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Old School RuneScape Mobile is a version of Old School RuneScape for mobile platforms. It was announced on 17 July 2017 and was released on 30 October 2018. It allows players to play Old School RuneScape for free on their Android and iOS mobile devices[1]. It works cross-platform with the desktop client, allowing players to play using the same accounts.[2]

Old School RuneScape is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, 16 by Pan European Game Information committee, and Restricted to 15+ by the Australian Classification Board.[3]

On 24 November 2021 a closed Android beta is running until 8 December 2021. This beta is for testing features introduced in the Steam Client that will eventually be rolled out on the mobile version.

Features[edit | edit source]

Old School RuneScape Mobile has a suspend and resume support which will keep players logged in but idle (for as long as they would be in the desktop version) if the player switches to another app, e.g to take a phone call; however, this may vary between the type of phone the player uses. Additionally, players who logged in to Old School RuneScape Mobile once will be able to login subsequently through the same device without the need to enter their username and password. This active session can be disabled by tapping Log Out in the Main Menu or through the player's Account Settings.

Interface[edit | edit source]

The interface displays some features that are exclusive to mobile.

Function Use
Mobile data usage.png
Wifi usage.png
Internet connection This displays a mobile phone or Wi-fi icon to denote whether the game is played through a mobile data or Wi-fi connection.
Mobile battery.gif
Battery This displays the mobile device's battery level (in 4 blocks of 25%). Players may tap on the battery icon which will display the exact level for 3 ticks. If the phone is plugged into a charger, a charging (Phone charging.png) icon will appear over the battery icon.

Spellbook[edit | edit source]

The spellbook interface on the mobile client, having filtered Utility spells.

Players on the mobile client may check the level and runes required to cast a spell by tapping the Info button on the bottom of the spellbook interface, then tapping the desired spell.

If players use enough filters to significantly decrease the number of spells displayed, the spell icons will become enlarged to make them easier to tap.

Settings[edit | edit source]

Main article: Settings

There are several settings that are exclusive to mobile, in addition to those that already exist in desktop.

Display[edit | edit source]

Display (mobile).png

This menu is for graphical settings. It contains a slider and several toggle buttons. It does not contain the Resizable screen and Advanced Options interface, and is replaced by other options.

Function Use
Mobile zooming.png Camera zoom distance This is a slider that can be adjusted to zoom within the game. Players can also tap the button to disable the use of two fingers to zoom.
Adjust Frames Per Second.png Limit Framerate This is a slider that can adjust the frames-per-second (FPS) that the mobile client can display. It can be set to 15, 20, 30 and Max (60). Players cautious with battery consumption are recommended to set their FPS low.
Tap through chatbox.png Allow tapping through the chatbox This allows players to choose whether they can tap through their chatbox or not.
Toggle store orb.png Store orb This allows players to choose whether the store orb is displayed on the minimap or not. For free-to-play players, it is enabled by default.

Controls[edit | edit source]

This menu is for adjusting how the game is controlled. Mouse options and keybinds are not displayed in the mobile client.

Function Use
Single-tap mode.png Single-tap mode Single-tap mode acts as the desktop's right-click. If players disable Single-tap mode, they must touch & hold in order for "right-click" options to appear on an object.
Tap to drop.png Tap to drop items Tap to drop acts as the desktop's shift-click drop. If enabled, the inventory interface will be highlighted red, and tapping an item will drop it instantly.
Function button.png Show the function button The function button enables a small button to appear directly above the Combat Options tab on the mobile client.
Deadzone adjuster.png Deadzone adjuster Adjusts how far sidebar buttons are away from the edge of the device's screen.

Function mode[edit | edit source]

Set Function.png

If the function button is enabled, it will appear directly above the Combat Options tab. Once tapped, a chatbox will appear, prompting players to select a function mode:

Function Use
Show Keyboard.png Keyboard If selected, tapping it will cause the mobile keyboard to appear.
Tap-to-drop mode.png Tap-to-drop If selected, tapping it will cause the inventory interface to be highlighted red, and tapping an item will drop it instantly.
Single-tap mode (Set Function).png Single-tap If selected, tapping an object acts as the desktop's right-click. If players change the function or disable Single-tap mode via the Controls interface, they must touch & hold in order for "right-click" options to appear on an object.

Troubleshooting[edit | edit source]

Installation Issues[edit | edit source]

Unable to launch app[edit | edit source]

  • Review that you're mobile device meets the current Game Requirements.
  • Re-install the app.
  • If you're using a mobile emulator, make sure you're using the latest version of the mobile emulator and Old School RuneScape Mobile app.

