How Much Does It Cost to develop a mobile app n 2024?

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App in 2024?

Are you thinking of developing a mobile app? And Wondering how much it costs to create an application in 2024? Well, in this guide, we will help you understand the various factors that decide the cost of mobile app development. 

According to BankMyCell’s research, there are around 8.93 million mobile apps worldwide, with 3.553 million apps in the Google Play Store and 1.642 million in the Apple App Store. These numbers clearly tell that the mobile app market is growing rapidly and investing in a mobile app can be a great idea. But how much does a mobile app cost? It depends on various factors and Understanding these factors will help you make the right decision and will deliver you the best Return on Investment.

Factors That Impact The Cost Of App Development

There are numerous factors that determine the app development cost, we have discussed some of the most important factors that impact the cost of app development such as the complexity level of your mobile application, the category of the app, the design of the app, functionality, and features, code re-usage, size and region of the team and so on. Let’s discuss the major factors that impact the cost of mobile app development as understanding these factors will help you in defining a budget for developing a mobile app:

1. Mobile App Complexity

The complexity of a mobile application plays a vital role in defining the pricing of mobile app development. Basic apps with simple complexities are more cost-effective. On the other hand, developing complex applications with advanced and innovative features takes more time and resources, thereby increasing the cost of the overall app product. 

Example: A basic note-taking app costs way less than a sophisticated project management tool. The note-taking app may have simple features like creating, editing, and deleting notes, resulting in lower complexity and cost. But let’s speak of building a project management tool. It may require features like task assignment, Gantt chart visualization, and integration with third-party services, increasing its complexity and development cost significantly.

App Complexity Level Of Complexity (based on features & design)Average Timeline Average Cost 
Simple app(i) MVP functionality
(ii) Basic UI
2-3 months$5,000-$50,000
Medium Complex app(i) Sophisticated features
(ii) Custom UI
3-9 months$50,000-$120,000
Highly complex app(i) High-level advanced features
(ii) Bespoke UITwo platforms
10+ months$100,000-$300,000

Average Cost of App Development based on the level of complexity.

2. Mobile App Category

Another factor that impacts the overall cost of a mobile app is the category under which it falls. Different categories of apps have varying development costs. Whether it’s a social networking app, an eCommerce platform, or a gaming application, each category comes with its unique set of requirements, affecting the development cost.

Example– the difference between developing a daily steps tracking app and a social media platform. The steps tracking app may focus on tracking the no. of steps the user has walked, calories, and progress, requiring specific health-related functionalities. Whereas the social media platform would need features for user profiles, friend connections, news feeds, recommendation engines and media sharing, making it more complex and costly to develop.

App CategoryAverage CostApproximate Time 
eCommerce app$50,000 – $150,0001,200
Social media app$50,000 – $300,0001,200
Learning app (ClassPlus)$60,000 – $225,000900
Dating app $50,000 – $350,0001,400
Fashion & Styling App (DeLabel)$40,000 – $60,0001,400
Gaming app$60,000 – $250,000More than 1,800

Average Cost of App development based on the category of app.

3. UI Design of App

The user interface (UI) design of a mobile app greatly influences its development cost. Apps with intricate and visually appealing designs and animation often require more time and effort to develop, driving up the overall cost.

Example: If we compare a basic weather app with a high-end wardrobe organizing app ( we have built DeLabel which is a wardrobe organization app that has features like adding clothes to wardrobe by scanning product QR, organizing clothes based on categories, building outfits, reselling clothes, donate clothes and many other features.). The weather app may have a simple and clean UI with minimalistic design elements, while the wardrobe app with high-end functionalities would require visually appealing product displays, interactive filters, and a smooth checkout process, leading to higher design complexity and development costs.

