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Difference between Native Apps and Web Apps
  • Last Updated : 31 Mar, 2021

Native Apps: Native apps are installed onto the device itself and are developed especially for a particular mobile operating system. These apps are available on app stores such as Apple App Store, Google Play Store, etc.

Native apps work in specific mobile operating systems such as Apple iOS or Android OS. If an app made for Android OS then it will not work on Apple iOS or Windows OS. We have to build separate apps for each operating system if we want to work our app across all major operating systems. This means we have to spend more money and more effort (time, resources).

Advantages of Native Apps:

  • Native apps are faster than web apps.
  • Native apps can access system/device resources such as a GPS or camera.
  • These apps can work without an internet connection.
  • These apps have more safety and security than web apps, as native apps must be approved by the App Store.
  • These apps are easier to develop due to the availability of developer tools, interface elements, and SDKs.

Disadvantages of Native Apps:

  • These apps are more expensive to develop as compared to web apps.
  • Designing and building the app for different platforms such as iOS and Android, is costly and time taking.
  • Maintaining and consistently update of native apps cause more cost.
  • It is difficult to have a native mobile app approved by the App Store.

Web Apps: Web Apps can be accessed through the mobile device’s Web browser, Web Apps are based on internet-enabled applications. In order to access we don’t need to download and install the app onto a mobile device.



The app is developed as web pages in HTML and CSS, interactive parts are developed in JQuery, JavaScript, or similar language. The single web app can be used on most devices capable of surfing the web, it does not depend upon the operating system they use.

Advantages of Web Apps:

  • Web apps function in-browser, so we do not need to be installed or downloaded.
  • Web apps are easy to maintain, as they have a common codebase regardless of the operating system.
  • These apps can be set to update themselves or automatically.
  • Web Apps easier and faster to build than native mobile apps.
  • In Web Apps App store approval is not required, so web apps can be launched easily.

Disadvantages of web apps:

  • Web Apps do not work without an internet connection.
  • Web apps work slower than mobile apps.
  • It is difficult to discover web apps since they aren’t hosted in a specific database like an app store.
  • Web apps have higher risks and poor quality, and there is no guarantee of security since web apps don’t need to be approved by the app stores.

Difference Between Native Apps and Web Apps: The designs are similar and follow the same color scheme and fonts, but these are essentially two different products. 

Native Apps

Web Apps

Mobile apps are developed for a specific platform, such as iOS for the Apple iPhone or Android

On the other hand, Web Apps are accessed via the internet browser and will function according to the device you’re viewing them on



They are downloaded and installed via an app store such as Google Play Store and Apple Store and have access to system resources, such as GPS and the camera of the device.

Web apps are not native to a particular system and there is no need to be downloaded or installed.

Mobile apps may work offline.

In order to run web apps need an active internet connection.

Native Apps are comparatively faster. 

Web Apps are comparatively slower.

It is difficult to have a native mobile app approved by the App Store.

In Web Apps App store approval is not required, so web apps can be launched easily.

Native apps have more safety and security.

Web apps have comparatively low security.

Maintaining and consistently update of native apps cause more cost.

These apps can be set to update themselves or automatically.

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