How to Create a Native App with Glide

Here’s the process for converting your Glide app to Android and iOS apps with MobiLoud.

  1. Book a free consultation with one of our team to discuss the project, your goals, and how MobiLoud can help you.
  2. Create an account - there are no long-term commitments necessary, and a manageable subscription gives you the full support of our team to build and ship your apps, as well as keeping your apps up to date and bug-free.
  3. Wait while we build your apps. Again, it's full service, with nothing you need to handle personally.
  4. When ready, you’ll be able to test your mobile apps to check that everything works fine and as you want.
  5. We'll ship the final version, and even take care of the App Store submission process, guaranteeing approval for your app.

That’s it - a 5-step process that’s infinitely easier than hiring expensive developers to build your mobile apps.

Glide Apps vs Native Mobile Apps

We like Glide. It's one of the better no-code app builders on the market today. Glide (as well as similar tools, like Bubble) is amazing for how they allow non-developers to build amazing apps (or just speeding up the process for building MVPs or simple apps).

But Glide apps have certain limitations, including the ability to build and deploy native mobile apps.

Mobile-friendly apps, yes. Actual mobile apps, no.

Despite what it might look like, you can’t build true native apps with Glide. Glide mobile apps can be shared publicly, use mobile UX elements, and even be launched from a home screen icon. But it’s actually a progressive web app (PWA), not a native mobile app.

Why does that matter?

A progressive web app is designed to imitate the look and feel of a native mobile app, but uses the mobile browser to work, rather than the mobile device’s operating system.

As a result, you miss out on some features that can only run in an actual mobile app. Push notifications, for example, don’t work reliably on all devices if your app runs on the mobile browser.

And if your app is a PWA, you won’t be able to add it to the Apple/Google Play app stores. This takes away a big way for people to discover and access your app. Though you can install a launcher icon for a PWA, it’s not as straightforward as being able to install an app directly from the app store.

How to Convert a Glide App to Mobile App

With the resources available in Glide, the closest you can get to a native app is building a PWA.

If you want to turn your Glide app into native mobile apps for Android and iOS, you’ve got a few options.

  1. Rebuild your app in a native (e.g. Swift, Kotlin) or cross-platform (e.g. React Native) programming language.
  2. Rebuild your app using an app builder made specifically for native apps.
  3. Convert your Glide app to mobile apps with MobiLoud.

With the first option, you basically defeat the point of using a no-code app builder like Glide. Rebuilding your app as a native app takes a ton of coding expertise, not to mention a huge amount of time and money.

The second is going to be a huge pain, trying to recreate what you've already built in another tool.

Even worse if they don't allow you to build for both the web and mobile. You're going to have two apps on different platforms, that look and feel different, that you need to maintain separately.

The third is by far the best way to turn your Glide app into a mobile app.

MobiLoud directly converts your existing app and all its features into a true mobile app.

It's not a PWA, not a web app. It's an app that users can download to their device, that can be published in the app stores, and can send push notifications.

It's, for all intents and purposes, a native mobile app. Yet it's fully synced with your web app, meaning you can manage the app, make changes, update it and add new features through your Glide dashboard.

Our team does all the work to build your mobile apps, as well as publishing them to the app stores.

You get a mobile app, with no effort, no additional work to maintain. All the benefits of mobile apps, without the cost and risk.

Get a free preview of your Glide app, converted into a mobile app, here.

Convert a Glide App to Mobile Apps with MobiLoud

MobiLoud makes it easy to convert any website or web app into apps for iOS and Android devices.

There are major advantages to using MobiLoud to convert your Glide app to mobile apps, over coding it from scratch or using another app builder. You’ll save a huge amount of time and money (building mobile apps from scratch takes months or work and tens of thousands of dollars at the low end).

Best of all, you’ll be able to manage everything from one place.

When you make a change to your Glide app, your mobile apps update as well. That’s the beauty of what we do. Your content and the functionality of your site stays consistent across all platforms, so there’s very little additional work you need to do to maintain your apps.

It starts with a demo call, or setting up a preview of your mobile app with our configuration tool.

From there, we take over the process and build your mobile apps.

As long as your Glide app is mobile-friendly, it should look great as a mobile app, with the small touches we add in terms of native UI.

The process should be done in just a few weeks, and we even handle publishing your apps to the app stores as well.

Example apps we've built for MobiLoud customers

Benefits of Mobile Apps for Your Business

Here are some of the biggest benefits of building native mobile apps, compared to a mobile website or PWA.

Better UX

Mobile users today expect a dedicated mobile user experience, and they want to use apps over mobile websites.

Data backs that up, showing that 90% of the time we spend on mobile devices is spent using apps. This chart from eMarketer shows that the share of app usage vs mobile websites is only going up.

An just provides a much smoother and more pleasing user experience. They’re quicker to load, and the navigation is designed specifically for mobile. In comparison, mobile websites tend to have clunky navigation, and annoying blockers like needing to log in every time you open the app.

If you really want people to have an optimal experience on mobile, give them an app.

Increased Engagement

When people love your UX, and you make it as easy as possible to get in and use your app, you create a base of more engaged and loyal users.

Greater engagement leads to more app opens, more usage, more revenue, and the kind of users who spread great word-of-mouth about your app.

Pushing these users into a suboptimal solution has the opposite effect, turning loyal users against you. Smart Church Solutions found this out when they tried to switch their native app to a low-maintenance PWA version. 

“We tried to tell our customers to go to their mobile device browser and use the app on your web browser or save it to your home screen. A number of these customers were ok with this but many others weren’t. We ended up having pushback for not having a native mobile app.”

Push Notifications

Push notifications are a really powerful way to communicate with your user base and get people into your app. They have an incredibly high engagement rate, and give you a direct line to your users that email, social media and other channels simply can’t match.

You can send push notifications from web apps. But they are pretty limited, and are mostly only available on Android devices.

Without push notifications, you miss out on a lot of the value of building a mobile app. Whether you use them to promote offers, let users know about app updates, or any other use case, push notifications work better than any alternative out there.

Create Another Revenue Channel

Apps give you something that’s easily monetized, and can add huge figures to your bottom line. Whether you monetize through subscriptions, in-app purchases or just by showing ads, the revenue potential for mobile apps is massive.

While you can do most of the same things with a web app, web apps are not as well-optimized to make money as apps are today.

The lower engagement rates and UX from web apps hurt, for one thing. You’re also missing out by not being in the App Stores, which can drive new user acquisition, as well as offering increased social proof for your brand.

Ready to Turn Your Glide Web App into Mobile Apps?

Glide is a great platform for non-coders who want to build apps, without hiring developers or learning to code. You can build some pretty amazing things with Glide, but it’s still only limited to web apps.

If you want to scale your app and launch native mobile versions, MobiLoud is the answer. You don’t need to rebuild anything, and you don’t need to write any code. All you need to do is get in touch with our team and discuss what you need and how we can help.

MobiLoud is the easiest way to convert your Glide app to native mobile apps, as well as the easiest way to maintain your apps down the line.

Get in touch with us now to give your mobile users the experience they deserve.

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