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How to convert Shopify store to mobile app

Selling your products on a mobile platform is now essential, last year, 78% of consumers used their mobile phone to make their purchases. On top of that, more than a third of those purchases were made through a mobile app*. Indeed, e-commerce apps help build customer loyalty and offer more comfort, speed and saved settings. Who wants to keep entering their password manually? 

You have an online business and you want to take your business to the next level. You see all these successful online businesses who have turned their stores into mobile apps.

Well, if you want to do the same, here’s how you can easily do it.

A mobile app is a software application that can be installed on smartphones and tablet computers running Android or iOS, in order to run applications such as games on those devices. They are usually designed for use with niche services or as digital versions of paper directories. Mobile apps are becoming more popular than desktop apps because they are more convenient and useful than websites for users. In fact, most people will only ever use your app rather than visiting your site directly. However, before you start building your new mobile app, make sure you check out what restrictions there are as well as what tools are available so that you don’t get overwhelmed later down the road when it comes time to build your app again.

So, if you’re already selling online through Shopify, it’s time to combine your website with a native mobile app to stay ahead of the curve. In this article, we will see why and how to convert your Shopify online store into a mobile application.

Can I turn my Shopify store into an app?

Yes, you can turn your Shopify store into an app. However, you’ll need to know the steps involved in doing this. You will also need to know what tools are available for this process. There are multiple methods that exist for creating a mobile app from your Shopify store. You could use any one of these methods to convert your online store into a mobile app. Here are some of the popular ones: 1. Developing an iOS or Android ap: If you have the time and resources, this is the best option as it will take less time than other options and you will have full control over your design and branding. 2. Using the Shopify App Store: This is a great option if you want to offer apps without having to build them yourself. You can create a mobile app through Shopify’s App Store, which allows users to download apps created by other developers using Shopify’s API toolkit. The downside is that not all features will be available through this method unless you pay premium fees for support from Shopify support team members or developers who offer their own products on Shopify’s App Store. Another way is to convert your Shopify store into a native app using webview with GettingNative.

Why do I need an app for my Shopify store ?

There are a few reasons you might want to consider making an app from your Shopify store. One reason is that it’s easier to manage purchases. If you have a shopify store, the problem with the product delivery process can be solved with an app. Customers can receive notifications of their order status, and they can also find information about your shop easily. For example, a customer could see what deals are available on your site in real-time. Another reason is because apps provide more opportunities for marketing. With apps, it’s easy to create stores that are specifically tailored to certain audiences such as men or women. This allows marketers to target more efficiently and get more sales from their ad campaigns than ever before possible with only one app. With apps, customers receive notifications when new products are released or when discounts are available on products which makes it easier for them to save money by purchasing products in bulk at the best prices. There really aren’t any downsides of doing this because apps provide otherwise unavailable features like these that make your business run smoother than ever before.

How do I create a mobile app for Shopify?

You will want to use the mobile app builder tool that Shopify provides. It’s a web-based platform where you can build your app without downloading software. With this tool, you could start with just one app or choose to create a whole store. You can also start from scratch with nothing and manually add features later on. Your application will work in multiple devices and platforms so, if you are unsure of what device you want your app to be available for, do not worry about it! If you are unsure about what features your app needs, this is a free-for-all and you’ll have access to all of the features that are currently available for mobile apps. Once your application is built, it must be approved by an admin before going live. This process takes anywhere between 24 hours and 3 days depending on how many apps are already live in the system. Once it’s approved, there is no limit to how many apps can be submitted at once! As long as they pass the first check, they will get approved like any other app would.

Can I build an Android app with Shopify?

The answer is yes, but you have to be careful. You need to make sure that your mobile app will be compatible with all of the Android phones users who want it. Keep in mind that not all Android devices are created equal and some older models might not work with your app since they were released before more recent mobile operating systems came out. If this is the case, then you’ll need to create a separate build of your app for those older models of device. Generally speaking, our webview apps will work on almost all devices.

Can I build an iOS app with Shopify?

Yes, you can easily turn your Shopify store into a mobile app. All you need to do is to send us the URL of your store and we’ll “embed” your website inside of an iOS app. Then, you just need to create an account on Apple to submit your mobile app.

Why turn your online store site into a native app?

Why should you consider offering an iOS or Android app alongside your online store? Well, even Shopify has been recommending it since 2016!  

Joking aside, native apps no longer have to prove themselves in terms of increasing conversion rates (3 times higher than for a website), sales, and customer loyalty , thanks to specific features such as push notifications, or one-click payments for example.

Since a native app is designed to be used on a specific device and its operating system, it can use device-specific hardware and software. Native apps can offer optimized performance and take advantage of the latest technologies, such as GPS, push notifications (the leading mobile app marketing tool), and cameras.

Should I start from scratch ?

This question is quite common when you want to transform a website into an application and the answer is no, you don’t have to. You have the option to do so if you wish, but it is not mandatory. There are different ways to turn your Shopify store into a mobile app. 

You can : 

1. Hire a developer or agency to create a custom app.  Indeed, you can have a custom application, and developed just for your store, but to be honest, it will cost you an arm and a leg. Especially if you want an iOS and Android version.  

2. Use Shopify plugins. A more affordable solution is to use one of Shopify’s app store plugins. For a monthly cost (depending on the quality of the app), you will find several solutions. No technical skills are required and the process is quite quick. You just need to install the app in the back office of your Shopify store. However, your e-commerce app may lack certain essential features, such as those related to sales optimization, for example.  

3.  Use an App Builder. Another affordable option to create an application with all the features you need. Here are the benefits of using an App Builder:  

  • No coding skills necessary: ​​just choose Design templates, layouts and modules, and start creating your app. 
  • A feature-rich app: Most app builders offer all the popular features found in e-commerce platforms, but also additional features specific to mobile apps.
  • No maintenance or update fees: All support and maintenance issues are handled by the app builder. The monthly fee already includes these expenses, you don’t have to pay extra.
  • You only create one app: most app builders have an interface on which you only create one app, and their software automatically generates an iOS version and an Android version (depending on your subscription).

4. Use a DFY service like GettingNative. The most affordable solution to turn your Shopify store into a native mobile app. With a one-time fee, we will embed your website into your app using Webview.

If you decide to go this route (which we recommend! 😉 ), drop us a line and we’ll convert your Shopify online store into a complete eCommerce app.

Once your app is published, you can start taking advantage of one of the best marketing tools offered by native apps: Push notifications. A push notification is a great way to keep your customers coming back to your app and encouraging them to continue shopping. Several marketing campaigns can be imagined with push notifications: announcing out-of-stock products, special offers, etc.

(*source Adobe EMEA Consumer Research 2022).


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