Graphic design · Mobile App Design

How Much Does it Cost to Design an App?

Vladislav Pshenychka Marketer – Erminesoft

October 21st, 2016

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John Maloney Internet of Things Executive Consultant, IoT Engineer

October 22nd, 2016

@viktor your response 'Mobile app development cost' is already 160% 'of the budget.' That's hilarious and telling.

It is a Sisyphean task to estimate software development 'costs' from the 'budget.' Beware.

For an excellent, apropos example, the original question was, "How Much Does it Cost to Design an App?" Yet, you offered estimates for mobile development cost (?), not design. This is emblematic of many serious problems developing software - answering a question that was never asked! It is a classic 'anti-pattern.'


Suggest you read 'the bible' of software engineering, The Mythical Man-Month. BTW, it's called the "bible" because"everybody quotes it, some people read it, and a few people go by it."

Finally, US Federal Govt has spent $2.1B (yes BILLION) for design and dev of the app for the failed 'Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act' (PPACA) aka Obamacare. It is a galaxy of govt software incompetence. 

Because govt has an unlimited 'budget' (taxes) app design & dev costs are of NO concern whatsoever. For example, offered the Administration to build and run the PPACA app for 5-years... for FREE. The offer was summarily rejected by smug govt apparatchiks that 'know better' and get rich in the process.

Again, beware of ever forecasting software design and development from the 'budget.' Rather, focus on creating and keeping customers.

Viktor Dmytrenko Digital Marketing Manager at Ubertesters

October 21st, 2016

Mobile app development costs includes the following factors: 
1) App planning costs - around 15-20% of the budget
2) Markapping and Design creation costs - around 30% of the budget
3) Management costs - around 7-10% of the budget
4) App development costs - around 40-50% of the budget
5) Testing costs - around 15-20% of the budget
6) Promo and marketing activity costs - around 20-30% of the budget

To develop more or less simple mobile app will costs you from $15k-18k. Calculate the real sum

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Sebastian Pereyro

October 23rd, 2016

Something to understand is that the apps that you see at the top have iterated over that product  dozen or hundreds of times before getting to that state. Thinking that you can get it right the first time is a very common mistake. The design of the app is part of a bigger process, of discovery, validation and re work. The cost though will depend on the team expertise, size, complexity of the product that is being built, time to market, feature list, and others.

An estimate without knowing the specifics, should be taken as a very wild guess.

Paul Haris Business Development manager at mindinvetory

February 10th, 2017

While developing an app, the biggest question for any company is how much it would cost to develop the app. Companies would like to know how much would it cost for them to build the app from scratch.

While the question does seem simple, often, it is hard to predict the exact price until the project is finished. Approximations can be given but the app development process can be hindered by a number of factors, including emergence of better technologies and more app testing required than thought of initially. As an app entrepreneur, the only thing you can do is take a rough estimate of the cost depending the requirements of your app.

Read more here: How Much Does Your App Cost? Estimating App CostDevelopment

Ilya Lipovich Angel Investor/Operations leader

October 24th, 2016

As most everyone above mentioned it depends!  For many of our clients we have done a "Discovery" phase which explores and outlines all expected features from the client together with creation of a clickable prototype through Invisionapp. With this information you can do a few things.

- decide on which features you want included in your MVP based on provided time estimates
- take information generated during this phase to investors.  You will have a prototype as well as user stories that describe your product much better then just an idea can

Good luck!

Vladislav Pshenychka Marketer – Erminesoft

January 19th, 2017

Good design probably costs a lot, and that is a pressing problem especially for startups and small businesses. They say here that it depends on location, and, I guess, quality. That is one more thing to keep in mind.

Afolabi Abiodun Cofounder

June 6th, 2017

You need to define you App!

Ali I Experienced Retail Maven, Marketing Pioneer, Mobile Specialist. Mobile Loyalty = $ales INCREASE!

October 22nd, 2016

It really depends on what you want, you can get a painting done for $5.00 or $500,000. If you are looking for a cost effective way, google search app will be able to find a lot of great app designs for a very reasonable price.  If you are looking for something more custom, you will need to speak to a mobile app development company.  If you want some further info, message me.

Dave Girgenti

October 22nd, 2016

My international tech company builds database apps for $25K. That includes all UX/UI. Additional monthly management and features are separate.

Valeriia Timokhina Eastern Peak Software: Custom software development

October 24th, 2016

Sometimes it's really hard to find a balance between high-quality app designers and reasonable price. Outsourcing can be helpful here, but I can't say you what will be the best fit for you. It depends on the type of company and location where you are looking for app designers. I mentioned outsourcing because working with nearshore companies can really reduce costs of app development and design. To learn more about rates in different countries I'd recommend you this article: Types of outsourcing: Local, Nearshore, Offshore.
There you'll find an overview of US, European and Asian companies' types.
By the way, if you would like to learn more about app design process I can offer you to read this case study: Mobile App Design for Bonshine app
This is a story from our company about creating design for the car-washing app.