How much will my app cost?

What is the best way to figure out how much it will cost to build an app?
Grant Glas

As co-founder and CEO of App Press, Grant created his first app in App Press, and has since built 300 more with over 1M+ downloads.

What is the best way to figure out how much it will cost to build an app? Simple: go car shopping. If you have been car shopping, then you are familiar with what it’s like making purchasing decisions for a mobile app. As all of us know a car’s cost can vary from $500 to over $100,000.

When you are shopping for a car, you have countless decisions that impact price. For example: 

  1. Who is the car made by?
  2. Is it for work, or play?
  3. Leather or cloth interior?
  4. The big shiny wheels or hubcaps?
  5. Hybrid or V8?
  6. Two seats, or eight?
  7. What's the MPG?
  8. Is the car for your, or your 16 year old?

The answers to these questions directly impact price. Perhaps you are in the market for a work car that needs to haul heavy equipment, or you need a fast convertible for weekend cruises to the lake. Each shopper’s needs vary (plus, don’t forget ongoing maintenance).

An app's cost is exactly the same, in many facets. An app can cost the same as a car. An app can vary drastically in price from $500 to well over $100,000. An app’s cost changes based on what you need the app to do and it’s feature set. 

So when figuring out the cost of your app idea, what questions do you need to answer?

‍$250k Version 1.0 of Instagram

Answering these questions will go a long way to getting a cost estimate on your app:

  1. Is it iOS, Android, or both?
  2. Do users login? If yes, will users login via email, or social?
  3. Do users create a profile?
  4. Do users review and rate things?
  5. Does data need to be sent or consumed from an external website or database?
  6. How pretty does the app need to be? Basic or beautiful?
  7. Do you need a sharp icon?

By answering these questions, our team can quickly and effectively send you a cost estimate. Using App Press you can build an app at a significantly lower cost, because we already have a mobile authoring infrastructure in place for Android and iOS. This means a much shorter development time for you without sacrificing design or features. 

We've recently published an app pricing calculator to give you an idea of how much it will cost for the App Press team to build your app. Our app should give you a good cost estimate for your app project. 

Once your app is live in app stores, here's a guide to estimate how much your app will cost to maintain.

Contact us today to start your app idea discussion with our team of experts.

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