Looking for a top mobile app development company in San Francisco?

Building a mobile app is expensive. In fact, it can cost $10,000 to $150,000, unless you want an out-of-the-box solution with a DIY app builder. So, choosing the right app developer is important because it can save you time and money and result in an app that makes your business stand out.

As you begin the process of hiring an app development company, remember to define the type of app you want before starting conversations with developers. How complex your app idea is will determine your budget and the skill level you need in an app developer. Then, once conversations begin, ask for portfolio items, reviews, and references. Be sure to bring up timeline, too, so you align on expectations.

Overall, with about 90% of time on mobile spent in apps, investing in a mobile app for your business may help attract customers and get your brand in front of more people.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top mobile app developers in San Francisco. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs. If you need more support, tell us about your project, and we'll match you with recommended companies.

List of the Best San Francisco Mobile App Development Companies

  • 1
    $100,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    ArcTouch was founded in 2008 and has offices in San Francisco, Calif., New York, and Florianópolis, Brazil. They excel at app development, blockchain, and UX/UI design. They guide their enterprise clients through the app building process by defining a strategy for the best user experience, planning the visual design, developing and testing the prototype, and ensuring optimization and growth.

    Clients
    Yahoo!
    Adidas
    Audi
    3M
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A California-based content discovery startup hired ArcTouch to design a content discovery platform and iOS app. They provided feedback on the startup's user stories, created wireframes, and developed the platform and app. The project was completed ahead of schedule.

    “We’re astonished at the quality of the work. We’re a small company, and we weren’t expecting the same level of service a Fortune 500 company might enjoy. We were amazed by their design and the effort that went into every screen.” – Senior Project Manger, Content Discovery Startup

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  • 2
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    CitrusBits is a mobile app development company based in Los Angeles, CA and founded in 2005. The team of nearly 60 employees is passionate about creating mobile technology and responsive mobile content for all businesses.

    Clients
    Burger King
    JobFlare
    QuikSilver
    National Geographic
    Industries
    Notable Project

    CitrusBits designed a virtual vision board app for a company. The company provided the design elements, and CitrusBits focused on the technical aspect. The client said CitrusBits was extremely proactive. The app has received great reviews and engagement is increasing.

    “Citrusbits was the only company that was willing to take on the challenge. Many companies said the subliminal aspect of the app was impossible. CitrusBits said, ‘We can make it happen,’ and they did.” – Owner, App

  • 3
    $50,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Koombea is a digital product development company headquartered in New York with locations in Miami, San Francisco, and Barranquilla, Columbia. Founded in 2007, the company has a current team of around 100, specializing in custom software development, web development, and mobile app development. They primarily serve midmarket businesses in the IT, healthcare, and education industries.

    Clients
    Disney
    WellMatch
    Sendgrid
    OpenEd
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Koombea transitioned a home improvement company's e-commerce website to Shopify Plus. Using Ruby on Rails, the team created an intermediate platform to facilitate the migration between Shopify and the client's back office. Since launching the new site, the client's sales have skyrocketed.

    "We have the most stable e-commerce platform. We had a huge increase of 700% in sales." — CIO, Home Improvement Company

  • 4
    $50,000+
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Toptal is a private network of freelance technologists and designers. With more than 2000 freelance workers in its exclusive community, Toptal can be instrumental in finding the right freelance partner for development projects. The community includes developers for any platform, finance experts, and designers of both visual material and graphic interfaces. Because of its screening process, Toptal combines the reliability and expertise of an agency with the flexibility and affordability of freelance work.

    Clients
    HP Enterprise
    AirBnB
    J.P Morgan
    Pfizer
    Industries
    Notable Project

    One of Toptal's most impressive clients is a machine learning and artificial intelligence platform for marketing. The sophisticated nature of the project required expert developers familiar with cutting-edge technology and complicated programming principles, and Toptal's freelance screening service enabled the client to find freelancers with the right skills quickly. The varying needs of the project made Toptal the right choice because they could easily expand and shift the focus of their development team.

    "Toptal made it easy to work with the team. If there was ever anything wrong, it was fixed quickly." – Co-founder, Advertising Technology Firm

  • 5
    $250,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    Redwood City CA

    Established in 2009, Y Media Labs is a 200+ digital strategy and technology agency that focuses on innovation. With headquarters in Redwood City, CA and offices in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and New York, the company splits its time between mobile app development, digital strategy, and UI/UX design.

