A Step-By-Step Guide to Building Your First Mobile App

Many reasons exist for building a mobile app but what is outstanding is that an originative idea for a perfect mobile app is what anyone wants before designing and building an app

In order to build a successful and extremely popular mobile app, one that no one has thought of before, the following 10 steps have to be followed, the most important being getting started with the mobile app development process explained below.

Guide to Building Your First Mobile App

Step 1: Have an idea or a problem that should be resolved

Problems are everywhere and that is why they are needed for this first step. A successful app solves problems that are unimaginable after all, every service and product around you came up in order to solve a particular problem. 

A car, for instance, moves people faster from one place to another and a plane moves people faster over greater distances like from one country to another. 

A helpful way is to look around in your daily life and list each problem. Once the list is exhausted, think of a number of solutions for each problem and shortlist the most sensible solutions. 

Step 2: Get to identify the need

Validate the idea by utilizing the Google Keyword Planner tool to find the number of individuals searching out for what you are trying to accomplish. 

Validation is necessary because it eventually demonstrates that there is a demand for the app you want to build. A landing page can be created to widely highlight the app idea and to look out for user interest through email signup.

Step 3: Set out the flow and features 

Having validated the app idea, to show that you have something people need to use, it then calls for putting details of the product onto a document. In order to go further, a wireframing tool should be utilised.

Details are necessary when the idea is put on paper. It calls for noting down every important detail. Considerably, the flow to be undertaken by the user, as well as all the required features, should be included. All these aims at painting a clear picture for the developer to understand your expectations clearly.

Step 4: Eliminate non-core features

After preparing the document with details of the flow and features, closely examine features that can be done away with. The core values of the app idea should stand out. 

It is advisable not to include “nice to have” features in the first version as these can be added afterwards as updates. Why is that important? It is because the initial costs of development will be lower to ensure a quick get-into the market.

Step 5: Place the design first

Instead of coming up with a very basic design, get a developer with user experience and graphics, who will put a very classic design. Many opt for creating a basic design so that they invest more time in developing the app. 

This is not advisable, because the design is not only about how the app looks but more of how the user experience using the app.

Step 6: Get a developer

Look after a design company renowned for its design talent and a reliable development team. To assist with the search, it will be helpful to look at their credibility first and the quality their created apps online. 

From the company’s portfolio, if the apps they created are likeable, good and clear, most probably they are the right one for the product you want to design

Step 7: Establish developer accounts

To be able to sell the app through Google's platform, it is paramount that you register for a developer account with the respective app stores. 

A charge of $25 a year is required by Google's Android while a charge of $99 is required by apple annually. After it has been formed, there is a choice of registering either as an individual or as a company.

Step 8: Integration of analytics

Analytics are important to the app creator for monitoring progress. Tools like Flurry and Localystics are outstanding examples of analytics help in tracking down downloads, retention for the created mobile app and most importantly, the user engagement. Flurry is available for free and a free and paid version of Localytics is readily available.

Step 9: Get quick feedback and improvise.

Dynamism calls for constant changes and enhancements, therefore, monitor user feedback and continue building. 

This is called for after the app goes live on the app store since insight on improving and enhancing the app is given by the customer’s behaviour and their first set of users.

Step 10: Come up with features 

Version one of the built app has the core offering only and limited features. Gradually, this calls for evaluation and introduction of features that were left behind when the initial version of the app was established. How to go through this step will be guided by analytics and feedback. The two will determine if the features are relevant.

In the app development trends, the ten steps listed above are not inviolable instead, from experience; they are just guidelines on how to effectively come up with apps. 

From the details above, it is important to research and discover if other apps are doing the same thing as what is intended to accomplish, to find what inspires the design and details on technical requirements of your app. building an app is the least challenging part. The challenging task is how to get the customers and how to market and monetize the app.

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