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Do Free Apps Have Higher Earning Potential?

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You’ve developed a great app, one that has real money-making potential. So, you upload it to the various app stores and slap a 99 cent price tag on it. A small enough amount that people won’t think twice about buying it, but enough that you’ll earn 70 cents every time someone downloads it. You might want to reconsider, because that 99 cent price tag could actually cost you money in the long run. Here are some ways you can earn more by providing free apps.

Premium Versions of Free Apps

Give a simplified version of the app at no charge. It should perform the main tasks your users will need, but leave them wanting more. You can include the option to upgrade at a price in the app itself so the process is seamless.

A good example of an app that does this is MyFitnessPal. This food logging app includes a huge database of foods and offers insight into macronutrient profiles and recommended goals. And that’s all the majority of these users need or want. But the premium version gives more nutritional insight and lets power users set their own goals.

In-App Purchases

You know the drill. You search through countless free apps before deciding to which one to download. And as you progress through your phone’s new addition, you have the option to buy things that enhance the functionality or make using it more fun. The purchases vary in price and size, and you typically have the option to spend a little more to get a better deal on each item or rid your screen of advertisements.

Games do this a lot. For example, Candy Crush gives you a set amount of ‘lives’ that take time to recharge. But, you can buy gold bars that let you keep going even after you’ve exhausted all your lives. A true lifesaver when you’re trying to kill time in the doctor’s office, right?


Another good way to make extra money is to embed advertising in your ‘freemium’ app. You can use an established ad network to serve updated pay-per-click or pay-per-impression ads to users as they go through your app. The payouts are small, but they can give you consistent income over the long term. Free utility apps, such as flashlights, in-phone measuring tools and to-do list apps use this model to earn revenue they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

So, when you’re ready to release your solution into the world of free apps, consider the ways you can earn more revenue over the long term. This shift in thinking can increase revenue per user well past that 99 cents you were thinking of charging.

Ready to get started with an app development project? The team at SevenTablets is ready to help. Our team has great experience leveraging cutting-edge technologies in our custom software and mobile app development projects. Additionally, our developers are experts in creative UI/UX designmobile security and mobile analytics. We can help your business find the perfect mobile solution to fit your needs.

Based in Dallas, SevenTablets maintains regional offices located in Chicago and Houston. To discuss your development project, contact the team at SevenTablets today!



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Lacey Williams-McGhee

Lacey Williams-McGhee

Lacey Williams is a marketing professional and Harvard graduate student living in the great state of Texas. When she's not working at the SevenTablets headquarters, she can be found on the next flight to the Bahamas, hanging out with her husband and fluffy golden retriever, or studying! Lacey earned a B.A. in journalism from Baylor University. Sic'em!

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