MIT App Inventor Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

These Terms were modified on July 1, 2020. The previous version can be found here.

MIT App Inventor Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

MIT Center for Mobile Learning

Welcome to MIT’s Center for Mobile Learning’s App Inventor website (the “Site”). The Site runs on Google’s App Engine service. You must read and agree to these Terms of Service and Privacy Policy (collectively, the “Terms”) prior to using any portion of this Site. These Terms are an agreement between you and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. If you do not understand or do not agree to be bound by these Terms, please immediately exit this Site.

MIT reserves the right to modify these Terms at any time and will publish notice of any such modifications online on this page for a reasonable period of time following such modifications, and by changing the effective date of these Terms. By continuing to access the Site after notice of such changes have been posted, you signify your agreement to be bound by them. Be sure to return to this page periodically to ensure familiarity with the most current version of these Terms.

Description of MIT App Inventor

From this Site you can access MIT App Inventor, which lets you develop applications for Android devices using a web browser and either a connected phone or emulator. You can also use the Site to store your work and keep track of your projects. App Inventor was originally developed by Google. The Site also includes documentation and educational content, and this is being licensed to you under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

Account Required for Use of MIT App Inventor

In order to log in to MIT App Inventor, you need to use a Google account. Your use of that account is subject to Google’s Terms of Service for accounts, and the information you provide to Google is governed by Google’s Privacy Policy. MIT has no access to your Google account or the information you provide for it other than the account email address, which we may use to contact you. In the future, the Center for Mobile Learning may provide alternative means for using MIT App Inventor without Google accounts, at which point we will update these terms of use to reflect those alternatives.

Information about You

Beyond the name of your Google account, you do not have to tell us anything about yourself to download the App Inventor setup software or use the MIT App Inventor Web site. From time to time, we will give you the option of telling us some things about yourself, but you do not have provide this information if you don’t want to. Please understand that by submitting any Personally Identifiable Information to us, you consent and agree that we may collect, use and disclose such Personally Identifiable Information in accordance with these Terms, and as permitted or required by law. If you do not agree with these Terms, then please do not provide any Personally Identifiable Information to us.

We track information indicating, among other things, which pages of our Site were visited, the order in which they were visited, when they were visited, and which hyperlinks and other user interface controls were used. We also track information about user projects and how those projects are developed when connected to Android devices.

We may log the IP address, operating system and browser software used by each user of the Site, and we may be able to determine from an IP address a user’s Internet Service Provider and the geographic location of his or her point of connectivity. Various web analysis tools are used to collect this information. Some of the information is collected through cookies (a small text file placed on your computer). You should be able to control how and whether cookies will be accepted by your web browser. Most browsers offer instructions on how to reset the browser to reject cookies in the "Help" section of the toolbar.

Among other things, we may use the information that you provide (including your Personally Identifiable Information) in connection with the following

Sharing with Third Parties

We may share the information we collect with third parties as follows:

The Apps You Create

By creating and storing apps on the MIT App Inventor server you represent and warrant that you are the owner and creator of the apps, (i) that you have the authority to authorize MIT to store the apps on the MIT App Inventor Server and (ii) you will use the apps in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. You, and not MIT, are solely responsible for your apps and your use of them.

MIT has no proprietary rights in the apps you create with MIT App Inventor. These apps belong to you. Your apps are stored on the MIT App Inventor server. You have the right to download your apps and delete them from the server at any time. If you delete an app, there is the possibility that MIT may be able to continue to access it from the backups we keep for purposes of system maintenance, but these backups are periodically purged and are not designed for long-term preservation. MIT will strive to keep your apps and your account accessible to you for as long as you wish, but we have no obligation to do so, and MIT has no liability for the consequences of the service becoming unavailable or your apps becoming unavailable. We therefore strongly suggest that you maintain backup copies of valuable apps at places besides the MIT App Inventor server.

User Postings

MIT App Inventor has a gallery for sharing apps, user profile information and commentary. You agree that you are responsible for your own use of the Site and your User Postings. “User Postings” include all projects, applications and content submitted, posted, published or distributed on the Site by you or other users of the Site.

By submitting or distributing your User Postings, you affirm, represent, and warrant that you are the creator and owner of or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to reproduce and publish the User Postings, and to authorize MIT and the Site’s users to reproduce, modify, publish, and otherwise distribute your User Postings as necessary to exercise the license granted by you below. You, and not MIT, are solely responsible for your User Postings and the consequences of posting or publishing them.

