FAQ (Frequently asked questions)

For more support-related discussions, please refer to the Forum on the FL Studio Mobile website.

  1. Where can I buy/download new instruments? (iOS only)
  2. I want to install the app on my second device. Do I have to pay for it again?
  3. Do I lose my songs if I remove FL Studio Mobile from my device?
  4. If I select and edit bars in the Bar Editor, why are some notes ignored?
  5. Why is the default instrument volume 80% and not 100%?
  6. Why doesn't the preview button play a nice melody?
  7. How do I get my songs into iTunes?
  8. How do I restore my purchased instruments or get them on my second device? (iOS only)
  9. What is the WiFi server and how do I get it to work? (iOS only)
  10. Why is there such a big audio lag/latency on Android? (Android Only)
  11. How can I stop the screen orientation changing? (Android Only)

1. Where can I buy/download new instruments?

  • Purchased Content (iOS only) - Tap the Shop icon down the bottom of the Instruments tab. You will find free instruments for download and you can also make in-app purchases. This content is not available directly in the App Store or in iTunes. Browse through the available purchases and tap the preview button to listen to a short demo. When the prices are retrieved from the online server, buy buttons will appear.
  • Free Content - Register your copy of FL Studio Mobile and then visit the FL Studio Mobile forum where you can download and share Sample (iOS and Android) and MiniSynth presets (iOS only) with others.

2. I want to install the app on my second device. Do I have to pay for it again?

No. If you still have the app on your PC/Mac, simply sync with iTunes (iOS) or Play Store (Android) to install it again.

  • iOS - In general, you can "buy" (download) an app multiple times with the same account, the iTunes Store won't debit your credit card twice.

3. Do I lose my songs if I remove FL Studio Mobile from my device?

  • iOS - Yes, if you tap and hold the app icon and tap X to remove FL Studio Mobile, all files and settings are deleted too. Even if you sync FL Studio Mobile back from iTunes onto your device, it will be a fresh install and your files won’t be restored. In order to save your songs, transfer them to your PC/Mac with iTunes file sharing or via the WiFi server. If you use iTunes file sharing and restore your iOS Device by pressing the restore button in iTunes, your songs will be restored automatically (along with a reinstallation of iOS and all other apps).

  • Android - No, your user files remain on the external storage and can be deleted manually.

4. If I select and edit bars in the Bar Editor, why are some notes ignored?

Selected notes are colored dark blue. If you select a bar but a note starts a few ticks earlier than this bar, it will not be selected. If possible, quantize the track, thereby aligning the notes to simplify further editing.


5. Why is the default instrument volume 80% and not 100%?

This way you don't have to change all the other track's volumes if you want one track to be louder. If they were all at 100% then you would need to turn them all down and leave one up. It also prevents distortion that can happen if you have all your tracks up too loud.


6. Why doesn't the preview button play a nice melody?

Because it would be distracting for a musician who has a melody in mind while composing music.


7. How do I get my songs into iTunes?

Follow these steps:

  1. Export your song to AAC (.m4a) format.
  2. Transfer the .m4a to your computer with iTunes file sharing or use the WiFi server (iOS only).
  3. Drag the file from your file browser on your computer into the Library section (top left) of the iTunes window to add it to your library.
  4. Sync your device (you may need to edit the music sync settings in iTunes) to transfer the song into the iPod app.

8. How do I restore my purchased instruments or get them on my second device? (iOS only)

Enter the shop and tap the Restore button in the upper right corner, enter your iTunes username and password that you used to make the purchase and wait for the instruments to appear in the instrument list. This process can take a while depening on how much content you are downloading and your internet connection (WiFi recommended).
Note: Your credit card won’t be debited twice for the same product. If you tapped the Buy button of an item that you already bought on another device, it will be a free download.


9. What is the WiFi server and how do I get it to work? (iOS only)

FL Studio Mobile can appear to any web browser as a sepecial web-page, making available the files and folders you see on the Projects tab. To access FL Studio Mobile you need your iOS Device AND the computer/device you are surfing the web on to be connected to the same WiFi network. Once this is done you can follow the instructions here to connect the two from your browser.


10. Why is there such a big audio lag/latency on Android

Latency on Android devices is partly hardware specifc but mainly due to the audio implementation in Android. Google is responsible for the design of the Android OS and while there has been considerable improvement in audio latency with the release of Android 4.1, there is still some way to go. check Google to learn more.

Apart from making sure you don't have any power saving CPU features enabled on your phone and other background applications using CPU you may still get high latencies between playing keys/pads and sound on some Android devices. Two things you can do to work around latency are:

  1. Record at a lower BPM - Try the 60-80 BPM range as latency won't be as problematic relative to the Playlist grid timing.
  2. Sequence rather than playing - Use the Step-sequencer and Piano roll editor to enter your data.

11. How can I stop the screen orientation changing?

Android 4 and later - drag down from the top right edge of the screen to open the Settings. Tap 'Auto Rotate' icon. If you have an older version of Android, download a free lock-screen App from the Play Store.