How to Find an iPhone App Developer [iPhone Q & A]

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Catherine writes:

Are there app program developers that you would recommend? I have heard from a couple of them (one who wrote in on your blog) but I am not really sure (besides the fee and their resume) what I should be looking for to find a good developer at a fair price. Any ideas?

I have not worked with iPhone app developers myself, but here are 6 tips that might help you find a reputable iPhone app developer for your project:

  1. Look in the App Store. A good way to find a talented developer is to see who designed the apps you like in the iPhone App Store. Look in the app description under “Company”. Sometimes this will not be the company that designed the application, but a lot of times it lists the websites of the developers themselves. If that’s the case, check out the developer’s website and shoot them an email asking if they would like to work with you.
  2. Find professionals at a freelance jobs site. Post your iPhone app project to an online services marketplace, and developers will bid on your project. Check out these sites first:
  3. Start a dialog with prospective developers. If you find an available developer, talk about the details of your project and see how he/she responds. Do they reply in a timely manner to your emails? Do they sound like they know their craft? Ask to speak on the phone. Find out what programming languages they are familiar with and what kind of projects they like to work on.
  4. Ask to see a portfolio. Find out if the developer you’re considering has made other iPhone apps. If not, what other development experience do they have? You should expect to see proof of experience — that is, completed projects — before you hire someone to work on your iPhone app. Consider the iPhone app you want developed and whether your prospective developer seems capable of completing it.
  5. Choose a developer who’s worked on projects similar to yours. If your iPhone app will be graphics-intensive, look for a developer with graphics experience and an eye for aesthetics. If your app will be information-centered, look at how the developer organized data in their past work. Choose a developer who has a skillset that matches your needs.
  6. Hire more than one developer. You may want to consider hiring more than one developer to design and code your iPhone app. Sometimes a developer is more comfortable with design, and another with code. Think about hiring a designer to conceptualize your iPhone app, and then finding someone else to code it.

If you’ve worked with iPhone app developers, tell us in the comments what your experience was like. iPhone app developers, feel free to let us know about your work and whether you’re available to work on new projects.

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Thanks for your thoughts on finding an Iphone app developer.

Speaking from the point of view of an iPhone developer who is listed on a number of developer directories, the one that seems to be the most popular is TheyMakeApps ( – we get a lot of hit from them and I think that’s because their site is much easier to navigate than most other developer directories.

For a list of local app developers you can try
We welcome developers as well. Just input your information in the free directory!


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Great information. Make sure to get an NDA signed before going into any agreement with a developer. There are lots of really good app ideas out there, and without an NDA you’re not protected at all. Check out for more information!

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Nice post, but let me differ on freelancing portals thing, since you really need to do a lot of screening and weeding out from the hell bulk of bidders. Please note that more than half of bidders as well as buyers are non genuine on these portals, and you’ll need to do a lot of exercise to reach at the best short listed ones, also quality and post delivery accountability and availability is another big issue on these portals. These portals work on standard protocols and terms, and really lacks human approach, and for any software dev engagement, you first… Read more »

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We tried using elance, but the quality of the providers was poor. We just hired a development company we found on

So far the results have have been good. I’ll be sure to follow up once the project is complete.


Definitely recommend and

These guys are good too:

But I would recommend posting a job on elance or guru and going through some quotes from there to get a starting point

Best of luck



We used to build a couple of our apps. They did a great job, and pretty reasomable prices for a US based development company.

antonio morales

Hey how are u? Momentum, you said the cost was fair. I, like a million others, want to create an app. What were the fees you were charged? Also, did they create the app, test it and get it on the app store for you? You can email me at Thanks


There are a couple of great websites around that will help you find a developer for a mobile app project. Try, or Both websites take your information and match you with three developers that will bid on your app project. Seems like a pretty good concept.

Check out

You sign up and post your app project – developers bid and you hire the best developer for your project!

It is as simple as that! I had an app that I wanted developed and I used AppTank. They really worked with me and helped me out – check it out if you are needing an App developed! It is free for people posting their ideas (except you have to pay the developer you hire!)

We have started a website where developers can submit their company and description to

The hope is that clients will be able to browse through a list of available developers to fulfil their iPhone development needs.