    Clients
    Amex
    Facebook
    Home Depot
    Paypal
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Y Media Labs developed mobile apps for a financial services firm on both iOS and Android to complement the existing web-based platform. The team’s responsiveness and focused approach gave the client early confidence and ultimately returned a premium finished product.

    “Y Media Labs really goes above and beyond to work with the client to ensure that the final user experience is great. To this end, they work with best practices and prior experience to improve our offering.” – Mobile Product Lead, Financial Services Platform

  • 6
    $10,000+
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Epsilon is a global marketing company that offers web and mobile app development along with web design, UI/UX, content marketing, and digital strategy. The team of more than 8,000 works in 70 offices around the world but is headquartered in San Francisco. They serve IT, financial services, and government industries.

    Clients
    California State Lottery
    Staples
    Walgreens
    Marriott
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Epsilon transformed a static website into a dynamic and interactive site for a public sector institution. The project entailed visual designs, page reviews, usability tests, and backend development. The client saw a dramatic improvement in traffic to the site.

    “They [Epsilon] follow best practices in most cases, and that’s really their forte. It’s quite obvious that they’re very skilled at what they do.” – Chief of Application Services, Public Sector Institution

  • 7
    $100,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    This California-based software company has strong expertise in web and mobile app development. The team of less than 50 has worked in various industries, from fitness to healthcare – they’ve done it all.

    Clients
    Google
    HP
    Aruba Networks
    LegalZoom
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Impekable designed the interface and illustrations for a dating service app. The company was looking for an agency to expand on the features that the popular app already had. Unlike their experience with other vendors, the dating app said Impekable was able to produce the product quickly.

    “I'm most impressed by their ability to create high-quality designs at a very fast pace. Their team not only puts a tremendous amount of focus on client projects, but they're also creative, thought leaders when it comes to design concepts.” – Co-Founder, Dating App

  • 8
    $50,000+
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    Walnut Creek CA

    Exadel is a custom app, web, and software development firm focusing on enterprise-level solutions, IoT, and product development. Founded in 1998, their 200+ team is based in the Bay Area with offices in Boulder, CO, and 13 Eastern European locations.

    Clients
    AT&T
    GE
    Deutsche Bank
    Hewlett Packard
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Following an early partnership, Exadel created an open-source and highly sophisticated IAM (Identity and Access Management) solution for enterprise use. From research to discrete data integrations, strategic roadmapping to cloud-delivery services – they wowed the client with their personal dedication, seamless communication, and resource management.

    “When it comes to open-source, their expertise is unparalleled. They knew what they were doing … They're true experts.” – Former Chief Security Architect, Fortune 500 Healthcare Company

  • 9
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Appstem is a design and development agency with based in San Francisco. Since 2010, their team of 11 employees has been specializing in mobile app development, UX/UI design, AR/VR development, and more for mainly enterprise clients. 

    Clients
    Kaiser Permanente
    Tesla Motors
    Johnson & Johnson
    Neutrogena
    Notable Project

    Appstem developed a social networking app for a sports group. Along with building the app, they integrated Facebook and Google. They also created a subscription feature. The client prides the team on their accessibility. 

    "It's important to be able to reach everyone who is involved, and the Appstem team has delivered." – Owner, Sports Groups Messaging App

  • 10
    $100,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Blue Rocket is a San Francisco based digital design and development company. They were founded in 2008 and have a team of 21 employees. They specialize in UX/UI design and mobile app development and primarily work with clients in the hospitality, real estate, and business services industries.

    Clients
    Chipotle
    WebMD
    Zinio
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Blue Rocket built an app for a family social media platform. The client wanted to make an app that would allow them to compile various types of media into a personalized narrative. They worked personally with the client to make sure that the finalized app fit their vision. The client was very happy with the way that the project was developed and with the final product.

    “They knew how any detail would work with any other detail, and how best to approach any specific scenario that a user would face along the way.” – Founder, Family Social Media Platform
     

  • 11
    Undisclosed
    1,000 - 9,999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Kin + Carta is a tech-centered management consultancy based in Chicago. Founded in 1964, they also have offices in London, San Francisco, New York, and Singapore. Their team of approximately 3,000 focuses primarily on enterprise clients in the financial services and health care fields. Services include mobile app development, cloud consulting, and more.

    Clients
    AstraZeneca
    Expedia
    Santander
    Pizza Hut
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Kin + Carta built a native mobile app for a health care nonprofit in advance of open enrollment, upgrading their old platform. They built the app for iOS and Android with a focus on human-centered design,

    "They helped us go beyond the average of health care to meet the expectation of digital." - CIO, Nonprofit Health Insurance Provider

  • 12
    $50,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Devscale is a Chicago-based digital agency that provides mobile app development, web development, and custom software development. Founded in 2016, the company currently consists of under 5 employees.