App ProcessDesign TasksAverage Development TimeAverage Development Cost (Approx)
App design research(i) Market research
(ii) Competitor analysis
(iii) Market trend analysis
(iv) Selecting ideal solutions
Based on the niche and available resource$100-$350
UX design(i) Rough sketches
(ii) Low fidelity wireframes
(iii) High fidelity wireframes
Simple- 10-14 hours
Medium- 50-60 hours
Complex- 150+ hours
UI design (visuals)(i) Mood boards
(ii) UI mockup samples
(iii) Final UI mockups
Simple – 14-20 hours
Medium- 80-90 hours
Complex- 100+ hours
BrandingCreating brand identityLogos, icons and social media$5,000-$20,000
Animations and Illustrations(i) Visualizing user and on-screen content
(ii) Direct manipulation
(iii) User action visualization
Based on level of animations$1000-$20,000

Mobile App Development Cost breakdown based on its design

Check out our trending blog: Maximizing User Engagement: The Art of Crafting Intuitive Mobile User Interfaces

4. Features and Functionality in the App

The features and functionalities included in the app directly affect its development cost. Apps with advanced features like real-time synchronization, in-app purchases, or complex algorithms require more rigorous development work, resulting in higher development costs.

Example: Suppose you’re developing a simple e-commerce app. Basic features like add to cart, checkout, add to wishlist and so on, the mobile app development cost will be standard. However, if you want to add advanced features in the same eCommerce app such as purchasing recommendations, voice-enabled shopping assistants, virtual try-on features and personalized shopping experience, it will significantly increase the cost of the mobile app development.

Features FunctionApproximate TimeAverage Cost
User Login(i) Login with social media
(ii) Login with email address
(iii) Forgot password option
(iv) Log out option
30-42 hours$500 – $1,000
Profile Completion(i) Add basic info
(ii) Add a photo
(iii) Set region
30-40 hours$900-$1,000
Messaging(i) Online/offline status
(ii) Typing status
(iii) Send media files and documents
(iv) Read/sent status
170-180 hours$3,000-$5,000
Push NotificationsPush notifications and reminders for users25-32 hours$1,000 – $1,200
Basic admin panel: User management(i) See list of users
(ii) Delete/block user
(iii) Create user
(iv) Edit user
66-90 hours$3,500-$4,000
Mobile App Development Cost Breakdown based on its features and functionality

5. App Maintenance Requirements

Even after launching a full-fledged mobile app in the market, it will always require regular maintenance to ensure it remains functional and up-to-date. The maintenance requirements of an app, including bug fixes, updates, and security patches, contribute to the overall cost of mobile app development. Many mobile app development companies provide maintenance and support services/Annual Maintenance services that can help you keep your mobile application up and running all the time without any glitches.

Example:  Let’s say you’ve created a mobile banking app. Subsequently, after launch, regular maintenance must be conducted to ensure security, performance, and compliance with changing regulations. Additionally, this ongoing support includes bug fixes, updates for new OS versions, and enhancements based on user feedback, all of which contribute to the long-term cost of app ownership.

Note:The annual maintenance cost for an app is determined by evaluating it at 20% of the total expense incurred during its development.

6. Code-reuse

Using ready-made pieces of code or frameworks that others have already built can save money and time. It’s like getting pre-made Lego blocks instead of starting from scratch with raw materials. But here’s the catch: You need to make sure that these pre-made parts fit well with what you’re trying to build. When the app has some use of existing code or frameworks, the developer must check if they meet the code requirements of your mobile app. This will help them save time and will help you save money. But if the existing code or frameworks do not exactly match the app requirements, the developer should never use it as they might end up fixing things again and again, which will result in increased development time and costs.

Example: Suppose you are building a video editing app. You can use existing libraries for features like split video, adding transitions, adding text to the video, and so on. This would certainly reduce the development cost and time.

Please note that the cost for app development when the existing codes are used is 20% to 30% less than the cost of an app that is built from scratch.

7. Size and location of an app development team

The cost of a mobile app also depends on the size and location of the development team. Development teams in regions with higher labor costs may charge more for their services and larger teams with more resources may require higher budgets.

Example: Let’s suppose you’re hiring a development team for a travel booking app. A smaller team based in a region with lower labor costs may offer competitive pricing but may take longer to deliver your mobile app. Conversely, a larger team in a tech hub like Silicon Valley may demand higher rates but provide quicker turnaround and access to specialized expertise and cutting-edge resources.