Connection Issues[edit | edit source]

Error! Your login or password was incorrect. Please try again.[edit | edit source]

  • A bug confirmed in late 2020 which affected some devices generated an empty space when typing the first character of an account's email/username. This bug should already be patched on most, if not all, devices; but a simple work-around is to delete any spaces before your email/username after typing it in order to save your login credentials.

Unable to connect[edit | edit source]

  • Toggling airplane mode on and off is a quick way to reconnect your mobile device to the nearest cell tower. This will also toggle on and off your mobile device's Wi-Fi. But if that doesn't seem to help, try restarting your mobile device.
  • If you're still unable to connect to the game with or without Wi-Fi enabled, try connecting to a world server from Google Chrome instead of by launching the game from the Old School RuneScape Mobile app.

Pre-launch[edit | edit source]

At RuneFest 2017, players had the chance to play Old School RuneScape Mobile on the live servers.

Players were able to sign up to express their interest in joining closed tests. Selection for participation was based on account standing and device type.[4]

The original planned release for Old School RuneScape Mobile was in winter 2017 but was delayed. A technical beta involving 2,000 players ran from 2 February 2018 to 8 February 2018. A second beta involving 5,431 players ran from 13 April 2018 to 19 April 2018.

An open beta test for Android was released on 5 July 2018, via an app available on the Google Play store. Although free to download, only players with a members subscription were be able to sign in and play. An open beta for iOS was released later in Summer 2018.[5]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
17 November 2021

Fixed an issue where the word ‘null’ was appearing in shop menus for mobile users.

26 March 2020

The Bond store is now available once more on iOS devices.

27 February 2020

The following changes have been made:

  • Accounts created through mobile can once again be linked to an email address.
  • Tapping a player's username in the chatbox now opens the keyboard instead of the text line.
20 February 2020

The following changes have been made:

  • Mobile devices which don't use the slider which controls how far apart the interfaces are will no longer have that slider.
  • Wiki link has been re-enabled for iOS users.
13 February 2020

Players may no longer redeem bonds for membership on iOS devices if they already have an active membership.

5 December 2019

The following changes have been made:

  • The tap-to-drop option for mobile users will be toggled off if the player logs out for more than a few minutes, so that players are less likely to drop their stuff by mistake when they return.
  • Links to Old School websites in the Account Management tabs and on the welcome screen are no longer displayed when playing on iOS devices
2 October 2019

A new slider on the options side-panel now adjusts the minimum dead-zone at the side of your screen. Shifting the side-stones will shift in real time. This setting will be remembered after logout and persist for each account that logs into the same device.

15 July 2019

The following changes have been made:

  • Fixed PvP world login warning.
  • Added clearer disconnect reason messaging.
6 June 2019

The following changes have been made:

  • Free players tapping on a members skill on the stats interface should no longer randomly stop you performing skilling actions.
  • The mobile app's icon that shows the app to be using mobile data rather than wifi has been changed. The previous picture of a smartphone (Mobile data usage v1.png) was unclear, whereas the new icon is a more standard design and is consistent with the wifi indicator.
24 January 2019

The following changes have been made:

  • The Pest Control shop interface has had its black background removed, since it wasn’t rendering well on Mobile devices. As part of this, the buttons have been made more responsive.
  • The world switcher layout has been restructured to make sort buttons stay visible as the interface scrolls and increased size of the sorting buttons on mobile.
  • The Pyramid Plunder overlay is now positioned in the top left making it less obstructive.
  • The Wintertodt Boss next game countdown timer no longer displays when a game has started, this occurred when backgrounding the app on iOS and returning as the next round starts.
  • The Prayer tab now has an info button which when activated displays tooltip information on tap.
  • The Store orb no longer overlaps the Castle Wars timer.
17 January 2019

The following changes have been made:

  • The chatbox interface no longer obstructs cutscenes during Making History and Swan Song.
  • Deleting text on the Report Abuse interface after closing the keyboard now works as expected.
  • The area left of the XP counter now registers taps when the counter is disabled.
  • Tutor icons in the newcomer map can now be toggled on and off correctly on mobile.
  • A flash effect in a cutscene from Another Slice of H.A.M. has been fixed.
22 November 2018

The Store orb on mobile has been shifted slightly to reduce its overlapping.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mod Sween. "Old School Mobile FAQ." 17-Jul-2017 14:05:49. Old School RuneScape General Forums.
  2. Jagex. "Old School Mobile." Old School RuneScape News.
  3. Old School RuneScape - Apps on Google Play. (Archived from the original on 27 August 2018.)*
  4. Old School RuneScape - Mobile - Cross-Platform MMORPG.*
  5. Jagex. "OSRS Mobile: Android Members Beta." Old School RuneScape News.