How to test mobile applications!

Mobile Applications

Most of the websites tested in today’s world do have mobile applications. A mobile app as it is most called is a type of software application designed to run on a mobile device. The most common mobile devices are cell phones and tablets which use android or IOS as operating systems.  The mobile application is designed to function as software on a regular personal computer. Most of the apps usually are small with both limited and basic functions.

How does one test Mobile applications?

Mobile Applications are tested like regular applications.  Below are some of the common tests done to a mobile application;

  • Usability Testing – This type of testing is done to ensure the app is easy to use and navigate when customers download it. If the app has any issues, the tester will report those bugs to be reworked on by the developers.
  • Performance testing – This is a very important type of testing because mobile apps use different types of networks. You should test how the app responds when the mobile device is on 2G, 3G, 4G as well as the WIFI networks. The tester will report the results accordingly and issues will also be worked on to avoid delays when the app will be released to the customer.
  • Interface testing – This type of testing is done to verify some of the buttons, as well as menu options, are working as designed or whether they produce the same results as a PC application

Test Plan for a Mobile Application

There is no defined plan for testing a mobile application. A tester usually relies on a developer or a business analyst to tell them what results to expect when testing the application. They may provide the tools needed for you to test the application successful. The most common tools used are below;

  • Mobile phone Emulator – This tool is used to test handset devices that use mobile operating systems like Android and IOS. The tool can be used to test phones like iPhones, Samsung and so on. This is mainly used by developers but also testers can use it.
  • Mobiready Tool – This is another tool that can be used to test the web app.

Test Cases for Mobile Applications

Testing a mobile application is the same as testing a regular web application. One must make sure the functionality is working the same way on the mobile platform as a desk application. A mobile application has specific tests you need to do before releasing it to the customers. Below are the specific test cases.

  • The functionality of the application needs to be tested thoroughly so that it doesn’t crash when anything like a network fails.
  • The speed at which it the mobile application responds on different networks like 2G, 3G WIFI and 4G also need to be tested.
  • The memory needed to download the application on your mobile device has to be tested and let the customers know how much they need to use the app.
  • Furthermore, battery usage has to be tested when the application is running on your device so that you know how much is needed for the app to function properly or how much the app drains it.

There are more test cases that can be done but above are the main ones needed before you can release the mobile app to the customers.

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