When the name ‘React-Native’ pops up in your mind, initially you may consider it too hard to learn, and find it difficult to become skilled at it. In reality, it’s not as tough as it seems like if you go through it with a well-structured learning process. If you start with the apps that are easy to build, you’ll be able to learn the foundations of react native framework and have a good grasp over it in a short period of time.

Introduction to React Native

As the name suggests, it combines react with native building blocks that allows the creation of native mobile apps with simultaneous cross platform compatibility.  All you need to carry with you in this recipe of React-Native application development are the concepts of React such as JSX and its state, props components with the toppings of exclusive React-Native stuff. The promising ingredients of this recipe are as follows:

  • Cross Platform Compatibility
  • No Platform Specific Language
  • Rapid Development
  • Quick Refresh.

You may use React-Native for building some components of your application, or you can write the complete application in it.  No restriction, no constraints, It’s all up to you!

In this article, we are listing down some of the amazing React-Native app ideas that are perfect-fit for newbies to start off hands-on programming experience. For those, who have good know-how of programming concepts can begin working straight away. The implementation of these app ideas will let you learn the core concepts of react native framework including its components, navigation, UI components, redux, state management, server integration etc. Last but not the least, it is strongly recommended for you to publish your own React Native app. Following this, you’ll completely understand the application development life cycle.

Are you eager to learn react native and looking for easy-to-develop app ideas? Then, you are in the right place. Let’s jump in it!

1- Books App

One of the easiest ways to start with React Native is to build your own books app that can be your own elibrary. For inspiration Amazon Books, Audible, or Goodreads can be considered. You can make your users either read the book or listen to it in the same space. The books can be categorized based on different genres and users can search books from these. It can be further enhanced by adding a marketplace where old books can be sold or purchased. It is suggested to publish your very first React Native app on any app store (Google Play & App Store) to learn the complete app development life cycle including app submission process.

Furthermore, it is good to  develop a static version of the app initially with hardcoded books and categories using React Native dictionaries and arrays. When you are done with UI and main features, you can go for the dynamic one that requires the incorporation of Firebase being the dynamic database at backend for users, books, and their categories too.

Why does your app need an ISBN scanning feature like Goodreads?

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Features

  • Login & Registration Screens for Users
  • Navigation
  • Complete Book details (including author, book description, price)
  • Searching utility for books
  • Book Reviews and Rating
  • Book Listening functionality using Audio Plugins
  • Bookmarks Utility

Learning Outcomes

You’ll be able to learn:

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Learning Flex Layout and its core principles
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • User management & authentication with Firebase
  • Incorporation of Firebase for storing books, categories and users
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

2- Expense Tracker

Another amazing idea for your first React Native project is to develop an expense tracker app. It will let you learn working with several plugins and components of React Native. You can come up with your own version of Expense manager, Wallet, Expensify (see visuals below). It is helpful in keeping track of your daily expenses.  You can make your users capable of managing their daily transactions which can be extended to monthly and yearly basis as well. You can categorize their expense data and provide them visuals for their expenses using graphs and charts.

You can further incorporate payment mechanisms using credit/debit cards or bank accounts (it adds to the complexity, so you may try it later or incorporate it at the end). You can start with a static version with dummy data by hardcoding expenses and categories using React Native lists and arrays. When you are done with the initial version you can integrate Firebase at backend for dynamic functionality and storing expenses, categories, and users.

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Features

  • Monthly Expenses Screen
  • Categories for expenses (e.g. clothes, food, transport, health etc)
  • Navigation
  • Expense details (e.g. amount, category, time & hate)
  • Integration of payment methods

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • User management & authentication with Firebase
  • Incorporation of Firebase for storing expenses, categories and fetch method for retrieving at front end
  • Learn to use react-native-chart-kit package for displaying graphs and charts
  • Integrations of Bank APIs with http packages (Axios or fetch)
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

3- Recipes App

As a newbie, you can develop a mobile app for recipes that not only enhances the designing skills but also lets the developer learn the integration of other useful and important APIs with React-Native. In order to build such an app, you can get inspiration from Yummly, Cookpad, and Tasty for layout understanding and designing options. To build such an app, you just simply need to list the recipes with their details. By just clicking on the recipe list, the user can get its details. Though the idea is simple, you can make use of your imaginative skills and design an interactive interface with the help of animations, menus and tabs.

You can enhance it by adding videos of recipes that lets you integrate Youtube videos to you app. Like others, you can start with a static version with dummy data by hardcoding recipes and their details using React Native lists, sets and arrays. When you are done with the initial version you can integrate Firebase at backend for dynamic functionality. Lastly, publishing your app at any app store is a must otherwise it’s useless!

