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. Here are a few things to know to ensure that your data is always protected:

iPad Backups

Depending on your settings, iOS can regularly back up your entire iPad through iTunes or iCloud. If your iPad is lost or damaged, you can usually* use this information to get back up and running quickly. Keep in mind, however, that iCloud offers limited storage and that you can’t restore data for a single app—it’s all or nothing. Because of this, we also recommend manually backing up your forScore library on a regular basis.

4SB Files

In forScore’s tools menu, you’ll find the backup panel. This panel allows you to save all of your library information—including metadata, setlists, links, annotations, and more—into a forScore Backup (4SB) file in the app’s documents directory alongside all of your PDFs. In fact, forScore automatically creates these files every time you launch the app, just in case something goes wrong and you need to revert back to an earlier state.

It’s important to note, however, that these backups don’t contain duplicates of your PDF files, so while they’re an important part of backing up your data, they’re not a complete solution on their own. 4SB files can only be used in conjunction with PDF files—it cannot replace them if they’re lost.

PDF Files

When you connect your iPad to iTunes on a Mac or PC, the File Sharing panel allows you to not only add files, but to save them back to your hard drive as well. Since forScore’s backup files are stored in that same location, saving all of your information is as easy as selecting all of the files in that list and saving them to a safe location on your computer.


When it comes time to upgrade your iPad, having all of your PDF files and a recent 4SB backup on your computer makes moving your information over a breeze. Just install forScore and add your PDF files and a recent 4SB backup through the File Sharing panel. Then, launch forScore and open the Backups panel to select your 4SB file, restoring all of your library information.

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

*iCloud’s ability to back up your documents can be unreliable, so your mileage may vary.