Team-Based Cost Of App Development 

Cost Factors and RequirementsSimple AppMedium AppComplex App
Development time2-6 months6-9 months9-15 months
UI/UX Designer$4-5,000$5-7,000$10-15,000
Project Manager$5-7,000$10-15,000$10,000+
QA Specialist$8-10,000$15-20,000$20,000+
Business Analyst$2-3,000$5-8,000$8-10,000
Solution Architect$1-3,000$5-8,000$9,000+
Outsourced app development team cost

Region-based Cost Of App Development

RegionApp Development Cost
India & South-East Asia$20-40/hr
United States of America$80-170/hr
Region-wise hourly rate of Mobile App Development

Average app development hourly rate ($)- Region Based

Region-wise App Development Hourly Rate (Source:, BusinessofApps)

8. App Platform 

The platform you choose for your app’s accessibility such as iOS (Apple), Android (Google), or cross-platform (that works on both iOS and Android) can also impact the cost of the mobile app. But When you build an app for multiple platforms, it requires more resources and time leading to the surge in app development cost. 

Example: Take an example of a restaurant ordering app that requires to be working on all platforms, it will incur higher costs due to duplicate development work, Alternatively, opting for cross-platform development using frameworks like React Native or Flutter can streamline development and reduce costs while targeting multiple platforms simultaneously.

(i) Native App Platform (Android & iOS)

Android and iOS apps are developed separately using platform-specific languages and tools (Java/Kotlin for Android, Swift/Objective C for iOS). It provides the best performance and access to native device features. Native app platform requires separate development efforts for each platform.

(ii) Web App Platform

Progressive web apps and other web apps are more affordable and reasonable than native apps. Web apps, including progressive web apps (PWAs), are built using web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.They are accessible via web browsers and don’t need to be installed from an app store. Generally more cost-effective and easier to maintain compared to native apps.

(iii) Cross-Platform

Cross-platform development enables product engineers to write code once and deploy it across multiple platforms like iOS and Android. Leveraging frameworks such as React Native or Flutter, developers can create apps with a native-like performance and appearance. This approach streamlines development, leading to faster delivery and reduced costs compared to building separate native apps for each platform.

(iv) Hybrid App Platform

Hybrid apps combine elements of native and web apps, often using web technologies within a native shell. These apps are developed using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They can access some native device features but may not perform as well as fully native apps.

Type of AppAverage Cost
Native apps (Android & iOS)$50,000 to $100,000
Cross-platform apps$25,000 to $60,000
Web apps$15,000 to $50,000
Hybrid apps$10,000 to $150,000
Cost of Mobile App Development based on the app platform

App Development Cost Based On the Development Stage

Have you ever tried those app development cost calculators to determine the potential cost of your app and only ended up more confused than before? You are not alone. Determining the ideal cost of app development by using those calculators can be difficult and give wrong estimations. But don’t worry! We are here to guide you through that dark lane and shed some light on this topic by breaking down the cost structure based on various stages of development.

1. Cost Of Product Discovery/Planning Stage

Here’s where the groundwork begins. Firstly, market analysis, business planning, and documentation are key components. Additionally, expect your development team to ask a lot of questions about your goals and objectives – if they don’t, consider it a red flag. This initial phase typically comprises around 10% of the total development cost and can take 20-200 hours to complete.

Estimated Cost: $1,000 – $2,000 (2-4 weeks)

Source: BusinessofApps, Clutch
When delving into the initial research stage, 51% of surveyed companies revealed that designing an initial concept and conducting research can cost up to $5,000. Surpassing this benchmark, 22% invested $10,000, while 14% opted for expenditures ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. Evidently, in contrast to other phases of app development, the Discovery stage emerges as the most cost-effective.

The final document should contain the following information:

  • Competitive analysis
  • Objective declaration
  • MVP concept
  • User and market research
  • A clear project roadmap
  • Estimated Cost – $1,000 – $2,000 (with a timeline of 2-4 weeks)

2. Cost Of App Design Stage

Visual appeal matters especially in the digital world. Therefore focussing on the design of your mobile app is of utmost importance. The design phase of the mobile app involves product prototyping, wireframing, and UI/UX designing. A stunning mobile app design can set you apart from your competitors and increase user interaction and engagement. Mobile design costs usually hold 10-15% of the entire app development project. 

Estimated Cost: $2,000 – $5,000 (3-4 weeks)

Source: BusinessofApps, Clutch
When app development teams reach the Design stage, 32% allocate less than $5,000, while only 9% are willing to invest over $50,000 in app design. The majority (60%) falls within the range of $5,000 to $50,000.

