- What does it take to develop an App like Instagram?
- Developing the Features/Functionalities of Instagram (Time in Hours)
- Account Authorization Feature
- Profile Setup (Create/Edit Profile Option)
- Photo and Video Upload/Editing/Management
- Messaging Option
- Social Media Connectivity
- The Search Feature
- Geo (Location) Integration
- The App Design – UI and UX
- Instagram Reels
- Instagram Checkout
- Live Shopping In Real-Time
- Open Instagram With Qr Code
- Instagram Shop
- Facebook Pay
- Instagram Pinned Comments
- Developing Extra Settings and Features
- The Development Team
- Estimated Cost To Make An App Like Instagram
What does it take to develop an App like Instagram?To make an estimate of the cost involved in developing a mobile application like Instagram, there are numerous factors that must be considered and studied thoroughly. These factors include:
- Selecting a budget-friendly app development company (Developer Cost)
- Your Idea for an app
- Technology Platform – Android or iOS or both
- User Interface/ App Screen Design
- Hybrid or Native
- Features & Functionalities
- Back-end or MBaaS
Developing the Features/Functionalities of Instagram (Time in Hours)Initially, Instagram was introduced as a video/photo-sharing app where one could upload and share videos and photos publicly or with a fraction of individuals with editing/applying filtering options using their smartphones. The users were allowed to access each other’s profiles, follow them, and add the content to a feed. A user could apply an optional filter and make some edits as well. They could also add captions to their posts and tag other users to it, tag it with a geographical location, and simultaneously post it to some of your other social networks. Later in 2015, Instagram evolved to become a combination of content sharing and messaging app where users can upload multiple images and videos in a single post and communicate with other users confidentially or publicly. Just like other social networks, you can now interact with other users on Instagram by following them, being followed by them, commenting, liking, tagging, and private messaging. You can even save the photos you see on Instagram. Instagram is available for free on both iOS and Android platforms. In order to develop an app similar to Instagram, you first need to develop a minimum viable product (MVP), which is the basic app version with just enough features to satisfy early customers and to provide feedback for future product development. There are so many similar apps available on the Google Play store & the Apple Store, so it becomes highly relevant to first build an MVP of the actual app to examine the product in the real market conditions and with day to day consumers to evaluate its performance. The minimum viable product can be also introduced in the form of a demo video, landing page, pilot version, or preliminary release. It testifies your idea’s feasibility. The key thing is that your app should not be a copied product, instead, it should come with exclusive specifications. For instance, there is no point in adding features like IGTV or Instagram Lite, etc. that have been recently added into Instagram.
Account Authorization FeatureAccount authorization is a very crucial step for social media platforms that deal with user data and privacy. Users should be given options to create new accounts on the social media app or should be able to use their email or phone numbers to sign in to social media accounts. Other than that, features like password reset, password recovery, detailed account activity logging, locking out accounts after too many unsuccessful login attempts, and requiring 2-factor authentication for unrecognized devices through email and phone SMS or social media account should also be integrated. which is possible only when the user’s data is saved on the backend for which there is an inevitable need for a strong database that allows users to share specific data with an application while keeping their usernames, passwords, and other information private. For example, an application can use the OAuth 2.0 database to obtain permission from users to store files in their Google Drives. This entire process of setting up Account Authorization for an Instagram-like App may take up to 70 hours, which includes registration through emails and phone numbers and the sign-in or sign-out process.
Profile Setup (Create/Edit Profile Option)The next step is to design an option for creating an editing profile so that the user may display his name, profile picture, education, and other relevant information he/she feels like to share and also can modify the shared information with the edit option. For this, there is a need to develop an interaction between the client and the server-side of the application which may take anywhere between 50 hours.
Photo and Video Upload/Editing/ManagementTo Implement the photo and video upload feature to make your social media platform interactive and interesting, you need to choose from the following options, depending on whether you’re developing for Android or iOS, or both. The Estimated time required for creating the Upload feature is around 100 hours. Photo editing also plays an important role in a photo-sharing app like Instagram, through which users can showcase their art and creativity blended with their images by editing it according to their choices. Now, talking about the backend, you have two options, you can either use any standard file (by copying available source to the project), or you can create your own files (writing your own source). The approximate time of developing this feature should be around 65 to 70 hours.
Messaging OptionIt is crucial that your app facilitates the users with a real-time messaging option along with a notification about the incoming message while protecting the app server from getting crashed due to the heavy burden of incoming and outgoing messages by using the API on HTTP as a replacement for permanent socket connections. To implement the notification facility, you should get the app linked with Android or the iOS server through device authorization on the server. You can use APN or GCM for doing it. The whole process of building the messaging function may consume around 120 hours.
Social Media ConnectivityIt is extremely important to connect or link your social media app with other social media platforms in order to give access to a wider audience. Today, users are interacting with each other through these apps where they are sharing information, video, images, and much more. So, you have to provide them with an option allowing them to connect with users on other social media platforms. For this, you need to link up the app account ID with the social media account ID. For the authorization part, tools such as OAuth will come into play. The expected time for developing this part is around 8 to 10 hours.
The Search FeatureThe search option enables the users to search for their friends, family members, groups, or latest trending news on celebrities, upcoming gadgets or services in a particular area, and more. Users can join social groups of their community, class, and interests using the search feature. The backend server serves the users with the desired results through this option. The development time would be around 60 hours.
Geo (Location) IntegrationThrough this feature, users will become able to share their current location along with videos and photos so that their friends who are nearby may also join them. To enable this feature to your app, you’ll need the aid of APIs.The approach for android differs from that for iOS. While Android developers will make use of a class from android. location package along with maps service of the MapView class, the iPhone apps developers will be using the CLLocationManager Class along with maps service via the Map Kit framework. The data is sent by a sensor to the front-end, from where it goes to the backend. The app needs to obtain user permission in order to send the data. The data received by the server gets saved there and an image representing the location is returned to the end-user. The estimated time required for developing/integrating the Geo-location feature is about 25 hours, depending on the developer.
The App Design – UI and UXBesides the above-mentioned features, you also need to figure out the cost involved in designing the app. The design is one of the most crucial things for your application’s future. It is the point where your idea begins to manifest into a real app. Your app design should be simple and elegant and should provide a name and status to the platform. The name of the app should be fascinating, appropriate, and short and the logo should feature decent & interactive colors. Designing an App like Instagram usually takes around 50 to 60 hours.
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