Terms & Conditions for mobile apps (iOS, Android, Windows)
Terms & Conditions
for mobile apps
A Terms and Conditions agreement (1) is the
legal backbone of the relationship between your
mobile app and your users.
(1) Link to https://termsfeed.com/terms-conditions/generator/
It doesn’t matter if your mobile app is running
on iOS or Android.
Terms and Conditions for iOS app
Apple has a standard EULA agreement (2) that binds
users when they download your iOS app.
You can choose to add your own agreement instead
of Apple's default one to extend it with more clauses.
(2) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/apple-default-eula/
Terms and Conditions for Android app
(3) Link to https://play.google.com/about/developer-distribution-agreement.html#showlanguages
The Distribution Agreement of Google Play Developer (3) requires
that you grant your users a “non-exclusive, worldwide,
and perpetual license to perform, display, and use
the Product on the Device.”
You could cover this in the End-User License Agreement (EULA)
or cover it in your own Terms and Conditions agreement + other
clauses that are useful for your Android app.
Why your app needs a
Terms & Conditions (4)
(4) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/terms-conditions-mobile-apps/
You will be protected against abuses by users,
such as copyright infringement, spamming of
other users, and general misuse of your app,
You can require arbitration over litigation (5),
and even select the governing law to be used
in the event of a legal issue,
(5) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/arbitration-clause-terms-conditions/
You maintain the right to terminate
user’s accounts at any time you may
need or want to, and
Your liability to users will be limited.
Think of your Terms and Conditions agreement as
the legal agreement where:
You maintain your rights to exclude users from
your app in the event that they abuse your app
You maintain your legal rights against potential
abusers of your app
And so on.
A Terms and Conditions is not required by law.
Most mobile apps would want and need this kind
of agreement, but especially so those:
Mobile apps are part of a SaaS app
Mobile apps with user-generated content
Mobile apps that are part of an ecommerce store
Some mobile apps are simple.
These apps tend to have more basic
Terms and Conditions than the other types of apps.
Common clauses for a Terms and Conditions
for simple mobile apps include:
Retention of Rights of Ownership/Ban on Infringement
Retention of the Right to Change the App at Any Time
Restriction on App Abuses
Disclaimer of Warranties and Liabilities
Retention of Right to Terminate/Ban Users
Have a look at an example of a
“Right to Terminate” clause.
Having a Terms and Conditions in place for a
SaaS app (6) is important:
The app owner can maintain ownership of all
aspects of the app
The app owner can restrict certain abusive
behaviors by those accessing the software
(6) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/terms-use-privacy-policy-saas-applications/
The app owner can limit his liability to
The app owner and retain the right to
terminate a user’s account if need be
Terms and Conditions for
mobile app + ecommerce
If you sell commerce through your app, you
will want Terms and Conditions (7) in place to:
Dictate how different aspects of transactions
will be handled
Inform users about acceptable payment
(7) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/terms-conditions-ecommerce-stores/
(8) Link to https://termsfeed.com/blog/payment-terms-terms-conditions/
Inform users about your shipping policies
Inform users about your returns and
refunds policies. You can also do this
through a separate agreement, called
Return/Refund Policy (9), that you can
reference in the Terms & Conditions
(9) Link to http://termsfeed.com/return-refund-policy/generator/
Examples of useful clauses for a
Terms and Conditions