3. Cost Of App Development Stage

This is the stage when the real magic happens. The complexity of your mobile app’s features will determine the development costs. Be it building for iOS, Android, or both (cross-platform). In general, this is the most time-consuming and expensive stage and accounts for 70%-80% of the total app development budget. Costs here can range from $3,000 to $50,000, based on your app’s complexity.

In addition to features, this stage also needs to focus on the architecture of the app, data encryption, storage, userbase third-party integration, etc.  In this stage, various teams work with each other and it adds up to the cost of the mobile app. Additionally, building your app with cross-platform mobile app development frameworks will save you a lot as opposed to creating multiple apps for multiple platforms.

Estimated Cost: $3,000 – $60,000 (2-6 months)

Source: BusinessofApps, Clutch
In the world of making mobile apps, writing code is super important. It’s like turning ideas into the actual stuff that makes the app work. Only a small 9% spend less than $5,000 on this part, while 33% spend between $5,000 and $10,000.

4. Cost of Testing & Deployment Stage 

The testing phase is crucial to ensure that your mobile app is up-to-mark to the industry standards and delivers optimal performance. Also, this phase also impacts the estimated cost of your mobile app product. Fixing bugs post-launching of the app may result in unnecessary spending on resources and consuming extra time. 

It is vital to perform comprehensive testing by an expert quality assurance team/ It ensures that your customers/users will face the least inconvenience such as app glitches, crashes, and lags in performance. The best way to ensure that your apps perform efficiently is to invest in QA and testing and release your app in the market with minimal or no issues. The cost of the testing and deployment stage depends on the complexity level and features of your mobile application.

Estimated Cost: <$5,000 (with a timeline of 2-4 weeks)

Source: Clutch, BusinessofApps
Every app development project involves testing and deployment stages. Among respondents, 32% completed these stages with a budget under $5,000. Another 31% spent between $5,000 to $10,000, while the rest allocated over $10,000 for testing and deployment.

Estimating the App Development Cost Based On Its Type

Estimating the cost of app development hinges on several factors, with the app’s type being a primary consideration. Various apps, such as educational apps, e-commerce platforms, social networking apps, or complex enterprise solutions, vary significantly in complexity and required features. 

App Development Cost- Category-wise

By categorizing the app appropriately, developers can better anticipate the resources, time, and budget needed to bring the project to its desired outcome:

App TypeDescriptionEstimated Cost
Basic AppsBasic apps like simple games, clocks, and calculators do not need heavy front-end or back-end development.$20,000-$60,000
Data-driven appsData-driven apps like calendars, weather forecasting, and maps access tons of information, evaluate it, and show it to users.$25,000-$80,000
Social network appsSocial network apps, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Pinterest, manage a huge user base. Hence, need a strong back-end.$30,000-$100,000
On-demand services appOn-demand service apps offer a variety of solutions with immediate access.$60,000-$120,000
eCommerce appseCommerce apps like Alibaba, eBay, or Amazon require multiple critical features like payment, location, user registration, etc.$80,000-$150,000
Gaming appsGaming apps are graphics-intensive apps require high processing power and complex UI development.$30,000-$200,000
Enterprise appsEnterprise apps are for the internal use of organizations, like sales and marketing, CRM, HRM, etc.$50,000-$300,000
Healthcare appsHealthcare apps offer medical and health-related services to patients and healthcare professionals.$45,000-$250,000
eLearning appseLearning apps enable online learning and other educational services like virtual classrooms, course distribution, training, etc.$60,000-$300,000
Video streaming appsThese apps allow users to watch video over the internet in real time without downloading it.$50,000-$350,000
Estimated Cost of Mobile App Development Based on the Type of the app

Hidden Costs in Mobile App Development: What You Need to Know

When you’re creating a mobile app, some sneaky costs might catch you off guard. Even though they seem small compared to the big expenses of mobile app development, they can add up and mess with your budget. Let’s take a closer look at these hidden costs in mobile app development:

  1. App Store Fees

App downloading platforms like the App Store and Google Play Store charge app registration and transaction fees. Apple charges an annual fee of $99 subscription fee in the Apple Developer Program whereas Google Play charges a one-time registration fee of $25. Moreover, both platforms charge a commission on your application’s revenue, typically around 15%-30% for each transaction. 

