5 Steps to Go From App Idea to App Store

Having an idea for a mobile app is only the first step. To really succeed and hit your business goals, you'll need to do these five things, all made possible by Thunkable's no code app builder.
Written by
Ariel Gonzalez
Published on
September 14, 2023

If there’s one thing we know, it’s how to build an app. We see our millions of Creators do it every day. Whether you want to enhance customer engagement, streamline internal processes, or build an app for a client, we’ve got you covered!

We have consolidated our wealth of knowledge, tips, and tricks to get you started on how to create an app, and you can do it all without any coding necessary!

Here are our five steps to get you from app idea to deployment.

Step 1: Define the App Idea with a Scope of Work

For many businesses, it all starts with a problem you’re trying to solve. In this step, you should identify the problem the app is trying to solve, define the features and functionality of the app, understand what integrations are needed, and set expectations for timelines and budgets.

Don’t forget to involve your team! An aspect that is often overlooked is establishing communication channels among team members. Make sure your team is aware of the mobile app building project so they can set time aside for learning about the platform you plan to build your app on. Select the teammates who will own the development efforts, who will test the app, and who will provide final approval. Establish project timelines and kickoff meetings, as well as critical checkpoints. 

Are you building for a client? We created this guide for developers building apps for clients with tips on what that path will look like.

Step 2: Layout the User Journey to Inform Your Design and App Features

The user journey throughout your app can make or break the success of your app. An intuitive user interface (UI) and visually appealing design are all aspects of an app that will delight and retain users. Spend time wireframing your app to lay out each step your user will take between screens, actions taken, etc. 

Once your user journey is laid out, focus on functionality and design. It’s important to ensure your design and app functionality complement one another and offer a seamless user experience.

Need inspiration for what features to include? Think about adding offline capabilities, Bluetooth abilities, or tap into these powerful components on the Thunkable’s drag and drop app builder platform.

To elevate your mobile app’s design, add animations to delight your users, and follow these essential app design principles.

Step 3: Build Your App and Test Thoroughly

Now is the time to see your app come together! With no code mobile app development platforms, you can build an app in half the time it would take through traditional coding methods. You can watch your app come to life using Thunkable’s Live Test feature, allowing you to view the app directly on your phone! Live Testing will also help with observing the user journey in real-time.

Once you’ve finished building your app, thoroughly test your prototype to ensure functionality and user satisfaction. Diligent testing guarantees a successful launch when the app is published.

Step 4: Deploy Your App to the App Store or Google Play Store

Congrats! You’ve built your app, and you are ready to get it in the hands of your users!

Based on the tool of your choice, you need to decide which app store you want to publish your app to. (In this guide, we dive into the app publishing process for both the App Store and Google Play.)

Luckily for you, Thunkable’s no code app creation platform allows you to deploy your app to both the App Store and Google Play Store. Say goodbye to the technical complexities of app deployment; Thunkable handles it all for you!

Step 5: Maintain and Improve New Releases of Your App

The journey doesn't end with your app’s launch—it's actually just the beginning. You’ll want to keep up with mobile updates, app store requirements, and user feedback. Regular updates, bug fixes, and feature enhancements keep your app relevant and exciting. 

And don’t forget to market your app! Whether you’re building an app for your business or a client, you’ll want to garner as much attention for your app as possible. Stand out among the competition, improve your app’s searchability with app store optimization, and promote your app through various marketing channels.

Achieve Business Goals and Elevate Your Business with No Code Mobile App Development

Each step we’ve outlined will bring you one step closer to digitally transforming your business with a mobile-first mindset. Seeking a more in-depth guide for your no code mobile app development journey? We’ve got you covered from start to finish with our ultimate guide!

Looking for a custom mobile app solution for your business? Our team is happy to walk you through personalized solutions for your needs.

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Written by
Ariel Gonzalez

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