How to Build a Mobile App in 30 Minutes

How to Build a Mobile App in 30 Minutes

By Alessia Hernandez

There are three ways to create an app. The first one is by programming it yourself, line by line.The second one is by using drag-and-drop applications. Those online building tools are logic-based, and they are made by using a lot of IF and THEN statements. There is also a third way to build apps that is data-driven. With the last one, you will need a spreadsheet with data that will eventually be used to create your application.


Gartner predictions show that by 2024 no-code applications will be responsible for more than 65% of the total number of apps on the market. Comparing to ten or even five years ago, online building tools are on the rise. Nowadays you can create apps and websites online in minutes without knowing any programming language.



1. Bubble

This online builder can help you create web and mobile apps with visual programming (drag and drop). Bubble uses logic to create events within your app (IF and THEN statements). For instance, you can define:


WHEN the page is loaded, THEN show sign-in screen


With Bubble, you can design the app the way you like it, add text fields, buttons, images, video, interactive maps, search box, and if you know HTML, you can tweak the code yourself. The Workflow tab lets you customize the user interaction with the app. You can assign actions to all your links, images, and buttons with simple IF and THEN statements. While, as with all application development, it is recommended to be familiar with at least the principles of programming, you can create your app’s logic without knowing how to code at all.


A big plus when using Bubble is that it allows you to display dynamic content. You can add a database with users, emails, inventory, links or anything you might need for your app to function properly. Bubble will let you customize your app, add styles, and also plugins. Create web, IOS, and Android applications. Different payment plans exist. You can create apps for free if this is only a hobby to you, but if you would like to be professional, you will have to choose a payment plan.


2. AppSheet

AppSheet is a data-driver online application builder. You will have to prepare your data and upload it to any of the supported platforms, which include Google Sheets and Forms, Excel on Office 365, Excel on One Drive, Salesforce, PostgreSQL, Excel on Dropbox, MySQL, AWS DynamicsDB, SQL Server, Smartsheet. A lot of companies, schools, and universities are already using AppSheet because it saves time and investment in hiring a developer for a simple application.


The creation of a data-driven app always starts with creating a table or a spreadsheet. Once you fill in the data, upload the datasheet to the online builder. It will even give you an option to start with a sample app if you aren’t sure how to proceed.


AppSheet can create a simple online store with images, items description and prices. It will let you edit everything you need and the best part is that once you change the data online through the app builder, the data in the backend will also change. While pretty much everyone can easily learn to use this app builder, some knowledge of relational database management will help you craft the app. AppSheet is free to use while you are creating the app, but once you are ready with it, you will have to choose a plan so you can deploy it. AppSheet supports both iOS and Android.



3. Treeline

They advertise themselves as a visual editor for building applications, but it is highly recommended to know at least the basic terms of software development like what arrays are, what is CLI, dependency, authentication, and authorization, what API is and how to use it. Treeline has been featured on TechCrunch.


4. AppyPie

Supports both iOS and Android. This online builder will let you create your own app in just a few minutes. When you start building your app, it will let you choose categories from the ones that are most relevant to your app idea, it will also let you customize the design and configure the features that you would like your app to have. This is a great tool for people with zero coding skills.



5. Webflow

This online tool is being used by newbies and by professionals as well. One thing to note is that Webflow has a learning curve. For the most basic app or a website, you will be able to get it up and running in no time. If you would like to make a more sophisticated application, you will have to explore the side panels and learn all the functions that Webflow is offering. Like other similar online building tools, Webflow will allow you to customize your buttons, images, text, and will have you arrange your database data. You can start building your app for free, but once you would like to go live, you will have to pay according to the chosen plan. Supports web, iOS, and Android apps.



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