  1. Costs of Compliance

To ensure that your mobile application complies with industry standards and regulations, you have to incur some additional costs. Expenses for handling sensitive user data may need compliance measures to meet GDPR or HIPAA requirements. In case of failure to comply with these regulations can lead to hefty fines and legal consequences.

  1. Licensing Fees or Third Party Expenses 

Many mobile applications use third-party libraries, frameworks, or APIs to add on some features or to enhance functionalities. Some available features are free to use, while other features may charge licensing fees or apply usage limits that could add to the total cost of mobile app development.

  1. Infrastructure & Hosting

If your mobile application heavily relies on server-side components or cloud services for data processing, storage or communication, you will have to create an account for infrastructure and hosting costs. It completely depends on you, whether you want to opt for a dedicated server, a cloud hosting provider, or a managed service, these costs can add up over time. 

  1. Marketing & User Acquisition

Sometimes even the most meticulously crafted mobile applications fail to survive in the market due to ineffective marketing strategies. To market your app effectively, it is necessary to strategically invest in effective marketing and user acquisition strategies. App promotion, advertising campaigns, influencer partnerships, and App Store optimization are a few activities necessary to drive users and customers and increase your app’s visibility in this competitive marketplace. It is worth noting that these are some major extra costs, that developers and even app founders forget to look over during the initial budget estimation phase.

Estimate Development Cost Of Leading Global Mobile Apps 

In order to fully comprehend app development costs for 2024, it is imperative to examine the expenses associated with producing popular apps worldwide. By understanding the approximate development costs of these renowned platforms, essential perspectives on the capital required to materialize creative concepts in the digital realm emerge. Moreover, each app, whether it be industry giants in transportation like Uber or major players in entertainment like Netflix, boasts its own unique features and complexity, consequently inflating the development costs. Aspiring app developers and companies can enhance their understanding of budgeting and planning for their own app ventures in the dynamic 2024 landscape by reviewing these projections:

1. Uber 

This app revolutionized transportation by connecting riders with nearby drivers. Uber’s development typically costs between $30,000 to $100,000, considering the complex backend systems for matching drivers and riders, as well as user-friendly interfaces for both parties.

2. Snapchat

With its impressive features like AR filters and disappearing messages, Snapchat has carved a niche in the social media landscape. To create an app similar to Snapchat may require an investment ranging from $45,000 to $100,000 for one platform, and up to $200,000 for both iOS and Android.

3. WhatsApp

As one of the most popular messaging apps globally, WhatsApp offers instant messaging, calls, and media sharing. Consequently, developing a messaging platform similar to WhatsApp might cost between $30,000 to $70,000. This estimate takes into account the necessity for robust messaging infrastructure and user-friendly design.

4. TikTok

This video-sharing app has taken the world by storm with its short-form content and creative tools. Building a TikTok-like app can range from $60,000 to $100,000 for a single platform, while hybrid development for both iOS and Android could go up to $150,000 due to the challenges and complexities of video processing and user engagement features.

5. Coursera

Offering a wide array of online courses, Coursera has become a go-to platform for distance learning. Developing a similar educational learning app might require an investment of $60,000 to $120,000, considering the need for a robust learning management system and diverse course offerings.

6. Netflix

 As the leading media streaming platform, Netflix allows users to stream shows and movies at their convenience. Developing an app like Netflix could cost between $25,000 to $200,000, considering factors such as content delivery infrastructure and user interface design.

Industry-leading studies offer valuable insights into the costs and timelines associated with mobile app development. Furthermore, these sources provide reputable quotations that serve as outlines for estimating the resources required to bring an app from concept to reality. By leveraging this data, businesses and developers can make informed decisions and better plan their app development projects. Consequently, they can ensure they stay within budget and meet their desired timelines effectively:

  • According to Clutch, the minimum cost for developing a mobile app typically falls between $5,000 and $10,000, but the actual expenses are often higher.
  • Clutch’s research suggests that for iOS app development, the median cost ranges from $25,275 to $114,300, based on an hourly rate of $100, which translates to approximately 1,143 development hours.
  • Clutch also notes that if an app requires complex functionalities, the total cost could escalate significantly, potentially reaching up to $500,000.
  • VDC Research indicates that, on average, creating an enterprise-level app costs around $140,000.
  • Outsystems Survey findings reveal that more than 80% of mobile apps take at least 3 months to develop, with 40% requiring 6 months or more.
  • App cost calculators offer estimates based on the complexity of the project. For multi-feature apps with advanced functionalities, the cost typically falls within the range of $200,000 to $350,000. Conversely, apps with basic features may have a price tag ranging from $10,000 to $50,000, as per the app development cost calculator’s assessments.