All content and projects on this Site are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Therefore, by submitting any User Posting you hereby license it under the CC SA license, which permits anyone to view, modify, and redistribute these materials.

MIT has no proprietary rights in your User Postings. You have the right to download or delete them from the server at any time.

Community Guidelines

You are required to follow these community guidelines.

Part of being a good member of this Site’s community means that you agree that you will use the Site in compliance with these Terms of Service and all applicable local, state, national, and international laws, rules and regulations, including copyright laws and any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence and all United States export control laws. You understand that certain types of content and certain destructive actions listed below are strictly prohibited on the Site and you agree that you will not post any content or partake in any activity listed.

Being a good member of this Site’s community also means helping to keep App Inventor a friendly and creative community - where people from all around the world feel welcome.

Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages, and from different places and cultures, will see what you’ve shared.

Be constructive. When posting or commenting on other’s work, say something you like about it and offer constructive suggestions.

Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find in the App Inventor gallery and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.

Keep personal info private. Your projects on the Site are private unless you share them. But all other information is public. Many people choose to guard their privacy by never using their real names in posts, and never posting contact information like phone numbers or addresses, and we encourage you to do likewise. Young people, especially, should be careful about placing personal information on the Site.

Help keep the Site friendly. If you think a project, comment or user profile is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click “Report” to let the moderators know about it.

Prohibited Content

Prohibited Activities

Use of MIT Names and Trademarks

“MIT App Inventor”, “MIT”, “Massachusetts Institute of Technology”, and its logos and seal are trademarks of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You may not use MIT’s names or logos, or any variations thereof, without prior written consent of MIT. You may not use the MIT name in any of its forms nor MIT seals or logos for promotional purposes, or in any way that deliberately or inadvertently claims, suggests, or in MIT’s sole judgment gives the appearance or impression of a relationship with or endorsement by MIT.

It is MIT’s policy to respond to notices of alleged copyright infringement that comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Copyright owners who believe their material has been infringed on the Site should contact MIT’s designated copyright agent at, or at 77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138-4307 Attention: MIT DMCA Agent, W92-263A.

Notification must include:

Disclaimer of Warranty / Indemnification/Limitation of Liabilities

THE SITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR USE FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. MIT does not warrant the Site will operate in an uninterrupted or error-free manner or that the Site is free of viruses or other harmful components. Use of information obtained from or through this Site is at your own risk. Your access to or download of software, information, materials, or data through the Site or any reference sites is at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage to your property (including your computer system) or loss of data that results from the download or use of such material or data.



You agree to defend, hold harmless and indemnify MIT, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third-party claims, actions or demands arising out of, resulting from or in any way related to your use of the Site, including any liability or expense arising from any and all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, MIT will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.


Termination Rights. You agree that MIT, in its sole discretion, may terminate your use of the Site or your participation in it thereof, for any reason or no reason.

Entire Agreement. This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and MIT with respect to your use of the Site, superseding any prior agreements between you and MIT regarding your use of the Site.

Waiver and Severability of TOS. The failure of MIT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of the TOS of Site shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any provision of the TOS is found by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties’ intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the TOS remain in full force and effect.

Choice of Law/Forum Selection. You agree that any dispute arising out of or relating to these Terms or any content posted to a Site will be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, excluding its conflicts of law provisions. You further consent to the personal jurisdiction of and exclusive venue in the federal and state courts located in and serving Boston, Massachusetts as the legal forum for any such dispute.

Special Information for Schools

MIT App Inventor values its relationship with the educational community and is honored that many educators have found MIT App Inventor to be a valuable tool for classroom learning. MIT also values the privacy of its users as explained in the MIT App Inventor Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. As many states have now passed laws regarding the use of online platforms in the classroom, MIT App Inventor has been asked to execute certain “addenda” to service contracts in order to continue the use of MIT App Inventor for classroom use. MIT App Inventor is unable to execute agreements of these sort as it does not maintain contractual agreements with school districts as part of this service. Instead, MIT App Inventor is a free, online tool available to anyone who registers for an account. If you are seeking to use MIT App Inventor for classroom use, we have developed a different version of the platform which does not collect or maintain any personally identifiable information (PII). This version is available at and may be more appropriate for your use. If you have any additional questions, please contact us at

Effective Date: July 1, 2020