App development · Mobile Apps

what are the maintenance or running cost associated with a commercial APP? What is an approximate estimate for an app with a server database link?

Shanif Ummer cofounder@dafo

September 19th, 2018

I am planning to build an app that work on both android and ios. The app requires to link with a server database and may use some paid APIs. My plan is to make the app initially free for its users. I wish to know what are the costs that may come in the first 1-2 years for running the app.

Aji Abraham Proven Tech Cofounder, open to new ventures

Last updated on December 3rd, 2018

After initial setup the costs would be hosting ( AWS/Heroku/Firebase) . For an app with less than 10K users you might need to budget $500 -$1000 an year. There might be 2-3 OS updates or API updates requiring some development cost.

Eitan Levy Veteran Game Developer, looking to change the way games are made!

September 19th, 2018

As with most things, the real answer is: It depends.

It depends on how much work you need to do on the back end, how much storage you need per user, how many support feature you want to get, etc. etc.


Also you will need some sort of solution that you can scale with. So you can keep your costs down when you're starting off, and have the server resources you need once you get more people using your app.


Depending on the nature of your app and what you actually need your back end for, all of this could range from roughly $40/mo up to $4000/mo.


You can check out the AWS pricing calculator to get a sense of what all these services are and estimate a total cost.

https://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

Piyush Nigam MD at The Ark Marine Solutions

September 25th, 2018

Free apps primarily have costs related to hosting and yes Amazon Web Services would be a good place to get the costs you would expect. This is because free app users have limited expectations and rarely ask for anything except 'reduce those ads'. On the other hand the real costs for a commercial app, if it is successful is in terms of customer support and customization. This is because once your customers are paying for it, they will expect service. To estimate these costs you will have to look into the kind of support the customers would desire and budget for it. If you could share more specifics about the app you are building we could help you estimate this better.