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How to Create an App: A Helpful Guide

In 2020, the total number of apps in the world reached almost nine million.

How to Create an App: A Helpful Guide

That’s pretty impressive considering that just 12 years earlier, the original Apple app store launched with just 500 apps.

If you’ve ever thought about creating your own app then we’re here to help.

Read on as we take a look at the basics of how to create an app.

Have an Idea

The hardest part of the process is having the killer idea.

Everything else can be outsourced if needs be, but you can’t have an app without an idea. It needs to solve a problem; unless your app meets a need that people have, no one is going to use it.

Research the Competition

Once you’ve got your idea you need to check out the competition.

It’s not the end of the world if you find apps that are similar to yours; if there’s room in the marketplace for more than one, then you can still make a success of your app.

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Work Out the Flow

Once you’re ready to make your app, you need to work out exactly how it’s going to work. What will the user interface be like? What will each page display?

To start with you can work all this out just with a pencil and paper.

Design a Mock-Up

Once you’ve got your flow mapped out it’s time to build a mock-up to test it out.

There are plenty of software options that can help you build a working model of your app. Once you have a working prototype, this is a great time to get some people to test it out before you go to the effort of building the real thing.

Build It

There are a number of options when it comes to building your app.

You can learn everything there is to know about app development and do it all yourself. You can hire someone to do it all for you, or you can do a bit of both.

There’s a lot to learn; you can find out more about some solutions that can help.

Submit It

When your app is finished and fully tested, it’s time to submit it to the relevant app stores.

Provided that you’ve followed the rules of the app store (Epic Games we’re looking at you!) your app should get approved.

Market It

With so many apps out there, your app will disappear without a trace unless you market it well.

If you market it successfully, it will begin to gain traction, and you should find your numbers going up and up.

Upgrade It

Just because you have a successful app doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels.

Operating systems get updated all the time, and changes can play havoc with your app. You might also want to add new features to make your app even more appealing.

Keep working on your app to make it the best it can be.

Now You Know How To Create an App 

Now you know how to create an app all that’s left is for you to go out there and do it!

Remember that your app needs to solve a problem, as otherwise, no one is going to want to use it. If you think you’ve got an idea that will change people’s lives, then what are you waiting for? It’s not going to build itself!

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