How To Reduce The Cost Of App Development?

You can slash some extra costs by following the below tips to reduce the cost of app development:

(i) Clearly Define Product Scope:

Establishing a clear scope helps avoid unnecessary features and keeps development focused.

(ii) Outsource Development:

Consider outsourcing development to leverage cost-effective talent and resources, especially in regions with lower labor costs.

(iii) Choose the Right Development Team:

Select a development team that fits your budget while meeting your quality standards. Factors like team size and location impact costs.

(iv) Opt for Cross-Platform Development

Choose cross-platform development frameworks like React Native or Flutter to build apps that work on multiple platforms (iOS and Android) with a single codebase, saving time and money.

(v) Utilize Open Source Technologies

Incorporating open-source technologies can significantly reduce development expenses by eliminating the need for proprietary solutions.

(vi) Prioritize Key Features Initially and Scale Gradually:

Start with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) focusing on essential features. Additional functionalities can be added later based on user feedback and budget availability. After launching the MVP, feedback from users is gathered to understand their needs and preferences. Based on this feedback, new features are added, and existing ones are improved iteratively over time. This approach helps manage costs by focusing on core functionality initially, validates the app idea, mitigates risks, and maintains flexibility to adapt to changing market conditions, ultimately leading to the development of a successful and sustainable app.

(vii) Continuous Testing:

Begin testing early and continue throughout the development process to identify and rectify issues promptly, reducing rework costs later.

(viii) Focus on User Experience:

Investing in a user-friendly interface and seamless experience not only enhances user satisfaction but also reduces post-launch support costs.

(ix) Embrace Agile Methodologies:

Agile development allows for iterative development cycles, enabling faster delivery, better adaptability to change, and cost-effective project management.

How Can Codalien Technologies Help You To Optimize The Cost Of Your App Development?

Choosing the right tech company to develop your mobile application is crucial. Dealing with the various aspects of app development can feel like a lot to handle. but here at Codalien Technologies, we’re all about simplifying the app development process for you. Our team of expert app developers is ready to partner with you, regardless of your budget limitations. Specialized in creating apps that grow with your needs and keep your data secure while ensuring the best app performance. Being a tech partner to many renowned brands including BMW, ClassPlus, PVR, and many more, Codalien is at the forefront of innovation and delivering optimal solutions to many start-ups and mid-level enterprises under their pre-defined budget. This is how we do it:

Understanding Your Goals and Requirements

Your vision is the heart of our project. We delve deep into your aspirations to ensure that every feature we develop serves a purpose and aligns perfectly with your goals.

Choosing the Best-fit Technology for Your App

With a myriad of technologies available, we carefully select the ones that not only meet your current needs but also future-proof your app for scalability and innovation.

Providing a Comprehensive and Detailed Proposal

Clarity breeds confidence. Our custom-created proposals leave no stone unturned, empowering you with a clear roadmap and a solid understanding of how we’ll turn your vision into reality.

Keeping Your Budget in Consideration and Offering Cost-effective Solutions

Your budget matters, and we respect that. Our team is dedicated to increasing the value you get from every dollar spent, delivering high-quality solutions without breaking the bank.

Providing Regular Updates Regarding Progress

Peace of mind is priceless. With regular progress updates, you’ll always be in the loop to ensure your app takes shape and know that your project is in capable hands.

End-to-end Testing and Quality Assurance

Excellence is our standard. Through meticulous testing and quality assurance, we ensure that your app not only meets but exceeds expectations, delivering a seamless and delightful user experience.

Post Development Maintenance & Support

Your success is our priority, even after deployment. With our post-development support and maintenance services, we stand by your side, ensuring that your app continues to thrive long after it’s launched.