    Clients
    Campbell's Soup Company
    Budweiser
    RocNation
    NoIP
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Devscale developed an e-commerce website for a charity promotion retailer. The team used Shopify and ShipStation to sell the client's apparel that represented various charities and nonprofits. Charities could upload their logo to the site along with an application. The client would then approve the application and print the logo on selected merchandise. Devscale's solution streamlined the entire digital process.

    "Their responsiveness and customer service has been worthy of a five-star rating the whole time." — Co-Founder, Charity Promotion Retailer

  • 13
    $25,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Grio is a software consulting firm based in San Francisco, Calif, that was established in 2008. Their team of 50 employees offers web development, mobile app development, and UX/UI design services.

    Clients
    Rivals.com
    Fitbit
    Texture
    Capital One
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Grio built a web app that allows remote access to an electroencephalogram device for a medical-device manufacturer. Their team developed the frontend using React and the backend using Node.js and Ruby on Rails. The app received significant positive feedback.

    "The team’s willingness to take on new challenges distinguishes them from other development vendors that only specialize in specific technologies or types of applications." – CTO, Medical Device Manufacturer

  • 14
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA

    Matellio is a mobile and web app development company founded in 2012. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Matellio's team of around 40 specialize in web and mobile app development.Although Matellio encountered unexpected challenges that led to minor delays, the client appreciated their clear communication.

    Clients
    Audioguana
    Bride Side
    Diabetes Naturally
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A software development company hired Matellio to produce an app used to rate conferences users have attended. The app was developed for iOS, Android, and the web. 

    "I've had a lot of really good user feedback—people really like it. Both the app and the website run smoothly. " - Owner, Software Company

  • 15
    $50,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Headquartered in San Francisco, Wizeline is a global product development company with offices in Guadalajara and Mexico City, Mexico, and Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Since its founding in 2014, the team has grown to over 390 employees. Wizeline specializes in custom software, web, and mobile app development and UX/UI design. 

    Clients
    Mastercard
    Dell
    WSJ
    Australian Open
    Notable Project

    An entertainment company hired Wizeline to improve their website's CMS. Based on the team's initial success, they fostered a partnership that's still ongoing. The agency's skills made them stand out from comparably firms throughout the process. The client appreciates Wizeline's collaborative spirit and excellent communication skills. 

    "They have quickly learned our system, made helpful suggestions, and been very collaborative."–Senior Product Manager, Entertainment Company 

  • 16
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Siddhi Infosoft is a web and mobile app development company based in San Francisco, with a secondary location in Ahmedabad, India. Siddhi Infosoft was founded in 2011 and has 25 employees. Services offered by this company include mobile app development and web development for companing ranging from startups to Fortune 500 brands.

    Clients
    DizzyDoctor
    GHN
    Sylky
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Siddhi Infosoft provided front and back-end development for a mobile telecom repair company. The project involved the creation of a website from scratch, as well as the incorporation of unique pages and features like a booking system and SMS messaging network.

    "The most impressive thing about Siddhi Infosoft is their way of working. They always demand confirmation from me when things should be done. And things were done always on time! Professionalism at my fingertips." CEO, Mobile Telecom Repair Company

  • 17
    $50,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Jose CA

    Rocket Insights is a product development agency that specializes in custom apps for mobile, voice, and the web. The Boston and New York-based agency has a team of nearly 30 employees and was founded in 2013.

    Clients
    Hulu
    Comcast
    Weight Watchers
    Brightcove
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Rocket Insights worked with a streaming service to promote one of their new shows on a smart device. The streaming service hired Rocket Insights to manage all aspects of product development.

    “All parts of the project were delivered on time, and we never had issues with communication. … They [Rocket Insights] were very attentive and seemed to be dedicated to producing something of high-quality.” – Executive Director, Marketing, Video Streaming Network

  • 18
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Cupertino CA

    Founded in 2010, Mokriya is a design and development company located in Cupertino, Calif. Its team of around 40 employees focus on mobile app development, IoT development, and custom software development.The client appreciated Mokriya's willingness to take on a non-traditional project.

    Clients
    Google
    AT&T
    Twitter
    SanDisk
    Notable Project

    Mokriya developed a prototype website for an online automotive retailer. The client's goal was to prepare a functional prototype of their client-facing website to share with their stakeholders.

