How to Make an App Like Instagram: Tech Stack, Features, Costs

Evolution of Instagram Mobile App

  • Burbn app (Instagram’s former name) app idea seeded funding worth $500K
  • Instagram collected $57.5M funds in total
  • MVP of Instagram -adhering a photo in a square with a few filters
  • UPS of Instagram -a combination of photo-sharing and editing tools
  • 95 million pictures are posted on Instagram daily
  • 1 billion users are active on Instagram monthly
  • Net worth Instagram is more than $100 billion US
  • IGTV
  • Stories
  • Shoppable posts
  • Nametags
  • New quick replies in Direct
  • Explore page

How to Create an App Like Instagram Successfully

  1. Conduct market research to define your target audience and its preferences
  2. Evaluate competitive photo-sharing apps
  3. Finalize your unique and outstanding app concept
  4. Define your further strategy in terms of your goals with the project, budget, timeline, and technologies
  5. Prepare your marketing and PR strategy and start promoting the app from the early stages
  6. Build communication channels with your users to gain quick and up-to-date client feedback
  7. Select a capable development agency to design, develop, test, and launch your social photo-sharing app
  8. Keep up with the competitors and evolve the project further
  • Sponsorship and advertisements
  • In-app purchases
  • Offering special deals to active users
  • Intuitive user-navigation
  • Clear designs (UX/UI)
  • Eye-catching graphics and visual element (e.g logo)
  • Personalized feed
  • Well-functioning application
  • Come up with a new and unique photo-editing tool inside the app
  • Create the photo-sharing for a specific user group or themed app
  • Offer functionality to create themed photo albums and set the photo or post privacy to send invitations only to selected users
  • Add functionality to share photos between phones and other devices easily without signing up
  • Assist your users with some photo-editing lessons, or provide them with tips to create top-notch user profiles

Instagram Technology Stack

  • React Native -iOS & Android apps
  • Python (Django framework) & HTML5JavaScript -server-side
  • Computing services -Amazon S3, Amazon, EBS, Amazon EC2
  • Database -PostgreSQL

MVP Functionality of Instagram-like App

  • creating a new account
  • signing in into the existing account via social networks
  • adding personal data
  • editing personal data
  • removing personal data
  • uploading pictures taken in the app or existing images from the gallery
  • mentioning people, adding tags
  • subscribing
  • liking
  • commenting
  • sharing
  • inviting friends from Facebook
  • cropping
  • rotating
  • image adjustments
  • applying filters
  • determining the geolocation of the existing image
  • determining current geolocation and adding it to the post
  • text and photo messaging
  • push notifications
  • by username or full name
  • by tags
  • by post description

How Much Does It Cost to Make an App Like Instagram?

  • Project priorities & constraints
  • Business goals & context
  • Budget constraints & timeline
  • Developing vendor
  • Technology preference
  • Complexity of project functionality & design

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