How Much Does It Cost to Develop A Social Networking App like Instagram?

Social media networking apps are addictive because people like to know what is happening around them or with their friends. And building a social media networking app has been one of the most profitable business of digital world provided that your mobile app offers a unique feature to the mass. 

One of that app is Instagram which allows the user to upload photos and videos with professional like editing filters. Instagram started as a simple photo-sharing app, but now it is on the way to offer commercialization features to its users who wants to promote their business. If you also have keen to develop such an app, first you need to understand how the best mobile app development company determines the cost of the entire project because of course, the budget is one of the most influencing factors for your decision to make an app.

Cost Determination By A Mobile App Development Company

  • Minimum Viable Product

Ideas are great but even great ideas needs to be tested first. Also if you have an innovative feature idea to build a similar app like Instagram or Facebook, you should first develop a prototype or MVP to get honest user feedback. This first step towards creating a successful Instagram-like app saves a lot of time and money. The reason for this move is easy to determine which is there are many apps like Instagram on different platforms such as Google Play Store and Apple Store. To be the best in the market, you need to have an exclusive feature which draws the audience attention, and after testing, you can carry forward with full app development. 

  • Account Authorization

The first your app users will see is creating an account or log in to an existing account even in MVP or a full-fledged mobile app. This authorization process allows you to collect primary user data in the backend of your mobile app. By collecting these data with users permission, you build data which helps you with decisions regarding future development needs of the mobile app. Authorization of the new account takes place by SMS sent to a registered phone number or by an email link sent to the user. All these development of mobile app features requires around 65-70 hours of efforts by best app developers. The registration can also be performed by connecting to other social media accounts like Facebook or Google account. 

  • Creating & Editing Profile

The next phase of the mobile development process is editing the profile. This must have feature provides control to the user on how they want to portray them in front of millions of other users. Your project’s backend needs to be connected with this feature to establish a connection between you and your app users. This connection with server-side of the application takes time to develop of 48-50 hours.

  • Message Feature

Apart from photo sharing, Instagram introduced a messaging feature back in 2015. This move increased the users who wanted to send images to closed ones only and not sharing it on the platform. The real-time private photo sharing and messaging also requires notification to be sent to users. To enable notification feature, a developer creates an inbuilt device authorization request to be linked with Android or iOS. APN or GCM allows this process. Also, it is vital to protect the server from heavy loading of messages. The server can be saved by using the RESTful API or HTTP. All these development processes consume 120-140 hours of your partnered mobile app development company.

  • Upload Photos & Videos

The most important feature of your app which creates the base of the platform is uploading the photo and video. The users choose the images or videos from the gallery or can click a picture or shoot the video through app features. The backend for Android and iOS devices are built separately because the operating system works entirely different from each other. For Andoird an app developer needs to use Camera API, android.hardware.camera2 API and surface view. While for Apple devices, a developer uses UImagePickerController, a part of the UIKit Framework. All these processes require at least 250 hours of app developers.

  • Adding Filters

Only uploading a photo or video is nothing new anymore, the trend is of editing photos to make it more alluring and clicked by a professional photographer. This feature helps users to have the creativity for their content. For backend one can use the source code to add this feature to your mobile app or a developer can entirely write code for new types of filters. This task takes up to 70 hours with the right mobile app development company.

  • Extra Settings

Extra settings include giving the option to users to enable or disable the push notifications, preferred languages, and account privacy settings. To allow push notifications by the devices, the server needs to be connected with Account server of Apple or Google. By providing an appropriate ID, the server sends a notification to users. This particular task requires 95-125 hours to complete by a single app development but much lesser with a mobile app development company.

  • Other Social Media Connects

Only having one social media account is not possible for mass. Those social media are also interconnected for better user experience. So your mobile app as well will need to link your app’s users with other social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram itself, snapchat, etc. In the backend, your hired developer will connect the user’s accounts with other social media through OAuth tool. It requires hardly 8-10 hours of efforts by the best app developers. 

  • Friends And Location Tag

Your user will click photos with their loved ones and will want to showcase their whereabouts with people and location tag respectively. This feature is implemented with the support of API, and for both devices, the development process and tools vary. For Android devices, developers use android. Location packages and map services and for Apple devices, developers need to use CLLocationManager Class and maps service using the Map Kit framework. The back-end receives singles after front-end receives from a sensor/user. But to enable this feature user’s permission is required. The time to develop and connect these features is 24-30 hours. 

  • The App Designs

Other than developing the various feature and overall mobile app like Instagram, Designs are essential for such kind of social media apps. The app designs include User Interface and User Experience of the app. The mobile app development companies typically keep a team of Graphic designers who do this task. They use various tools and methodology to bring out the best of your app features. A dedicated graphic design team takes around 60-70 hours to complete the entire look of a mobile app depending on the project.

Other than the cost mentioned above, there is hosting, domain name cost and quality analysis check prices which is added to the final project. Now to determine the overall value of developing the social networking app which uses the photograph and other visuals to attract mass, hours of development is considered in the IT industry. Typically, a company based in the US and other developed country charges $100 per hour of a team while app developers in India charge $20 per hour for the same project and with a relevantly higher quality of the mobile application. 

To know about our prices to develop such a project and mobile application for various platform, you can connect with our customer representative at Data EximIT.