How Long Does it Take to Develop a Mobile App?

Mobile application development takes a lot of time If this is what your mobile app development company says, then you should definitely read this to understand in detail that how much time a mobile app development takes.

Well, before we move towards understanding how much time this mobile app development will take, let’s make this thing very clear-

No mobile app is similar and no mobile app takes a similar amount of time.

There are various reasons for this:

● The language required to develop the mobile app differs

● The platform of the mobile app differs

● The functionalities, features, UI, API configurations, etc. differs

● The database connections differ

● And, the most importantly, the users differ

So, there is a survey from Kinvey that gives an answer to this that it takes 18 weeks to release the 1st version of the mobile app.

Beware- they are talking about the version 1.0 to be released within 18 weeks and not the complete mobile app.

So, now, let’s begin to understand:

How Long Does it Take to Develop a Mobile App?

Phase 1 — Research & Analysis

If you are developing a mobile app or allowing a vendor to do that for you, you will need to begin with sharing your views or expectations.


● Why do you want to build this mobile app?

● Who is your target audience to use this app?

● Which platform do you want to develop your app on — Android or iOS?

● What are your plans after developing this app?

● What is your budget?

● Who all are your competitors?

If you are outsourcing your mobile app development, all these things you need to work on before contacting a mobile app development company.

There are chances that you don’t have answers to all the questions above. Don’t worry about that. Just gather as much information as you can and then allow your vendor to work on them.

But, if you are the one who is going to develop this app, you need to strongly research on these basic questions before moving ahead with the next steps.

Approximate time required — Around 1~2 weeks

Once, you are done with your research, it is equally important to research your competitors.

How do you analyze your competitors’ app?


Research on following sequence:

● Which platform the app is developed on — Android, iOS or both?

● What does all functionalities the app have?

● How is the UI/UX of the app?

● How many ratings do they have?

● What are people talking about the app on Google Play Store or App Store?

● Does their app need improvements?

Now, consider following the below steps:

● Download the competitors’ app

● Actually, use it and find out their flaws and strengths

● Check out each detail of UI, UX, taking information from the users, pop-ups, ads, etc.

Well, detailed SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis helps you to properly understand how strong you need to develop your app compared to your competitors.

Approximate time required — 1 week

Industry research adds weight to your requirements analysis and competitive analysis.


What do you need to research about the industry?

● How much is the demand for the app you are going to develop?

● Whether the industry needs some improvisation in this kind of app?

● What are the regions where people use this kind of app more often?

● What are the demographics of such kind of app users?

All these help you decide whether you are going to add value to the industry or just drown in this pool of similar kind of apps.

Approximate time required: 1 week

Phase 2 — Front-end & Back-end Design & Development

Before you begin with front-end and back-end, you need to decide the name of your mobile application.


App name gives visibility of your app in the market.

To decide the app name, you can go with the fresh designs or you can use the logo of your business to make it look your own brand.

But, it is recommended to avoid using it because you never know when will you have your next app to be developed.

So, work on some fresh designs and come up with something that people can easily remember your app and relate to your app usage and functionalities.

Tip: Here, competitor analysis prove fruitful because you know what they have done and now, what you can do. Also, keep marketing processes in mind while choosing the name.

Approximate time required: 0.5 to 1 week

Wireframes are the sketches of your mobile app. It defines the following things:

● How your mobile app will look like?

● On each event (click, scroll, swipe), what will happen and which screen will be displayed?

● How will the app items look like?

● What all functionalities you will try to develop?

Everything comes under this wire-framing, but that is just a representation of what your app will look and function like.

Approximate time required: 1 to 2 weeks

Now, the most important step comes into the picture- designing the mobile app.

Designing the app not only means adding colors to your wireframes. But, it equally means ensuring your app users find your app super-easy to use.


While designing the app what all things you should consider?

● Ensure the app buttons are at equal distance

● Font size is not too large and not too small

● Colors need not disturb the users’ eyes

● Ensure your app has common UI icons that have been used for most apps

● Don’t make the mistakes that your competitors have made while designing (you did research earlier)

But, you need to work a lot more than what needs to be considered.

Your graphic design team needs to focus on:

● Caching

● Synchronization

● UI Design

● UI Development

● UI Polish

But, the mobile app UI needs to be approved by the client as well. So, the communication hours also need to be considered.

Approximate time required: 2 weeks

Developing the mobile app is the most crucial step because this is where the entire crux of the mobile app relies on.

Your mobile app development team works on developing features and functionalities, creating 3rd party integrations, API configurations, server-side integrations, database configurations, etc.

The development team coordinates with the design team regularly in order to ensure that any functionality that they develop does not break the design of the app.

Approximate time required: 4 to 8 weeks

Phase 3: Testing and Refinement

This step of testing the mobile app goes hand-in-hand with the mobile app development.


Any functionality that they develop should work perfectly fine with the existing functionalities. So, the app testing takes place simultaneously.

Here, the following types of testing take place:

● UI testing — tests whether the UI works perfectly fine with the functionalities of the app

● Platform/Device testing — the mobile app works on all devices. If the app is on Android, it should work consistently on all the Android devices and the same for the iOS

● API testing — tests whether the API configurations work appropriately with the app or not

All types of testing take place in order to ensure the mobile app is free of bugs and exceptions.

Approximate time required: 1 to 2 weeks

The quality assurance team is assigned to ensure the quality of the app is not compromised in terms of UI or UX.

This team works in coordination with the testing team and takes the testing results and work on them. The testing team works on removing the bugs and exceptions and QA team works on improving the end user experience.

Approximate time required: 1 to 2 weeks

Phase 4 — Pre-launch Preparations

Now, once the entire mobile app is developed, your next target is to launch it. But, before that, you need to make the complete marketing strategy. To initiate with the marketing, you need to create a website that will be the target source for all your promotional activities.

This website will have each and every information about your mobile application and its direct links to download from the Google Play Store and the App Store.

And, blogging, news, and even content marketing will take place with the help of this promotional website. Also, read here on how to promote your mobile app on social media platforms.

So, creating a promotional website (including UI design, development and testing) is also considered in this app development phase.

Approximate time required: 1 to 2 weeks


So finally, the times estimated for mobile app development would be 3~4 months

The above duration might affect if,

● There is a delay in getting approval from the client

● There are resource fluctuations

● There are technical complexities

● There are more requirements from the clients

And, if you have any confusion regarding your app research, design, develop and testing, we are always a click away.

TriState Technology is a top mobile application development company in India, offering iPhone and Android App Development services at affordable cost.