How much does an iOS or Android chat app cost to make?

WhatsApp is one of the most popular real time messaging apps that are available cross-platform. You can easily exchange messages between iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia phones without paying for SMS.

Before you start developing an app like that you first have to understand that WhatsApp is not just an app – it’s a service. Once you develop an app you have to maintain its intended functionality.

To calculate the cost of a mobile app you must perform design and development time analysis based on the list of features you want the app to include. The cost of creating an app corresponds to the sum of the design cost and development cost. Once an app is finished you have to take the costs of infrastructure into consideration.

App Platform (Android, iOS (iPhone), or Windows etc.)

Platform is the first thing that you have to consider when developing mobile app. The cost is different for different platforms.

App Design

UI and UX is everything in the app, user-friendliness of the app plays important role in in the app success, which requires increased cost.

App Size

It depends on total number of features and functionalities used in the app.

Let’s go through some of the main features of an what’s app like app

Let’s go through some of the main features of an what’s app like app

  • Instant messaging over the Internet at low bandwidth
  • Sharing of files, images, videos and audio files
  • Free Video calling & voice calling (newly introduced)
  • Archived chat history
  • User profile and privacy settings
  • Sharing of social links
  • Login/Register (Mobile number verification)
  • Automatic sync of contacts from phone book, search, group creation and chat, individual chat, mute group, Broadcast
  • Emoticons, sharing of image, video, location, contacts, audio, capture/record, audio note, sent/read tick in group and individual contacts both, thumbnail of sent image or video, last seen
  • Set wallpaper, search for text in a chat, block, clear conversation, email conversation, add shortcut of contact
  • Help, profile pic uploading, set status, network usage
  • Privacy options: Last seen, Profile photo, Blocked list
  • Pay for friend (email link, pay), change number, delete my account, network usage, tell a friend
  • Chat settings: Enter is send(tap enter to go to new line or to send message), media auto download, font size
  • Backup conversation, delete/clear/archive all conversations
  • Notifications(contact and group): Play conversation tones, set notification tone, set default contact/group ringtone, vibrate, pop-up notification, Notification light
  • Group admin can assign multiple admins. In a group when a member starts typing that should be shown, in an individual chat when a user starts typing it should be shown
  • Trimming of videos
  • Voice calling (Only one to one & not in group)

Price to develop a similar app like WhatsApp on iOS and Android platform is approximate $5000 to $15,000.

Price of CMS and web services to develop a similar app like WhatsApp are approximate $5000 to $10,000.

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