What Is The Average Cost of App Development in 2024?

The price of bringing your app to life usually ranges from $20,000 to $200,000. This cost varies based on factors like which platform you choose, the complexity of features you want, and the size of your intended audience. However, costs can climb even higher for more complex projects, reaching up to $350,000.

When it comes to choosing between native iOS and Android development or cross-platform solutions, the investment can differ. For example, simpler apps might cost around $32,000, while medium-complexity apps could run closer to $48,000. Complex apps tend to start at $72,000.

Well-known apps like Zomato or Tinder serve as examples of what it takes to build feature-rich platforms, with development costs ranging from $100,000 to $ 200,000.

Understanding the breakdown of costs across different development phases is crucial. For instance, the initial discovery phase might cost between $10,000 and $15,000. Designing your app could require a similar investment, while implementing advanced features may add an extra $5,000. Ongoing testing, maintenance, and support generally demand an additional investment ranging from $5,000 to $10,000.

Need Help For Building Your Mobile App?

Interested in creating your own mobile app but unsure about the costs? At Codalien Technologies, we’re here to help you understand and navigate through the app development process. Our team specializes in building mobile apps tailored to your needs and budget. Whether you’re a small startup with a big idea or an established business looking to expand digitally, we’re dedicated to helping you succeed.

We believe in transparent pricing and clear communication. Our experts will work closely with you to create a development plan that fits your goals and budget. From the initial idea to the final product, we’ll guide you every step of the way. Don’t let uncertainty stop you from bringing your app to life. Contact Codalien Technologies today, and let’s get started on turning your idea into reality!

Signing Off

We’ve provided you with a glimpse into the various factors influencing app development costs, thereby empowering you to make informed decisions and steer clear of misleading cost estimators. Now, armed with a better understanding of what goes into creating a quality app, you’re ready to define a budget for your next big mobile app product. The ball’s in your court now!

If you’re eager to kickstart your project and need expert guidance, our team is here to lend a hand. We’re committed to delivering top-notch solutions at competitive prices, ensuring your project’s success. With over two decades of experience in app development, we’ve honed our skills to perfection, ready to take your app from concept to reality.

Explore our trusted mobile app development services and partner with our dedicated professionals. Together, we’ll craft an app that meets your needs without breaking the bank!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about the cost of mobile app development: 

Q1. How much does it cost to make an app?

While providing an exact estimate for custom mobile app costs can be challenging, here’s a breakdown of approximate costs:

  • Simple apps cost around $5,000 to $50,000
  • Medium complexity app development costs approximately $50,000 to $100,000
  • Complex app development can cost around $100,000 and above, potentially reaching $300,000 or more.

Q2. How much does it cost to maintain an app?

The annual maintenance cost for an app is determined by evaluating it at 20% of the total expense incurred during its development. However, In the initial year post-launch, expect app maintenance costs to equal roughly between 30%- 50% of the initial development expenses. 

Q3. How long does it take to build an app?

The time to build an app varies based on complexity and features. Simple apps can take 3 to 6 months, while more complex ones may require 9 to 12 months or longer. We at Codalien Technologies offer you efficient development processes to deliver your app on time.

Q4.What are the factors that affect the overall app development costs?

Several factors influence app development costs, including features, platform (iOS, Android, or cross-platform), design complexity, and backend infrastructure. Other factors include app security requirements, integration with third-party services, and post-launch support needs. Codalien Technologies considers all these factors to provide accurate cost estimates for your project.

Q5. Is there a way to estimate the cost of app development accurately before starting the project?

Estimating app development costs accurately upfront is challenging. However, conducting thorough research, defining project requirements, and consulting experienced developers can help refine cost estimates before starting the project.

Q6. Are there any pricing models commonly used by app development companies?

Yes, App development companies commonly use various pricing models including:

  • Fixed Price: Pay a set amount for the entire project based on the agreed-upon scope.
  • Time and Material: Pay for actual time and resources used, offering flexibility for changing requirements.
  • Dedicated Team: Hire a dedicated team for a fixed period to work exclusively on your project.
  • Milestone-Based: Make payments at predefined project milestones, ensuring progress tracking and risk mitigation.

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