How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App?

How Much Does It Cost to Develop an App?

How much does it cost to make an App? Good question?If
you ask this of an App developer, they will answer with the less than helpful response
– “that depends”. Some websites offer to ‘guestimate’ the cost
of developing your App, but they are usually marketing tools, used to ‘hook you’.
The price of an App varies enormously – anything from $2k – $250k. As with any product, an App needs resources.
But unlike material things, that resource is time and experience based. ‘Time is money’
as the old saying goes and this is certainly true with App development. A basic App starts at $15K, increasing to
$20k – $50k for one of average size. For a more complex App, you are looking at north
of $50k. Having established that the main cost of an
App is based upon the time it takes to develop it, we need to consider the volume and complexity
of an App. Features and functionality, such as screens,
buttons, fields, plus amount of logic required will dictate development time.
Complex solutions may require bespoke coding and/or third party API’s.
Standard features on the other hand, can be cut and pasted in, or adapted from common
templates. Let’s look at some examples:
Features connected with user and social involvement can add 30+ hours.
In-App purchases and payment support generates another 40+ hours of work.
Synchronisation across devices – 60+ hours Location-based services – another 30+ hours.
If you what a customised visual design, that could set you back 170+ hours. The wireframing
of screens, plus UI and UX design all adds time, (and therefore cost). The cheapest option is to use OS-supplied
items and standard screen elements. An average App consisting of 7 screens requires
approximately 56 hours for wireframing, 88 hours of visual design and a further 28 hours
for the user experience design. Backend infrastructure and App admin will
add upwards of 170 hours to your time bill. Operating systems provide developers with
API’s to provide data exchange between the App and a database. Tracking user activity
and App performance requires analytics. The number of parameters and amount of detail
will determine the volume of work required. Third party API’s demand on average an extra
50 hours, whilst basic controls need around 20 hours.
An administration panel is one of the most effective tools for managing App content,
users and stats. Adapting an existing panel template is possible – but finding a good
one can be problematic. Creating one that matches your business needs may add an additional
100 hours. Adding platforms adds cost – its that simple.
It means twice the work, usually undertaken by seperate teams working in parallel. This
adds complexity and incurs further project management costs. A cross-platform, or hybrid
App development programme may be your best option – at least it is held within one
team Finally, you will need to consider post-release
services such as; App promotion
On-going maintenance Upgrades and future proofing
The ‘Cost’ of that time may vary with the geographic location of the company. Using
a US or Canadian company can cost up to $250/hour – whilst at the other end of the scale,
Indonesia seems to be happy with $20/hour. A good example of
a ‘median’ price band is Eastern Europe, at about $50/hour. For this you get a highly
educated and motivated workforce, with all of the skills and experience you would expect
from a US or UK-based company – but without the overheads.
Other factors include, reputation, experience, on-time-delivery and the ability to provide
an holistic service that is right for you the customer.
To sum up – does the saying ‘You get what you pay for’ apply to App development? Yes,
of course it does! But finding a realistic price band for your App is also of critical
importance. Remember that , from which you want a return.
In order to get the best ROI from your App, it should be well thought-out, well designed
and professionally maintained – but at a price you can afford.
That’s all for today! If you want to read the full article then visit the Blog page
of the Cleveroad website. You can find the direct link below. Stay with us and you will
find out all you need about apps. See you again soon on ‘All About Apps’.
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  1. Steve Hoop says:

    hey just a quick question how much would it cost to create a simple app (game) where all you do is tap the screen to stay off the ground while going through holes. Please reply to this if you can and reply with a rough number (doesn't have to be exact)

  2. Paul Velasquez says:

    hi, i am thinking on having a website along with a app build for me, would it be cheaper to look for a freelancers to do the work instead of a company website builder? i thank you! for your time and appreciate the information

  3. Cleveroad — Web and Mobile App Development says:

    If you would like to find out more details concerning the app pricing you can read our article:

  4. Jorge Jr says:

    Very good article. I also came across another interesting article written by an app development agency around this topic. It gives a good idea of how much it would cost to build an app through a service provider:

  5. HAWKDEV says:

    if I would say, this video changed my way of operation, that wont be wrong….Thanks

  6. Luis Diaz says:

    So the price for developing an app…. "It depends".

  7. catalina grigorasi says:

    Are you working with app developers?

    Here are the questions you should be asking any agency
    before you spend money on them:

  8. suresh Kumar says:

    dafuck you are saying…….
    how can it cost for programming and koding………

  9. joey vega says:

    would you make my great idea happen ?

  10. Alireza Time says:

    He says bulshit I one creat his own app how can it cost that much money?

  11. M Games says:

    Bro, what are you basing this sht off of…

    – Firstly, To be straight forward, it costs $25 if you're planning to develop & publish an Android app on the Play Store and it costs $100 to publish an iOS app on the App Store.
    Use Android Studio & practice Javascript to create Android apps and use Xcode & practice Objective-C or Swift to create iOS Apps. Your estimates come from people who are older and are working in teams. It takes me 5 minutes to incorporate an in-app purchase feature using a framework that's built in the editor not 40+ hours.

