User Manual


OnSong is designed to be the go-to app for musicians. Whether you're practicing, teaching, or performing live, OnSong has the tools and features to let you be free to play music.

The following is a dissection of OnSong as a series of features. Choose one to get an overview of the feature as well as links into the interface of the app that makes the feature work.

Add To OnSong

Add content to your OnSong library right from the Safari web browser.


Use AirDrop to import and export songs and sets between iOS devices and newer Mac computers running OS X Yosemite or higher.


Scroll from the top of the chord chart to the bottom like a teleprompter.

Backing Tracks

Play backing tracks through your device while you play along with chord charts.


Save your entire OnSong library to a single file for easy restoration.


Organize your songs into books to manage large music libraries.


When you're using a foot pedal to navigate your set, it's easy to move on to the next song before you may be ready. Bumpers lets you know what the next pedal press does so that doesn't happen.


Slap a capo on your guitar and let OnSong adjust what you need to play to stay in key.


Chords are detected in text-based documents letting you highlight, transpose, and even play them on a virtual instrument.


OnSong lets you use color to suit your music and mood through an intuitive color picker.


Wirelessly control your band's OnSong devices with music to meet their needs.


Manage the library on your device from a web browser for fast edits.


Use an inexpensive dongle from Google to project lyrics without wires.


Create your website or app to integrate with OnSong through our URL scheme and OnSong Connect API.

Drag and Drop

Using OnSong on an iPad running iOS 11 or higher lets you use drag and drop to import files into OnSong, export content and manage your library.


Draw on the chord chart with pens and highlighters.


Import, export, and sync with Dropbox to get content on and off your device.

External Video

Expand the OnSong experience beyond one device with lyrics projection and stage monitor mode.

File Formats

OnSong supports a number of text-based file formats, as well as the ability to view other types of files.


Import and export to any storage app on your device that supports the Files app or storage providers in iOS.


Flic is a Bluetooth smart button that you can place anywhere. Perform up to three actions when you single click, double click, or long press.


Write each section of your song once and let OnSong expand the content from top to bottom.

Foot Pedals

Your hands are busy on stage, so use your feet to control your music and perform other actions in the app.


Extend your control when using foot pedals to shift into different gears.

Google Drive

Import and export songs to Google Drive directly from within OnSong.

Hands-Free Operation

Your hands are busy when playing an instrument. OnSong can use foot pedals and more.

Low Light Mode

Increase readability and reduce light wash when in dimly lit environments.

Lyrics Projection

Project lyrics to a crowd, individuals, or to a congregation.


Send color-coded, custom messages to your team for hassle-free signaling.


Play to a click track for practice or to start the song off right on stage.

MIDI Integration

Send MIDI to control the sound of instruments, or listen for song changes and more.


OnSong is great for making set lists of songs. Moments let you add other scheduled items to your set, turning it into a complete run sheet with times.


OnSong has powerful multitasking features that allow you to run OnSong in split screen on supported devices, or keep OnSong running in the background.


Stream your set and songs to OnSong devices around you with Bluetooth or WiFi.

Output Options

OnSong features a number of ways to output your information to get the job done. Export, print, and open content into other apps.

Pitch Pipe

Play back tones to get acappella or vocal intros started without music.

Planning Center Integration

Download your songs or plans from Planning Center into OnSong for use on-stage.


Output your songs or sets to paper or PDF. Includes song lists and multipage printing.

Quick Pick

Quickly find, preview and add songs to your set in just a tap or two.

Rockin' With The Cross

Access thousands of worship songs for a low monthly fee.


Create dynamic stage lighting with coordinated lyrics projection backgrounds and control it all on stage.


Create sets for playing a venue or event. Flip through your songs with ease.

Stage Monitor

Connect one or more video screens and run your stage with one OnSong device.


Access PDF chord charts or text-based lyrics from this common service.

Spotify Integration

Link songs from your Spotify library to chord charts for practice and backing tracks.

Sticky Notes

Stick notes on your chord chart to remind yourself of intros and more.


Maintain the same library on your personal devices.


OnSong now features non-linear autoscrolling by recording navigation events onto a timeline for playback.


Change the key of the song instantly without bringing up bad memories of music theory class.

Universal App

OnSong is an universal app so it works on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Install on your iPad and iPhone. Learn some differences in the user interface when using OnSong on a more mobile device.

Vertical Menubar

Completely change how you interact with OnSong by placing menus in a split-screen view.


Get worship songs hand-crafted for use in OnSong with subscription tiers.

OnSong 1.999 — Last Updated on September 8, 2018