How Long Does It Take To Build an App?

Posted by admin | December 27th 2017

Along with “How much does it cost to make an app?”, “How much time should I spend building an app?” is probably the question we receive the most from clients.

But we understand. You’re probably a bit apprehensive about building an app. After all, who would want to spend thousands on something with no specific turnover time?

Setting deadlines is beneficial to development but is also a dynamic process, which means that demanding a very specific deadline to launch your app is not always realistic. There will be changes, adjustments, and improvements—some of them, unforeseen. You get the idea.

But for the sake of clearing things up, we’ve gathered insights from our own experience plus information from industry insiders to give you a simple overview of just how long it takes to build a mobile app.

Basic (Easy to code)


Time: 1 to 3 months

Database: None

API: None

Social Media Integration: None

Example: Individual apps

Moderate (A bit complex to code)


Time: 3 to 6 months

Database: Yes

API: Yes

Social Media Integration: Yes

Example: Custom utility apps

Advanced (Difficult to code)


Time: 6 months to 1 year

Database: Yes

API: Yes

Social Media Integration: Yes

Example: E-commerce and gaming apps

Take note that this is just a general summary and may be different during actual development. Other factors, such as adding more features to your app, will make development longer. The most important thing to remember is that your development team should be able to work with deadlines and be flexible with it as well.

Ready to build your own app? We’re ready to help you.

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