What Is the Cost of Developing Mobile Apps?

Have you decided to make a mobile app? That’s great. After all, the market for mobile apps is still increasing steadily and is not going to stop anytime soon. Now that you have decided to create an app, it is time to think about the cost.

It is a fact that the cost of app development is critical to your plans. After all, there are an incredible number of options to select from. You need to take your time in understanding them all. Only then can you come to the right decision. Read on to know more about the factors that can affect your app development costs.

The Complexity of the App

At the fundamental level, the complexity of your app will have a direct effect on the overall cost of development. The more complex the app, the higher the cost will be. Basically, apps can be defined in three categories on the basis of their complexity.

Simple apps are those which will not have any API integrations or back-end. The UI will be simple. They will have only basic features such as social login, email subscription, calendar etc. These apps are the cheapest.

Moderately complex apps feature custom UI features, API integration, back-end servers, payment gateway integrations etc. They need a few months for development and will cost significantly more than simple apps.

Complex apps require the most time in development with some requiring nearly a year. They have high-level features including custom UI, custom animations, multiple languages etc. As such, they cost the most, with some requiring around a hundred thousand dollars.

Native vs Hybrid

This is one of the first decisions you must make when you go for mobile app development. You need to decide whether you want your app on Android devices, on iOS devices or both. Opting for a single platform may be cheaper but it will limit the reach of your app. If you choose both, you need to decide between native and hybrid.

Native apps are developed specifically for each operating system. They offer the best possible user experience. As they are optimized for each platform, they tend to be faster. Being native, they are capable of leveraging all the features and APIs available in the OS. This is more expensive as you need dedicated development teams for each platform.

Hybrid or cross-platform apps are better if you want to reach a larger audience right from the beginning. Since a single team is needed, they cost less to develop. However, they are unable to use all the features offered by each platform. Even if their UI is optimized, they are rarely at the level of native apps.


Next, you need to consider the possible integrations that your apps require. There are various things that you may want to integrate to your app. For example, you may want social media integration to let users share content to their social profiles. You may also want the users to make payments. That will require a payment gateway to be integrated.

These integrations are certain to increase the cost. As such, be prepared to pay more if you need a lot of integrations.


Your app may offer a variety of features for the users. Like integrations, the more features your app has, the costlier it will become. Nonetheless, certain features might be essential to the functioning of the app. For example, your app may need access to the gallery or the camera. Features like user login, push notifications and chat are standard for most apps.

The Development Team

A lot depends on the development team that you choose. Typically, there are three routes to mobile app development. Take a look at each below.

DIY: These days, there are tools and templates easily available with which even a layman can create an app. Many of them are cheap or even free. However, remember that apps created via these tools will be extremely limited in scope. They won’t have access to many features. Moreover, they are likely to be filled with bugs and poorly optimized. Of course, the app design will be standard at best.

Freelancers: It is certainly possible for freelancers to provide quality apps at the level of app development agencies. They can be cheaper than agencies as well. You also have the advantage of constant and regular communication. On the other hand, you need to find freelancers for all aspects of the app development, such as one for actual coding and another for UI designing etc. There is also the issue of management. You need to manage everything.

Development Agencies: If this is your first time developing an app, it is better to stick to a mobile app development agency. They will have the experience, resources, skills and manpower to deliver a project. It will be faster than working with freelancers as well. On the other hand, this is costlier than other options.

If you choose a development and UI UX design agency, you will find it easier to get the mobile app developed. They are also sure to handle all queries and concerns regarding pricing.

About RJ Frometa

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