A Step-By-Step Guide To Make A Mobile App

Believe it or not, our smartphones have become our new true companion – it’s no surprise with a bewildering selection of free data plans and high-end mobile devices every year. Data.AI’s research reveals that “people spent an average of 4.8 hours on their smartphone every single day.” And using mobile applications is among the top activities when it comes to smartphone usage. 

Whether listening to your favorite song on Spotify, purchasing a stylish dress on Amazon, booking a cab on Uber or sharing your picture on Instagram, people love spending time on mobile apps because it makes the user experience interactive and fun. 

Because apps are becoming a vital part of daily life, businesses are investing in mobile application development to improve customer engagement, build brand recognition, provide value to customers, and stand out from the competition. And that’s the reason we’re seeing new trends in mobile application development. 

Do you also want to leverage the benefits of mobile apps for your business? Are you also planning to create a mobile app but don’t know where to start? Well, we’ve got your back. Check out our step-by-step guide that will help you design and develop your business app from scratch. 

7 Steps To Build A Mobile Application Your Customers Will Want To Use

Define Your App’s Goals and Objectives

The process of creating a mobile app is a challenging and time-consuming endeavor. You can not build an app overnight. 

Setting your app’s goals and objectives is the foremost yet most important thing you can do when deciding to develop an app for your business. 

You must have some clear, measurable goals that can help you figure out why you want to make an application. It allows you to measure your app’s success and see how your customers use and experience it.

No matter how much you invest in developing your app, if you fail to set the right goals, you will likely not get the intended product and benefits.

Wondering how to define objectives for your mobile app? Here are some key parameters to consider when creating a roadmap to define your mobile app’s goals and objectives.

  • Define your target audience as it helps you customize your design, communication, content, illustration, and other features. You can classify your target audience into a general, knowledgeable, and expert audience to get a better perspective of the people using your app. 
  • Define your purpose and strategize accordingly. What are the goals of my app? What problems and pain points will it solve? Why is it important to users? What makes it stand out from competitors? What are its best features? How do you intend to monitor app uninstallations? Why should your audience download it? The answers to these questions will help you envision your mobile app’s future, scope, and prospect.
  • Set key performance indicators (KPIs) because it helps you to decide the most important features of your app as well as lets you have complete control over it. The number of downloads & accounts made, increased search volume in app stores and search engines, time spent on the app, and brand awareness are some examples of KPIs that will help you measure conversions and improve purchases. 
  • Define key milestones while preparing your mobile app development roadmap, such as goal setting, first release, time frame, all features, app updates, customer feedback, etc.

Create Your App’s Wireframe

Laying out the flow, features, and functionalities is the second essential step to creating your desired mobile app. And an app’s wireframe helps you in the same. Generally, your app’s blueprint acts as a visual guide and depicts how an app will look and function.

When it comes to actually designing and developing your app, having a wireframe to refer to will be quite beneficial. Wireframes help design intuitive interactions with the UI and improve UX. In addition, frameworks often provide predefined styles for common UI components like buttons, photos, titles, texts, and more.

InvisionApp, JustMind, and Balsamiq are some of the most sought-after tools you can use to build your app’s wireframe. 

Here are some steps that need to be followed to create a user-centric app wireframe:

  • Explore user personas, journeys, and use cases
  • Sketch out the user flow
  • Look for UX templates
  • Draft your wireframe. You can make a rough draft using whichever method you prefer: pen and paper, a whiteboard, or software. You may need all to successfully present, engage in group discussion, and refine your wireframe prototype.
  • Test your wireframe with others
  • Create a low-fidelity prototype

Choose a Specialist 

You may choose from a variety of options to get your app developed. If you’re not a professional app designer or developer, you probably shouldn’t try to develop your own app. If you want to get a remarkable product, it’s smarter to hire an expert.

Hiring a firm to design and develop your mobile app from scratch can be your best option if it’s sophisticated and requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Though it’s more expensive than hiring a freelancer, it’s most convenient since a firm handles everything perfectly throughout, from business analysis, wireframing, initial design and development to launch, and even post-production support.

Design Your App

Once you’ve defined your objectives, planned features & functionalities, and chosen the specialist, the next step is to design your app. This is a critical step because it’s what your users will remember, so don’t rush or cut corners when designing your app. Your app can be a huge hit with a clean, professional, and attractive design.