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Features

  • Screen for listing Recipes along with short description
  • Navigation among tabs or menu
  • Categorization of Recipes
  • Image Carousel for displaying multiple ingredients, steps of recipe
  • Searching functionality
  • Integration of Youtube videos

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • Understanding the use of Flatlists (vertical &  horizontal Flatlists)
  • Search feature with FlatLists
  • Learning Flex Layout and its core principles
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • Integration of video plugins with iframe in React Native
  • Review & Rating in React Native
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • Storing and fetching data from backend database e.g. Firebase
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

4- Deals App

For a newbie, it may sound complex to start with a deals app but it not only lets the developer sharpen its interface designing skills, it also gives the opportunity to gain the in-depth knowledge of backend technologies as well. You may get an idea from Coupon app, SavYour (see below) and DG Coupon to understand the design and working mechanism. The idea is to showcase several deals from different websites as coupons. Each coupon holds some percentage for discount and an expiry date as well. You can also add the functionality to redeem a coupon.

You can further integrate a social aspect in it by connecting to Facebook, where coupons and deals can be shared among users.  There are unlimited options, you can come up with your own feature list. Like others, you can start with a static version with mock data by hardcoding coupon details, discount percentages, and expiry dates using React Native lists, sets and arrays. When you are done with the initial version you can integrate Firebase at backend for dynamic functionality.

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Features

  • Login & Registration Screens for Users
  • Screen for listing deals along with short description
  • Details of deal including discount percentage, expiry date, and provider information
  • Navigation among tabs or menu
  • Integration with different websites to display deals
  • Facebook Login
  • Push notifications
  • Searching functionality
  • Location feature to find nearby deals

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Understanding Geofencing to get user location
  • Learn to work with push notifications
  • Learn to use React Native Share Package
  • Login & authentication with Google & Facebook
  • Understanding the use of Flatlists (vertical &  horizontal Flatlists)
  • Understanding the terms & conditions to display data from other website to your app
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • Storing and fetching data from backend database e.g. Firebase
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

5- News App

The idea of a News app is similar to Deals app, as news is to be fetched from other sites. It gives the developer the opportunity to strengthen the designing skills with understanding the core concepts and functionalities of tap gestures functionality and plugin integrations. You may take inspiration from BBC news (see visuals below), Bloomberg, or Medium app.

It will let the beginner understand the basics of displaying data on the client side with an interactive interface. You can use reader plugins to remove unnecessary links and make it easy for users. You can use legally allowed news snippets from other sites. By clicking on the snippet it will take you to the original site from where the news snippet was taken. As suggested previously, start with a static version using sample data and later on add the dynamic functionality

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Features

  • Interactive UI with news lists
  • Categorization of news
  • Integration of news reader plugins
  • Search functionality
  • Learn to use webviews for adding news snippets
  • Integration of RSS and Wordpress REST API
  • Review & Share feature

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Learn to incorporate news from different site
  • Learn to integrate news snippets views
  • Understanding the use of React Native Share Package
  • Integrations of Wordpress APIs with http packages (Axios or fetch)
  • Learn to use push notification
  • Understanding the functionality of Webviews
  • Learn to use serverless platforms e.g. AWS, Firebase
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

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6- Friends Around Me/ Meetup App

As a newbie, building a meetup app is an amazing choice. It lets you learn integration of social plugins, management of user location, geofencing and map integration and many more along with interactive UI components. Being a social app, Facebook, Nearby (see below), and Find my Friends are the benchmark apps to take inspiration from. The idea is to develop your own social app that can be used to communicate and meet with family and friends. It can have a map view to display your nearby friends. You can add a chatting feature in it to chat with those friends.

Further, GPS navigation would be a plus to mark the destination and to track the dynamic navigation to that destination. At start, you can learn about web sockets and map plugin integrations. After the incorporation of best suitable map plugins, a list of nearby friends is maintained. The location of a friend can be marked on a click and the chat screen can be navigated to chat with that friend. The data about locations (longitude, latitude) needs to be stored at the backend which is required for navigation at the front end.

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Features

  • Login & Registration Screens for Users
  • Navigation
  • Login with Google & Facebook
  • Geofencing
  • Integration of React Native Maps
  • Fetching & tracking locations
  • Chatting functionality
  • Suggestions for new friends

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • Learning Geolocation with React Native
  • Learn to implement chatting feature
  • Use of web sockets for implementing chat
  • Integration of maps npm package with React Native
  • Learn to use serverless platforms e.g. AWS, Firebase
  • Login & authentication with Google & Facebook
  • Understanding the use of Flatlists (vertical &  horizontal Flatlists)
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

7- Radio/Music App

Another wonderful idea for the beginners, is to start with a Radio/Music app. It will let you learn the incorporation of audio and radio streams with interactive UI components required by a Music app. You may check Google Play Music, Soundcloud, and Spotify for inspiration. The idea is to build your own music player app with radio streaming. You can use the audio npm package for playing music. Further, the incorporation of the radio broadcast package of React Native enables the capturing and streaming of radio frequencies.

You can also maintain a list of songs according to the various artists and genres. Additionally, you may add a lot more music player features e.g. shuffle, queue, repeat. It’s all up to you! Initially, we recommend to list the necessary audio files and store them in the backend database. These files can be then fetched to the front end and integration of the audio npm package plays the music. For radio broadcast functionality, you just need to integrate native radio broadcast package and it will do the work for you. It is even easier to do than it seems!

