This Is How Much My App Makes After 6 Months
And a few lessons I learned on the way.
So I’ve dabbled with making apps for a long time, everyone's gotta have a side hustle these days right? I’ve published 2 previously only to have them fail and me take them down out of embarrassment. They weren’t pretty.
At the end of last year though I was lucky enough to have one that kind of caught on.
To be honest, it’s a very very simple app. It wasn’t hard to make, it maybe took about a month of working on it sparingly. I made it for myself primarily, not to make money.
To my surprise however when I released it on the play store for Android, within just a month or two, I had nearly 60 or 70 daily active users. I was buzzing. I couldn’t believe it was actually being used! Not only that but it was making me roughly about 10 cent a day.
Now that’s not a whole lot by any means, but hey, it was made now. There wouldn’t be any maintenance it would just sit there in the background and do it’s thing.
I decided to release it to iOS, since I’d developed it with Flutter it wasn’t a problem it was ready to go. So I did and it took off much faster than Android version.
So here I am about 6 months later and I’m making about €60 euro per month, and my app gets used about 1600 times per day. Every day I’m getting new users. Just last week I hit over 500 daily active users.
So my earnings continue to grow and I haven’t done any maintenance on my app since it’s first release.
A few things I’ve learned:
- iOS apps pay far more. Like, over double Android, which really surprised me (and disappointed me a little since I’m an Android guy).
- iOS seen much quicker adoption and growth than Android. I thought since the App store was more difficult to get an app onto that the apps I was competing with would be better quality. Therefore, I assumed there would be less traction on my app, but the opposite was true.
- While I get more users on iOS, Android users are more likely to stay.
Sometimes really simple apps that will make your own life a little easier will make other peoples lives easier too, perhaps they’re the ones that have the most potential.