1/19/17
9:33 pm

Forum Question: How Do I Do Background Downloading At Night?

Hi Gary

Leigh Rieder here from South Africa.
How do I set my devices (let’s say iPhone & iMac) to do my background downloading during specified hours?
In SA, we have day/night data packages where we get (example) 200gig day & 200gig night time bundles.
During the “normal” hours we watch Netflix, we game, etc etc…so obviously our day time data gets used the most.
Is there a way to set my devices so it does things like updates, downloads etc etc during (say) 1am to 5am so that I can balance my day/night data usage?

Many thanks
Leigh

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Leigh Rieder

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Do Background Downloading At Night?”

    1/19/17 @ 9:33 pm

    There’s no good way to do it for updates, though most updates are pretty small, so it shouldn’t make a difference. If there is a large update, like a new version os macOS, you do that manually so you can kick it off yourself at night.
    Other apps and systems will have various settings. For instance, some online backup software allows you to specify time ranges for backups. But things like this are on an app-by-app basis, so there is no universal method.

    Leigh
    1/19/17 @ 9:41 pm

    Thanks for your response

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