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How Much does it Cost to Make a Dating App?

Speaking about the cost of dating app development, it is important to understand what affects it the most. In my experience, there are 3 main components that influence final costs:

  1. An hourly rate of your development team.
  2. A type of contract you choose.
  3. A number and kind of features you want to have in your app.

Let me say a few words about it.

Type of the app & number of features

There are dozens of ways to create a dating app so each case should be treated individually. However, in my opinion there are 7 must-have features:

  1. Authorization: to protect users’ personal data.
  2. User Profiles: to let users discover more info about each other.
  3. Geolocation: to connect lonely hearts from the same area.
  4. Discovery Settings: to set simple criteria (like distance, age and sex) and make the search process more accurate and successful.
  5. Matching Algorithms: to offer users the most accurate matching variants according to their preferences.
  6. Chat: to encourage conversation between users.
  7. Push Notifications: to keep your audience engaged.

Hourly rate dating app development

Hourly rate mostly depends on two factors:

  • Location of the development team.
  • Their experience and overconfidence.

Therefore, in my experience average hourly rates are as following:

  • North America → $180.
  • Western Europe → $120.
  • Australia → $90.
  • Eastern Europe → $40.
  • India → $25.

Infographic by Alex Sam

Type of contract

There are usually 2 main types of contract – Fixed Price and Time & Materials contracts.

The first one (Fixed Price) means that you agree on everything before the development process starts. Your expenses are also preliminarily outlined. However, it’s not very suitable for a mobile apps development and the costs in the contract are often inflated, so you overpay.

Time & Materials contracts are a better choice for a mobile development. Using this type of contract you pay for the amount of job done, so you can easily check how you spend each cent. Moreover, this model is more flexible and that allows to achieve better results.

So what about costs?

According to the estimation by StraightPath team & me, development costs for a good native dating app start from $25,000.

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