Mobile App Development Cost Calculator, App Pricing Cost Calculator
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How Much Will Your Mobile App Project Cost You?

Get a realistic cost estimate for your mobile app specifications with our mobile app development cost calculator

See how much your app will cost with BuildFire vs. a typical app development agency.

Disclaimer: This is a tool to estimate app cost if you were to develop your app with an outside agency. Typically BuildFire prices are a fraction of the cost of an outside agency because our app development platform significantly reduces the amount of time and effort to build an app.

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What is the desired level of quality for your app?

Note: Typical agency prices used to estimate the cost of your app.


What type of app are you building?

Apple iOS is a better choice to reach to a more engaged user base. Android has a broader reach, however, particularly in emerging markets, like Asia and Africa.


How do people login?

An email login is generally best to start with unless your app will have tight integration with services like Facebook or Twitter, in which case social login is better.


What information would you like to know about your users?

These are the data points you want to keep track of you users to better engage them.


How would you like to engage your users?

These features allow you to communicate with your users or to facilitate user to user communication.


What features would you like your app to have?

These are the list of functions your app would need to perform.


What device features will your app need to integrate with?

These are sensors on the device you can integrate with.


Will your app generate revenue?

Charging users for your app upfront is cheaper than building in-app purchases, but in-app purchase can produce higher returns if/when you have an engaged user base.


Will your app need to Integrate with other systems?

Connecting your app to your backend system or other third party systems.


What Infrastructure will you need?

These are backend systems that support your app.


What kind of maintenance do you need on an ongoing basis?

With constant changes to iOS and Android you will need to make sure your app stays up to date and compatible. Industry averages to maintain an application are around 20-40% of the upfront cost each year.


What support will you need on an ongoing basis?

Chances are you’re not the one building and maintaining your app. You’re going to have an engineering team or freelancer maintaining your app. These are typically the support options available.


Custom features we didn't go over?

No App Cost Calculator will be able to account for every feature or edge case. In case we missed any features your app needs, what do you estimate in terms of man hours to finish it?

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Estimated cost if BuildFire were to build your app.

Total first year cost: $
Total hours to build your app
Monthly cost to host and maintain your app $
Cost to develop your custom features $
Cost to setup your app

Estimated cost if you use an agency to build your app

Total first year cost | See detailed breakdown $
Cost per hour:
$ 60

Custom Dev
*Note: Additional charges may apply, this is a rough estimation.

What does this mean for you?


This is the time and cost spent to setup:

  • Servers
  • Firewalls
  • Databases
  • Networks
  • and overall infrastructure that supports your app

Custom Dev

This is the time spent architecting, designing, implementing and testing your system.

  • Project Managers
  • UI/UX Designers
  • Software Engineers
  • System Engineers
  • QA Engineers


This is generally the monthly cost of hosting all the infrastructure behind your app. This includes but not limited to:

  • Server/Cloud hosting fees like you'd get from Amazon AWS, Google GCP, Or Microsoft Azure
  • Database services like MySQL hosting, MongoDB and and others
  • Reliability services like Firewalls, Auto Scallers, Load Balancers
  • Security Operations keeping your infrastructure secure
  • Dev Ops Making sure your System is running smoothly with maximum uptime
  • Compatibility and Compliance assurance. Making sure your systems continues to be compliant with industry specific standards and compatible with the latest version of mobile devices, operating systems and browsers

Agency costs breakdown