Privacy Policy for motî


tl;dnr: there is no data collection.

motî is an offline dictionary app based on open data. As an offline app it is naturally centered on device-local usage: personal data stored on the device include a history of viewed entries for quick access and export. This is optional and can be disabled.

Your personal data and usage is strictly on-device and not shared with anybody, there are no ads, analytics or other type of tracking code embedded in the application.

The same applies to this website: it does not contain any tracking or data collecting logic and does not use cookies.

Access to personal information

By default motî stores a history of all viewed entries together with a timestamp.

You can disable this in the app’s settings by toggling “Entry history”: SettingsmotîEntry history.

entry history

It is possible to remove the entire history or individual entries using standard table controls. See the documentation for more information.

You can add notes to dictionary entries. In the current version these are either snippets of text or photos, which can be taken directly from the camera or your library.

If you decide to add photos from or to your library motî will require read/write access to your photo collection.

The image data and metadata is stored in the user database and optionally in your photo library (SettingsmotîAdd photos to library).

Again, this data can easily be deleted, as a whole or individually.

In version 1.2.1 you can enable automatic pasteboard search in the settings to have motî automatically search for entries using the current content of the pasteboard. The pasteboard is only accessed if this option is enabled, the content stays of course on the device and is not shared.

Access the user database

files app

On iOS 11+, you can access and verify the personal data stored in the app using the built-in Files app.

On older versions you will have to resort to the iTunes File Sharing mechanism. The database file name is user.sqlite and it’s stored in the standard SQLite format. After transferring it to a computer you can read it with a variety of tools.


The only type of analytics used with the app is Apple’s built-in App Analytics. This is opt-in and can be changed in SettingsPrivacyAnalytics. See Share analytics, diagnostics, and usage information with Apple for more information.

Download of dictionaries

Dictionaries are downloaded directly from Apple’s CDN (content distribution network), there is no interaction with third-party servers, and therefore no accessible exposure of IP addresses or other traceable information.

Third party sites and API usage

Entries in motî typically link to Wikipedia, Wiktionary or other sites run by the Wikimedia Foundation to provide more details or resources like images or audio files.

Furthermore, motî’s built-in web reader uses various Wikimedia APIs to give you direct access to Wikipedia entries related to the text you’re reading.

Accessing these sites will typically reveal your IP address or other information; please consult the Wikimedia Privacy Policy for more details.


Updates to this privacy policy will be posted at this page.


For any other questions regarding the privacy of your data please contact me directly.

Contact information as listed in App Store:

Jan Berkel
Hinkeläcker Str. 35
67317 Altleiningen

email: <app@motî.net>


List of requested permissions (version 1.2.1)

Name Scope Why needed?
Camera Allows to access the camera Add photos to entries
Photo Library Allows to read and write your photo library Illustrate entries with existing photos, store taken photos