FL Studio Mobile

FL Studio Mobile - Home Panel

The Home Panel contains administrative settings grouped according to the SONGS, SETTINGS, SHOP and SHARE tabs.

Parameters

Tap the Home Button to access the following:

NOTE: Not all features are available on all operating systems.

HELP (Button)

The help button is your friend! Under it you can find...

SONGS

Songs - Load and save FL Studio Mobile projects and MIDI files.

NOTE: For advanced file sharing see the section - Your Files! (Where are Project, WAV, MP3, MIDI files located?)

SETTINGS

Settings - Select MIDI input/s, CPU/Audio settings and Metronome loudness.

MIDI Device

Application

Audio

SHOP

Shop - You can download free content and or purchase additional content from this tab.

NOTE: In-app purchases, like FL Studio Mobile itself, are not transferable between operating systems (Android, iOS and Windows). For more details on why this is so, see this Knowledge Base article.

SHARE / SYNC Files Between FL Mobile Installations

Share - You can share project related files between your mobile devices running FL Studio Mobile. When your devices are connected to the same network (including WiFi) choose a target device receive 'Your Files', that is everything in the FLM User Files folder. This page allows you to sync projects across a network and between FL Studio Mobile installation on ALL detected Android, iOS and Windows (App and FL Plugin) devices. NOTE: On the PC, the first time you do this, you will see a Firewall pop-up security message. Allow FL Studio Mobile access to your Network. How to Share:

  1. Make sure you are using the latest version of FL Studio Mobile on your device AND have the latest FL Studio plugin update - get it here.
  2. Connect your PC and or any Mobile devices to the same network. Normally this will be via Wi-Fi, but it's OK if you have a combination of Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. The important factor is all devices are connected to the same Network.
  3. Open FL Studio Mobile on the PC and on the Mobile device.
  4. From the PC and Mobile device/s select the Share tab. NOTE: On the PC, the first time you do this, you will see a Firewall pop-up security message. Allow FL Studio Mobile access to your Network.
  5. On the Share tab, you should see all other instances of FL Studio Mobile, on all devices listed. Sharing goes FROM the device you are using TO the one you select.
  6. Tap on the device and Your Files (see below) is transferred to that device.
  7. You will need to restart the destination FL Studio Mobile instance to see the new data as it is scanned at start-up.
  8. Make a shortcut on your Computer desktop to your My Files location, then you can manually copy files in and out of this location and then use SHARE to send them to your Mobile Device, or get them after a SHARE to your computer, easy!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first time you use the FL Studio Plugin version, you should Send All library content to it. By default, the plugin version only ships with a limited library of sounds so you will need to update it with the complete library from a Mobile version. If you don't do this, projects will be missing sounds on the plugin version. This can take several minutes to complete.

Finding Your Files

Using mobile devices as creative tools can be frustrating as mobile Operating Systems (Android, iOS and Windows UWP), more or less, prevent easy access to internal folders used by Apps. Operating System specific instructions are provided below on how to access these folders. Under the FL Studio Mobile installation folder you can find the following sub-folders. Initially these folders are empty, they are for your data:

FL Studio Mobile install sub-folders:

NOTES:

  1. You must restart FL Studio Mobile after adding new samples for them to be scanned and be available for use.
  2. Locations in FL Studio Mobile that load sample data - Drum Sampler, DirectWave and the Audio Clip will scan My Recordings, My Samples and My Tracks for WAV (uncompressed, 16, 24 or 32 Bit) and MP3 (compressed) data and present it as a load option. So, you can also copy WAV/MP3 files to any of these locations. Too keep things organized, use 'My Samples' for your tuned and untuned instrument/percussion samples. 'My Recordings' for vocals and instrument samples. 'My Tracks' for stems and completed songs.

Accessing, Exporting & Importing Your Files (WAV, MP3, MID, FLM etc)

This section shows you how to get access to your data on each of the supported App platforms. This is so you can upload and download custom samples, instruments, presets, music and any other files as used above.

