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How much does an app cost → And what affects the price?

How much it costs to develop an app!


We believe that you have two specific questions you want answered: What does an app cost – and what determines the price point? In this article, we will do our best to answer both of those questions and more.


How much does an app cost?

An application usually costs between $3,000 and $50,000. An app with a normal complexity level that takes 16 weeks to develop usually costs around USD 15,000. Factors that affect the price include, among other things, your choice of developer and whether you want a variable or a fixed price.


Read more: What is an app?


3 factors that determine the price point

1.   Your priorities

You can focus on getting an app that works well, a fast delivery or a low price point. But at the same time, you can only pick 1 or 2 things out of 3. That is a well known fact in the app development industry. It is worth noting that there are many app developers that offer cheap apps, but with low quality and a way too long delivery time.


2.   If you want a fixed or variable price point

Ordering an application at a fixed price point is usually the best way to go. With a fixed price point, you’ll know that you’ll get all the features you paid for regardless of what happens in the development phase.


But you should also keep in mind that most developers charge a slightly higher fee when you request a quote (firm price point). Mainly because they must safeguard against any errors that may occur.


Read more: We´ll gladly develop apps for you.


When you choose to have a variable price, you’ll usually get (if all goes well) a cheap application, but at the same time you´ll pay more if any problems manifest along the development phase.

Simple applications with low complexity are usually best suited for a project with a variable price point, all the while you should pick a firm price point when ordering more complex apps.


3.   Which developer you’ll hire

It is usually cheapest to hire asian app developers, while app developers from countries in the west are usually slightly more expensive.


Please note that we develop applications for you at a low and fixed cost. With us, you’ll get what you pay for, and you do not have to pay extra if problems arise along the way, such as bugs.



Answers to frequently asked questions


What does it cost to develop an app?

It usually costs between $3,000 and $50,000 to develop an application. The price you’ll pay varies depending on who develops the application, whether you want a fixed or a variable price point and if you’ll prioritize a low price point, an app with good quality or a short delivery time.


How much does it cost to have an app on the App Store?

In order to put your app on the Apple App Store you’ll have to pay a membership fee of $99 annually in order to become a member of Apple’s developer program. In addition to the annual fee, Apple charges another fee of about 30% of the sales amount for every transaction.


Does it cost anything to develop a free application?

There are many good applications that are free, but it usually costs just as much to develop an application that you give away for free compared to an application that people have to pay money for at the App Store. The selling price for your app does not affect the development cost.


How much does it cost to develop an app like Uber?

Uber is a very expensive app, mostly because it’s so complex. We estimate that the Uber app costs about $110,000 to develop for both iOS and Android. The total price goes up to about $125,000 if we´ll include the development costs for a well developed back end control panel.

Felicia Forsgren

Felicia Forsgren

Leading projects within development of web & mobile applications, and SEO at LoopLabz. Do you want to get in touch with me? Email Felicia@looplabz.com

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