How to Make a Messaging App: Unique Features, Cost, & Timeline

Market State: Is There Still the Potential?

The Most Popular Chat Apps by Country
  • The adoption of smartphones will grow from 60% in 2018 to 79% in 2026 all over the world.
  • By 2025, four out of five mobile connections will be made with a smartphone.
  • Almost 50% of all smartphone users use apps mostly for communication with friends and acquaintances.
  • By 2020, the average revenue per user is expected to exceed $15.

Feature-Set of a Messaging App

Must-Have Functionality to Create a Chat App

Server-Based Chat App vs Client-Server Messenger Application
  • A server-based chatting app stores all messages on a server. If you decide to make a chat app of this type, all the interactions between users and the server should happen via the HTTPS protocol and be encrypted with an SSL certificate. The task is not only to build a chat app, but to create one that will belong to those that are considered secure chatting apps.
  • Client-side messenger apps do not utilize servers to store messages. When a user sends a message, it is authenticated by the central server and encrypted by an asymmetric cryptography algorithm, which is often called public-key cryptography. The message is delivered to the recipient via a wireless mesh network.

Chat App Features to Stand Out

How to Make a Messaging App: Advanced Features
  • Video calls
  • Channels and groups
  • Encrypted communication
  • Self-destructing messages
  • On-schedule messages
  • Chatbots
  • Invisible Ink
  • Stickers
  • Games

Vital Considerations & Tech Stack to Make a Messanger

Cost & Timeline of a Messaging Software

  • business analysis
  • UX/UI design
  • software architecture building
  • project management
  • team review
  • early planning
  • development
  • QA and testing
  • project management
  • team review
Business Model Canvas For Messaging Apps: WhatsApp Example
  • subscription fee
  • advertising
  • in-app purchases
  • sponsorship

10 Simple Steps to Make a Chat Application

  1. Conduct a comprehensive analysis of the market and your competitors
  2. Identify a unique selling proposition and some specifics of your app
  3. Define your business goals and expectations
  4. Choose and hire an experienced and reliable software development vendor
  5. Make a list of the app’s features for the first version and another for the fully-fledged product
  6. Create a user-friendly chat app UX/UI design
  7. Be prepared to become deeply involved in the chat app development process
  8. Plan and launch a marketing strategy
  9. Test, deploy, and launch the messenger to app stores and your target market
  10. Connect with app users, collect feedback, and plan further app scaling and product evolution



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