How Much Does it Cost to Develop an App like Whatsapp

How Much Does WhatsApp like App Cost?

overview of whatsapp

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular social chat app which allows users to send free text messages, make voice calls, image, audio, and video sharing, as well as location and contact sharing between apps personally or in a group, regardless of location. It has changed the way how people share their thoughts with their friends, relatives and communities. As of September 2015, WhatsApp had a user base of up to 900 million. Following its trend, there a hundreds of chat apps have come to the market with the same or more innovative features.

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1990, It is a time where instant messaging is the new concept, but exactly after 19 years, it become a revolution in information technology.

“If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.”

                                                                                                                                By Brian Tracy

It may be weird for some people after seeing the above statement. However, it is the reality of life. The reason is that failure will always help you to pound back forcefully.

The same thing happened with the Life of WhatsApp founders. The top social media giant Facebook rejected one of the founders of WhatsApp to offer a job. It made him start an application, which is called WhatsApp.

It made a great revolution in the market of instant messaging apps. Facebook acquired it in 2014 by $19 Billion. It is called Success.


Overview of WhatsApp:

WhatsApp is the world’s most popular instant messaging app owned by Facebook. It is an instant messenger app used to exchange messages in real time.

This app allows users to send and receive text & voice message, voice & video calls, share location, image, and documents. WhatsApp is so popular all over the world because it is available for free on all operating systems.

It has changed the way how people share their thoughts with their friends, relatives, and communities. Following its trend, there are hundreds of chat apps have come to the market with the same or more innovative features.

It has reached to the roots of the countries too, because of its vast features. WhatsApp has made its presence in cutting edge devices to non-smartphones.

Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded it in February 2009.

FuGenX, a global mobile app design & development company in India, helps individuals or businesses to develop WhatsApp like app with innovative features.

Whatsapp overview
Whatsapp app development cost
Key Features of WhatsApp App:

Whatsapp-iconRegister (mobile number verification)/Login

Whatsapp-iconAuto synchronization of Phonebook, search, broadcast and chat groups etc.

Whatsapp-iconOptions to capture and share images, audios, videos, and contact sharing

Whatsapp-iconTick sign to notify sent, delivered, and read messages, and info on last seen etc.

Whatsapp-iconSet wallpaper, block, clear conversation, email conversation etc.

Whatsapp-iconHelp on using app, profile picture uploading, and set status

Whatsapp-iconWhatsApp on web, which allows users to access WhatsApp on PC through web browser, by visiting and scanning the code using WhatsApp Web option inside WhatsApp in the phone.

Tools and Technologies in WhatsApp:

Whats App Servers: Ejabberd & YAWS (Multimedia storage), which is an open source Jabber server programmed in Erlang language.

Language: The messaging app uses Erlang language, which quickly adapts to the instant updates and hotfixes, which makes communication seamless.

Operating system: This social media app uses FreeBSD as the operating system.

Database: Mnesia

Offline Database: SQLite.

XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) is a protocol used by WhatsApp.

How WhatsApp Does Work?

WhatsApp uses Ejabberd (XMPP) server which is an open source Jabber server programmed in Erlang language.

Erlang language quickly adapts to the instant updates and hot fixes which makes communication seamless.

XMPP (Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) is a protocol used by WhatsApp

How Much Does an App like WhatsApp Cost?


The cost of WhatsApp like app depends on following three major factors:

App Platform (Android, iOS (iPhone), or Windows etc.):

The WhatsApp development platform is the first thing that you have to consider when developing WhatsApp like an app. There is a significant difference between the platforms in terms of the cost of the app.

App Design:

Since user-interface and user-experience is everything in the app, user-friendliness of the app plays a vital role in the app success, which requires an increased cost.

WhatsApp UX design is significant for a mobile app.

App size:

App size in the terms variety of or total number of features and functionalities used in the application.

How much FuGenX charges to develop WhatsApp like app?

One more thing you should think is the geographical location and the size of the company when you are opting for the developers.

Developers in India: $10-80/hour

Developments in Eastern Europe: $30-150/hour

USA developer cost: $50-250/hour.

The charges will differ from a small company to a multinational company.

The total cost of the mobile app will depend on the above factors. The total cost will vary according to the requirements and functionalities of the app.

It will cost around $10,000 to $20,000 for one platform. If you need advanced features, it will cost you more $25,000. The cost depends on the cost of the developer multiplied by the number of hours required to develop.

Don’t get cheated by fake advertisements “Build a WhatsApp like an app in 24 hours” because it will take around 1620 hours to develop a full-fledged mobile app.

I hope you are satisfied and got a clear view of the cloning of WhatsApp mobile app. If you are still stuck with any doubts regarding features, functions, and cost of the development, please reach for us.

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