A utility application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that helps users perform basic tasks on their computers and devices. Utility applications typically include utilities for file management, device maintenance, connecting to the Internet and other networks, managing a user's calendar and contacts information, taking notes, calculating financial data such as interest rates or compound interest rates, and encrypting data.
Utilities apps are similar to productivity apps, but usually have a unique visual design and focus on a feature like voice control or smart home integration. Popular utilities apps include Google Home, Amazon Echo, and IFTTT.
Clickable prototype for a utility payment app.
A utility app makes its money by selling a service to users. Utility apps are commonly used by businesses, and can be particularly interesting in developing countries where a large percentage of the population is using smartphones for the first time. Utility apps provide a way for businesses to set prices that are flexible based on the user's budget, and also provide easy ways for customers to pay their bills.
A utility app is an app that provides a service to the user without any exchange of value. Examples of utility apps include flashlight, calculator, and weather apps. Utility applications are subject to the same legal challenges as other apps, but they must also be mindful of potential legal issues related to the collection and use of user data without consent or proper disclosures.