you really remember to do the backup in a timely manner? I am afraid the answer for most people is "NO". In this case, why don’t we leave this job to free software with a "Schedule Backup" function like AOMEI Backupper Standard? Please download it to have a try right now!

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How to Set Up a Backup Schedule (Daily/Weekly/Monthly)

The free AOMEI Backupper has Schedule Backup function included. To set up a backup schedule, click Schedule Off at the bottom of backup interface.

Choose Schedule

In Schedule Backup Setting window, four option bars list on top: Daily; Weekly and Monthly. First let’s see how daily backup works.

Daily Mode

In daily mode, we can choose a certain time of a day for automatic backup. Or we can set up a time frame first, then choose the interval for each backup. For example, let’s set the time frame as from 12:00 AM to 10:00 PM. Then we select 2 hours in the drop-down list as the backup interval. Therefore, AOMEI Backupper will automatically backup in every 2 hours within the time frame above (12:00AM to 10:00PM). In this way, we can backup multiple times in a day.

Weekly Mode

In weekly mode, you can choose the day(s) for the software to do the backup.

Monthly Mode

As for monthly mode, we can choose several days in a month to perform the backup.

Event Triggers Mode

In the Event Triggers mode, you can set the event triggered backup to run at system shutdown or startup, user log-in or log-off. This feature is available in AOMEI Backupper Professional.


Backup Method

For your information, incremental backup is strongly recommended in AOMEI Backupper, because it’s the backup method that will greatly save your time and space. By clicking "Backup Schme" at the bottom of Schedule interface, you can see that "Incremental Backup" is the default backup method. However, if you prefer other methods, you may also select your desired backup method between Full Backup and Differential Backup (scheduled differential backup is supported in Professional edition).

Another thing needs to be mentioned is that AOMEI Backupper’s Schedule Backup function is based on Windows built in Task Scheduler. Thus please make sure that Task Scheduler Service in your computer is enabled. To enable Scheduler Task Service, you may first double-click Services from Administrative Tools in Windows, then in the Name column, right-click Task Scheduler, and click Start. However, if you are unable to activate Task Scheduler, please uncheck “Use Windows Task Scheduler to run each schedule backups” in Advance Settings. AOMEI Backupper will then generate a background program in order to wake up the main program when the time is come.

Backup Method

When the backup schedule is confirmed, click OK to proceed. There we will see the once Schedule Off now has been changed to Schedule On. The Start Backup Button also has two drop-down options available now: 1. Add the schedule and start backup now. 2. Only add the schedule.

What if I already have created a backup image with schedule backup off but now want to enable schedule backup on the existing image? Don’t worry! Go check the image file in the main interface, right click on Advanced button at the bottom. Schedule Backup function can be enabled in this way for an existing backup image.

Find Schedule


In summary, this new Schedule Backup function of AOMEI Backup will greatly help all users, who want to create backups at a lesser frequency or have multiple backup schedules, to backup their PCs and Servers in a more advanced and secure way. No more need to worry about forgetting to backup as long as you have AOMEI Backupper to do this work. Now free download AOMEI Backupper to set up schedule backup.