We are all aware of the fact that a hasty testing procedure is sure to miss out on many obscure errors, bugs or loopholes which may result in the wide release of a totally unstable app. This scenario is even worse than that of a delayed app.

Different mobile app development companies employ different methods claiming them to be time-efficient. Yet, most of these methods lack perfection and they all faced similar problems which resulted from common mistakes. Thus, it is very important that you recognize some common mistakes you should avoid while mobile app testing.

Testing before knowing the purpose

This is one of the biggest mistakes tend to make because of their misconceptions regarding the principles of MVP to the testing process.  A mobile app developer has to test ASAP in order to increase the learning pace. They key here is to learn, and it can't be done unless you are able to understand the App's and its tests' purpose well enough. Eric Ries' model of Build and learn cycle explains this in detail. You may refer to it for more insights.

So, now you know that even before you start testing, your mobile app development should know the definition of purpose clearly.

Testing all, without Priorities

You have to make sure that your mobile app development team is testing for major scenarios that are different from one another. They need to explore through them, testing all their features and their integration with the mobile app’s core functionality.

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Prioritizing the scenarios and tests to streamline the testing process is important. Streamlining can’t be heedless or negligent. To attain maximum efficiency, don’t even think of skipping any major tests just because it will save some time.

To avoid pitfalls, it is important that you narrow down the changes you make in your app, try focusing on those changes more. Try using context-driven testing for planning the testing activities, it will give you a better focus.

Web vs Mobile testing

Always keep in mind that a mobile app is completely different than a web app. Web apps are designed to fit a bigger screen with a relatively fixed location. Whereas mobile apps are developed to be used in mobile devices only. In this fast-paced world, mobile users are always on the move, always wanting for more. Your mobile app development company must keep that in mind during the App development and testing process.

While testing for mobile applications must keep the following things in mind (these are to be safely ignored for web):

  • The range of mobile devices
  • Different mobile operating systems
  • Different versions and updates of iOS, Android, etc
  • Different mobile carriers
  • Memory and Battery usage for different mobile systems

Prime Focus on the App’s Looks/UI

Mobile applications mean much more than a shiny UI. Mobile apps consume plenty of APIs and it's your task to check them all individually. You should know how does the API deliver the data on individual requests. During testing, you should keep an eye on if the APIs are delivering the correct responses with respect to the requests.

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Apart from APIs, a mobile app also relies on various backend services. It's definitely beneficial to check out those backend functions during the testing process.

No Methodology/Plan

There are certain things you should keep in mind whenever you are about test your app.

  • Plan for the performance testing during the pre-production stage itself.
  • You need to be able to define the level of quality assurance and performance criteria during the design stage itself.
  • Establishing key performance indicators(KPI) is important.
  • You should design your service level agreements before production begins.
  • Fix the methodology for testing purposes and schedule all activities related to performance beforehand.
  • Ensure your testing process is well-planned and on schedule.

Analyzing each test in Isolation

When you have started testing and move forward to the next test, make sure that you don’t end up abandoning the previous test’s implications and connections to the current test. Regression testing might help you in this regard.

Spontaneous regression testing assures the relevance of the tests you are conducting. They also tell you about the quality of your mobile apps.

Paying attention to each test and analyzing them to detect anomalies and errors is vital. Monitoring tools can be used to report on the anomalies. They also help in correlating statistics in various formats.

Not testing in different versions of OS, phones, etc

Don’t forget to test on various mobile devices to obtain a higher coverage of devices: this means testing on various versions of iPhones, iPads, or Android devices. However, try to focus on the ones that are most typically used by your target audience.

You can avoid this by doing the following:

  • Use the technologies that will allow you to distribute your testing into the cloud and give it a more real-world experience.
  • Avoid testing from a single location within closed firewalls.
  • You can also use network emulation tools and create virtual user groups for more efficient performance testing.

Performance issues not addressed

This is a very tricky issue. Performance issues can show itself in the form of intermittent issues. Performance errors which occur once in a while and recover quickly, tend to be ignored the most by mobile app developers. If you are not digging further into the issue, you will never be able to find the root of the problem. This could be an opportunity to detect a systematic problem early on before it takes the shape of a big problem.

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Missing out on Syncing Tests

The age of cloud is here, App testing has to be done in order to check how well the app syncs across various devices if it is safe and how much ti,e is it consuming to sync. You should also check that if after you have updated and reinstalled the app if your app is still integrating with cloud without losing any vital info.

If you lack experience in this type of testing, make sure that you reach out to leading mobile app development company in India to ensure your app is in safe hands.

Wrap Up

Testing should be done with several monotonous iterations of performing the same activities to ensure the desired result is achieved a sufficient number of times. Once you are done with the app testing successfully, you can finally say that your purpose of developing a quality mobile app has been fulfilled.

The above list will incredibly help a tester to avoid the common traps at all stages of testing, thus making his testing process and reports more significant and useful to a developer. Nevertheless, it should lead to the production of a better App in less time.

About the Author

Sourabh Sharma
I am an entrepreneur doing multitasking at any given point of time. One of my niches is working as a professional Writer where I share my views and opinions. I am very honest, sincere, and up-front blogger and jot down my unbiased opinions. In general, I prefer to write without being argumentative or contradicting anyone. To bash intelligence into some brains I might sound aggressive which is not at all offending, right?

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