Mobile application building: how long does it really take?

13 July 2017

Mobile applications are an essential tool to connect with your target market. But just like any construction project, building your application will take time. Developing a mobile app is similar to constructing a beautiful and sturdy building—you will need a firm foundation, a solid plan, the right materials, and the right people. So with that in mind, how long does it really take to build a mobile application?

The Development Team

Behind every great application is a hardworking development team. Most development teams will predict a 12- to 24-week development period for your application—and this is not without reason. Depending on how far you are in the development process (e.g. design stage, coding stage, etc.), your development team will tell you how much longer it will take.

A dynamic development team is the most important aspect of building an application. Whether you want to start designing your application or already have a concept in mind, a team from NIX Solutions can take you all the way.

The Plan

Developing an application takes careful planning. Before you even start building the application, your development team should have already planned everything—the features to be included, the user interface, and the design, among others. With a clear plan, development will progress smoothly while also giving the team clear deadlines and goals for both front- and back-end development.

The Reality

Halfway through the development process, you will need to identify which features are feasible and which features are not. By this time, you will have also noticed that you are past your initial deadline—this is normal. Your application will speak for your business, and it is only natural that it needs to be perfect. Do not scrimp on time and compromise quality.


Building an application is hard work—but in the end, it is always worth it. Your target market will appreciate the extra effort you have made to keep them engaged. While the initial development process of an application can take anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks, it never truly ends.

After launching your application, depending on client feedback, you will need to improve your application. Every now and then, to keep your clients engaged, you will need to add a few new features. It is a never-ending cycle, but with a good development team, nothing can go wrong.