5 Tips to Effectively Conduct Mobile Testing for Your App

It’s no brainer that the majority of users abandon apps due to glitches and bugs which can be detrimental to the app’s success in the market.

The need for developers to make products clean with rigorous testing procedures has never been so crucial-thanks to this competitive digital environment which will continue to set benchmarks indefinitely.

Mobile app development solutions with respect to testing depend on the size of the project and its requirements and expectations. If you are relatively new to the app testing medium and are looking for tips and a little advice, you have come to the right place. We have laid down 5 essential tips that are essential during the development process and will help you scale your testing for long term benefits.

1. Testing the Right Platform

Depending on the platform on which your app is built- native, hybrid or web-based- your testing strategy will be different based on the requirements. A native application renders the most control over the experience but takes quite an effort when testing commences on multiple platforms. Web-based app testing demands the app to be tested on various types of browsers that encompasses standard browsers and browsers natively built for the device. Each testing environment has to consider performance/load testing no matter the platform and devices (which today are powered with a wide variety of screen sizes). Whichever platform is tested, a team should have the relevant testing experience for the smooth release of the app.

2. Load Testing and Mobile Performance

Identifying bugs before they make it to production is always recommended. However, load and performance testing is best done later in the cycle. One can leverage cloud-based emulators to mimic end-user behavior whilst testing traffic spikes. Additionally, there are tools like JMeter that can assist with load testing during the protocol phase. Issues like an interruption of calls or other apps and memory leaks are best tested on real devices that highlight the performance index of the app. For smooth post-release, it is essential to devise a strategy for performance and load testing.

3. Planned UI Testing

UI testing is crucial because it’s the last link in the testing chain which comprehensively dissects a system from start to finish ensuring that the flows and functions remain compact under real-world scenarios.

It’s a delicate and complex operation that is difficult to maintain and can be time-consuming if undertaken manually that involves numerable steps with minute details. In order to create a great and user-friendly mobile app, testing has to be done in the correct order with an organized UI Plan which takes into account the end-user perspective.

4. Use Automation for Mobile Testing

Automated testing has become crucial for mobile apps where tests are run parallel across numerous real devices and emulators. This increases the speed of test results and brings one’s app to the market in a faster time. One can also save configurations before running tests and use them again whenever needed. This saves a lot of time when the configurations are shared across teams.

Some tests are known to perform best manually, the ones that require a lot of setups and are run rarely. Therefore, not ever test should be automated. The right set of tools makes automation testing a hassle-free process. There are many tools available that lets on write test once for iOS and Android.

5. Building Easy Maintained Test Build Easily Maintained Test

A well-designed testing procedure will need fewer changes and can rely upon to carry out its key function. Test maintenance could be time-consuming and therefore it’s important to examine what works best and what doesn’t.

Each test should be broken down and mapped out into a simple sequence of steps. It’s important to have a proper test environment in place that doesn’t allow unwanted network issues and unreliable servers to impact the test stability.

A test case that is not disintegrated remains complex where it is hard to pinpoint problems. Use Android or iOS automation testing tools which not only break things down for you but also lessen the load in the process.

Conclusion
Beta testers should have early access to features whereas performance and load testing can commence in the production phase. It is important to note here that, the combination of testing tools (according to their strength) with just the right principals promises to work out as key advantages rather than a liability for an organization.

Developing a successful mobile app has to go through a rigorous testing phase with the right mobile strategy in place. A bug-free app has the potential to boost one’s conversion rates in the long run that is likable and shareable among the audiences Remember to opt for mobile app development services that offer timely maintenance and support after a successful rollout so that your product remains glitch-free, bug-free and lag-free throughout its entire lifecycle.

Keval Padia
Keval Padia is the founder & CEO of Nimblechapps, a fast-growing mobile game development company. The current innovation and updates of the field lures him to express his views and thoughts on certain topics.