Making an iPhone (iOS) app from scratch isn’t easy, especially if you don’t know how to code and still don’t know about mobile app builders. Either way, there’s lots to do.
Apps name, visual feel, textual content, and many other details are only some of the ideas you need to prepare. After lots of attempts and revisions, and after details are fine-tuned, you are ready to build your iPhone app. To help get you started — and save you time and money spent on app development — we created a guide on how to create an app for iPhone without any coding knowledge at all. Here are our tips and tricks.
Why and how to create an app for iPhone?
If you have an app idea but aren’t sure how to realize it, follow these steps and learn how to create an iPhone app as quickly as possible.
Businesses strive for mobile apps rather than websites. Why is that so? Well-designed apps with enjoyable user experiences easily outperform websites. The key is in their speed and easy navigation what can be an issue with a traditional website.
Check out these Apple App Store statistics on why you and your business should have an app:
- There are nearly 4.4 million apps available in the Apple App Store (July 2020)
- On average, more than 30,000 new iOS apps are released in the Apple App Store every month
- Of all the mobile apps in the Apple App Store, the most popular category is gaming apps
- Mobile apps hit $581.9 billion in revenue in 2020
We’ve come a long way when app usage is in question. An average person spends around 3 hours and 40 minutes using mobile apps each day. The result of that is a 35% increase in mobile app usage between 2017 and 2019. Chances are your users will look at your app many times per day and enter your app even if they don’t engage with it. The main takeaway here is that even if your users don’t actively use any given app on their phones, they’ll still see your brand or logo multiple times throughout their day. Don’t miss out on this kind of mobile advertising with Shoutem’s mobile app builder.
I have an app idea, where do I start?
There are some things you should consider before you create an application for iPhone
Start thinking about your overall goals and strategies and how creating an iPhone app would benefit your business. Starting with a mobile app is not easy, but be careful not to forget about things you must do before you start with the mobile app development.
Mobile App Competition
When you’re starting something new and realizing your vision, study the market to find out what products are already out there, similar or opposite to your idea. Make sure to download several apps to get a sense of what your potential users are expecting — this is critical research for your business’ app without coding.
When you’re ready to research the good and the bad on the market, it’s necessary to:
1. Study similar mobile apps related to your business
2. Determine what features are ‘must’ for such an application
3. Research your competitors and their mobile strategies
4. Read reviews of applications in your niche. Here you can find what works and doesn’t work from users’ perspectives for creating your no-coding mobile app,
5. Do a SWOT analysis of your business and competitors to inform your next steps
We know we already mentioned this, but it deserves its separate step. When you audit your competitors’ apps, write down what functionalities they have, and determine how important each one is for your application.
Each application has its own import, but the most important is to create another market value with the answer to the question: what problem(s) does the app solve for users?
Mobile apps can dramatically affect your overall business and are most often created to generate additional earnings or improve a brand’s user experience. Mobile apps can also serve as brand awareness tools or as a step in your overall sales funnel.
Think about mobile app monetization opportunities before building an app, it will spare your time later.
Apple App Store Guidelines
Apple is quite strict when it comes to publishing mobile applications, it has criteria that are important to read and implement. The guidelines relate to safety, app performance, design, business model, and legal requirements.
Before you even publish an app to the Apple App Store, make sure that, in addition to the instructions above, make sure that you:
- tested your app for crashes and bugs
- ensured that all app information and metadata is complete and accurate
- have update your contact information in case App Review needs to reach you
- provided an active demo account and login information
- enabled backend services so that they’re live and accessible during review
- included detailed explanations of non-obvious features and in-app purchases (including supporting documentation where appropriate)
Hooray! So you decided to build your iOS app by yourself with Shoutem’s mobile app builder. Let’s go through the steps you need to take to create your iPhone mobile app.
Create an iOS app online with no-coding in just 6 steps
Follow these 6 steps to create an iOS app online with zero coding:
1. Go to the builder and build a blank app
If you want a mobile app for news, events, travel, and small businesses, or to showcase your products or even an app for school, use one of our templates — feature-rich to save you time. If you choose a template, you can still change your app’s theme and navigation.
Here is how to do so:
Also, if you want to skip this process, and see what features would suit best your iPhone business app, try to find your niche in our Showcase Apps section.
Ou builder offers seven distinctive navigation styles to choose from. As you choose your navigation style, Through navigation, your customers are able to check what features your app offers. You can modify variables within each style, such as text settings, modify your navigation, or change background images.