    "A customized visual design = 170+ hours"
    -WHAT THE F*** Use Photoshop or Sketch to create the design and implement it into your app. That takes me at most 3~4 hours for the whole process.

    "Third Party API's demand an extra 50+ hours"
    – YA'LL SOME SLOW DEVELOPERS! At most, I'd give it 5~6 hours and that's on something like Firebase or a heavy implementation API.

    "Basic Controls need about 20 hours."
    Man what slow ass editor are you using that requires you 20 hours to implement some basic controls.

    "Administration Panel is 100+ hours"
    FIREBASE FIREBASE FIREBASE. It don't take 100+ hours. And even if you were to set up your custom servers, that'd be around 10 hours.

    "Does the saying you get what you pay for apply to app development.."
    HELL NO. You could be 10 and create a killer app… It's always all about the product.

    – Everything else, I'll agree with you lol

  12. Velmu says:


  13. Jacob says:

    This guy has a face for radio

  14. Abstract Focus says:


  15. alb12345672 says:

    On sites like upwork or freelancer people get apps like UBER done for $800, even less. I've done a few and that is a fair price.

  16. Wesam BL says:

    in ur dreams

  17. Himanshu Tyagi says:

    Use this app development cost calculator to find the price of any app:

  18. Mike Smith says:

    bull shit

  19. Travis # says:

    So I see you use a good looking girl on a thumbnail to trick people into watching your video and never use her in the video. Lame

  20. kids channel baby says:

    Anybody know who do app for cheaper let me know i want to builds 1 please let me know

  21. William James Rapp says:

    You have Gorgramming & coding and you have Wireframing and mock up and design —

    If you add up all of the hours you are talking about you are talking thousands of hours — BULL SHIT It does not take 1000+ hours to build an app.

  22. Hotecce1 says:

    I don't see this company lasting long if they are charging $250k+ for app development. especially  if they take years to build it.

  23. Josiah Lauby says:

    I found a cool app that makes your phone yell when its moved, you can make it also ring when its moved so its less weird. But its kinda funny, and actually kinda helpful at keeping people from moving your phone without you knowing. Its called yelling phone. link below if you want it, or you can just search for it in the play store.

  24. Pawel S says:

    I think this guy need chemio…:/

  25. Aryan Hegde says:

    What the fcuk r talking about

  26. Megamigit23 says:


  27. Sourav Basak says:

    We use apps in our everyday life. We listen to music, take photos, talk to our friends, play games, check our mail. One by one or all at the same time. There is no sign of losing interest in mobile apps. Moreover, the mobile applications market seems to be growing. More and more people are interested in making their apps for business or entertainment purpose.

    Anyways, read the below. This might help.

    Sourav Basak
    Namaste UI

  28. Ava Smith says:

    Thanks for the brief explanation! I have recently used a tool for app estimation, which I found it quite useful. You can check your app estimate here if u need it for your next project.

  29. Lounge App says:

    Avarge for social media app??

  30. Modernized Mobile says:

    Contact the pros at [email protected] . We will bring your idea to life! Over 30+ developers, all languages and platforms.

  31. Do Good says:

    Misleading, the thumbnail had a girl….. Argggg

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  33. Unique tips & tricks says:

    Email me for making a simple app just for $100 [email protected]
    I am an app developer.

  34. Bugs are Cool says:

    So the app that i want to create is a simple app that

    1) the user upload a photo
    2) the user has the option of writing a short description
    3) the app automatically records the location (gps) and the date of the upload
    4) the app stores the information in a database
    5) the app greets the user with a warm thank you at the end of all of that

    Are there templates for the stuff i want to have in the app?

    Can someone give me a rough estimate of how much will it cost?

    Thanks a lot for you help!

  35. Curtis Jennings says:

    Best video ever

  36. Gary Lawrence says:

    "Hello world" = $2,000. Pay me.?

  37. Patrick L says:

    I KNOW BUILDING YOUR OWN APP IS DIFFICULT! I started learning about a year ago but feel I hit a wall just a few months in, I've tried online boot camps I've tried free websites I've even found someone to tutor me online! The problem with all of these was they were too generalized, I could get one branch of the information but to get it all I had to someone mash it all together. I wasted sooo much energy time and worst of all money trying to learn! FINALLY someone I was in contact with introduced me to this:

    I've been using it for about two weeks and so far it has helped a ton! Stop looking and start LEARNING

  38. Dhaval Patel says:

    Sir would you please give some examples of complex apps and simple apps according to you.

  39. ScumBag says:

    This dude looks like he’s the ghoul from nuke town

  40. Bike Vids says:

    Depends on whether you use the Indian Mafia or not.

  41. duke em says:

    Prices a bs.

  42. William James Rapp says:

    SOOOOOOOO — you are saying this will take about 2000+ hours to building a working Business APP therefore costing about a Half a Million or more ???????

