Mobile App Development: How Much Does It Actually Cost?

2022-01-28 by Juliette Anderson

When it comes to large-scale investments like mobile app development, money is sometimes a deciding factor in whether or not a project can move further. However, technology plays a critical role in redefining business services, as it does in many emerging firms.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pricing when it comes to mobile app development.  Application development services call for a personalized strategy; what you want your app to do, and deliver is entirely up to you.

When firms are looking for app development providers, they must be clear on the business needs, services they wish to provide through their app and set a budget to receive accurate vendor bids. The cost of developing a mobile app is determined by several important elements. The vast range of app development prices is attributable to a number of factors, including the complexity of the product, app functionality, device compatibility, development platform, security, hosting, testing, and maintenance.

Along with the above factors, other cost-drivers that play a pivotal role in deciding the cost is human resource and the vendor’s location. The operational model of the business also dictates the ad-hoc costs involved. We'll examine all elements in greater detail to determine how much an app will cost to develop.


Depending on the operating system your software will operate on Windows, Android, and iOS, will significantly impact the cost while developing. Today, businesses cannot afford to create the app only in one operating system. They will want to cater to iOS and Android users, as iOS and android accounts for 97% of the global mobile market.

What kind of mobile app do you want to create? Who will be the intended audience? These are just two of the critical issues whose responses will influence your app platform selection.

Apart from this, one other factor to be considered while selecting the platform to develop an app is; do you want to build it as a native or hybrid app. Most businesses today build it on both these options. However, the deciding factor is based on the business needs, outstanding performance & a full range of functionalities vs versatility & lower cost.


Size of the App

Small apps are developed for a single platform and have only the most basic functionality and user interface elements. Backend development or API connectivity is not required for these apps. Take, for example, a weather app that comes pre-installed on the vast majority of devices.

Medium apps are made for a single platform but have unique user interfaces and payment methods. Apps that are designed for more than one platform are also included in this category. The Apple TV app from Sotheby's is the best example of a medium-sized mobile app.

Apps that are large or intricate have considerably more features than the other two (multilingual support, third-party integrations, custom animations, Geolocation, and so on). These programs require significant back-end development in order to store and maintain large databases. Uber and Postmates are examples of large apps.


Advanced functions must be included, according to the service specifications, to ensure that the user has a seamless experience. A user-centric interface and high-quality design must be included sequentially.

In the app development process, a few different functional models, such as list-based applications and real-time service-based app models are used. The most basic and cost-effective option is a simple list-based application that does not require a server-based service. On the other hand, dynamic applications necessitate a significant investment of time and money.


For an amazing app experience, a more user-centric design becomes increasingly important as the complexity of the programme grows. Apps that need to control content flow, payment gateways, user data backup, and so on, for example, require an inherent network operation. In addition, programmes that employ integrated third-party services must make tasks easier for the user. As a result, it takes longer to integrate them without errors.

The user interface (UI) and user experience (UX)  are critical to the success of your app. It is difficult to build simple yet unique UI/UX software, and it will incur additional costs. If you want to make an impression on your users, you should include UI/UX components like push notifications, icons, visual pictures, and customisation to your programme. A decent design will encourage consumers to use your app more and will keep them from abandoning it in the long run.


A mobile application is used to perform various functions that may include collecting and storing admin or personal and public data. Any breaches in the security of this data can result in permanent damage to the reputation of your business. This is the reason  why security procedures may take up a larger part of your mobile app development cost. Depending on the scale of your application and the kind of user engagement requirement, your Mobile app development partner can come up with a list of essential security best practices.

App security best practices include performing data sanity checks and developing adaptable threat models. Finally, you may choose the correct set of security best practices for your app based on its kind and planned user interaction, lowering development costs.


The cost of mobile app development Services can vary depending on whether you deal with a well-known mobile app development company or an independent developer.  Each task involved in the development process is handled by a different department, resulting in enormous costs. A mobile app development startup or independent developer, on the other hand, may have only one team executing all duties, resulting in lower rates.

Aside from that, the development costs are influenced by the location of the organization or team working on your project. A rudimentary development team consists of a project manager, programmer,  UI/UX designer, 2-4 application developers, and a QA engineer who makes up an extended team. As a result, if the project is huge or the mobile application is complex, a larger workforce may be required, which will increase the overall development cost.

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Juliette Anderson

Juliette Anderson

Juliette Anderson is an Outreach Community Specialist for an e-commerce fulfillment company that specializes in partnering with online sellers who have an average parcel weight of 5+ pounds or greater. She works hand-in-hand with e-commerce stores to achieve optimal sales for four years already. Her specialty lies in social media marketing and paid promotions.

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