Backing up is essential to keeping your OnSong library safe and ready to perform at a moment's notice. This screen is used to manually create backups, or to schedule backups to occur automatically on a schedule while the app is running. Once you've configured your backup strategy, tap Close to save your changes, or tap on Backup to save your backup file manually.
The export location section lets you choose where OnSong should save the backup file. Tap on this row to choose a service and location for your backup file.
It's recommended that you backup to Dropbox to ensure the backup file is stored in a safe and remote location. See Dropbox for more details.
The backup file section lets you set a file name to use when saving the file. The first row lets you enter a name. By default, this is set to "OnSong". The ".backup" file extension is automatically added to the filename. The default filename is "OnSong".
Append a timestamp to the filename
By default, OnSong will append a timestamp after the filename but before the file extension. The timestamp includes the year, month, day, hour, and minute such as 201509091045. Appending the timestamp will create a new backup file every time a backup is saved. Omitting the timestamp will overwrite the backup file with the latest version.
Backup files are great, as long as you remember to make them. OnSong can be configured to automatically backup your library.
Toggle this on and then choose the scheduling on the second row. Using the stepper control on the right, you can choose between backing up when the app is closed or frequencies including hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
Note: If both automatic backup and appending timestamps to filename is enabled, an alert will appear with a recommendation to disable timestamps. This is because this configuration can create multiple files that take up a lot of space. You can given the option to disable the timestamp.
At the bottom of the screen is a status bar that will show when the last backup was saved. If a backup is in progress, it will display the progress for both creating the backup file and exporting it to the service location.
While a backup is occurring, the Backup button in the upper right corner will become a Stop button. Tapping on this will halt the creation of the backup file, exporting to the service, and close the backup screen. OnSong will continue running in the background while a backup operation is in progress.