  43. Pablo Leone says:

    People don't build apps, they build evolving ideas, so you, the clients must want to spend millions in development!
    Thinking on development as a cost when it's the core.of the business you want to run, it's pointless and ridiculous!

    If your idea, start up goes well you know you will need a dev team while the app is giving you return.

    Quick and cheap labor is always and everywhere a bad a idea for a long term product! You will never want to create an app for the next 6 months, that's a terrible idea!

    So, make sure good devs are extensive, you'll need them and you'll become one by sure if your wages come from it. Finally, a start up is a quick company created with the idea of lasting, make you a favor a create a good foundation

  44. Lothar Scholz says:

    I have an idea. Go to India where they charge you US$ 2 per hour, pay 2K and sell it for a billion dollar. I'm the native born CEO.

  45. Nessy Bomber says:

    Or do it yourself for basically free

  46. madison maria says:

    basically, there is no fix cost for developing an android is all about your requirement and functionlities thatb you are required. but it is to be sure that India is the great market in IT sector with there work environment and development cost.
    There are many online tools or calculator for evaluating the value of app development cost, but they will provide out of guess price.


  47. sweetbabyboo5 says:

    Hello, great video. Do I need to buy a website so I can maintain a database for the information being collected from the app?

  48. Stephen Small says:

    Hello i'am an app developer if anyone needs apps built hit me my price's are fair and i do good work thank's.

  49. Charith BB says:

  50. Ike Tailleur says:

    Thanks for the info

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  54. Shuntao Chen says:

    I am the 4445th subscriber… I saw 4444, where is the beauty on the video cover, grandpa?…

  55. Just Wxinz says:

    A app coast nothing if you do it yourself!

  56. Arthur92 says:

    easy enough

  57. DigitalAptech Promotions says:

    Startups and entrepreneurs can get help for developing apps.

  58. Cirque Athlete says:

    Soo… forget about it. This guys looks creepy and obviously doing a very good job trying to send the message " Come to people like us" because you wouldn't be capable of doing it yourself, Make us rich!

  59. Melis Gül says:

    Good brief! But what about financial side more deeply?
    Mobile app developers should prepare a financial feasibility study to be able to foresee their business results.
    This ready to use template may be guidance for mobile app developers:

  60. Prometteur Solutions says:

    Thank you for sharing these video. Great help!! If you are interested in any kinds of help regarding mobile app development. so visit our website:

  61. Texpress Network says:

    How many apps do you guys do in one year. One app?

  62. Katie Zalucki says:

    I'm not a hater, but those development time are exaggerated. We do them in a fraction of yours

  63. 我是龙Jay says:

    This is really broken down. Video should be called "App development for dummies"

  64. BL00M Rx says:

    I really hate money. Whoever created money I'm glad your dead cause how much a dev cost is retarded.

  65. Florian Marcu says:

    Thanks for the informative video! I'd recommend checking out this tl;dr which is slightly more updated too (

  66. rOOt Voice All says:

    I am new here add me also to your friends list ?

  67. neverlostforwords says:

    Can one of you please develop an application that locates the nearest location forecast to be sunny for that day? I would buy it. Thank you in advance.

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    If you have good idea and few money.
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  69. Ehsan A says:

    this fucker creeps me out

  70. Gabe Rodriguez says:

    Why does he repeat lines of the script?

  71. Cometa Soulstar says:

    You know damn well your not building all that from scratch repeatedly. Once a particular function’s been completed it can be customized and adapted to suite future projects. If your not, your company is completely inefficient and wasting the time of your employees and clients. Stop with the bs.

  72. Peace.Love.Wisdom says:

    Looking at the comments made me realize men are weird…

  73. ikelenafly says:

    The fact that u used a hot chick to click bait us makes me question ur whole motive. Nice vid tho

  74. HACEE99 says:

    WELL Said!!! That's for the infor..:)

  75. chris says:

    It cost so much but apps still glitch,crash,lag,and over all fucking suckkk l all all those hours wasted for nothing

  76. Tin Nguyen says:

    Thank you so much for this useful data! Greatly appreciate the well thought you gave and the well explanation video.

  77. Dudik hidayah says:

    so where is the girl?

  78. Maciek Baszczynski says:

    Had a great idea for this app but after watching this I can confirm the idea is not happening…. So expensive

  79. Chiranjit Paraminick says:

    How to contact you?

  80. fallenSlave says:

    Let your hair grow.

  81. Damnit Bobby says:

    Awesome, go ahead and build me a $250K app that will make more money than Pokemon Go ($3 billion profit). Moron.

  82. mochabeautyio says:

    awesome info!! thanks for sharing…

  83. sun is hot Ra says:

    In other words, unless you have the bread (money) to have an app built, forget about it you'd be better off designing your website then later on ones you've raised the capital to design and run an app, you go for it.

  84. Ayat Aljobori says:

    I wanted to create an app but not anymore

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