How much does it cost to build a device management app?

Standard price for a device management app: $10,500

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What is a device management app?

A device management application is a software application that manages the configuration and security of devices or mobile phones (e.g., desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones). Examples of configurable settings include automatically updating and patching applications on the device; changing display resolutions; disabling cameras; setting encryption parameters such as password strength; configuring Wi-Fi network connection information and access to enterprise resources; and remotely wiping user data from the device. The app may also manage access control lists for devices to ensure they are only used by authorized users. Other features may include auditing log entries for single devices or groups of devices across a complex environment that spans large distances.

Device management apps are similar to other enterprise mobile security software, such as BYOD apps, Web encryption products, file encryption apps, and voice encryption apps. McAfee Mobile Security is one of the more popular device management apps.

Here are some recent device management app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • An app that restricts the functionality of a phone as determined by an admin user, such as a parent.

  • A bluetooth-enabled app so that users can toggle and customize colors of the lights on their vehicle from their phones. An important feature is ability of app to ping nearby towers, and recognize where illegal colors are restricted based on the state a driver is in.

What is the typical cost to build a device management app?

A device management app usually costs $10,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $5,000 or as high as $20,000. A device management app with a low number of features (also known as a "minimum viable product", or MVP) will be more affordable than an app that includes all intended functionality.

For example, here are some recent device management app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $7,500

  • $13,500

Here are some considerations that may impact the cost of a app:

How long does it take to build a device management app?

A device management app usually takes 140 hours to build. However, a device management app can be built in as few as 67 hours, or in as many as 267 hours. The exact timeline mostly depends on how complicated your app is. As a general rule, it will take longer if you require highly custom designs, niche features, or non-standard release platforms.

For example, the most recent device management apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 100

  • 180

How to successfully grow your device management application

The device management strategy is all about bypassing the app store. If you can provide users with a faster, cheaper and easier way to perform a task, you will probably win their loyalty. App type: Mobile marketing & analytics app A mobile marketing and analytics app can grow rapidly by demonstrating that it provides a high level of value for a specific type of user. There are many mobile marketing and analytics apps on the market today, and users choose their apps based on the platforms that speak directly to their needs. Apps that help marketers reach consumers have to show how they’re different from competitors that offer similar services. They also need to demonstrate that they have an established customer base, and perhaps even proven results from past clients.

Risks and challenges of building a device management application

Device management apps can face legal and reputational risks related to the tracking of device location and performance metrics. Many businesses leverage third-party device management platforms for this purpose, so it is important to be aware of the privacy implications of gathering this type of information. It is best practice to make sure your app has a consent mechanism in place for collecting these types of metrics, and that you store sensitive information with strong encryption mechanisms.

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