AA 4th Step 12+

12 Step Apps LLC

Designed for iPad

    • $0.99



We need to start charging .99 for this app. It has been "free " to users for since 2015, but the costs of updating and maintaining our free step apps has gotten too much.

The free “Vault” app was created by members for members as a means to enter their 4th Step Inventory information in a secure and convenient way. When complete, you can print out your inventory for use with your 5th Step.


- 100% Vault Secure
- Complete your inventory by column or row
- Has Resentment, Fear, and Sexual Conduct Inventories to complete
- Type or speak your answers
- Easy check-box answers for “Parts of Self Affected”
- Prompt lists for jogging your memory for People, Principals, and Institutions.
- Prompt lists and check boxes for common Principals,Institutions and Fears
- 4th Step term’s definitions in Help section
- “Set Daily Reminder” option using your iphones push notifications
- Email inventories to yourself or sponsor securely in PDF format
- Print them out in horizontal spreadsheet style for easy reading and organization
- Hand write in any inventory information you want to in empty rows.
- “Delete All” safety feature securely wipes the info from your phone when completed
- App "auto-locks" Vault whenever app is closed or whenever iphone is left idle.
- All data is secured on the iphone itself. Nothing is stored in "the cloud" where it could be hacked.

The Vault 4th Step Inventory App allows you to enter your inventory information in a logical step by step way, then saves the information in an inventory spreadsheet that is laid out much like many of the 4th Step guides that you can find on the internet (like Joe and Charlie’s). The difference is that the Vault app lets you work on your 4th step anywhere, anytime that you are free and in a safe place, NOT just when you are free at your home with your notebook. It is Vault Code protected at all times, so whether it is on your nightstand or at the coffee shop, NO ONE can access your inventory but you.

We decided (through much discussion) to minimize all instructions on HOW to do a 4th Step. As alcoholics, we had no shortage of opinions on what each of us believed were the best instructions. We decided to use the original text from the Big Book for the actual questions for you to answer, instead of rewording them as we saw some of the 4th Step "guides" do.

Your sponsor may want you to write out (with pen and paper) your 4th step. If that is the case, you may still utilize the app to collect your inventory information, then after printing it out, copy it over by hand.

This app is not AA reviewed or approved. AA does not endorse or approve anything or anyone. All quotes are from the 1st edition of the Big Book. This app was created by members for members. Thanks to their generous support this app is FREE to anyone world-wide. Remember: Our primary purpose is to stay sober, and help another alcoholic.


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What’s New

Version 1.5

- Add Touch ID security
- Update Passcode security
- Update Export File

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
88 Ratings

88 Ratings

5*Appfox ,


Very helpful throughout the day, as names come to mind. Even if I choose to transfer info to a written format and just use the app as recall tool, it’s brilliant! I’m going to recommend this to a sponsee who’s short on time as a way to get her 4th step completed. No excuses when it’s laid out for you and it’s this simple!

Mary Ellen Lubow ,

Fourth step app

I love this app! There are things I find difficult about it as I’m not the techiest person! I don’t understand how to delete a typo when I come back to it and notice it the next time I come on, such as a name. I don’t know how to erase the questions in order to have more space to write my resentment. The print is very small for me and difficult for me to read as I am a senior. The format is great and much better than handwriting all of the pertinent information. I’m very grateful to the person who developed this tool for recovery. I wish there was a way to communicate with them to gain an understanding of how to use it more appropriately for those of us who are not savvy about technology. Thank you for bringing this to all those suffering from addiction!

another friend of bill ,

The crappy technology will leave you with a big resentment

I so wanted this to work. Great concept and it actually prompts inventory taking as outlined in the BB...but the execution is HORRIBLE. Couldn’t make it through the first entry without getting frustrated. Looked at the help section and it’s ridiculous. It’s easier to put pen paper than deal with how frustrating actually using his app is. I never leave reviews but I think because the concept has so much potential, that perhaps the maker can grow in understanding and effectiveness and fix user friendliness. Will look for another app and stick with My Spiritual Toolkit instead.

Ugh also it leaves an extra unopenable app button on home screen that can’t be deleted even when I deleted the app.

App Privacy

The developer, 12 Step Apps LLC, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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