    "You could give the team an idea and they would come back a day later with something finished that was better than what you originally thought of." - User Experience Manager, Online Automotive Retailer

  • 19
    $25,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    Oakland CA

    Shift3 Technologies is a software-development-as-a-service firm based out of Fresno, Calif. Founded in 2013, the team of 65+ specializes in custom software, web, and mobile app development as well as enterprise system modernization and integration to help its small to mid-market clients achieve their goals. 

    Clients
    Disney
    Honda
    Amazon
    AT&T
    Notable Project

    Shift3 was hired by a California seafood restaurant to create a mobile app for iOS and Android that allows users to order and pay for to-go orders in advance.

    “The mobile app Shift3 created for us was the best decision we made for our business. Our customers love the convenience and the app is easy for them to use.” – Owner, Restaurant

  • 20
    Undisclosed
    250 - 999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Projekt202 is a software development and marketing company based in Addison, Texas. They were founded in 2003 and have a team of 285 employees. They specialize in custom software development, UX/UI design, and mobile app development to improve their client’s customer and employee experiences. 

    Clients
    Capital One
    Samsung
    7-Eleven
    Notable Project

    Projekt202 designed a commercial consumer platform for a banking startup. They conducted extensive research and used it to design several versions of the platform, including a proof-of-concept, which was then developed into a working product. The clients says that the product was positively received by their consumers and that the design is intuitive, transparent, and relatively free from bugs or other issues. 

    “Their ideas were unique and thought-provoking and centered around getting the product to market faster.” – VP of Product Management, Banking Startup 
     

  • 21
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Zazz is a Seattle-based mobile app development company founded in 2011. They have an additional office in San Francisco. Their team of approximately 50 employees serves clients of all sizes and industries. In addition to app development, they also specialize in enterprise app modernization and UX/UI design.

    Clients
    Inclose
    Ideal Smart
    Sparehandz
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Zazz created iOS and Android apps that connect to a Bluetooth-enabled barbecue. Users can switch the product on and off, as well as control its temperature, from their phone. The team delivered a bug-free product and great designs.

    "Besides development, they also did the UX/UI of the app and designed our logo, as well." — Chief Product Officer, Startup

  • 22
    $25,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Fremont CA

    Founded in 2011, EIGHT25MOBILE is a web design firm based in Fremont, Calif. With a small team of fewer than 5 employees, EIGHT25MOBILE specializes in web design, web development, and digital strategy.The client appreciated EIGHT25MOBILE's flexibility and ability to deliver a customized website.

    Clients
    LumiGrow
    Digital Shadows
    Machine Zone
    SoftBank
    Notable Project

    EIGHT25MOBILE was hired to build a WordPress website for a radio manufacturer. The website had several highly customized elements, including a customer portal that administered certification exams and technical documents. EIGHT25MOBILE also consulted with the client to determine how the website could support their larger customer service strategy.

    "With the new website, we have Google Analytics built in, so it’s easy to monitor where people are coming from, how and when they’re searching and getting to our site, and the period of time when we have peak traffic to our website." - Marketer, Radio Manufacturer

  • 23
    $5,000+
    10,000+ Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Globant is a software development company based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with offices in San Francisco and Mexico City. The company, founded in 2003, has more than 12,500 employees who provide, among others, web development, digital strategy, and social media marketing services to various companies. 

    Clients
    Google
    Electronic Arts
    Linkedin
    Coca Cola
    Notable Project

    Globant was hired by a Software Company to provide .NET development for various projects and to develop iOS and Android mobile apps. The engagement allowed the client to scale up quickly for a project when needed.

    "With very little ramp-up time, we can extend our development team quickly especially when we have time restraints for certain projects." - Director of Product Development, Software Company

  • 24
    $10,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    JetBridge Software is a San Francisco based software development company. They were founded in 2019, and have a team of 11 employees. They specialize in custom software development and blockchain.

    Clients
    RingCentral
    6connect LGC Wireless
    Upwork
    Industries
    Notable Project

    JetBridge Software provided software development services for a eCommerce fulfillment company. They augmented the client’s existing development team with additional full-stack developers so that the client could update their platform within a specified time frame. The client was impressed with the service provided.

    “They acted like an extension of our team, rather than as outsourcers. That meant that they treated our project like it was within their own company.” – CEO, E-Commerce Fulfillment Company
     

  • 25
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Fremont CA

    Headquartered in Minsk, Belarus, Webspace is software development agency that specializes in web development and mobile app development. Their team of 10 work with small businesses in the health care, business services, education, and retail industries. 