Best Music Player for Android

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Features

  • Fancy interface of a Music Player
  • Music & Radio Streaming
  • Cool Features of a music player (e.g. shuffle, repeat, queue etc)
  • Light & dark modes
  • Favorites feature

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Learn to use React Native audio package
  • Understanding the use of radio broadcast package with React Native
  • Learn to use React Native Share package
  • Learn to incorporate music player features (e.g. play, pause, repeat)
  • Storing audio file at backend database e.g. Firebase
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

8- Notes App

The idea of notes app is the easiest one to implement and also gives the opportunity to learn basic text features to advanced functionalities (lists, menus, forms) in React Native. You may consider Evernote and Notepad in this regard to understand the design and working mechanism. You can make your users capable of taking categorized notes.

You can make your notes app interactive by adding rich text functionalities using native packages e.g. QuillJS. You can add a time and date feature to keep track of the creation of a note and when it was last modified. You can also enable users to upload images. Further, you can come up with a social aspect where several users can collaborate on a note.

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Features

  • Screen to list notes
  • Categorization of notes
  • Navigation
  • Collaboration on notes
  • Upload images
  • Dark mode
  • Both online & offline support

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Integration of text editor plugins (e.g. QuillJS)
  • Learn to use serverless platforms (AWS or firebase)
  • Understanding CRUD operations with Async storage
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

9- Events App

The development of Events App lets a newbie to learn various React components, npm packages, and workflows. You may consider Plan it out or Event Planner as an inspiration to make your own events app. Users can create events with short descriptions (e.g. date, time, place). You can use interactive text features using QuillJS to make the user's experience attractive. You can provide the functionality where the creator of an event can add other relevant members and they can navigate to a chat interface for chatting as well.

A social aspect including posting and commenting in the same page can be incorporated also. You can also come up with your enhanced feature list. It is suggested to use sample events data to build a static version of the app with basic functionality. Then you can integrate a database at the backend to store events. You can also incorporate a push notification feature that notifies the members of an event.

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Features

  • Login & Registration
  • Event Creation
  • Rich Text Editor
  • Screen to list events
  • Event details screen with functionality to add members
  • Chatting
  • Posts & comments
  • Push notifications

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Integration of text editor plugins (e.g. QuillJS)
  • Learn to implement chatting feature
  • Lean to integrate calendar component in React Native
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • Learn to use push notifications
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

10- Shopping/ Ecommerce App

Another interesting idea to begin with is to build a shopping app in React Native. Besides giving you the opportunity for UI design, it lets you learn components, workflows, and functionalities of an ecommerce app. You may check shopping apps e.g.  Flipkart and Amazon (see visuals below), and extract your favorite features.  An ecommerce app may have a list and categories of products, their details, shopping carts, and payment methods. The feature list can be extended with other offers e.g. discounts, coupons, and order tracking.

As mentioned above, it is recommended here as well to start with a static version of the app with hardcoded products and categories using React Native dictionaries and arrays. When you are done with basic functions you can add a dynamic database at the backend and incorporate payment methods too e.g. PayPal or Bank account.

Amazon App Gets International Shopping Feature to Let Users Import Products  from the US | Technology News

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Features

  • Login & Registration
  • List of products
  • Categorization of products
  • Shopping carts feature
  • Order tracking
  • Incorporation of payment methods

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Learning Flex Layout and its core principles
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • Understanding the flow of transactions
  • Integration of shopping carts
  • Incorporation of payment methods e.g. PayPal, bank accounts
  • How to work with Firebase in React-Native
  • User management & authentication with Firebase
  • Incorporation of Firebase for storing products, categories and users
  • Storing and fetching data from backend database e.g. Firebase
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

11- To do App

Another simplest idea to get started with React Native, for a newbie, is to build a To-do app. Besides being easier to implement, it lets you learn the core principles and functionalities of React Native environment. It lets the user maintain a list of tasks to be performed. You can enable your users to organize and prioritize the tasks.

You can also provide users with the functionality to mark the current status of tasks e.g. completed or in progress. You can provide rich text features for better user experience. Similarly, you can use colors for marking status of tasks to make the app more interactive. You may also add push notifications for reminders of a scheduled task.

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Features

  • Screen to display list of tasks
  • Functionality to add or remove tasks
  • Navigation
  • Status marking of tasks
  • Light & dark modes

Learning Outcomes

  • How to configure React-Native environments (Installing React-Native, NPM, Visual Studio etc).
  • Basic UI components in React-Native
  • UI/UX design for better user experience
  • How to work with text, images, and views
  • Integration of text editor plugins (e.g. QuillJS)
  • How to switch between react screens
  • Learning Flex Layout and its core principles
  • Functionality of buttons and clicks in React-Native
  • Learn to use push notifications
  • Understanding CRUD operations with Async storage
  • How to publish your first React-Native app on app store

Conclusion

Above mentioned app ideas are an energizer for beginners who are enthusiastic to learn mobile app development and are about to take their first step towards the journey of learning React-Native framework based mobile application development. With the help of these ideas, you can kickstart your app development process by understanding how to write a code as these projects are very helpful in building a strong knowledge base as well as they are easy to implement. You can pick any idea from the given projects or come up with your own. Now, the ball is in your court!

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