8 BEST PRACTICES FOR MOBILE APP TESTING
At present, users have option to download over two million mobile apps available at popular mobile app stores. So no wonder each user becomes picky while downloading the app. At the same time, each user also expects the app to run flawlessly and work intuitively. That is why; the mobile app developer needs to ensure that the application satisfies the users in both shorter and longer run by delivering flawless user experience. However, each business needs to overcome several challenges to launch a flawless mobile app. The QA professionals must follow certain best practices to make the app flawless by overcoming all these challenges.
1) IMPLEMENT A FORMAL TESTING STRATEGY
A formal testing strategy will help you to streamline and speedup the entire mobile testing process. It will clearly define the guidelines to be followed by testing professionals. Also, the strategy will help you to enhance test coverage, and add uniformity to diverse testing efforts.
2) TEST EARLY AND FREQUENTLY
The agile development methods emphasize on integration of mobile app development and testing efforts. When the bugs or defects in the application are identified in the later phases of development, you have to invest additional time and cost to get the bugs fixed. So the bugs must be identified and fixed before the development reaches logical phase. In addition to starting testing from the initial stages of development, you also need to conduct tests in various phases, and assess test results of each cycle.
3) USE REAL DEVICES
Nowadays, most organizations use emulators and simulators to simplify and speedup mobile application testing. But you must not forget that these tools can be used effectively only during the early stages of development. So the mobile app must be tested using real devices to get more realistic results. The real devices will further make it easier for testers to assess the application’s look, feel and general usability.
4) EMPHASIZE ON MANUAL TESTING
You can always save time and cost by automating the mobile testing efforts. But you must remember that automated testing cannot replace manual testing completely. Unlike automated testing, manual testing will enable you to assess how the app looks and feels on a specific device in better way. The manual testing results will further completely change your perception about the application. However, it is important to be critical and enhance the coverage of manual testing to identify more bugs.
5) FOCUS ON SPECIFIC DEVICES AND OPERATING SYSTEMS
Despite running on a single mobile platform, the mobile app must be compatible with various devices and networks. You will find it a daunting challenge to test the app on various combinations of devices, networks and operating systems within a stipulated amount of time. While making the mobile testing strategy, you must define the specific devices, operating systems and networks the app will cater to. It will make it easier for testing professionals to perform QA by keeping in mind the combinations of specific devices, operating systems and networks.
6) CHECK BATTERY CONSUMPTION
The amount of battery consumed by the app will have a direct impact on its user experience. It is a common practice among modern users to extend the battery life of their device by uninstalling the power-hungry mobile apps. So you must not forget to check the amount of battery consumed by the app, and explore ways to make it more battery-friendly.
7) PERFORM CERTAIN TESTS TO MAKE THE APP ROBUST
When making the testing strategy, you must identify the tests that must be performed to make you app robust. It is always important to conduct security, stress and performance testing to make the app popular in the longer run. The performance and stress testing will help you to prevent the financial liabilities caused due to user distress. Likewise, security testing will help you in convincing users to share their sensitive information through the mobile app.
8) MAKE THE APP GLOBAL
A mobile app can be used by people residing in various parts of the world. So it is important for the app to deliver customized user experience according to the geographic location of each user. While testing the mobile app, you need to ensure that it supports multiple languages and currencies without any hassle. Also, you can consider allowing users to access information and popular social networks in their native languages through the app.
A business can always effectuate its mobile app testing efforts by choosing the most competent testing practice. In addition to deploying experienced QA professionals, the testing company will further implement a comprehensive testing strategy, while focusing on several best practices. The right testing partner will further make it easier for the business to assess all aspects of the mobile app within a stipulated time frame.
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