All Music, No Paper

Paperless Music is a powerful, easy to use music reader that manages all of your sheet music, guitar tabs, fake books, and scores. Enjoy the convenience of having your entire music library with you for any occasion.

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A Better Way to Manage Music


When going paperless, nothing matters more than reliability. That’s why Paperless Music is built on a foundation that allows your music library to grow into the thousands without sacrificing performance or stability. Use the app with confidence and leave your paper behind.


When adding text, symbols, or drawing with the pencil or highlighter, rendering is done in a way that captures all the fine detail. And thanks to the app’s handwriting smoothing, your annotations look great, even when sharing music between devices with different screen sizes.

Draw with your finger, or write directly on a page with an Apple Pencil no matter what tool is currently selected. All Apple Pencil settings are fully supported.

Scrolling and Layout

When viewing music, choose either horizontal or vertical scrolling, and select from two vertical layouts, allowing you to make the best use of your device’s screen. You can even set up different behavior for portrait and landscape modes, offering powerful ways to tailor your music viewing experience.

In landscape mode, choose a zoom level to affect how wide each page is. This works great in both horizontal and vertical scrolling modes.

With the power of links, you can even cause your music to automatically scroll with precise timing.

Page Turning

There are many ways to turn the page.

  • In horizontal scrolling mode, swipe left or right. In vertical mode, swipe up or down.
  • Move the slider at the edge of the screen.
  • Use a Bluetooth page turning device.
  • Tap the edge of the screen.
  • Follow a link to jump to another location.
  • Set up a link to automatically scroll at the pace of your choosing.
  • Make a facial gesture.

Facial Gestures

Blink an eye. Move your mouth. Raise your eyebrows and turn your head. Facial gestures allow you to perform actions simply by moving your face and head.

Configure gestures and actions to suit your taste. For example, blink your right eye to turn to the next page. Or move your mouth to the left to follow a link.

(Requires a device with a TrueDepth camera.)


Links let you jump or scroll to another location in the music. They are great for music with repeats or codas, and they offer a powerful way to automatically scroll music at a pace that works best for you.

You can even set a delay, allowing you to tap the link while your hands are free. Once the delay is over, the link is followed.

Music In, Music Out

Import PDF files, images from your photo library, images from your camera, or any of these in combination. Or import a Paperless Music document (.papmusdoc file) in its native format to transfer music from one device to another.

There are many ways to bring music into your library, from within the app or from other apps installed on your device. For example, in the Mail app, view a PDF attachment and select “Copy to Paperless Music.” Or when viewing a PDF file in Safari, select “Open in Paperless Music.”

And due to integration with the Files app, music from your iCloud Drive or popular third-party apps like Dropbox and Google Drive can be easily added right from within Paperless Music, simply by selecting “Add from Files.”


A collection is a grouping of music. Collections can be used for just about anything, including gigs, practice sessions, recitals, set lists, and more.

Collections are quick and easy to create, modify, and delete. The same music can appear more than once in a collection. While viewing a collection, you can quickly jump to other music in the collection by tapping the header or by using the slider at the edge of the screen.

Arrange collections in a custom way, or sort by date or title. Search to find any collection by title or by the music in a collection. Tag collections to organize them in a way that’s similar to how genres are used to organize your music.

Edit with Confidence

Draw, erase, add a link, drag and drop symbols, edit text, and more. Any changes you make while in the viewer have full undo and redo support, no matter what page you are viewing.

And any changes you make are automatically saved, so you never lose your work.


Perhaps what you’ll like most is what’s not in the app.

  • No ads
  • No in-app purchases
  • No subscriptions
  • No third-party usage tracking
  • No accounts required

Paperless Music is a general purpose, flexible music reader, not tied to any subscriptions or services. And with the ability to import and export your music in a variety of ways, including in PDF format, you can build up your library with confidence.


Add text with options for size, rotation, color, highlight color, font, and justification.

Drag and drop symbols to add fingerings, dynamics, accidentals, and more to your music.

Edit pages with nondestructive cropping and editing of brightness, contrast, and saturation.

Keep the tempo with a highly accurate, low latency metronome with options for sound, visuals, accent, and count off.

Change the page color.

Duplicate and easily rearrange pages as an alternative to links (just proceed forward and avoid jumps).

Sort your music by date, title, or composer. Search any title or composer. Filter by genre, duration, or key. Use Spotlight to search for and launch right into your music, even when the app isn’t running.

Create sections to organize a PDF file into multiple pieces. Each section has its own title, composer, and more, just like a music document. Perfect for fake books, song books, and scores with multiple movements.

Easily back up, restore, or transfer all of your data to another device by creating an archive. Or share just the music you select.

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How can I transfer all of my music and collections to another device?

By creating and sharing an archive. An archive is a complete backup of your music and collections.

  1. Within Paperless Music, select “Archive” from the home screen’s main menu.
  2. Create an archive.
  3. Share the archive to another device. Make sure AirDrop is enabled on both devices, then use AirDrop to share the archive.

How do I import music from the ___ app? (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.)

By first making sure that the integration between the iOS Files app and the third party app is working.

  1. Install the third party app.
  2. Open the iOS Files app and make sure you can see files from the third party app.
  3. Once that is working, open Paperless Music and navigate to the Music screen.
  4. Tap the + button, then “Add from Files.”

Another way to import files from the third party app is to use the app’s share feature to share one or more files to Paperless Music.

Is it possible to import several PDF files at once?

Yes. For example, in the Files app, select the PDF files, then share them with Paperless Music. Sharing using AirDrop works with multiple files. Paperless Music can also import multiple PDF files:

  1. Navigate to the Music screen.
  2. Tap the + button, then “Add from Files.”
  3. Tap the “Select” button to begin multi-select mode.
  4. Select the files that you want to import.
  5. When finished, tap “Open.”

How can I delete, edit, move, rotate, or duplicate something on a page?

Long press.

Symbols, text, links, and white areas all respond to long press, which is the action of placing your finger on an object and briefly holding it there. An action menu is then displayed. Different objects have different actions.

How can I change the order of music within a collection?

  1. On the Edit Collection screen, long press the music that you want to move.
  2. Drag the music to a different location.

Is the ___ Bluetooth page turn device supported?

Any Bluetooth device that pairs with your iOS device as a keyboard and that can produce any of the following keystroke pairs will turn the page:

  • Left arrow and right arrow.
  • Up arrow and down arrow.
  • Page up and page down.
  • Space and return (enter).

Why can’t I type using the keyboard?

If you’ve paired with a Bluetooth device for hands-free page turning, it might prevent normal use of the keyboard. Try temporarily turning off the Bluetooth device to allow text entry, or check to see if the Bluetooth device has a switch that allows for fast switching between page turning and text entry modes.

On all PageFlip pedals, for example, you can eject the virtual keyboard by simply pressing the current mode (CM) button on the pedal.

Privacy Policy

What information does the Paperless Music app collect?

Quite simply, nothing. No personal information is collected, and unlike many apps, no analytics services are used to track your usage of the app. The music and collections that you add are not shared with anyone, unless of course you choose to share them using the app’s share functionality.

If you choose to enable facial gestures in settings, the camera will be used to observe the movements of your head and face to trigger actions like turning the page. Paperless Music does not log, store, or share the information coming from the camera in any way.

Apple may collect data about your usage of their products, including usage specific to Paperless Music. Your data may also be backed up by Apple and stored on their servers. Apple’s policies govern their collection and usage of your data. You can learn more about their policies by visiting: