App Development Cost: How Much Does it Cost to Develop a Mobile App in 2021?

If you’re going to develop a mobile app for 2 platforms (Android and iOS), you need to be prepared to spend around closer to $100,000 as opposed to $10,000. In our experience, the best way to talk about the cost of mobile app development is by thinking about it in terms of complexity. And so, our classification is:

App Development Cost
Basic mobile app for 1 platform costs $25,000 – $50,000
The development team (developers, Scrum Master) will log around 325 – 650 h work hours.
QA basic plan recommended for this kind of apps contains 50 hours of QA specialist work per month.
The development will take around 4-9 weeks assuming that you have 2 devs per platform.
By “basic app”, we mean an MVP app:
having a clear vision on the set of simple features with elementary business logic,
consisting of up to 5 screens,
with basic UI without custom elements.
This kind of apps are usually built by start-ups looking for their market fit.
Medium-complexity app for 1 platform costs $50,000 – $100,000
The development team (developers, Scrum Master) will log around 650-1100 working hours.
QA Extended plan recommended for this kind of apps contains 80 hours of QA specialist work per month.
The development will take around 10-15 weeks (~ 2-3 months) assuming that you have 2 devs per platform.
By “medium-complexity app”, we mean an app:
including a few complex features with intermediate business logic,
consisting of about 6-15 screens,
with some custom UI elements & animations,
with localization in up to two languages.
Complex app for 1 platform costs more than $100,000

The development team (developers, Scrum Master) will log more than 1100 working hours.
QA Enterprise plan recommended for this kind of apps contains 150 hours of QA specialist work per month.
The development will take at least 16 weeks (so more than ~ 3 months) assuming that you have 2 devs per platform.
By “complex app”, we mean an app:
including many complex features with advanced business logic,
consisting of more than 15 screens,
with fully custom UI & advanced animations,
with a large-scale user base (multilingual),
that require building a complicated architecture, multiple integrations, or need,
to meet high-security demands.
This rough estimate can serve as your starting point in understanding how much it really costs to develop a mobile app.
That said, if you want to develop a native, medium-complexity mobile app for 2 platforms (iOS and Android), your development team will come from Eastern Europe, you can expect that it will cost around $100,000 – $200,000.
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