Breaking Down the Cost of a Mobile Application

In this article, you will get to know about the entire process of cost breakdown for developing a mobile application along with its process of application development

To have a revolutionary app idea in your mind is not something that’s rare nowadays, but the actual thing that is required to bring a revolution through that app idea is execution.

Suppose, you are well aware of the idea of the app and its functioning then what? The next step is to hire a top-notch mobile application development company to turn your app idea into your very own app reality.

And for that purpose, you need to first find the answer to the question of mobile app development cost for your application development project. In this article, you will get to know about the cost break down for developing a mobile app.

The process of Mobile App Development

These are all the main steps that are conducted during the process of mobile app development:

  • Wireframes: The process of wireframing of a mobile application is a crucial step that portrays how the app will look in its final stages. The wireframes designs are also referred to as the skeletons for the mobile apps as they provide a solid foundation for the app functions and designs.

  • App Screen Designing: Again the app screens are designed on the basis of wireframes because they are time-efficient to use. For example, it will be a time-consuming situation as well as an expensive situation if you would have to redo the screens or rebuild the app’s functionality. That’s the reason why wireframes are created and used before the start of the app designing & development process of the application.

  • App programming: The portion of app programming falls under the section of the core technical app development section which can also be referred to as the front-end application development. Here, the app developers will be focusing on adding functions and elements on the app screens through their programming.

  • Setting Up Database Framework: After the programming part of the app is completed, the next step is to set up the database framework i.e. setting the server-side framework for mobile applications. This can be referred to as a back-end operation of creating a cloud storage or database for collecting the app’s data.

  • App Programming (Server-side): As discussed above, there are two types of app development i.e. front-end and back-end. In server-side app programming, the back-end code for the application is written for the implementation of back-end functionality.

  • API Development: APIs play a crucial role in the mobile app development process as they are known to connect the app screen to the server-side database and other functionalities.

  • Testing and QA: The quality assurance stage is implemented to find if there are any bugs in the programming code of the app or not. If yes, then these issues are fixed by informing the respective departments like design and development.

  • Cloud Setup: Once all the bug related issues are resolved from your mobile app and the application has reached its final stages. Now, it’s time to set up the cloud by deploying the server-side mobile app to the server or cloud.

  • App Store Submission: When all the above-mentioned steps are completed, you can submit your app to the respective app store i.e. Google Play Store and Apple App Store by following their submission guidelines.

Here are all the necessary steps required for developing a mobile app. Now, it’s time to break down the cost of the process of developing a mobile application.


Breakdown of Mobile App Development Cost

Below is a mobile app development cost breakdown according to three different types of app categories which are small apps, medium apps, and large apps. This cost breakdown is based on the average budget range according to the functionalities of the mobile app:

Small Apps


$70,000 to $150,000


1 Platform



2-3 Functions/Features


2-3 User Flows


Medium Apps


$150,000 to $250,000


2 Platforms or 1 Platform



3-5 Functions/Features or 5+ Functions/Features


3-5 User Flows or 5+ User Flows

Large Apps




2 Platforms



5+ Functions/Features


5+ User Flows

Small Apps

The small applications are the ones that are basically built for a single platform and consists of fewer screens with limited functionalities. These applications usually do not require the feature of user authentication. One of the most common examples of small applications is a weather app.

Medium Apps


The applications that come under the category of medium apps are the ones that have more functionalities than the smaller apps. For instance, these apps can be developed on one platform with a variety of features or can also be built on two platforms but with comparatively less number of features.

Large Apps

The large applications are mostly complex apps that offer a variety of functionalities. Some of the most common examples of these apps are e-commerce platforms and on-demand applications.


Ways to Reduce Mobile App Development Cost

These are useful tips that can help you to cut down the mobile app development cost for your project:

  • Try to move forward with the MVP approach first because the minimum viable product includes limited functionality that is adequate to meet the app’s main objective.

  • Before even beginning the coding part, design the entire app workflows and interfaces with the help of the sketching technique. These app sketches will also reduce the chances of mistakes throughout the process.

  • If you are not sure which platform to choose, then opt for the cross-platform app development as it minimizes the effort of the development process.

Final Thoughts

There’s no denying that the mobile app development cost differs from one app development project to another based on factors like scope, features, platform etc. But in the end, the cost of developing a mobile application is proportional to what the app is about and what the app consists.





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