Here are some key tips to keep in mind when it comes to designing your app:

  • Make it easy to navigate
  • Keep things minimal and easy to use
  • Pick colors and fonts carefully. Be mindful of these visual elements’ underlying messages, and choose them carefully.
  • Establish a consistent visual hierarchy and weight
  • Collect feedback on your design

Develop Your App

After creating the wireframe and UX/UI for your mobile app, it’s time to convert everything into reality. If you want your app to be successful, you need your project manager to assign precise tasks to the developers and map out a comprehensive plan for making the app.

Although there are many technical architectures, technology stacks, and programming languages to build a mobile application, you should always choose one that best suits your mobile app development needs.

You should focus on three major parts of the mobile app development process while creating an app for your business.

Front-End Development 

The aesthetics of an app, including the text, style, color, images, graphs, tables, links, and navigation menu, are all the responsibility of the front-end developers. You must ensure that your app is accessible and responsive across various screen sizes.

Back-End Development

Your app’s backend development improves the front-end app experience. Regarding your app’s backend, the server is just as accountable for its speed and scalability as its front-end design and user interface/user experience. Most of the time spent on the back end is spent creating code that must be written considering the language, database, architecture, APIs, etc.

API Integration

Application programming interfaces allow disparate programmes, databases, and hardware to work together. When it comes to mobile app performance and usefulness, APIs are crucial. They facilitate the creation of more interactive and engaging digital experiences for consumers and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the development process as a whole.

Besides, it would be best if you also defined a technology stack when creating a mobile app. Make sure the technology you choose is compatible with the rest of your app’s framework and sets you up to create something really unique and scalable.

Here are the top technology stacks you can use when building mobile applications.

  • Native App Technology Stack
  • Android Tech Stack
  • iOS Tech Stack
  • Hybrid App Technology Stack
  • Cross-platform app tech stack

Test Your Mobile App

You should test your mobile app once its development is complete to ensure it works as expected and provides a user experience as smooth as the one you imagined while working on the wireframes. 

There are many types of testing available, but for the most thorough evaluation of a mobile app, we advise that you follow the below procedures.

Outline the testing process: You may get the most out of your testing by focusing on the most popular models of devices currently on the market. The mobile device you choose should also meet your screen quality, operating system, RAM, and internet speed needs.

Documentation testing: There are a number of artifacts that have been written down. These include test cases, plans, scenarios, and traceability matrix. If you find problems at this point, it’s best to fix them before you start making changes.

Functional testing: It tells you whether your app provides the promised functionality and if it meets your needs. Think about who you’re making the app for, what features it should have, and how it will be distributed.

UX/UI testing: Ensure that your mobile app gives end-users a pleasant browsing experience and that your visuals are viewable on the smartphone without blurring or resolution difficulties.

Performance testing: Verify that your app behaves as expected when subjected to a specific load.

Security testing: Verify the functionality of biometric authentication methods, including fingerprint and facial recognition, app storage, two-factor authentication, data encryption, and protection of sensitive information.

Launch Your Mobile App

You have planned, tested, and built your application. It is now ready to launch. You should start by submitting your app to the appropriate app store. Be sure to properly adhere to their requirements, whether it’s the Play Store or the App Store.

Launching your app on Google Play Store is a breeze since the store does not review newly submitted apps before publishing them publicly. In contrast, every new iOS app is reviewed by the Apple App Store before it is made available to iPhone consumers. But if you follow their requirements, your app will have a better chance of being approved.

Congratulations! You’re All Set to Build You Dream Mobile App

Those are the most common steps used while developing and releasing an app. This is generally the process through which we get an app from concept to the app stores. A wide variety of specialized skills and years of expertise are needed at every stage of mobile development. That’s why it’s always a smarter choice to hire a firm instead of an individual to create your mobile app.

If you’re also planning to build a mobile app for your business but struggling to find the right firm for designing and developing it, you can count on us. At Zapbuild, we have a team of the most dedicated, skilled, and experienced designers and developers that help you turn your mobile app’s idea into an outstanding product.

Sumeet Soni

(Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Zapbuild)

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