How much does it cost to Design an Mobile Application

Nowadays, mobile technology is expanding rapidly and with this the mobile application are also growing on a rapid basis. In a mobile app, it is important to keep good features with impressive design. To make your app stand out, it important to use first-class UI and exceptional user experiences.

In this guide, we will see What time does it take to build UI/UX? How the process moves on from project start to designing? And how much does it cost to design an app?

What time does it take to build UI/UX?

Building UI/UX of an app means its important to list down the requirements, research onto the requirements, final features draft with wireframes of all the screens, prototyping. Its important to know that building UI/UX of an app takes time as it is the base of every application. It totally depends on the features and requirement of an app that how much time it will take to complete it. If we talk about an app like Uber, then building UI/UX may take 150 hours for both the user and driver app as taxi booking app includes 2 apps i.e., one for user and another for driver.

If we look for any other app, then I can say that the approximate time to build complete UI/UX will range between 120 hours and 240 hours.

Stages of an app design

An app design starts with the requirement which leads to research, and analysis followed by wireframing (user experience) and UI design.

Research & analysis on the requirement

Research on list of features to be incorporated in the app is the first thing after the project is on-boarded. Research and analysis need to be done for

Users base

Analyze the user base and conduct complex user research to understand your app’s users. Who are they? What goals can they achieve with your app? Are you creating app for regular users or software for your employees? We also dig into your business to analyze how to organize information better and what navigation will help users achieve their goals as quickly and easily as possible. Finally, we analyze the competition to identify how competitors solve common challenges within your industry. What unique and must-have features do their apps have and what user needs do they cover? What holes in the user experience (UX) make users step aside from their user journey? What are design trends that other companies follow?

Meet business goals

To meet the business goals, it is important to keep adequate features which are required (must-have) in the app. You need to follow the concept of performance management. This process ensures that activities that an organization performs to achieve its goals are efficient and sufficient. Performance management techniques are aplenty, each one fit for specific types of objectives, businesses, and markets. Some performance management approaches are process-oriented, focusing more on the means to achieve business goals than the goals themselves. Others are goal-oriented, considering properly determined and flexible global objectives to be the key success factor. This information helps us better understand users and create a UX design that will satisfy them and cover your business needs, whether you are looking for more effective sales, a larger number of active users, faster communication between users, or something else.


Once the project is on-boarded, it is important to do market analysis to check what others are providing in their app so that our product should compete in the market. It is necessary to keep the competitive features in your app if you want to provide users a good value. Based on research, validating whether your app idea is credible or not is a critical step. It is prudent to have a strong market research base to determine the viability of your mobile app idea. In short, if you want a reliable mobile app the solution is simple: market research for mobile applications. Instead of concentrating on other people’s products, you should think about your own users and the strength of your own product. We study the behaviours, needs, and motivations of your target audience so we can design an app that appeals to them.

UX design (Wireframe)

Once the research and analysis are done over the project requirement, you can start working over the user experiences. It is the problem-solving feature and help UI designers to work accordingly. We structure our ideas to create a delightful user experience. Our UX specialists create a user flow diagram that displays the complete path a user takes when using a product. In this phase, we map the high-level structure of the app. Then the next step is to create wireframe which clarifies everything that has been decided in the above stages. A wireframe is a schematic representation of an app that demonstrates how interface elements will exist on pages. 

First, we make basic low-fidelity wireframes that show how elements are placed on the screen. Wireframes allow our UX designers to make sure that navigation within the app flows logically from one step to the next. 

Once you are delighted with the navigation and screen composition from the low-fidelity wireframes, we proceed to creating high-fidelity wireframes. In doing so, our designers refine the graphics, spacing, and layout from the low-fidelity wireframes to get a more precise vision of the product. From this stage, our developers can start implementing basic elements of the app. Creating app wireframes and iterating to create the best user experience can take more time than you might expect. But thorough wireframing saves you money. Does this make any sense? In fact, it does.

With wireframing, you decrease the probability of exceeding your budget and time constraints. This is because our software engineers can start development without waiting for the final design. If you have a strict release date, the development team can save time by getting started right after you have accepted the wireframes, creating basic elements, and adding details later. 

All software projects have inherent risks. One of the most common sources of risks is changing requirements during the project’s life cycle. With wireframes, we can make changes within minutes. On the other hand, changes to a fully designed screen may take much longer. So, by creating wireframes, you save time on changes and hence cut development costs. 

UI design (Look and Feel)

UI design tells a story about a product as the user moves from one screen to the next.

A UI specialist designs the look and feel of the product. This entails choosing colors, creating shapes, and designing typographic communication. Finding the right way to display different types of content requires creative thinking. Designers with years of experience can do this well. A designer deals with both the look of a user interface and the function it performs when a user interacts with it. This means they not only create static assets but also motions and animations.

During the UI design stage, a designer also creates a design system – a collection of reusable components guided by clear standards that can be assembled to build any number of applications. It is important to understand that visual design and branding are interrelated. Visual design is about creating a cohesive product style and encompasses an app’s logo, mobile app icon, and screens.

Cost of designing an app

The cost of designing an app depends on the features and quality of UI, the designer’s level of expertise, and the number of platforms being designed for. If your iOS or Android app doesn’t require complicated solutions like animations, it will require less time and therefore cost less money. But the main factor that influences the cost of app design is the location of your design team. So how much money does it cost to design an app across the map?

The approximate cost of designing an app may range between $1,500 and $10,000 depending on the features, Number of pages, Animations, business goals, etc. It is obvious that the final price can vary depending on the location of the designing team. Let us say for example if you hire a company situated in Australia or Western Europe, then the cost of development may rise to thrice of the above range.

Having an app idea?

We have a team of UI/UX designers and developers having experience in multi domain applications who are developing scalable and prominent solution in iOS and Android of different complexities. Feel free to comment or write us in case of any queries.

TecOrb is a one of the reputed Mobile app Development Company prioritizing on developing intuitive mobile apps. Our few recommended application solutions are taxi application solution, grocery delivery app, food delivery application, and OTT video platform etc. Get in touch with our experts to know more about our application services. We have a tech qualified team of developers, who work around our customer’s need and requirements and serve them the best system solutions by testing applications on real devices emulators, and simulators.

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