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8 Proven Tactics to Reduce the Cost of Mobile App Development

Himanshu Pal

With over 2.7 billion smartphone users across the world, it’s no surprise that the mobile app industry is thriving exceedingly. People have realized the power of a mobile app that can expose their business to hundreds of people and boost their sales.

That said, one should also know that building an app is an expensive affair. The exorbitant app development costs often act as a deterrent to startups struggling with budget and other business needs.

If you keep the following things in mind, you can easily reduce the unnecessary costs involved in app development.

Here are some tips to reduce the mobile app development costs without compromising on quality.

#1. Efficiently plan your app development process 

The main motive behind making an app is to provide the best user experience to customers. However, the whole journey of building a mobile app takes you through a series of modifications, iterations, and challenges.

Plan in advance and brainstorm with your team during initial stages. Discuss ideas, weigh the pros and cons, and select all the features that will provide a better user experience. The planning and brainstorming will provide clarity and reduce the chances of multiple iterations, thereby reducing the overall cost.

#2. Prepare a sketch of the final product

A developer needs to have a clear vision of the expectations and requirements of the app. It’s a good idea to sketch what the app and its interface will look like and discuss it with the developer(s). It will give him an idea or even act as a starting point to design the interface accurately. Also, it prevents unnecessary reworking of the design adding to the mobile app development costs.

#3. Decide the platform

You might think that having an app for each mobile platform (Android, iOS, and Windows) can help you expand your reach but it will also triple your app development budget. Thus, it makes more sense to target a single platform by analyzing the preference of the majority of the consumers than developing an app for each platform.

#4. Outsource 

Outsourcing the mobile app project is also a feasible option to cut the app development expenses. While you have to pay a monthly salary to the in-house team members, whereas when you hire the development team only for a short time, you’re only paying them on an hourly basis. Other benefits include getting an option to choose from different design options and work with experienced developers.

#5. Use pre-existing frameworks

When you outsource the app development process, you also get the option to choose from templates and frameworks that the team has created for previous builds. All that needs to be done is to tweak some changes as per your requirements. It makes things easier for developers and clients and also makes the development process much faster.

#6. Test thoroughly

The most common mistake businesses often make is presenting the app to customers before it’s even ready. It is essential to test the app before launching it in the market. Testing the app gives you enough time to identify and rectify bugs and flaws (if any) in the app. Not testing the framework is like risking your brand reputation, which if stained can be damaging for your business.

#7. Don’t complicate 

While it might seem natural to load your app with too many features, but trying to do too many things will only increase your app development costs. Remember that more doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes it complicates and lengthens the whole process along with making the app slower. Highlight a few features that are essential for the business instead of getting carried away.

#8. Look for an efficient mobile app company

Mobile app development is a complicated process requiring expertise to build a flawless mobile app for businesses. It is extremely beneficial and time-saving to have an efficient mobile app company at your back having skilled developers in react, native, and hybrid mobile app frameworks. Doing so will reduce the developmental cost significantly.

Therefore, you should look for a mobile app development company that has years of experience in app development for various platforms. Applify is a leading mobile app development agency that offers global expertise and tailor-made solutions in mobile app development. You can request a quote here.


Now that you know different mobile app development cost-cutting tips, we would love to know your favorite tips to minimize mobile app development costs. Tell us about them in the comments below.

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