Published on August 3rd, 2018 | by Sunit Nandi0
5 Principles of Successful App Testing
Any particular mobile app is expected to perform exceptionally well by all its users. As far as the user is concerned, the app should perform great regardless of the device it is installed. Indeed, app developing is an involved process that must take into account platform issues, device specifications and other factors that will allow a seamless user experience. As a leader who wants to create the best experience for your users the only thing you can do is create an elegant app and test it thoroughly. Here are some key principles of successful app testing.
Test the Functionality
The first principle when testing an app is to go over its functionality. Mobile apps are designed to solve particular problems that users have. It is thus almost impossible to overlook how the app handles the various processes it is meant to do. Testing an app for functionality involves going over an exhaustive list of possible case scenarios that users will have on a daily basis. You can only be confident about the testing process when you have certified that every possible use case is covered.
Do not Forget About the Hardware
The best way of ensuring that the mobile app testing process exhaustive is by going over the hardware functions of the app. Modern devices come with a plethora of communication channels which are supported either by wireless or wired connections. The GPS functions, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and other technologies should thus be tested thoroughly.
Review the User Experience
Reviewing the user experience of an app is usually tough because there are no specific guidelines that determine how a usable an app is. Every single app user has a subjective view on which parameter indicates the usability of an app. As a matter of principle though, you should come up with a set of fundamental parameters which must all be met while testing the app. Some of these parameters should include things like:
- The app aesthetics
- Navigation and speed
- Overall app value
These parameters are crucial since they determine whether users will comfortably install and use the app.
Push Your App to the Limits
Another principle that is vital is testing the app’s resilience. The true strength of any product is known when it is pushed to failure. Knowing the true resilience of the app is important because it answers the basic questions about app usage across platforms. There are numerous devices on the market which come with different specifications. Some of these devices would easily break an app if it was not designed to perform under certain pressure. Destructive testing thus gives you a quantifiable list of qualities that define your app.
Consider Testing Automation
Finally, considering automation will save you a lot of time and resources. There are many platforms that you will find when looking for automating app testing. Automation makes it easy to measure the functions of the app when it is already on a phone. Scripts can run in the background when the app is either in use or out of use and give you feedback data. App testing involves using data feedback to continuously improve the app’s functionality. Every avenue that gives you access to this data should thus be explored.