Quick Tips: How to Transition to a New Developer

Hopefully this never happens to you, but the fact of the matter is, it happens. For a variety of reasons you may need to make the switch to a different Edmonton app developer and there can be a variety of reasons for that. Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind to make the transition as seamless as possible.

As mentioned before, there could be a variety of reasons as to why you would want to switch developers. Here are a few quick examples:

  • Poor quality/performance
  • Inability to meet growing business needs/changes
  • Poor Value – you might have found a better developer who offers far better value
  • Local vs Offshore – you may want to transition to a developer that’s closer to home
  • A change in your developers business model

Regardless of why you’re changing, it’s clear your current developer is no longer the right fit. It’s important to keep informed of how exactly you can ease the transition to your new developer as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips when it comes to transitioning to a new Edmonton App developer.

What is Required When Making the Switch?

It’s important to keep in mind your new developer will not have a full grasp on the project until they have all the pieces of the puzzle they need. Which is why you need to be thorough with providing them with EVERYTHING. Sometimes it’s better to have too much information than not enough. This can sometimes be difficult depending on the relationship you have with your old developer. Your old Edmonton App development team will more than likely know what your new developer needs, however, if you ended on a sour note, here’s a few of the basics.


Your project may still be far away from completion when you make the decision to switch, which is why it’s important to forward every piece of app planning and architecture to your new developer. Even though the design and planning of it still may not be exactly where you want it, it’s important to give your new developer a starting point so they’ll know just what exactly your app is. If it’s a possibility, your old developer can assist with this.


It’s no secret apps run on code, databases, and all sorts of crazy cool technical miracles that one of our developers would be more than happy to explain to you! (not the blog guy). Which is why if your app has already been coded, you need to request any and all content your old developer has started building for you. Hopefully, you are in a good enough position with them to make the transition as smooth as possible. However, it is recommended that when transitioning the app itself, you put your new developer in touch with your old developer as they will know exactly what to ask for. Remember that if you have paid your old developer, you own any and all work they have done (unless stated otherwise in the contract), so having them transfer that work to the new developer should be no problem.


Depending on what stage your app was/is at, their may even have been rough builds full of bugs and errors of your app already created. Even if they don’t function at 100%, sending these to your new developer will help them in identifying what exactly your app was meant to do. Your old developer may have already sent you these files to test on your own mobile device, if not, ask them for one (if your app was nearing completion).


We hope everyone who chooses to get involved in developing an app makes a smart and informed decision when it comes to choosing their Edmonton app development. Taking the extra steps to do research on your potential developer will go a long way in helping you make the right decision, and hopefully avoid transitioning developers altogether. If you’re interested in chatting with us regarding your potential app idea, visit the Contact section of our site. Our team would love to discuss your potential app idea, and how we can make it a reality!