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How to Write Terms and Conditions for an App

What should Terms and Conditions for an app include? When do apps need Terms of Service? In this post, we’ll cover how to write app terms and conditions and why you should have them in place.

Terms and Conditions for apps

A quick refresher before we begin – What are terms and conditions?

At their most basic, Terms and Conditions (often referred to as an EULA – End User License Agreement or Terms of Use) are documents which protect you (the business owner) by setting legally binding rules on how users can interact with your product/service.

Why are terms and conditions important for apps and when are they needed?

As mentioned above, Terms and Conditions set the way in which your product or content may be used, in a legally binding way. In general, you’ll likely need to set Terms & Conditions if you have app which participates in some form of commerce (whether selling to users directly or facilitating trading).

For more on specific instances where they might needed are where you, read this post.

How to write terms and conditions for an app

Here’s how to prepare your terms and conditions for your app.

Step 1: Clearly identify yourself/ your business

Because Terms and Conditions are legally binding agreements, you want to ensure that key information such as identifying information is accurate and complete. More information on this here.

Step 2: Set basic rules for use of your app

At the very least your document should:

  • clearly state the rules for user behaviour and access to your product/software;
  • disclose any copyright/ intellectual property license that applies (e.g. open source);
  • include other details of your software license including conditions for termination;
  • include any disclaimers and limitation of liability statements.

Step 3: Make the document easily accessible to users

As Terms and Conditions are legally binding agreements, it is best practice (and required in some instances) that they be easily accessible to users. For this reason, we suggest making them readily available both at the site of any explicit agreement (such as on sign-up and account creation forms) and in the footer of your app.

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