How much does it cost to build a React Native app?
Published at December 25, 2019

One of the main questions that customers often ask is how much it costs to build a mobile app. There are no specific answers to such generic questions. To get a specific answer, one must ask a specific question.

Although we cannot tell you exactly how much a React Native app will cost, we can definitely give you an idea. To be more specific, we cannot say, for example, building a React Native app costs $700 but we can give you a basic idea regarding how you can estimate the price.

If you give us some details, we can definitely give you a quotation. After knowing what kind of app you need developed and after knowing your requirements and preferences in detail, we can certainly tell you exactly how much it will cost.

So if you have an app requirement, feel free to contact us, and we will tell you how much it will cost to build a React Native app.

But if you want a basic idea regarding the cost, read on. This post will definitely help.

Important factors for price estimation

There are many important factors that you should consider while estimating the cost of a React Native app.

Complexity of the app: App complexity is one of the basic factors that one should consider for price estimation. The cost to build a mobile app largely depends on the complexity. The price to build a very complex app will definitely be high while building a pretty simple app will not cost much as the developers won’t have to work that much to develop the app.

So building a very simple app may cost as low as $400. On the contrary, developing an extremely complex app can cost millions of dollars.

Required time: The time required for building an app is also one of the important factors for cost estimation. Just like complexity, required time is also a factor on which the price of the app heavily depends. Developers will often give you their hourly rates, using which you can estimate the price of the app.

A mobile app that can be developed in a small amount of time will cost less. On the other hand, if it requires a huge amount of time to build an app, the price will also be huge.

To give you an example, if an app can be built in just 2-3 hours, it may cost $200 to $800.

App features: While estimating the cost to build a React Native app, ask yourself what features you require. It’s a basic rule that the more features you require, the higher the price will be. But you have to keep in mind that if the features are pretty simple, the app cost can be very low even if you need many features to be developed.

App type: There are different types of apps that you may need developed, such as games, business apps, social apps, entertainment apps, and so on. The cost for building a React Native app can be estimated from the type of app that you require because the price to build a certain type of app is very high while building another kind of app can cost very little. For instance, making games costs a large amount of money as games are very complex apps. While developing entertainment and business apps will not cost much when compared to gaming apps.

Building the famous gaming app called Angry Birds cost about $140,000. They had to spend a large amount of money but they also made a huge amount of money from this app. Their first year’s revenue was $70 million.

Developers: Who will build the app for you? Individual freelance developers or some app development company? Depending on who will develop the app, the price will vary. Generally speaking, individual freelancers charge less than app agencies. Although the app agencies will charge you more, you will get so much more value from them.

Different developers have different rates. More experienced developers will obviously charge more, and developers from countries where the cost of living is very high have high rates, although there are many exceptions.

Maintaining the app

App development cost is not the only cost involved. There are many other charges that you should keep in mind. You have to spend money on app maintenance, also. Some amount of money may have to be spent every year on app maintenance. You may have to spend money to improve the app, to add new features, and to fix bugs. There are several charges involved, such as payment gateway fees, server costs, API costs, app store charges, and so on. And you may need to spend money for testing and deploying the app.

Marketing your app

Developing the app is not sufficient, you also need to market it because if people don’t know about your app, you won’t get users for it. So once the app is developed, you have to market your app.

For marketing, you can market it yourself or you can also hire digital marketing specialists. Successful companies generally spend a significant amount of money marketing their app. So besides, app development and maintenance costs, there is a cost involved in app marketing. So when estimating the total cost, you have to consider the cost to market your app, also.

This blog post gave you a basic idea regarding how much it costs to build a React Native app. If you want a very specific answer, contact us today, let us know about your requirements, and we will give you a quotation.

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