#Asia Just built an app? Here are seven best practices for testing the product


One that stands out is the need to test the service with both slow and fast Internet connection speeds


Excellent. Inspiration has struck and the lightbulb goes off for a mobile app idea.

The next step is to hire a mobile app developer or have a friend that code it but after all that work, the app hits the market and it flops.

After it fails, ever Founder looks in the mirror and asks, ‘Why?’

Do not worry, this is common story and it is usually because the Founder did not test their mobile app properly.

The truth about app developers is that very few of them actually test their mobile apps before release. Shocking, right? Well, Only 8 per cent of developers go through crucial quality assurance processes, according to SD Times.

Mobile app testing is an art, and it is a challenging task thanks to different mobile operating systems, device sizes, and usage scenarios.

In this article we offer a few suggestions to make mobile testing, and ultimately app deployment, more successful.

Also Read: 6 big mistakes startups make while hiring an app development firm

These tips will be useful for developers, product and project managers, and for anyone who would like to improve both product quality and inter-departmental relations.

For your app to be a success, it needs to perform well during the testing process. That means no crashing, no lag, and no excuses.

Testing a mobile app has its own nuances and challenges.

Test your competitor’s app before doing testing on your app

This is important to help the developer find and understand what the competition has gotten right and how the company’s app can improve upon the market, offer a different experience and overall stand out for being unique.

Setup a testing timeline

Set up your testing time sheet during the development phase. It is best practice to start testing at least once a week in order to ensure check all functionalities work together.

Test how it works on the target OS and all its versions

Some mobile app developers use emulators for application testing. This is a good idea because an emulator is a powerful tool that makes app testing easier and cheaper.

However, emulators lack many features and can not test on different versions and devices. Make sure to test the app on the necessary operating systems rather than using the actual physical devices (e.g. phones and tablets).

Each operating system has more than one version available in the market. If your app is designed to work only on iOS 9 and later it is still need to test on versions 9.1, 9.2 and so forth.

Test the Graphical User Interface

We all know app design is the first element users see and that designing for all screen sizes — especially for Android devices —is a big challenge.

But, it is crucial.

Take the time, make the effort, and ensure the app boasts a user-friendly interface across all models of smartphone. Ensure each screen size, on each device, will support the new product.

Test the application with different Internet speeds

Make sure the testing includes slow connections and fast ones — to make sure the experience is OK at any speed. Because sometimes the app may not respond in slow connection and the user will uninstall it before using the service.

Who knows where downloads may come from, it is important the app works for as many people as possible.

Test Battery Consumption

Research showed that 55 per cent of users who complain about an app cite the fact that it drains their phone’s battery more quickly than expected. For this reason, it’s important your app testing includes a look at battery consumption.

Test how the app works with other phone features

Sometimes an app can create a bug that impacts other features, like not receiving phone call or stopping notifications.

Do not forget that a mobile phone is still a phone. So, test the app when the phone is active, ensure it can still receive phone calls and other system notifications.

Also Read: Why I think mobile apps are going to die in 3-5 years

Also make sure that your product does not cause problems for other apps.

Final Words

“You only get one chance to make a first impression”

To make a successful app and earn money (this is the goal right?), developed a bug and error free app.

If not, a company may lose a lot of potential customers before it even gets off the ground.

Ashish Sharma is the General Manager of Business at WeDigTech and has been working in the IT industry for over 10 years.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash.

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