Overview of a Mobile App Terms of Use

What is a Mobile App Terms of Use?

A Mobile App Terms of Use sets out the relationship between a mobile app provider and its users by specifying the terms and conditions by which users are bound.

A Mobile App Terms of Use clarifies the rights and obligations of both the mobile app provider and the users.

A Mobile App Terms of Use grants users’ rights to use website materials and imposes acceptable-use obligations in order to protect the intellectual property of the mobile app provider or to limit warranties and disclaim liabilities to the extent permitted by law.

What is the purpose of a Mobile App Terms of Use?

A Mobile App Terms of Use sets out the relationship between a mobile application developer and its users by specifying the fair use of that application and making them aware of its legal terms of use. If any mobile application is engaged in online buying & selling of goods or any form of commerce then one must have terms of use in their application. It will not only protect the buyer but also protects the developer in case of any legal circumstances in the future. Basically, a term of use page sets rules for using your application.

What are the things to include in a Mobile App Terms of Use?

A Mobile App Terms of Use can be different from one another according to the nature of the application. However, these are the basic things that should be included in almost every Mobile App Terms of Use. For instance:

Fair use: This explains how the app should be used by common users. A fair use clause in mobile app terms of use can help you take legal action when the application is inappropriately used by the user.

Protection of intellectual property: Having the protection of the intellectual property clause will help you to protect your content (articles, images & videos) against any unauthorized use.

User Rights and Responsibilities: By setting clear user rights and responsibilities will help users to know more about the intended use of that application.

Payment Details: If your application deals with any sort of payment exchange, then a clear payment description about payment fees, subscription model, cancellation, and renewal should be clearly mentioned to avoid any misconfusion.

Termination of Account: This clause will help users to know about the account termination process and removal of data after the termination.

Disclaimers and Warranties: If your application is dealing with any form of commerce, then clear information about warranties on the product, return policy should be clearly mentioned.


It’s not a good practice to copy Mobile App Terms of Use from another similar application because every business is different, things that work on one type of business might not work for another. So, every term of use should be personalized according to the nature of the application or business.

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