How to make an app like Instagram using native platforms Android and iOS?

YEREVAN, Armenia - Oct. 8, 2021 - PRLog -- In order to build an Instagram-like app, it is necessary to know what technology stack is used in the most popular photo-sharing app.

Instagram uses a number of different technologies. Of course, some of these technologies may also be applicable in your startup. Here is the technology stack that you can use for your Instagram-like app development.

Instagram Tech Stack: iOS Application

Language — Swift

Networking — Alamofire

Instagram Tech Stack: Android Application

Language — Kotlin

Networking — OkHttp 3, Retrofit

Instagram Tech Stack: Back-end Development

Language — Node.js (JavaScript)

Framework — Express 4, Django

Database — MySQL, Memcached, Cassandra, PostgreSQL

Messaging —

API documentation — Swagger

Web Server — nginx, Gunicorn

Instagram Tech Stack: Third-Party Services

Push notifications — FCM

Geolocation — Google Maps

Storage — Amazon S3

Emails — Elastic Email

How to Create an App like Instagram
  1. Analyze the market
  2. Define your app requirements
  3. Find an app development company to design, develop, test, and launch your social photo-sharing app
  4. Build your app with your tech team
  5. Prepare your marketing and PR strategy and start promoting the app from the early stages (even before the app is launched)
  6. Launch your new Instagram-like app.
  7. Maintain the app and add new features over time

Features to Consider When Making an App like Instagram
  • Signup & Login
  • Profile Editing
  • Posting Pictures & Videos
  • Search Option
  • Likes & Comments
  • Geolocation Integration
  • Basic Photo Editing Features
  • Social Platform Integration
  • Push Notifications
  • Stories
  • Messenger
  • News Feed

Native or Cross-Platform?

When building an app like Instagram, start by launching a web app so users can access it in a browser on either a mobile device or desktop.

Next, launch a mobile app so users can download the app on their smartphones. There are two different approaches to mobile app development. You can either (1) build native mobile applications for iOS and Android or (2) go with cross-platform development.

Native app development uses Swift for iOS and Kotlin for Android to provide the best app performance and user experience.

So if you are planning to develop a native app, you'll need deep expertise in Swift for iOS development and Java or Kotlin for Android development. Obviously it takes more time and money to launch native mobile apps compared to a cross-platform app (since you'll be building two different apps).

With cross-platform development, software engineers create a single codebase for multiple platforms. When choosing cross-platform development, you can save time and launch your app faster for multiple platforms.

For more information on how to build an app like Instagram, see the following article: How to Make an App like Instagram (
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