Find the steps here:
The next step is deciding on the icons for your features. A good tip to increase your mobile app’s readability is to pair text and icons. That way, you have both visual and descriptive description of your content what makes you app more memorable. With icons, the text is easier to comprehend, and it looks pretty, right?
Even though many icons are often used, you can personalize them to make them stand out more. For example, a location icon is a common icon with the Places feature, but you can modify it if you so desire.
A background image for the Navigation Bar can be changed as well. Our suggestion is to use an image with your brand name or logo if you have one.
3. Modify Your App’s Theme
You can change color, as well as typography, drawer layouts, overlays… Whatever you desire. Here is the video on how to create a News app, but also how to change the screen layout:
To fully understand these options, we created a manual that can be helpful. After you have decided on the colors and general styles you want to embrace for your app, the next step is to add extensions.
4. Add Your Favorite Features
All the features Shoutem provides are developed as extensions. The general Shoutem’s dashboard already has several extensions pre-installed. You can decide whether you want to keep them, modify them, or delete them.
How to add them?
All features are divided into sections for the sake of easier navigation and better readability. You can see Content features, Media features, Users, Commerce, More, and Custom.
Shoutem allows third-party extensions so you can include your extensions if you have any. The other option is to visit our free Extension Marketplace and find features that suit your app the best.
On the left sidebar, click “Extensions” to access free Marketplace. The list of extensions you installed will show up on the screen. If you need a manual or tutorial, we got you covered! Learn how to Install Extensions on your app.
5. Adding Content to Your iOS App
In Shoutem, we don’t complicate much. Learn how to add content to your app with this video tutorial.
Notice that the builder is a bit different now. Nevertheless, the functionalities have not been changed.
6. Publish Your iPhone App
There is still one more thing that needs to be done before you hit the blue “Publish” button. You need to write precise app info, namely the app’s name and required Store metadata.
In the Store metadata section, you have to write all necessary information about your app before publishing it on the Apple App Store. To ensure timely delivery, make sure that you have filled in the Developer info accordingly. Here is a brief manual on how to do it.
After you have clicked on the Publish button, we receive the publishing request. It is our job to prepare the app for publishing manually. Assuming all information in the Apple App Store metadata section are valid, the app will be published. If something is missing or invalid, you will receive a notification.
Apple Store optimization
To be successful in either market, it is important to know the differences between the market’s algorithms and to fully meet the app store requirements.
Optimizing for the Apple App Store starts with providing the app’s metadata. Doing this right will give your app more visibility so customers will discover your app more easily on App Store.
Important ranking factors for the Apple App Store include the following:
- App icon: Pay attention to your app’s icon as it is the first thing the potential user will see. It should be visually appealing and in line with the industry standards within your app’s genre.
- App name: Your app’s name might be the biggest ranking factor, so find relevant keywords for the best ASO strategy.
- Screenshots and videos: Visual representation of your app directly shows the app’s main features. Show what one can do with the app. Tell a story with it for the best results.
- Short and long description: Writing in detail what your app is about will help not only users to understand your app’s purpose, but also search engines will find it more easily.
Many choose to make an app for both iOS and Android. If you want to publish in both stores, make sure you are aware of the differences between App Store Optimization on Google Play vs. App Store.
Promoting your iOS app
Not many businesses can thrive without proper marketing. Mobile apps are not an exception either. Advertisers invested more than $240 billion in 2020, 26% more than in 2019. For that reason, we implemented AdMob into Shoutem. Mobile advertising has never been more important as brands keep on boosting their value through continuous advertising.
If you don’t know the steps for your app’s marketing campaign, we suggest Mobile App Marketing Guide as a great starting point. In the guide, you can find step-by-step instructions on dealing with basic mobile app marketing. It is a great beginner’s tool for learning how to properly reach your target audience and convert them into active app users.
FAQ for making an iPhone app without coding
1. What is the price of creating an iOS app?
Shoutem has a free trial, but after that, your iPhone mobile app will cost you $59/month (there is also a Yearly plan, that will cost you $79/month).
2. How much time do I need to build an iPhone app?
It depends on how many features you need and how much content you will enter. Usually, it would be best to have one working day to manage functionalities and enter content. So, yes, you can do it all in one day!
3. Can I make an iPhone app all by myself?
Yes! We created our builder so only one person — without any coding knowledge — can make an iPhone app.
4. What if I get stuck?
You can always contact our Support team, or hire our professional team to create an app for you!
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