iCloud & Local Backups

Song One relies on Apple's iCloud technology to sync data and to create a backup in the cloud. Even if you do not use Song One on more than one device you should always grant Song One access to your iCloud account to automatically create a copy of your song catalog.

  • An iCloud (or local) backup of your song catalog is required to transfer your data after updating Song One.

Without an iCloud (or local) backup your data will be irreversibly lost when you remove Song One from your device.

Enabling iCloud

When iCloud is enabled your song catalog is still maintained offline on your device. The changes made on a specific device are uploaded to iCloud and synced to other devices. (See the iCloud Syncing to learn more.)

Go to the 'Apple ID' section of your system preferences to verify that Song One is enabled under the 'Apps Using iCloud' header.

Disabling iCloud

Song One's preferences/settings offer an option to disable iCloud sync.

Go to the 'Apple ID' section of your system preferences and disable Song One's iCloud access after switching off iCloud sync in Song One's preferences/settings.

Song One will keep track of any changes to update iCloud once synching has been re-enabled.

Create local backups when iCloud is disabled:

Creating a Local Backup

It is recommended to keep a separate local backup of your song catalog on at least one of your devices. This backup is necessary if there is a major issue with your iCloud account and an older version of your song catalog needs to be restored.

Show the library panel by tapping/clicking on the three lines in the upper left corner of the song editor.

Tap/Click on the circle arrow icon at the top of the library panel and select 'Create' under 'Backup Catalog'. Song One saves a backup of your entire song catalog at your chosen location.

Do not store the local backup in Song One's own app/document folder. (The document folder of an app is automatically removed by iOS when the app is deleted.)

Keep a separate copy of the backup file on an external storage device in case your iOS device is lost.

Song One's settings (preferences) offer the option to automatically add the creation date to the name of the backup file. Activate this option if you wish to create a backup history with multiple backup files.

Restoring Song Catalogs

Tap/Click on the circle arrow icon at the top of the library panel and select 'Restore' under 'Backup Catalog'. Select the appropriate backup file in the file browser to recreate your song catalog.

Song One will replace matching songs in your song catalog with the backup versions. Songs that you have added to your song catalog after the last backup will remain unchanged. All computer devices linked to your iCloud account will be updated automatically.

If you do not want to retain the new songs when restoring a backup recreate an exact copy by:

  • selecting 'Delete Library And Sets (Device & iCloud)' (Under 'Backup Catalog' -> 'Delete')

  • and selecting 'Restore' (under 'Backup Catalog').

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