How much would it cost to develop a Social video networking app like TikTok?

According to a survey conducted by App Trace,TikTok jumped from 269th to 4th in global app download rank in February 2019. It has remained in the top-20 since (as of February 2020), and currently sits in fourth position.

TikTok is a video sharing social networking platform to create and upload short musical videos. These clips average between 3 to 15 seconds but videos can also be made in loops up to 60 seconds.

TikTok is the result of multiple mergers of different apps like Douyin and The Douyin app got launched in China in 2016 and later by 2017, TikTok witnessed remarkable growth, and became one of the most popular social networking sites with more than 800 million active users. TikTok’s easy-to-use video editing features and filters gave the app overnight success across the globe.


Business Model of TikTok

  • In- app Purchase

    Within the app, users can pay for various items, features, or content like special stickers, filters, and gifts. During live streaming, users can buy coins and gift them to others. Video streaming apps allow users to support live broadcasters with virtual currency, bought with real money.

  • Advertising

    Cost Per Click charged each time the user interacts with the ads in their app.

    Cost Per Mille charged advertisers for every 1,000 impressions of their ad running the app.

  • Freemium

    Freemium is one of the most effective methods in which free apps make money. It allows users to access your app services for free and also provides access to exclusive and more advanced paid features.

Basic Features - Cost to Develop a Social video networking app like TikTok

App Users Registered Users Admin Panel
Basic Features Login/Sign up Login
Follow/Unfollow users Manage users
Stream created videos Manage user activities
Multiple languages support Manage posts
Emoticons and filters Manage filters
Special effects for videos and audios Manage special effects and audio
Add timer Manage timer settings
Post created videos Manage users created posts
Like, comments, and Share options Manage users comments
Share created content on Social Media Platforms Manage social media platform
View/like/comment/share others’ posts Manage featured posts
Report/Spam comments Manage spam/reports
Save your created videos as drafts Manage(view) users drafts videos
Create duet videos Manage (view) users videos
Notifications Manage push notifications
Push notifications Admin account settings
Account settings Logout
Cost of Development $22k to $25k for Both Android and iOS + Web Admin.

Add-on Features

Users Admin
Add-on Chat room Dashboard Analytics
Challenge users

Resource Required for a Social video networking app like TikTok

Hire committed and expert Android and iOS developers from us to see how distinctively we offer you a solution for a Video Networking app like TikTok. The resources required for developing an app like TikTok will include:

  • 1-2 UI/UX Designer
  • 1-2 iPhone Developer
  • 1-2 Android Developer
  • 1-2 Web Developers
  • 1 Business Analyst
  • 1 Quality Analyst
  • 1 Project Manager

Technology Stack that will be required for a Social Video networking app like TikTok

Fabric iOS
Fabric iOS
Android Studio
Android Studio
Google Analytics
Google Analytics
Google API
Google API
MEAN Stack
MEAN Stack
Mantis BT
Mantis BT
Google Webmasters
Google Webmasters
swift iOS
Swift iOS

Why choose Let’s Nurture to develop a Social Video Networking app like TikTok?


With over 10 years of experience in the creation of custom mobile applications, we help businesses create their digital development plans via our in-depth knowledge, decades of expertise, and ability to innovate through cutting-edge technologies.

  • Experience in diverse security protocols essential for any video networking app

  • Expertise in transcoding video and audio

  • Extensive experience in developing user-friendly UX

  • Consultation on strategic features and their development.

  • Timely & regular reporting

  • Maintenance and support with quick turnaround time

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Creating an app like TikTok, you need to consider several factors that can completely change the price.

  • Platform: Development of short video apps can be done on both Native and React Native Platforms.
  • Design: The design of the application is always a struggle since it can require a decent amount of money and time.
  • Features: To start making an app like TikTok, you need to prepare a list of required features beforehand.
  • CCPA and GDPR Compliance: It protects users’ personal data. Additionally, there are high fines in the case of noncompliance.

Our team will provide 90 days free bug support after the app deployment. Bug-fixing, issue resolution, and system upkeep will be covered during this free support period. After completion of free 90 days support, clients can sign a separate contract for ongoing maintenance and support.

Yes, we do. We will use DRM (Digital Rights Management) technologies to prevent download and illegal sharing. Below are a couple of aspects of DRM:

Encrypted Streaming - Data transfer from server to player is completely encrypted. There is no access to direct raw video files anywhere. Even the complex decryption mechanism makes it almost impossible for hackers to break into it.

Backend Authentication - While encryption prevents illegal download, the URLs behind the video should also be protected, so that one can not share them and play using some other sources. Dynamic URLs generated for stipulated time of playback and whitelisting (restricting to one domain) prevent this.

Watermarking - Specific watermarks like ID, IP address, and email are only the ways to be shown on the screen to demotivate downloaders to copy the content and share.

IP/Geo Restriction - Video streaming applications have partnerships running for specific geographies to show content. Geo Restriction for video urls helps in this aspect.

What privacy settings does an app like this would offer for video streaming?

There are two settings options generally provided for such apps, Private - only you can view your videos, Public - Anyone on the platform can view your app. However, if you want, we can customize it; allowing only your followers to access your videos.

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