How much does it cost to build a video sharing app?

Standard price for a video sharing app: $37,500

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What is a video sharing app?

A video sharing application is a web, mobile, or desktop application that enables users to upload and view videos. The app may also allow users to create playlists of videos and share these playlists with other users.

Video sharing apps are very similar to photo sharing apps, live streaming apps, and other content syndication apps. YouTube is one of the most popular video sharing apps to date.

Here are some recent video sharing app examples built with Crowdbotics:

  • A fitness app with built-in video integration that provides workout examples using basic equipment.

  • A freemium beauty video tutorial app with a Stripe integration and gated, tiered content dependent on a user's subscription level, comment and discussion sections for each video tutorial, and a forum.

  • A paid OnlyFans-style video sharing app with three subscription tiers and different adult content available depending on which tier a user is subscribed to. Users have the ability to "book time" with adult entertainers as well as view their availability and general location.

What is the typical cost to build a video sharing app?

A video sharing app usually costs $37,500 to build. However, the total cost can be as low as $25,000 or as high as $50,000. A video sharing 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 video sharing app price quotes from Crowdbotics:

  • $20,199

  • $15,000

  • $100,499

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

How long does it take to build a video sharing app?

A video sharing app usually takes 603 hours to build. However, a video sharing app can be built in as few as 100 hours, or in as many as 1,333 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 video sharing apps built with Crowdbotics received the following hourly estimates:

  • 269

  • 200

  • 1,340

How to successfully grow your video sharing application

A video sharing app can grow by providing users with an easy way to post and share videos on a platform that is widely popular. In order to accomplish this, it's common for video sharing apps to integrate with social media networks, messaging apps, and other services that already have a large user base. Growth strategies for video sharing apps include generating more views for existing videos by encouraging new users to engage with the app through content discovery mechanisms, such as comments and likes. Video sharing apps can also incentivize new users to join by offering additional features in exchange for sharing the app with their friends.

Risks and challenges of building a video sharing application

Video sharing apps can face legal risks related to copyright infringement and defamation. It is recommended that video sharing apps include methods for reporting content and use APIs from trusted third parties (such as YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter) for media verification. Video sharing apps should also take measures to protect both the privacy of their users and their own proprietary information to ensure compliance with privacy laws such as COPPA and GDPR.

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