Many apps have performed poorly in the market due to usability issues related to crashes, poor functionality, dismal performance, and bugs that make the users get rid of it after the first interaction. Basically, poor app performance is largely attributed to inadequate testing metrics that fail to disclose the usability issues with the app before it’s released to the market. As a mobile app developer, it’s important that you set up effective app testing strategies to ensure that the users receive a quality service from the app. The scope of mobile app testing should be based on the expected functionality of the application and its compatibility with multiple operating systems to make it suitable for diverse users. The following are some of the best tips for effective mobile app testing;
- Testing the right platform
- Sourcing and interacting with beta-testers
- Implementing a full-stack testing
- Monitor the battery use
- App testing with the full data load
- Understanding the test for proper use of regional styles
- Testing the app at different internet speeds
- Focusing on target group
Testing the right platform
As a mobile app developer, you should ensure that your application is tested on the accurate platform for which it was built to operate. Different platforms have different testing methods and outcomes. For instance, testing web-based platforms are different from testing native or hybrid platforms. However, you should integrate different testing platforms if your mobile app is designed to function on multiple platforms. Additionally, you should ensure that the app is tested on different browsers so as to identify the issues in performance and adaptability of the app. Irrespective of the testing platform that you use for the app, it’s imperative that you use the appropriate testing platform and expertise for optimal outcomes.
Sourcing and interacting with beta-users
One of the best ways to get optimal outcomes in mobile app testing is to ensure that you source and engage app testers, especially your existing loyal customers. Both online and physically available customers are great options for your beta-testing needs as they are likely to give a genuine feedback and suggest the necessary corrections. Usage of crowd-funding platforms is an effective strategy to promote awareness and attract funding for the app. Beta testers provide you with important suggestions on the features that should be adjusted to enhance the application performance. This type of mobile app testing is a cheap but reliable method for assessing the functionality of your mobile app.
Implementing a full-stack testing
Effective mobile app testing entails a sequence of testing methods such as the localization testing, functional testing, and the workload testing. A complete combination of these approaches is likely to consume around 20% of the time you take to develop the app. However, it can potentially save you valuable time that you’d have taken to identify and fix minor issues that can render the entire app worthless. Full-stack testing ensures that the entire scope of app functionality is effectively covered to prevent the likelihood of failures.
Monitor the battery use
According to research, users tend to avoid mobile apps that drain the battery charge of their gadgets quicker than usual. Therefore, you should ensure that you include battery consumption on the scope of your mobile app testing. This will significantly boost the market response to your app since most users have installed a service that shows the installed applications and their respective power consumption. If the app cannot manage the standby mode, try redesigning it from the database. You can test the battery consumption by starting when the battery is fully charged then assessing the consumption after every 10 minutes. Additionally, the app should be tested when the battery charge is below 15% to determine its ability to respond to the power adjustments by the phone.
Test the app with full data load
Mobile app testing should entail all aspects of the real environment in which it will be implemented to prevent any likely performance issues. Failure to test the app with the full data load may cause you to believe the application will perform excellently in the market especially based on the performance speed. However, when you test the same app in an environment where a full data load is implemented, you will probably notice that the app will be slower in performance speed.
Understand and test for proper implementation of standard formats
As a mobile app developer, you are likely to face challenges regarding the app localization to ensure that it can operate in different languages. However, the app testing should also account for different standard formats such as the date format which varies with the region. Therefore, you should ensure that your app meets the international standards of operating in different regions where standards of measurement vary.
Test performance at different Internet speeds
App performance varies with the internet speed at which it’s tested. For instance, users of an app with huge volumes of media content are likely to experience poor performance. Therefore, you should ensure that your app is tested at different internet speeds so as to develop new functionalities that improve performance for users with slower internet speeds. It’s important that you design an alert to inform the users when their internet speed is slow to ensure that they appreciate when good internet connection gives optimal experience.
Focus on Target Groups
When developing an app to serve a certain group, you should ensure that the testing metrics include the target group. This will enable you to get the appropriate feedback in relation to user experience and attitude towards the app in general. Apart from improving the user experience of your app, target groups allow you to assess the psychological essence of the app users. However, you should note the testing the app on the target groups could be an expensive affair thus you should plan your testing expenditure well. The cost of this approach of app testing is high but the outcomes are worth it.