Every piece of software needs to be tested before you can release it to the general public. Testing reveals the little bugs that could prevent the software from working, and ensures your product has the polish it needs to draw an audience.
For mobile app development, testing is even more important. One false step in your mobile app strategy could result in the failure of the whole endeavour. Mobile customers won’t give you a chance to fix mistakes that shouldn’t have happened. They’ll just move onto the next app, and yours will be left in the dust.
As a result, you need to avoid key mobile app testing blunders like the ones below.
Focusing Too Much on the User Interface
We all know how important a good user interface (UI) is to a mobile app, but it’s not the only thing that matters. Unfortunately, some mobile app developers forget this fact. They get so tied up in creating a strong interface that they forget that the app behind it needs to work.
You need to test the UI extensively. However, you must also make sure that everything happens as it’s supposed to when you’re using the app. Your users won’t care about a fancy UI if the app loses their data every time they log out.
Forgetting that Mobile Isn’t Web
Many app developers have moved from traditional web or software development. While some of their testing methodologies can carry over, others don’t apply to the mobile space.
The key thing to remember is that mobile users are on the go. If you limit your testing to the office, you fail to take into account how the app performs when the user moves from place to place. This is especially important if the app makes use of geo-tracking, or similar mobile-only features.
Outsourcing the Testing
Now outsourcing isn’t necessarily a mistake by itself. However, outsourcing an app for testing without providing plenty of detail about the app, its purpose, and how it works is.
Outsources testers will just give the app a quick run through and submit a report if they don’t have any guidance. If you intend to outsource your app for testing, draw up some guidelines for the testers to follow. Tell them what you want to look out for, and how to use the app properly. Mention user flows, and focus the testing around optimisation for mobile users.
Trying to Automate the Whole Thing
Automation is useful when used correctly. It can save you a lot of time that you would have spent on simple tasks, but you can’t rely on it to test a mobile app to the fullest. For example, automation can’t take various mobile issues into account, such as the app’s dependency on its API, how various networks perform, and how the sensors inside the mobile device react to the app.
If you do use automated checks at any point for testing, make sure you build them with the code in mind. Poorly built automated checks can thwart your efforts, even if you use them correctly.