The time required for, and cost of, building an app is hard to quantify. It depends on the purpose of the app and the features that it will include. Typical software development projects take at least about 9 to 12 months to complete; a business that is developing a mobile app should allocate at least this amount of time as well.

The following considerations will affect how long it takes to build an app:

App Features – the app development cycle usually involves the creation of several versions before an app is complete. The number of features included in the initial version of an can speed up the development process. Additional features can added later once a minimum viable product has been released.

• Budget – businesses with more money to spend can afford to hire more designers, developers and testers to speed up the development process.