    Clients
    SNYPUR
    iGen Learning Center
    Zinc Platform
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Webspace partnered with an academic platform to build a portal that could streamline payment processes, automate delegation of products, and record keeping to mange the writers on each task. The project was successful in streamlining processes for the company to be more effective. 

    “They were communicative and forthcoming to our questions and needs. They explained every question we had to each member of our team to ensure our understanding.” –– Founder & CEO, Academic Platform

  • 26
    $5,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Founded in 2015, Geekbears is a UX/UI design and development firm. Based in San Fransisco and with a team of under 15 employees, they focus on UX/UI design, along with mobile and web app development, and IT strategy and consulting. They serve solely small businesses across various industries.  

    Clients
    UC Berkeley
    Indeed
    Hangurs
    Dumpling
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Geekbears did UX design and front- and backend development to create a fashion rental app. They used existing wireframes to create the app for iOS. Their work helped change an idea into a tangible product, achieving the client's main goal. 

    "In taking an idea from paper into existence, GeekBears has gone above and beyond. " – Creative Director, Fashion Rental App

  • 27
    $100,000+
    10 - 49 Employees
    Half Moon Bay CA

    Zurgerberg Inc is a mobile app consultancy founded in 2019 in Half Moon Bay, Calif. With 10+ employees on board, they mainly provide mobile app development and product design. Their clients consist of small-sized companies in consumer products and business services industries, with a few enterprise-level clients as well.

    Clients
    Treuth
    Sport Source
    ExPrimary
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Zurgerberg Inc provided mobile app development to a security company. They handled the entire development of the app for both iOS and Android devices, delivering a solution that was put to use for managing retail crimes.

    "There was ample communication between the teams and response has been good."  – CEO, Security Company

  • 28
    $5,000+
    250 - 999 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Zazmic Inc. is a digital agency that is headquartered in San Francisco with an office Dnipro, Ukraine. It was founded in 2014 and has more than 100 employees who specialize in web development, mobile app development, UX/UI design, mobile & app marketing, and email marketing.

    Clients
    Total Adventure
    Mercury
    Boostr
    Rakuten
    Notable Project

    An e-commerce and digital marketing company hired Zazmic to supply it with data architecture tracking of video-enabled ads. Zazmic also helped the client evolve and optimize its marketing budgets by creating the ability to implement video-enabled ads with simultaneous, real-time bidding.

    "Zazmic has a very intuitive design team that understands how to work quickly. We’ve never had any hiccups." – Vice President of Business Development, Digital Marketing Company

  • 29
    $10,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Founded in 2012, SF AppWorks is a digital agency that produces innovative technologies for mainly midmarket companies. Based in San Francisco, their team of 50+ specializes in web development, mobile app development, UX/UI design, and custom software development. 

    Clients
    West Elm
    Vanguard
    AARP
    Covia
    Industries
    Notable Project

    A senior living facility provider hired SF AppWorks to developed their own invoice solution. The team used AI languages to produce a platform that integrates well with their general ledger system. The project was completed in a timely manner. 

    "We had a great experience working with SF AppWorks from start to finish."– VP of IT, Senior Living Service Facility Company

  • 30
    $50,000+
    50 - 249 Employees
    San Francisco CA

    Tivix is a digital product development and design company headquartered in San Francisco, with offices across the US, UK, and Europe. Founded in 2008, they have over 90 employees who serve startup, midmarket, and enterprise clients across diverse industries such as FinTech, health care, manufacturing, government, and nonprofit. Tivix reduces engineering risk for clients by offering rapid time-to-market while delivering standards-based code that can be transitioned to an internal team at any time. Their focus is building both internal and consumer-facing digital products that drive business growth. Services include product management, UX/UI design, full-stack software engineering, and DevOps

    Clients
    Zoetis
    Apple
    Tesla
    UNICEF
    Industries
    Notable Project

    Tivix worked with an intergovernmental military alliance to rebuild a mission-critical software system. If and when submarines in international waters come into distress, the organization plans and coordinates the rescue effort of such submarines. Tivix was given complex system requirements and asked to come up with an effective design and solution that would replace a decades-old system. The client was incredibly impressed at every stage of the engagement, with Tivix delivering detailed systems and user-experience design, followed by robust development and operationalization of the system internationally. 

    Every single milestone has been met exactly on time. The company has met every requirement, both in terms of time as well as quality.” Maritime Service Owner, Intergovernmental Military Alliance

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