Backing up your data to your computer

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Your data is incredibly important—priceless, in some cases. That’s why forScore includes a built-in backup function that plays an essential role in your overall backup strategy. This article provides step-by-step instructions for backing up your information, but it’s also important to understand where your data is stored and how forScore works with iOS, iCloud, and your computer. For more information on these topics, visit this page.

Creating a full backup to your computer

  • In forScore, open the Tools menu and choose Backup
  • Tap the + button to create a new backup file that will save all of your annotations, metadata, setlists, and settings into a single file. When it’s finished, you will see the new file listed in the backup panel, named with the date and time.
  • Access the iTunes File Sharing panel
  • Select all of the files in the documents panel by clicking on one and pressing Ctrl-A (PC) or Command-A (Mac)
  • Click the “Save To…” button and specify a location on your computer to save all the files. We recommend creating a dedicated folder for your forScore library.
  • Once chosen, the transfer will begin immediately, with a progress bar displaying at the top of the iTunes window.
  • When the transfer is complete, you can disconnect your device from your computer.

Creating a full backup using the Services panel

You can also back up your library to a supported cloud service through forScore’s Services panel. We don’t typically recommend this since backing up an entire library can be slow when relying on an internet connection (instead of a USB connection to your computer), but the following instructions will create a full backup using the Services panel:

  • Open forScore and choose the Backup section from the Tools menu
  • Create a new backup file by tapping the + button in the upper right corner of the backup panel
  • Open the Services panel in the Tools menu, choose your account, and select a folder to upload to (please note: iCloud Drive does not support multiple file selection so there is no way to backup your whole library to iCloud Drive)
  • Tap the + button to view the Upload screen and tap All to select all scores
  • Make sure PDF is selected as the Format option in the lower right corner
  • Choose Upload to start the upload process (note: this may take some time depending on the size of your library)
  • When the upload is complete, tap + again and choose the Backups view
  • Tap to select the backup file you created earlier and tap Upload

Please don’t leave your hard work up to chance, back up regularly!

If you ever need to restore your data from a forScore backup, see this article: Restoring your library from a forScore backup file

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