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How to Become a Mobile App Developer

Mobile is a staple gadget for people of today; whether children or adults everyone carries one. Just as mobile technology has revolutionized over the years, so have its uses. From messaging to learning a new language, planning, sharing your work, or tracking your calorie intake, you will find a mobile app for just about anything. 

This makes it one of the most lucrative ways to make money. On average Mobile app developers typically earn $97000 per year and $5000 per month. If you want to learn how you can become one, keep reading the following guide. 

1. Make Your Base Right

Even though it is not mandatory to get admission to a computer science degree to learn the process, a degree in the discipline provides you with two benefits. First, many companies prefer if you are graduated in the subject. Secondly, you can not become a professional without practice, and a degree in the field gives you enough time and grounds to practice.

If not, you can always get a corresponding course at a community center to teach coding and processing. Or you can take an online paid course. Apple offers their coding training at iOS Dev Center, and for Android, a similar site is Android Developers Training. 

Alternatively, you can also learn it for free by enrolling yourself in a free online course. Sites like Coursera and edX etc., offer plenty of free classes.

2. Choose A Platform

After the learning stage, the first stepping stone for your journey is to choose the right platform. Even though there are many options in the market, such as Windows, Symbian, iOS, Android, and Blackberry RIM, it is wise to choose between the ones dominating the mobile industry, like iOS and Android. Begin by mastering one and gradually excel at others.

3. Three Areas to Excel

  • Interface Design

When the user is using your app, this enhances the user experience. The better their experience, flow, and journey, the more likely they are to enjoy your app. For this, practice how to use Java and XML.

  • Programing

Programming is the core of app development. The Classic Android program is “Java.”

For iOS, “Swift” is widely accepted by Apple app development companies.

  • Business Expertise

You can not just build an app and expect it to make you money. For this, you have to monetize your app. You need to learn how to put fences within an app that requires the user to pay to use it. Similarly, you should know how to make users spend more time on your app.

4. Put Your Skills into Practice

Remember, practice is crucial. So, it is time to put your learning into practice and begin developing your first app. 

Think of an idea. It does not have to be a great one that earns you money on your first try. At first, simply focus on materializing what you have learned and try to refine it through trial. Continue working until you get the desired results.

5. Program Solving

Problem-solving skills and analytical thinking are essential to every coding job. You should be able to fix problems in existing code. Similarly, you should be able to modify an application to meet new requirements.

6. Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help

You may know how to code, but you need people who can improve your app experience and make it better in terms of design. This is where you can seek assistance from people already working on these skills and wish to practice them. Or you can hire people to help you. It will tremendously improve the quality and functionality of your app.

7. Testing your App

It is time to put your invention to the test. Use your app, and ask your family and friends to do the same. When the app is new, there are always chances for bugs and glitches.

Ask for open feedback, and don’t be afraid to make changes. After all, millions, and maybe billions of people will use your app, and you don’t want to disappoint them.

8. Move to Other Platforms

Now that you have practiced one platform, it is time to move on to the next. Be aware that every new platform presents its own set of challenges. When switching from iOS to Android, you have to consider that that things are not the same. For example, the screen size. There is a far more variety of screen sizes with Android than iOS, so your app will appear slightly different on each. Thus, each platform requires you to have a specific set of skills to thrive.