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What Affects The Cost To Build An App

How Is App Development
Cost Estimated?

To estimate the cost of transforming your app idea into reality, we work with a simple formula. The answer to how much does it cost to create an app is equivalent to the number of hours taken for entire development process multiplied by billable hours of resources.

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The Overall Cost Of App Development By 70%.

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What Factors Affect The Cost To Building An App?

The cost to build a mobile app depends on various factors. Having a clear understanding of these factors will help you make the most
cost-effective decision. Not only it help you stay within your budget but also know what exactly you are paying for.

App Type

Dubai App Developers has built mobile apps for 10,000+ businesses across 35+ industries. From our experience, it’s pretty
clear that the answer to how much does it cost to make an app depends on the business category.

On-Demand Apps

Being the most popular category, on-demand apps have become the first choice for every business owner. Such apps cater to three stakeholders– the customer, the delivery person, and the business. Of course, the features and UI will be entirely different for every industry need. But there are a number of features which will be common to most of them - like in-app payment, real-time tracking, notification, chat support, rate & review, etc.

The cost to build an app like Doordash or Uber, from scratch, will be around $50,000 to $100,000.

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Enterprise Mobile Apps

For the enterprise needs, the app solutions required have to be more definitive. Most of the enterprise apps are used to automate their operations, improve efficiency, add more to productivity, reduce errors and manual efforts, etc. These tend to be little more expensive.

So, the cost to build enterprise software varies greatly. It would range from $100,000 to $250,000(+).

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Social Networking Apps

The purpose to build social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. is connecting millions of users on one platform. To make it possible you will require some of the common features like real-time messaging, integration with other apps & device functionality like media files and camera, real-time sync, in-app purchases and so on. While it has a long requirement list of complex features, the cost to build a social media platform tends to be high.

In general, social networking apps like Tinder or WhatsApp would range somewhere between $50,000 to $200,000(or more).

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App Features

The functionalities you want to integrate will affect the total cost of your app. With every specific features added, it leads to an
increase in the base price. So, it’s important to know what core and custom features you require. Here’s a list of some core features
along with the time required to develop them.

Features Function Approximate Time Average cost
User Login
  • Login with social media
  • Login with email address
  • Forgot password option
  • Log out option
30-42 hours $500 – $1,000
Profile Completion
  • Add basic info
  • Add photo
  • Set region
30-42 hours $900-$1,000
  • Online/offline status
  • Typing status
  • Send media files and documents
  • Read/sent status
170-180 hours $3,000-$5,000
Push Notifications
  • Push notifications and reminders for users
25-32 hours $1,000 – $1,200
Basic admin panel: User management
  • See list of users
  • Delete/block user
  • Create user
  • Edit user
66-90 hours $3,500-$4000
Basic admin panel: Push notifications
  • Send custom notifications
14-15 hours $350-$500

Besides, there are some specific features that would add more to the overall cost. Check them here:

Features Function Approximate Time Average cost
  • Transaction history
  • Check balance
  • Add debit/credit card
  • Add other payment gateways such
30-42 hours $500 – $1,000
  • Detect user’s location
  • Set pickup and destination point
100-120 hours $3,000-$4,000
  • Audio calls
  • List of contacts
  • Video calls
300-400 hours $14,000-$15,000

App Design

Another factor that adds significantly to the answer to how much does it cost to make an app is the design. We’ve designed apps that have millions of downloads & are loved for the experience they offer.

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User Experience

It is the UX that defines how your application works. The process involves creating the screens with an end goal -to make the application easy to use for the end-user. For this, it is important to have the right blend of experience, understanding of market, user, business goals, and objectives. And we have them all.

The cost to make your app will fluctuate on the basis of engagement levels and intricate design you opt for.

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User Interface

How you app appears to your users- depends on the UI you choose. As there will be different visual elements involved, it will affect the estimated cost of app development.


If you haven’t thought about investing in branding- you might be missing on a major part. You can keep it nominal in the beginning to control the final cost to build an app. And after capturing the market to some extent, scaling your branding efforts can be added.

UX Writing

While developing an app, you cannot miss to add copywriting to the total cost. It is a creative that engages users and make them interact with your solution. We’ve a huge pool of writers.

App Platform

The process to build a mobile app starts with choosing the right platform. It will depend on your target audience-
whom you want to cater and impact the app development cost.

App Maintenance

Though these expenses are expected at the later stage of the mobile app development process, yet you cannot ignore them. It is important for businesses to keep their app updated as per the latest market trends, devices & OS versions. This too adds to the overall cost of app development.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to build a custom app?

When looking for cost for custom app development services in Dubai, you need to understand that it depends on a number of factors. Right from the platform type you choose, the features you want to integrate required, there’s a lot to affect the cost to build a custom app. For an exact quote, we need to know a few details of your app idea. Want a quote to know the cost to build a custom app? Get it here.

What is a custom app development?

To put simple custom app development services are meant to serve your unique business ideas. For the entrepreneurs who want to stand out, we offer top notch custom app development services in UAE. We design & develop mobile applications that are out-of-the box and fulfill all your specific business needs. Have an app idea to be transformed? Let’s build together.

What is an advantage of custom developed software?

There are several pros that come along with our custom app development services. However, one of the most significant benefits is that it enables businesses to stand out from the competition. Plus, you can integrate it with any number of software seamlessly.

How much time it takes to build customized mobile apps?

Similar to the cost, time taken to build custom apps will differ as per your business requirement. With Dubai App Developer, we make it possible to get your market ready in the shortest frame of time. We have vast experience in building customized mobile apps for varied needs. And the same enables us to bring your custom apps onboard sooner.

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Founder, Scoop

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