Tips for Newbie Mobile App Testers


The rise and seeming invincibility of mobile phones has raised the stakes not just for mobile device manufacturers but also for mobile app creators and testers. For testers it is about dealing with a great number of bugs and defects, and for newbies this could prove challenging. As a leading Mobile App Testing Services Company we view all this as an opportunity to consistently practice and upgrade our skills to overcome the unique challenges that this realm presents.

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For newbie app testers these challenges could prove overwhelming. There are constant operating system updates, new devices with enhanced features, various application frameworks for the web, native, and hybrid apps, and a wide gamut of DevOps tools – all together could prove daunting for newbie app testers. There are several decisions that go into preparing a mobile testing strategy, and the possibility of things going awry is huge. However, with guidance and tips from experts, newbie app testers could quickly become assets for a mobile testing services company. Here are a few strategies that newbies should follow in order to become high sought resources:

Real Device Mobile Testing

Most testers run all tests on emulators, which while good for early stage testing, is a mistake for all tests. Not running tests on real devices would lead to app failure in the real world environment. Using real mobile devices to test would ensure that testers can assess core capabilities such as carrier issues, connectivity problems, GPS, battery usage, reasons for call and SMS disruptions, functionality of cameras, and many more key elements. While emulators test whether the app will work on all devices, they are unable to factor in the unique configuration of each device. However, given the overwhelming number of devices available today, it would help to identify and test on devices used most by existing customers - covering about 80% devices while testing would produce accurate results. Remember that costs are a huge consideration for clients, and hence it would be best to rent (in the cloud) real mobile devices. We have been helping clients with their testing needs, while saving money and maintaining project completion timelines.

Automating Mobile Testing

This is important since automating mobile testing enables parallel testing across a number of real devices and emulators. This in turn makes testing more efficient and faster, and allows product creators to release to the market sooner. Speed and top quality are what help to beat out the competition! In addition, automation allows testers to save configurations prior to running tests, which can be reused when required. However, as experts we caution against automating all tests since rarely run tests are better performed manually, saving all the time and cost of setup. Further, it is important that the right tools are used – ones that enable testers to write and run tests on both IOS and Android.

Web Apps are Released Faster – Match the Pace

Web apps are released every day and directly to users, given continuous delivery and deployment. Mobile apps however must pass the scrutiny of operating system providers namely Android and IOS. Their guidelines and policies are strict and rigorous, which do not only slow down release but can also block release on their system. It is important for testers to keep these factors in mind when testing mobile apps – top quality aligned to the guidelines of these two OS giants.

Load and Mobile Performance Testing

These tests are best performed later in the testing cycle, and both on emulators and real devices – emulators to mirror user behavior in load conditions and real devices to check for reasons of SMS and calls disruption and memory leaks. A variety of techniques and strategies are required for both load and performance testing, but the aim is to ensure a smoothly running app once it reaches the market.

Use Testing Tools Specific to Mobile Devices

Since mobile testing is a niche area, it is necessary to perform it using the tools built specially for the purpose, and the good news is that there are several tools to serve this end.

In Conclusion

Mobile app testing is certainly not easy, especially since the ‘environment’ continuously changes. The principles and guidelines for it, however, remain stable. With the tips provided and with your knowledge and help from expert testers, newbie testers can be on the path of becoming key assets for their organization. If your business is looking for the best testers in the industry, connect with us today.


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