How to backup and restore your documents

The most common case for using this feature is when you get a new device and you want to transfer your documents. It can also be useful when you were using Genius Scan and you purchase the Genius Scan+ app to transfer your documents from one version to the other (though the most practical way to upgrade to Genius Scan+ is to do it from the free version with an in-app purchase).

And of course, you can also regularly backup your Genius Scan data if you work with important documents and you don't want to lose them in case your device breaks or gets stolen.

Genius Cloud

You can synchronize your documents with the Genius Cloud services, which also keep all your scans backed up at all time.

To enable the service, go to 🙂 tab, create a Genius Cloud account and purchase a subscription. Once you are logged into your account, your documents will automatically be saved to the cloud in real-time, and available for recover at all time.

If you ever lose your phone or need to access your files on another phone, you can simply install Genius Scan on iOS or Android and connect it to your Genius Cloud account. Everything will instantly be synchronized so you can recover your documents and keep editing and organizing them from anywhere.

Local backup

Another option is to create and save local backups of your Genius Scan data on a regular basis, so you can restore one at a later time.

To create a backup, open the Genius Scan menu and select  Backup:

Select a folder where the backup file will be saved

The backup can take several minutes or more, depending on the number of documents you have. Do not close the app during the backup operation.


After the backup is complete, a file named with today's date and a ".gs-bck" extension is created in the folder you selected. This is your backup. Transfer this file to your computer or to another device.

How to restore a backup


Similarly, open the Genius Scan settings and select  Restore a previous backup:


Select the backup file you want to restore:


The restore operation can take up to 10 minutes if you have a lot of documents. Do not close the app during the restore or your data could become corrupted.


When the Restore operation is completed, the app will restart and all your documents will be ready to use.

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