All Operating Systems: Using SHARE

If you have access to a Desktop PC, by far, the easiest method is to use SHARE with the FL Studio Plugin TO and FROM the Mobile Device. In this case, add content to the FL Studio Mobile plugin folder on your PC, then SHARE to the mobile device. Or SHARE from the device to your PC. Alternatively, proceed as follows:

Android File Management

Android allows direct access to internal folders, there are two main options:

  1. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable. Then set the device to work in 'Data transfer' mode. You should now have drag-and-drop access to your Data Folders. You will need to find the FLM User Files folder. This is usually in the root/top of the main storage.

  2. OR 2. Use AirDroid that will allow you to use a Web Browser to access folders and files on any Android device (works on Windows and Macs). If you are working internal on an Android device, Total Commander will allow you to copy and paste your files between folders on the device. There are also a number of plugins available for working across networks, for example a LAN plugin.

Apple iOS File Management

There following methods are available:

  1. System Import - iOS will recognize most file-types associated with FL Studio Mobile (.flm, .mid, .flmpst, .flms, .wav, .mp3) in emails, cloud storage etc, and allow you to open them with FL Studio Mobile. Long-tap on the attachment or file, as show in your email or cloud storage App, then select FL Studio Mobile from the pop-up options to open the file.

    When FL Studio Mobile starts, the file will be moved to the appropriate folder in the App. This method works, one file at a time.

  2. iTunes Import/Export - Connect your iOS device to your computer with iTunes. After syncing and selecting FL Studio Mobile 3, you will have access to the FLM User Files folders. You will be able to copy these folders in their entirety FROM FL Studio Mobile TO your computer via iTunes. (YOU MUST select the files and or folder/s and then use 'Save to...' from iTunes. This will allow you to send files and folders across to your computer. You can't look inside these folders in iTunes.

    To upload all file types (.flm, .mid, .flmpst, .flms, .wav, .mp3 etc), TO FL Studio Mobile, use the 'Add File...' button so add files to the Root Folder of FL Studio Mobile. These will show under My Samples, SONGS and other appropriate locations in FL Studio Mobile automatically, the next time you restart the App.

FL Studio Plugin File Management

Make a desktop shortcut to the FL Studio plugin installation folder. (normally) under C:\Program Files (x86)\Image-Line\FL Studio 12\Plugins\Fruity\Generators\FL Studio Mobile\LocalData. Then you can drag and drop any content to and from the folders as you need. Use the Sharing function to send this to your mobile device AND also back to your PC.

FL Studio Windows App File Management

The following options are available:

  1. Windows App (Windows Desktop) - Make a desktop shortcut to the FL Studio Mobile user data folder. The path has some custom data as shown in red. Normally under C:\Users\YOUR_ACCOUNT\AppData\Local\Packages\Image-Line.FLStudioMobile_RANDOM_LETTERS_NUMBERS\LocalState. NOTE: the AppData folder is hidden, so you will need to have 'Show hidden items' selected in the file browser. If you don't have permission to enter the folder, check this guide. Windows 8 and 10 are the same in this regard.

    TIP: The quickest way to find it is to save a project with a unique name... 'Lapooterbeekus' and search your C:\Users\.. for it (Windows folder, usually C drive). Make sure 'Show hidden items' is selected in your Windows file browser.

  2. Loading from within the App - Scroll to the bottom of the list and check for the (+) icon where you can load from folders external to the App on your device.

Windows Phone App File Management

It's not possible to access the FL Studio Mobile installation User folder on a Windows Phone. You have the following options:

  1. To export data - Use the 'Destination' option to save your content to one of the folders visible when the phone is connected to a PC (or OneDrive).
  2. To import/export data - Install the App on Windows for PC (you get both the Phone and Desktop App). Follow the Windows App (Windows Desktop) instructions above to use the SHARE function.
  3. Loading from within the App - Scroll to the bottom of the list and check for the (+) icon where you can load from folders external to the App on your device.


Credits: Maxx Claster, Daniel Schaack