Everyone associated with the mobile app development industry is aware of the intricacies of the business. The mobile app development process beginning from mobile app strategy to app design and mobile app development is incomplete without the resolving of bugs that may incur – and this is where mobile app testing makes its mark.  

For a mobile app developer, the app is like one’s baby as he/she is involved with it from conceptualizing to planning and execution that many a times may be the reason for errors i.e. bugs being overlooked. This calls for a pair of critical eyes that nonetheless comes from QA expert or mobile application tester who can detect and resolve bugs before they go or deployment and beyond.

Mobile App Testing: The Sure-shot way to Increase Downloads

Mobile app testing is indispensable as this can save the time, money and efforts spent in building a mobile application. For once your app reaches the app store and to your target market, too many bugs can bring bad reviews and many uninstallations – even without letting you know why. Here are a few mobile app testing best practices that brings positive results.

1. Do not hesitate to ask question

App developers who have been working on an app for weeks or months are so involved holistically with the mobile app from ideation to development that they many a times tend to overlook the errors that ‘a user’ who is new to the medium will face. A QA professional thinks out-of-the-box and puts question just like a new user without any idea about your mobile app would like – “why does this work in the way it does?”, “what happens when?” and “what would happen if?”

2. Understand User Approach

Talking about the kinds of users, there are as many types as there are apps – that can be differentiated by age groups to gender to geographical location to different tech proficiency levels. This makes it all the more important to understand user approach. Mobile app testing should include creating the necessary interface catering to every kind of user.  

3. Map the App from User Perspective

You have built a mobile application to the best of your knowledge and perhaps even after validating your app idea. But have you tried to understand user behavior and see if your target market can navigate through the mobile app. Mobile app testing best practices allows you to map the app accordingly and resolve the bugs that responds to any user behavior – like what happens when a user ‘does something wrong in the app like pinching rather than flicking’, ‘does an error message pop up when they tap a wrong button’ or ‘does a sign guide the user to the next action’.

4. Perform Functionality Tests

Carry out functionality testing at the very initial stage that include important steps like checks for customer submission forms and search feature. Moreover, it requires at the very development stage to inspect media components such as audio and video playback, compatibility of scripts and libraries; including manipulations that the app may accomplish.

5. Test your app on multiple mobile devices

You might have built your app for multiple mobile devices, but ensure the UI looks perfectly right in all the devices – in any possible position a user might use it. Device testing of your mobile application will help you exactly understand if the app feels native on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Synopsis

Mobile app testing is unarguably the most necessary part of the entire mobile app development lifecycle and also the most enjoyable part. Moreover, it plays a critical role in determining an app’s top position at the app store. Apart from a range of testing tools and software that make the testing process easier, quicker and smoother; expert mobile app testers with a critical eye for details can help you find and resolve bugs and launch your app successfully.       


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