The mind-blowing success of TikTok is hard to believe in. However, despite its simplicity, this video-sharing application enjoys enormous popularity. Its community exceeds 500 million users all over the world, and it tends to grow consistently. No surprise many people wonder how to make an app like TikTok and how much it will cost. In our review, we’ll shed some light on the issue. Keep on reading to know what you need to create a TikTok-like application and what the cost to make an app is.
What Is TikTok and How It Works
TikTok is an app that lets upload, create, and edit small audio and video files and share them with other users. The platform offers a wide variety of cool and creative effects, which help make really unique content. There are also many nice extra features, such as creating live wallpaper, etc. Here are just some interesting facts about TikTok to consider.
- The average number of active users per month is around 500 million.
- The number of downloads from AppStore in the first quarter of 2019 exceeded 33 million.
- The share of male users of TikTok is 56%; female – 44%.
- An average time spent by a user with TikTok is 52 minutes daily.
- TikTok is currently available in 155 countries in the world.
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Developing an App Like TikTok: Features to Consider
Before developing any product, one needs to understand clearly what features need to be added. When it comes to launching an app that is meant to have a huge audience, it makes sense to start with an MVP (minimum viable product) version. It helps analyze the effectiveness of the project on the initial stage and avoid over-expenditure. This is why we divided all the features into 2 large groups: basic and advanced ones.
Basic Features of an App Like TikTok
Here is a short list of features you will need anyway. Consider them as must-haves for your app.
Only registered users can add and edit content. It’s a good idea to add several signing-up options (e-mail + password, phone number, social media profile, etc.)
- Customizing a profile:
Users must have a possibility of editing their accounts: adding user-pics, changing statuses, editing personal info, etc.
- Loading content:
Content uploading and sharing is a key feature of the app, so it must be simple, convenient, and effective.
- Video effects and filters:
It’s for you to decide what modes and filters you will add. Numerous options for improving videos and making them special add flexibility and make the app more attractive.
Interaction is an important part of the process. Let users express their opinions in various ways.
- Sharing in other networks:
Add synchronization with Facebook, Instagram, etc. to let users share content with their friends and subscribers.
They are crucial, as they help keep users engaged.
- Admin panel:
You will need it to manage users and content, as well as monitor statistic data.
Advanced Features of an App Like TikTok
While your app can exist with basic features only, some extra possibilities make it even more attractive for users. After a successful launch, you may think of advanced features implementation.
- Previewing content by non-registered users:
By making content available before the signing-up, you increase the app’s popularity. Commenting and sharing must be available only after the registration.
This feature allows users to specify the location when they post content. It helps find people near you and watch their videos.
- Analytic tools:
The integration of such tools will help track the number of liv users, likes, and comments in real time.
- Live streaming:
While TikTok hasn’t integrated this feature yet, it may be nice to consider, as live video streaming is all the rage these days.
- Augmented reality filters:
They let create unusual and cool visual effects.
What You Need to Create an App Like TikTok
To develop an app of this complexity level from A to Z you need two things: a team of professionals and a set of proper tools (tech stack). Apart from the project manager, the team must consist of backend and frontend (Android and iOS developers), a UI-designer, ant a quality assessment engineer. On the pre-development stage, you will also need the services of a business analyst.
When it comes to a tech stack, you will need (at the very least):
- Kotlin and Swift programming languages (for Android and iOS respectively);
- Node.js framework (for backend development);
- Cassandra/MongoDB/SQL (for the database);
- AWS/Azure (for the cloud);
- Google Cloud Messaging/Apple Push Notification Service (for Android and iOS respectively);
- Azure stream analytics (for real-time analytic).
What Does the Final Price Depend on?
It’s hard to state the end-price of a finished product without knowing all the details, as it is influenced by a variety of factors. Here are the most important ones.
You need to decide whether you want to create apps for both iOS and Android or a single platform. If your budget is severely limited, you may start with one platform (apps for iOS tend to be cheaper because of a limited number of screen sizes and shapes).
You shouldn’t underestimate it, as great design is half the battle. Needless to say, the time spent on UI development influences the final price.
Every feature added affects the price. The more features the more expensive your app.
- The team:
Are you working with an in-house developer or an outsourcing company? What is the team location? These are important factors influencing the price.
What Is an Average Cost of Creating an App Like TikTok?
As we’ve figured out, the cost of a video-sharing app can vary significantly depending on its features, design, and developer location. Thus, if we take an approximate rate of $50 per hour, which is offered by Eastern Europe developers, the final price will range from $46 350 to $92 750.
Author Bio: Vitaly Kuprenko is a writer for Cleveroad. It’s a web and mobile app development company with headquarters in Ukraine. He enjoys writing about technology and digital marketing.