App Builders

NoCode
July 1, 2022

Want to build a mobile app without coding? We've curated the best list of tools that will let you create a mobile app, without needing any technical skills and without learning to write code. These platforms will let you build anything from a social networking app to a two-sided marketplace app like AirBnB, no code required!

Which No-Code Platform is the Best? / What No-Code tool is the best?

When considering a no-code tool, we always recommend taking 4 key factors into account:

Ease of Use - How easy is it for a non-technical person with no coding skills to use this tool to make apps? Is there a big learning curve? Can someone who has a basic grasp of Microsoft Office also get a grasp of this tool? Or does it require a lot of up-front training? This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.

Flexibility - How much flexibility does this tool have in terms of what you can build? Can it handle complex decision-making behind the scenes and allow you to bring any app idea to life without any coding at all?

We award extra points here for tools which allow you to integrate with other tools for extra functionality, or let you add your own custom code. Consider whether or not all of your desired functionality is supported by a tool before you use it!

Design-Freedom:  Does the tool give you full freedom to bring a design to life? Not all No-Code tools have complete flexibility. Remember, this can be a double-edged sword! If you're not confident in your design abilities, you may wish to pick a tool with less design freedom, as often these tools will set beautiful defaults for you.

Glide is a great example of this, you can customise the branding colours and the order of components, but Glide ensures your design stays looking like a proper app appropriate for either the iOS or Android platform.

Cost-Effectiveness: Simply, how affordable is this tool? Remember, this can get complex - Some tools will start with a trial while you build, but charge you to publish your app live. Other tools have specific limits, such as a certain number of records in your database or not being able to integrate other tools into your app without paying extra. As long as you can afford the lower tier plans and have a solid monetisation for your app, don't worry too much about "scaling" or long term costs as often you'll have income in future to supplement these.

Remember - A low score in any one category does not mean the "tool" is bad - For example, a tool with high ease of use, but low flexibility and design-freedom could simply indicate that this tool is incredible easy to use and perfect for a beginner who doesn't have mountains of decision-making into their app. It could also mean the tool is focused on being the best tool on the market for a very specific type of app, like a portal or marketplace.

Make sure you check out our individual reviews for more information on why we decided on these tools

Adalo

Adalo

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Create a mobile app - as easily as putting together a slide deck.

Our Verdict

In my line of work (reviewing tools), it's important not to play favourites - But Adalo really is, hands-down, my favourite NoCode tool. If you're super-new to NoCode, Adalo does have a bit of a learning curve, and it's certainly not the cheapest app builder either - But those who invest in Adalo will find a super-capable, super-flexible and down-right FUN mobile and web app builder at their fingertips

Explore Our Rating

Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch
Glide

Glide

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build a powerful, data-driven app or website, without writing a line of code.

Our Verdict

Glide is hands-down the most accessible and easiest-to-use no-code mobile app building platform out there! While lacking total design freedom, Glide makes any app look beautiful by default and every app it creates is available as a "Progressive Web App" - meaning it can be used on both mobile and web!

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch
Stacker

Stacker

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Customer Portals and Internal Tools powered by your Data

Our Verdict

Stacker is incredibly slick, quick and easy to set up on top of your existing data sources and lets you quickly build customer or colleague portals. Great choice for getting started quickly, especially if non-technical and not fussed about customising everything to a granular degree. Working in a large company? THIS is the tool for you!

Explore Our Rating

Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch

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Backendless

Backendless

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

No-Code Visual App Development Platform

Our Verdict

Ready to get serious about app making? Backendless is the tool for you. You can build just about anything in this tool, host it on their cloud or your own on-premise offering (great for enterprise) and then publish to the web, iOS, Android, tablet and more. Backendless definitely has a learning curve to access all of this power, so the tool will be most accessible to you if you have some IT experience

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Flexibility

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Design-Freedom

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls
Bravo Studio

Bravo Studio

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build native apps from your design tool. Without Code.

Our Verdict

Are you a Designer? Familiar with apps like Figma? Or just more comfortable designing a beautiful app in a proper design tool rather than a No-Code tool? Bravo's got just what you need, allowing you to convert Figma designs straight into native, working apps - complete with full support for AirTable and REST APIs! Highly recommended if you want your app to be pixel-perfect!

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Flexibility

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Design-Freedom

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

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About the Author

I'm Nile Frater - The Founder and Managing Director of NoCode.Tech, as well as the Lead Instructor on our NoCode University education platform

I have over 8 years of experience in the No-Code industry and have tried, tested and reviewed over 250+ NoCode, LowCode and Zero-Code platforms. With a history of teaching No-Code in organisations big and small and running this website for over 3 years, I've helped thousands of people choose the right No-Code tool for them or their project.

Previous to running NoCode.Tech, I've held positions in startups and large organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group. I've also delivered countless workshops and podcast interviews on the NoCode ecosystem and consult regularly for teams building the next generation of No-Code Platforms. Let me know if I can help you too!

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