How much does it cost to develop an app?

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There is no doubt that the market for mobile applications is hot. Curious about the costs of a mobile app? We have listed it below in a clear way!

At Lemon Companies we have built up years of expertise in building (mobile) applications. The average cost of outgoing offers is € 97,574. Of course, this price can vary greatly depending on the content of the app. The final cost price is mainly determined by the amount and complexity of the intended functionalities.

In most cases, the cost is between € 40,000 and € 250,000. The Lemon team is ready to answer your questions and to give you tips on how to build an application to your wishes for an achievable budget.

What makes that the cost of creating a mobile app is so high? Well, there is no easy answer to this question due to multiple factors.

  • Different rates for developers
  • Complexity and content of the project
  • The design of the app
  • Type of app: Native, Hybrid or web app

Another method of calculating the cost of your application depends on the type of application you want to develop.

Impact of the type on the price

The price of an app is determined by the technology chosen for developing the app. For example, native apps are developed specifically for a specific device (smartphone or tablet) or operating system (iOS or Android). Hybrid apps are more widely applicable, the used technology allows the app to be rolled out for different devices and operating systems. Lastly, web apps are not installed on a device but are made available through a web browser, so they are independent from the device.

Of course you are interested in building a native app with the best UX, optimization and performance! These apps handle a wide variety of functions and use different device APIs at the same time. The final cost of native apps depends on the number of devices and operating systems on which the app is rolled out.

Who develops the app and how does that affect the price?

Maybe you already have an idea of what kind of app you want to build and you have an indication of the costs. The next step is to find someone who can develop it. You have 2 options: mobile app development agencies or freelance development.

Hiring a professional agency is usually the more expensive option, but you get a more reliable service and a development team that helps you get the best app based on your idea. This team includes developers, designers and project managers. The project managers will support you in monitoring the development and coordination of the team.

Good freelancers can build great apps, no worse than developers. They may offer the same quality, but at a lower price. The downside is that you have to find them, which means looking for a full development team. You will also have to coordinate the team by yourself.

The eye also wants something, but what should it cost?

What about the cost of the app design? Design goes beyond the way something looks and feels. In mobile app development, design includes aspects such as visual design, UX and UI, logos, icons, branding, etc.

Factors such as design profile, geography, iOS or Android, and of course complexity, have a major impact on design costs. For example, hiring a professional senior designer can cost up to €135 / hour, while a less experienced designer can cost just €40 / hour.

The relationship between functionality and price

As mentioned before, the cost of an app mainly depends on the amount and complexity of the functionality that is offered. The more functionalities an app contains, the higher the cost price will be. Also, complex functionalities, such as the use of artificial intelligence, will drive up costs.

Basic functionality apps are easy to develop and contain very few functions. They have been developed for personal use and you are not likely to find them in the app store. From 40,000 euros there is already a possibility to build one and it is also expandable.

Not only the design but also the features of the app determine the costs for building an app. Here’s an overview of the most common app features in terms of average time and cost:

Of course, these are only averages. The effective elaboration of functionalities and the time required depends on the context. For example, a simple login can be provided quickly, but a login based on an active directory or Itsme will take considerably more time.

Where does the app-building story end? What can you expect?

The story doesn’t end with publishing your app in the App Store and/or Google Play. If you want to make people download your app and keep using it as often as possible, you must invest in app maintenance.

The average cost of maintaining an app is about 10-20% of the development costs per year. However, additional features like powerful servers, payment gateways, bug fixing, etc. can drive up these costs.


The cost of building an app depends on many factors. We know from our own experience that the costs for developing a mobile business app are between 40,000 and 250,000 euros.

Do you have questions about the development of a mobile app? Or are you thinking about developing an app yourself? Feel free to take a look at our website , send us a message or send an e-mail to

This article is written by Lemon, and is also available via this link