View or change a backup schedule

Norton lets you schedule backups when it is convenient for you. You can schedule your backups to run late at night or whenever you know that your computer is not needed for any other activity.

You have the following backup schedule choices:

Automatic (Recommended)

Choose this option to back up your computer when it is turned on but not otherwise in use. When your computer is not in idle state or your computer is turned off, Norton cannot perform an automatic backup. In this case, Norton moves the backup activity to the queue. Norton checks your computer if it is in idle state to run the jobs that are in the queue. When your computer is moved to the idle state, Norton runs the backup and schedules the next backup after 24 hours. Note that the backup location must be available at the time that the automatic backup takes place.


Choose this option to pick one or more days of the week, and the time of day, for your backups to occur.


Choose a specific day of the month, and specific time of a day, for your backups to occur.

Check Run only at idle time to run an automatic backup only at idle time. Norton checks to see if your computer is idle every 4 hours.

Manual Schedule

Choose this option to have Norton backup your files only when you start the backup yourself.

Your computer's performance is maximized if you schedule to perform your critical operations when your computer is idle. When you schedule backup weekly or monthly and check the Run only at idle time option, Norton backs up your files when your computer is idle. Symantec recommends you to check the Run only at idle time option to experience better performance of your computer.

View or change a backup schedule

  1. In the Norton main window, double-click Backup, and then click Backup Sets.

  2. On the When tab, under Schedule, select an option to view or change the backup schedule.

  3. Click Save Settings.

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DOCID: v7927220_ns_backup_en_us
Operating System: Windows
Last modified: 11/08/2017