Mobile devices and users have become almost inseparable, whether a curse or a boon. Users use their smartphones for nearly all activities because of their portability. This makes it a golden era for mobile apps as well. 

A mobile app is proving to be an excellent tool for businesses. They help interact with the users, boost sales, and retain customers. Some of the features of a mobile app, like offline availability or push notifications, are highly favorable. 

If you also want to reap the benefits of having a mobile app for your product, then you might be wondering how much it would cost, too, right? The cost of mobile app development also depends on the type of app. Today we will see what it could cost to create different apps. 

However, before that, let’s first see what affects the cost of an app:

  • Offline or online app
  • Number of features required in the app
  • Whether the app is for a single platform or multiple platforms
  • Development approach
  • The backend infrastructure and complexity of backend processes
  • Special effects like UI, animation
  • Hiring a mobile app development company based on the location

Now, let’s dive into the cost of app development. There are two ways to look at it:

Based on the complexity

Based on the type of the app

Cost of an app based on complexity:

If you have looked around, the cost for app development in India ranges from $50,000 to $300,000+. Now we have to keep in mind that this is the cost of a good quality mobile app. Here is how complexity affects the price.

Simple app

 A simple app refers to a basic interface and an app with only essential features. The cost ranges from $40,000 to $70,000

Medium complexity

A medium complexity app is almost like a balance of functionality, design, features, and budget. An app of medium complexity can range from $70,000 to $1,30,000

High complexity

A highly complex or custom app can cost anything above $1,30,000. Here, it depends on how many features you want and whether you want some complex special effects, etc. 

Now, let’s see how the type of app affects the cost. 

Cost of an app based on type:

Basic app

An essential app can be anything from a calculator to an SMS app. There are hardly 4-5 screens and usually do not require internet. These apps cost around $15000. However, these apps are not that popular as most apps require the internet. 

Social networking app

A backend infrastructure is required to create apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. These mobile apps involve social interactions, chats, and information sharing like pictures, videos, etc. Hence, such apps can start from $60,000. 

Data-driven app

Calendar is an example of a data-driven app. Even apps that show the weather are considered data-driven apps. They require more work than basic apps. Therefore, they cost around $20,000

E-commerce app

E-commerce apps require the most work out of all the mentioned types. Apps like Amazon, Flipkart, and Myntra, need a thoroughly planned backend and admin panel for features like payments, order tracking, catalogs, etc. A good e-commerce app can start from $70,000. 

Mobile app development can quickly go over the budget. However, you can reign it in by initially limiting the features, developing an MVP, etc. What has been your experience with budgeting for a mobile app? 

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