how to build your own social media app, how much does it cost and how much time it will take?

Social Media App

Social media is one of the leading ways to grab internet users. These all social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and many more taking lead on internet and people love to spend their time on social media and communicate with people and share their opinion to each others.

Social Media is a platform where people can join with their personal details and interact with user around the world are currently using the app without any cost. Here, people love to share ideas, personal emotions, what they feel and their business and many more. (But they have to follow social media privacy and policy while posting their content.)

What kind of Social App we are going to talk?

Here i am going to talk about a basic social media mobile app like Twitter. It has basic functionality that twitter has. This app Inspired by Twitter. So you can check live demo of our Ionic Social Media app on ionicfirebaseapp

Account creation and User authentication:

Here users can sign up with their details. Like email, name, username and their phone number. Then they need to authentication or verified their account so we can stop spam users account. So you will get a verification link on your email id and then you have to verify that.

Account Updation:

Here user can upload their personal details like their name, profile images, short bio description.

Privacy: Here user can set up their privacy, means that whom they want to share profile personal details and whom going to see their post feed and send them a request and many more.

Follower & Following: Here user can follow you if they like your post and even you can follow others to get notified their post feed.

Post Feed: Here the post feed will show as per your interest and whom you followed as well as you will get a notification if anything will posted by your followers.

Notification: Here you will get notified if anyone follow you are any update has been done by your follower or anyone comment in your post.

How much does it cost?

Cost to build Social Media app
Cost to build Social Media app

It is fully depends on your requirement and what features do you like to build. There is not fix budget to build any kind of social media app. Because it required to keep updating their features, database, privacy, servers cost and many more.

But if you would like to start just like Twitter and with their basic functionality then will cost min $49 for mobile app UI (If you would like to check live demo then you can check live demo or Ionic Social Media app here and $99 for backend (you can check live demo of Social media backend here for one time with our Social Media app. Apart from Hosting cost and more feature updates and customized. If you are going with us then you can start in just a few hours of setup and installation. But if you are going with others then you may require min 60 days to build app like twitter and it will cost you around min $4000 for those basic features.

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Note: Cost is not fixed. It will keep varying on technologies, companies, your requirements, hosting, infrastructure and many more factor depends.

Now if you calculate total cost with this features and with our app then it will cost you $148 one time no customization. You will get all source code that you can host on your serve. Server cost will varying form $30- $50 initial. It will keep growing as your users and storage growth. If you have no idea about the technologies then you might have to take setup and installation services that might additional cost of around $100. So now the final total cost will come around $300 to start your own social media app like Twitter.

Note: This cost is one time only and with our Social app with the basic functionality those we mention above and as you seen demo on given source. It might cost more if you need any customization.

Benefits of Social Media App:

If you have own social app and your own user base then later on you can optimize with paid ads even you can start your own business and share with all community. You can take small charges to your users if they want to promote their business or personal branding on your social media app. There are a lot of examples in front of us. The leading Social Media companies are Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn,Twitter, TikTok and many more and there are many to come in the future.

Some Marketing Idea for Your Social Media App

I know you are not going to make such a huge social media app and that i mention above. But you can start from local areas. Just build you app and start sharing with local people for free then asked for their feedback and keep updating as per their feedback.

Second, Go to local store and told this is our app you can try this free of cost and list their business free of cost and put your app link in their storefront and keep adding users.

Create social media profile like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and start sharing your app details and feature on that.

Now create content and start sharing on all social media channels.

Now i said that daily pocket money ads marketing strategies:

Here what we used to suggest to start with, whatever you have the pocket money on a daily basis. Like if you have $10 daily pocket money then put $5 on Facebook and target only your local audience and $5 for YouTube branding ads for your local audience. Make sure you have set location correctly.

Now like that keep rolling on a daily basis. Keep switching paid accounts. First day of your pocket money on Facebook and YouTube then second day pocket money on Instagram and Twitter, Then third day pocket money on LinkedIn and Facebook and keep running the cycle for one month and one month of the time period you will see the growth in the user's database.

Once you start getting local users then only try to get out and start expanding your users base.

This is a basic steps that help you build your social app and how to start marketing for them. But there a million ways to share you app and reach out to your users.


Here we saw how much does cost to build a Social Mobile app and how much time it will take. And a small tips to start marketing and reach out to users for your own app.

I hope this will help you out. In case you have any queries and suggestions then mention in the comment section and we’ll love to hear from you.