Comprehensive Guide To Mobile App Development Costs

Simple mobile app cost around $10,000 to $60,000. Medium complex from $61,000 to $69,000 and complex being from $70,000 to $150,000.

Entrepreneurs around the world ! Young start-up(ers) and old enterprises wanting to go online and accessible to millions of users to level up their market web. Mobile App Development is the first and foremost thing to pop up in the minds of them all. In the age of smartphones and the ‘online’ world, it’s the most convenient way to enhance the accessibility to the markets. The first question comes about the cost it takes for Mobile App Development for a certain platform. How much it cost to make an App? Which developers should one approach? Local or foreigners? Beginners or professionals?

Here, we provide you with precise answers to the most asked vague question. How much Mobile App Development cost? Buckle up!


When it comes to estimating the cost it takes in Mobile App Development, the answer is not simply a straight-up figure to be told. Rather,  the phrase  ‘in terms of time and money’ is used to provide for an answer. How much time does it take? The amount of money it takes will be hence its directly proportional.

Mobile App Development cost varies in different geographical localities. The most expensive app development cost in the US might equate many times cheaper prices in Indonesia.

The first thing to keep in check is the price is determined on an hourly basis. It can go from $50/hour in US to $250/hour. The difference merely comes from the fact that all mobile apps are not the same. Some are simply functional apps, others being medium complex and complex time-consuming apps. The time can be taken from 500-1200 hours depending upon the complexity of the app.

In US, the simple app cost around $40,000 to $60,000. Medium complex from $61,000 to $69,000 and complex being from $70,000 to $100,000. Accordingly, a basic application will cost around $25,000. Medium complexity apps will cost between $40,000 and $70,000. The cost of complex apps usually goes above $70,000.


As the technicalities of each App vary, the price varies accordingly. Every App specializes in a certain area. Apps such as Native apps, Progressive Apps, or Web-based apps are all in all functioning on different operating systems. Hence, the manufacturing of a certain app requires considerations from different aspects. And these ‘aspects’ determine the cost it takes for a Mobile App Development.

Usually, Android apps development are complex than IOS, owing to the diversity of Android devices and screen sizes. But the app which manages to suit the variety of operating systems makes it me most accessible to the users and is highly appreciated. The cost to develop an iOS app is around $28k. The average cost to develop an Android app is around $23k .The average cost to develop a Windows Phone app is around $18k. (Do the lines outside Apple stores make sense now?)

Moving forward with the aspects to be taken into consideration, and which decides the prices varies in accordance with special technicalities such as,

  • Features and functionality
  • Customization of visual design
  • Platforms
  • Backend infrastructure and app administration
  • Terms
  • App maintenance costs

Functionality refers to the different features, an app requires to work and be accessible on a certain device. This area can afford no compromises. As the cutting down on essential features will directly affect the desirability of the app usage among the users.

Rich designs require pricing higher of course. This area can be compromised as per the budget.

The platform and the developer’s company decides the pricing a lot. Here, outsourcing is the most optimal solution as US companies are much more expensive than the others. So, foreign developers are valued in this aspect. (Globalization ftw! )

The terms as in the time given to the developers influence the cost. The urgent order requires more budget than when there’s more given time in the hands of developers.

App maintenance costs include the continuous bugs fixing, developing new features and codes optimization along with other development. As the operating systems are updated so rapidly, and new features are introduced rapidly. It is pertinent to maintain the upgrade, which of course requires extra costing.


The costs are higher in North America than in  South America. In North America, the price being $50 to $25,00/hour whereas in South America, it being from $25 to $120/hour. North America has expensive rates of Mobile App Development owning to the fact that it specializes in the App Development for IOS and Android platforms.

However, in Western Europe, the price goes as €60-70/ hour. Whereas, in Eastern Europe, the prices are around €20 to 25/hour for Android app services. So, the mean cost ranging from $75,00. In Italy, from $24,00, Australia $15,000 and Ukraine being $9,000 of a simple project. UK developers cost $35 to $175/hour.

So, the cost varies in each and every country and locality. But that doesn’t mean the low costing developers are certain to be low in quality in the projects to their high pricing counterparts. Choosing the Mobile App Developers solely requires the reason and background knowledge of the concerned developers and the need for one’s project.


The App developers are skilled in stimulation programming, HTML, Java programming, and various development tools. Openxell, Cubix, Hard Drive World, Utility are the names of some top US developers. But along with that local developers or the beginners, who are mostly misunderstood and not trusted, could be of immense help in cheaper prices than the renowned developers. After all, in the end, it all comes to budget! Here, the professionals can be scrutinized by examining their portfolios highlighting their project designs.

The rough estimate is decided through mutual cooperation between the client and developer after analyzing the different dimensions of the app on which it has to be created. The App Development Agreement is the estimates the cost of the App Development Project.

All in all, the needs and the budget decides the cost of Mobile App Development!

Here, one can contact the local App developer or can go for a foreign App developer. The locals being beneficial in the face to face understanding. But owing to the fact the app development costs varies in different geographical localities, at times foreign app developers are being contacted for a cheaper rate and an excellent quality at the same time.

Or else you can always a freelancer! Freelancers from Upwork or fiver prices much cheaper. But that too depends upon the severity of the need for one’s project design and demands.

So, the Mobile App Development cost varies with so many factors. The answer to this straightforward question ‘How much Mobile App Development cost?’ is not so straightforward rather multidimensional. The above detailing the factors will surely help!

  • A basic app:  500-700 hours.
  • A medium complexity app: 700 to 1000 hours.
  • A complex time-consuming app: 1200+ hours.

Knowing that on average it takes $50- $150 , here’s an estimated cost breakdown:

Mobile App development cost breakdown

WorkBasic appMedium appComplex app
UI/UX design$5,000+$6,750+$18,500+
Quality Assurance$9,650+$15,750+$15,000+
Project Management$10,000+$13,750+$10,000+