How Much Do You Have to Pay to Get a Custom Mobile App Made?

Mobile App Development

Mobile applications will pull in an estimated $160 billion in revenues in the year 2020, an amount that is over two times what they make at the moment. Clearly, building a mobile app is very profitable now and will continue to remain so in the future. However, developing software is a time consuming, resource intensive task. If you’re planning on making an application yourself, you could end up investing a significant amount of money into the project.

Cost difference between developing for Android and iOS

  • Android apps require two to three times the amount of development as compared to iOS apps because they are more complicated to code and have to be tested on more devices.
  • Android users are not as free with their money as iOS users, so developers prefer to release their products first on Apple’s stores.

Don’t dismiss Android altogether, though. While it is more expensive to build for Android, it is fast catching up with iOS in revenue generation.

Paying your mobile app development team

The most important factors that will decide the cost of the project is its complexity — simple apps with minimal features are cheap and don’t require much time to build (10 weeks), while complex apps take longer and are expensive (30 weeks approx). You will need to pay the salaries of:

  • A project manager
  • UI/UX designers
  • Coders
  • Testers or QA engineers

Paying for app types

Different application types will have varying costs. Here are some expert estimates for the most popular types:

  • Android standard: $25,000 to $50,000
  • Android complex: $55,000 to $150,000
  • iOS standard: $10,000 to $30,000
  • iOS complex: $40,000+
  • Table-based: $1000 to $4000
  • Games: $10,000 to $250,000
  • Databases: $10,000 to $50,000

Paying for features

You will have to pay for custom features. Here are some estimates:

  • In-app purchasing: $1000–3000
  • Game centre: $1000
  • Social media/email: $500–1000
  • Third-party tools: $50–200 (like Analytics tools)

You can make huge savings by outsourcing the development to a mobile app development company, so you don’t have to pay for in-house infrastructure costs.