7 challenges that engineers face while developing a mobile app

7 Challenges that engineers face while developing a mobile app

Building a mobile app is not imperative for every business. But a mobile app can add value in terms of brand reinforcement, increase visibility and sales, hence, providing ROI. With the new technologies available nowadays, mobile apps are constantly changing and impacting the lives of users. A good mobile app can help businesses easily connect with their customers, improving the overall user experience.

But behind an app with a good user experience and functionality goes the days of hard work of engineers and developers. And trust us when we say, it’s not easy. The better an app is, the harder work effort goes into its making. So while at different times of our lives we have praised apps, in this blog we have shared some of the challenges that engineers face while developing those apps.

Mobile app development is rapidly growing as more customers are investing their time in it. It’s not an easy task for developers to build and develop a mobile app.

Here are 7 challenges that engineers or developers are facing 

  • Understanding the client’s requirements
client's requirements

Understanding user requirements is the most crucial part of mobile app development. And yet it is sometimes the only reason for the roadblock. When it comes to mobile app development, non-technical factors like clear communication, cooperative collaboration, and understanding of each other’s ideas matter equally as technical skills. 

So when there is a gap in communication there can be an obvious glitch in the whole system of workflow. There might also come times when due to misunderstandings, engineers and developers are unable to understand the client’s requirements. This might take a toll on the whole development process. 

At Applify, we always try to communicate everything to the client. Not only does it help the process but also helps keep them in the loop throughout the project. And that’s why we recommend always executing clear communication and discussing in-depth the client’s ideas before starting a project.

  • Mistakes are hard to rectify

In mobile apps, mistakes and errors can be hard to rectify. There come times when an app is distributed with a client-side bug and the user updates to that version. They are stuck with it till the time the next update is launched. 

This situation usually gives rise to several challenges like:

  • New updates might take days to release.
  • Even after a new update version is out, users might take time to update to it due to several different factors, knowing and unknowingly.
  • There is no sure-shot guarantee that everyone will update to that version.

This challenge is hard to solve. The only way it can work out is by putting self-control in place and integrating a force update. While Android has a support system for in-app updates, iOS doesn’t.

  • Getting your mobile app noticed
Getting your app noticed

An app should be upgraded with high performance and powerful features. Mobile apps have to work quickly to keep users satisfied with what they are looking for. 

With the higher competition in the market, the developers need to work on better features. According to the latest trend, getting users is the biggest challenge for your app in app stores. 

The ultimate goal for the developers is to create attractive graphics, intuitive layouts, and rich functionality for the mobile app to provide a better user experience. You can read our blog about How To Improve User Experience and try implementing those tips in your app.

  • App crashes and debugging

An app crash is one of the biggest challenges that engineers face. Not only does it leave the clients annoyed and frustrated but also can add a bad review to your work portfolio. Crashes are a priority area of concern when it comes to the backend teams. 

Although web app crashes are a rarer phenomenon than mobile app crashes, there is always a chance of it happening. But there is nothing that you can do about it. 

Whenever a crash happens the first thing is to get the whole information and track where the crashes are happening and which sessions are expiring. Then try to limit those crashes as much as you can. You can also invest in third-party or custom-built tools for reporting crashes.

  • Providing offline support
offline support

Offline support might be an interesting feature of an app, but it comes with its own challenges. As the users expect the app to stay functional even with bad connectivity, there is a lot that engineers have to think about.

Offline support in an app adds a level of complexity to it. This requires the state to exist locally in spite of a network connection. As soon as the network recovers, it needs to be synced back. Deciding on the features that will work offline is yet another crucial step that engineering teams miss sometimes. 

  • App accessibility 

App accessibility is yet another challenge that engineers have to face during the mobile app development process. There are millions of app users around the world. Those users have their own expectations when it comes to applications that they invest their time and money on. Also, a large user base comes with different accessibility requirements and needs. 

If you don’t provide adequate support for all their needs they might not interact at all with your mobile app. So when it comes to app engineering there is a lot that goes into mobile app development. That’s why we always follow a time-tested development process that takes care of everything from thorough ideation to final deployment and support.

  • Staying updated
Staying updated

Now, this actually might not be an engineering challenge, there are some things that engineers will always have to stay on top of. For instance, staying updated with all the device models and operating system fragmentation. 

The two operating systems Android and iOS both come with their own pain points and advantages. Staying up to date with all the new OS releases, APIs versions and updates is a challenge of its own for mobile engineers. In a fast-moving tech ecosystem, everyone wants to give their best to the clients. Staying on top of tech trends can go a long way.


There are a zillion challenges that engineers face during the mobile app development process. The above-mentioned points are some of the biggest and most common challenges faced by the developers. We hope that this article gave you a perspective on the common roadblocks faced by mobile app engineers. Planning in advance and staying informed can go a long way.

If you are going through any of the same challenges in your mobile app development process, Applify is here for you. We are your perfect outsourcing partners. Our team of engineers is experienced, skilled, and know-how to overcome challenges when it comes to app development. Initiate a conversation with us and let us take care of your dream project.