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Powerful Tips for Successful Mobile App Testing
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JustAlex 2019 May 05 18:15

This is the era of mobile technologies and it is no wonder that the mobile app industry is becoming a promising landscape.

Though there is a lot of scope in this area, not everyone who develops an app derives the expected value from it.

This is probably due to many developers either ignoring or sidestepping the importance of mobile app testing which is in fact very crucial for the success of an app in this highly competitive market.

An exhaustive and comprehensive testing plan is even more critical for mobile apps due to the simple fact that, if your app is not working or has issues, users will not waste a single moment before uninstalling it and going for the next best app.

Hence, it is important that you thoroughly test your app before deploying it in the market.

The mobile app development requires much of the disciplined approach followed in the development of enterprise software and major software projects, even though the individual development phases may differ in their approaches.

Testing mobile apps is usually more complicated than traditional applications because mobile apps have to consider a lot of factors, such as different screen sizes, device compatibilities, and platform compatibilities.

Here are nine tips and guidelines to help you conduct your mobile app testing efficiently:

  1. Choose The Proper Device for Testing

Choose a proper device for the testing by analyzing whether you need your app to work based on the following factors:

  • App for use on smartphones and/or tablets
  • The earliest version of the operating system (OS) supported
  • The popular devices among the target audience
  • The screen sizes and OS versions you need to cover

The number of devices you need to run the test depends on the platform and screen sizes that you must cover.

If you do not have the necessary number of devices, you should be able to simulate the relevant parameters and run your tests.

  1. Understand Your App

To start the testing process, you need to have a good understanding of the functionality and system architecture of your app.

Go through the documentation and make sure that you understand the business idea and application architecture.

In this way, you can quickly identify the most basic defects. You also need to consider the type of mobile app (native app, web app or hybrid app) that you are developing to construct the relevant test cases.

  1. Include Usability and UI Testing

There are probably millions of people out there whose first real exposure to a computer interface would be through the use of a smartphone.

There are baby boomer generations and older generations who own smartphones and have not done a lot of work on a personal computer.

Apple, for instance, has UI recommendations that you have to follow. They have rejected apps from being listed on their store because the apps used tab to switch instead of the tab bar.

If you think about it, iOS apps have a very similar look and feel. So, you must make sure that you include usability and UI testing in your test plan.

Also, ensure that your app has an intuitive UI that would actually work for the user.

Moreover, include the following basic checks:

  • Is the documentation easy to understand?
  • Is the application logic too complicated to understand?
  • Is the navigation confusing to the user?

  1. Give Importance to Functional Testing

Though testing your app on different platforms and screen sizes is important to ensure a consistent look and feel, you must give more importance to functional testing than to graphics testing.

Take the most popular device and perform full testing on it. Make sure that the specifications are covered in all the platforms and perform compatibility tests for each platform.

Find out whether there are any serious functionality defects or bottlenecks and fix these first.

  1. Real Environment

The real environmental concerns are what makes mobile app testing stand out from traditional testing. Specific conditions that are exclusive to mobile devices must all be included in your test cases.

Such conditions include unstable network connections; interruptions caused by SMSs, incoming calls, alarms and low battery; small free space volume; the difference of the time zones and GPS locations; and the changes to the sound and notification settings.

You can make use of both manual and automated testing for these cases.

  1. Include Performance Tests

Make sure that your app is performing well by taking the following aspects into account while testing:

  • Processing power
  • Disk space
  • Battery

  1. Manual Testing Versus Automated Testing

Though there are many automated testing tools to help you with your mobile app testing, you should not underestimate the importance of manual testing. A lot of test cases mandate manual testing and should be tested manually.

You can choose to use automated tools when testing circumstances when there is a large set of recurring data sets and for running the most frequently tested cases.

The most tedious manual cases can also be automated.

  1. Maintain A Pace with the Ever-Upgrading OSs

You should then test the upgrades. OSs are upgraded very often and you would not want your app to become obsolete with the next upgrade simply because you did not know when a new upgrade was going to come in.

  1. Miscellaneous

Lastly, test for ease of installation. Also, test for accessibility, credibility and user emotions. The app should not bug the users.

Make sure that you test all of the abovementioned factors to ensure that you have a flawless mobile app.

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