Do you want to build a mobile app of your own? If yes, then this is a guide that will help you get started. Though these steps for building for mobile app are defined very specifically, but it may not work the same way for everyone. So, you can go through the steps and I am sure you will a captivating mobile app by following these steps.
Step 1: Get the app Idea
A mobile app can be developed in two cases, one you have a unique idea which you want to transform in an app or you have a problem that you want to sort out through the app. So, if you already have an idea or a problem, move to Step 2. But if you do not have one, keep on reading. If you are not having a mobile app idea, then it’s time that you start looking for problems which most of us face in our daily lives, and you can develop an app to solve that problem.
You can also make an exhaustive list of problems which you think, you can solve through an app and then shortlist the one that is perfecto start with.
Step 2: Identify the need for the app
A mobile app can only be successful, if users find it useful and easy to use. So, first of all, you need to validate your app idea to ensure that demand for the app exists. You can use the Google Keyword Planner tool to validate your idea by looking for the people who are seeking out the solution which you are trying to provide through your app. Another idea to check the demand is by developing a landing page for the app which broadly gives an insight to your app idea and look out for user interest with the help of an e-mail signup.
Step 3: Layout the features and Flow
After the validation step is complete, you know that your app idea is saleable. Now you have to work on finalizing the detailing of you app, which you can do through a document or by using a wire framing tool. Put your idea on the paper, and develop the flow that how the users will navigate through the app. Also finalize the features that you want to include in the app.
Step 4: Remove the non-core features
It’s the time that you go through your features list once again to remove some of the features which might not be suitable for the first version of the app. It’s important to start with app development only with the core idea. This will reduce your time to market.
Step 5: Put your design first
Design is the most imperative part of app, so give due significance to it. Design makes the technology useful, so do not neglect its importance if you want to develop a successful app.
Step 6: Hire an app developer and designer
After finalizing the basic features, it’s the time to get the real development work started. Hire a qualified and experienced app developer who can understand your app idea and motive behind it.
Step 7: Create developer accounts
Now it’s time to register for a developer account with the app store for which you are developing the app. The two leading platforms Android and iOS charge an annual fee of $25 and $99 respectively. Other platforms also charge a nominal annual fee.
Step 8: Integrate the analytics
Once the app is developed, it’s important to monitor the analytics like how many users downloaded the app, the user engagement and retention etc. Some popular analytics tools are Localytics and Flurry. You can use other tools as well.
Step 9: Collect the feedback
User feedback is very important of you want to improvise your app. Thus, start collecting the customers’ behaviour and usage, in order to develop an insight about how to enhance and improve your app.
Step 10: Introduce the app update and new features
Using the analytics and the feedback, introduce newer features and updates to enhance the user experience on the app and to make it even more popular among the users. Using their feedback, you can evaluate which features can be added to augment its usability.