9 Steps to a Successful Mobile App Testing

In 2018, the total number of apps downloaded was over 200 billion and mobile app revenue is projected to hit $188 billion by 2020. These figures show that the app market is booming and the demand for apps is ever increasing. Although for an app to become popular, It has to be smooth and it should provide a pleasant user experience. To ensure that, organizations need to emphasize more on mobile app testing. It’s better to perform testing in an organized manner to save time and get better results. Let’s have a look at the steps involved to perform mobile app testing.

Step 1: Test Plan

While creating a test plan you need to have a clear objective and you need to figure out what issues you might face in achieving that objective. The first thing you need to find out is the type of app, whether it is a web app, native or hybrid. You need to make sure that all the features of the app are functional and see if the app interacts with other apps. Make sure if the app testing is limited to front-end or back-end also. Check the compatibility with multiple devices and load handling.

Once you are ready with the test plan, you must figure out the devices you are going to use. Figure out the devices supported by your app and the oldest version of the operating system that is supported by the app. Also, pick the most popular device models for the target audience and keep screen sizes in mind. This can be a tricky task and you can make it easy with pCloudy, where you will find more than 5000 device browser combinations. You need to decide what testing needs to be performed for a function, performance, security, compatibility, usability etc.

Step 3: Test case document and script design

Test cases should be prepared for each feature and function of an app. Apart from that, you can include some cases like app speed, data requirement, memory, and battery usage. Separate suites should be prepared for automated test scripts, identify reusable automation scripts and modify them as per the project requirements.

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The test cases and scripts are ready, now you need to execute both automation and manual test cases on the functionalities to ensure there are no irregularities. You can run manual as well as automated tests on pCloudy devices, where you can take screenshots, report a bug in Jira and maintain logs as well. It is loaded with cool features like AI-powered testing bot and local site testing.

Step 5: Usability and beta testing

It’s time to test check if the app is easy to use and if the User experience is up to the mark. Maintain a cross-platform matrix and ask beta testers to use all the functionalities and browse each and every page to find the bugs. Once it is done, it’s time to release the beta version.

Step 6: Performance testing

Check the stability, responsiveness and resource usage of your app and change the connection from 2G/3G to WiFi and back to VoLTE. App’s performance testing includes installation, upgrades, sign-up and login, provisioning, error messages and service testing.

Step 7: Security and compliance testing

It is important to keep user information safe and private. User data leak can result in a loss of millions of dollars to any organization. Also, it can damage the reputation of the company and can even lead to shut down of a business. It is important to validate packet sniffing, data dumps, SSL, session hijacking, and SQL injection. Credentials need to be encrypted and the app should have security certificates.

Step 8: Device testing

Now the app should be tested across multiple device browser combinations. Run the test cases and scripts on the selected devices in the cloud or on physical devices using popular testing tools. You can use pCloudy device cloud to expedite the process as it is integrated with the most popular app testing tools.

Step 9: Test summary report

It is important to document the entire mobile app testing process. Once all the testing is done, a final report is created which includes quality of testing effort, statistics derived from incident reports, quality of the mobile app, information retrieved from the test conducted and details of the types of testing performed in the mentioned time. The report should also state that the mobile app is fit for use and that it meets all the acceptance criteria.

Conclusion

Mobile app testing can be a time-consuming process but If you do it in an organized fashion by following these steps, it could simplify and speed up the process.

Originally published at www.techavy.com.

pCloudy is the most powerful cloud-based App Testing Platform. Brand Marketing @ pCloudy (www.pcloudy.com)