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10 Different Types of Mobile Application Testing & Its Tools

By Karthik RameshApril 4, 2023, 3 p.m. Application development company
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Discover the 10 key types of mobile app testing you need to know, along with the essential tools required to carry out each test effectively. Read to learn more!

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In this blog post, we explore the different types of mobile app testing that must be carried out before launching the app in the app store. Also, we have listed the most popular mobile application testing tools used in the industry today.

Installation Testing

The installation process is a user's first interaction with any mobile app and must be error-free. If any issues are evident at this stage or if it takes longer to install an app, the customer will look for an alternate one.

Key test scenarios to take heed of during mobile app installation testing:

  • Switch between different apps when this app is being installed
  • Turn the internet connection on and off/turn on flight mode
  • Switch between WIFI/mobile data 
  • The app installation should happen with local storage/memory card
  • Result when the storage is running out of space

These tests should be conducted during app installation and the result whether it results in crashes, whether the process hangs, or whether error messages are displayed to the user, should be observed.

Functional Testing

Functional testing is done to ensure that every functional aspect of an app has been implemented and working in the desired manner. This is the first type of testing to be carried out by the team responsible for mobile app testing.

App users will uninstall the app at once if the app does not function as it should. Therefore, this is a critical test. Mobile testing tools help you to perform hands-on mobile app testing on thousands of real devices in real time.

Usability Testing

Conducting the usability test ensures the mobile app makes for easy usage. An intuitive app design layout, easy navigation options, presence of buttons, choice of colors, faster response to any action performed, etc., impact user experience.

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It is vital to involve real users when performing usability testing so that you can appropriately act on the feedback and ensure the app passes this test. Without passing usability tests, any app is sure to fail in the hands of its users. It would result in the reputation loss of your organization in the long run 

Compatibility Testing

This is one of the most important mobile app testing types. This consists of non-functional testing which ensures whether a mobile app’s functionality remains the same across different OS, applications, internal hardware specifications, devices, and network conditions.

Compatibility testing can be either backward compatibility testing or forward compatibility testing. Backward compatibility testing helps to ensure the behavior and compatibility of newly developed versions of hardware or software with previous ones. Forward compatibility verifies the behavior and compatibility with newer versions.

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Localization Testing

Localization testing is done to ensure the software behavior and accuracy are suitable for specific places and areas when the app is created to be used in many markets with different languages across the world. The test simulates how the software will react in specific scenarios and make it culturally relevant.Localization Testing

Interruption Testing

This mobile app test is conducted on how the app responds to interruptions during actual functioning. When using the app, sometimes we have to switch over from one app to another for different reasons: making a call, sending a chat, receiving notifications, changing volume settings, etc. These breaks should not negatively impact the mobile app’s functionality or performance. Different scenarios are tested by switching to the different apps manually before returning to the running mobile app. However, to cut down on the time taken for this manual test, it is a good idea to automate the interruption testing process.

Memory Leak Testing

A memory leak happens if a running program does not return the memory it has acquired for temporary usage. This causes the app’s available memory to run out and it becomes unusable. Memory leaks happen because of code errors, and the app should be checked for this problem.

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Memory leak testing is accomplished by running an app on many devices with varying memory capacities to determine the app’s performance on these devices. The program is then tuned to work well for each configuration.

Performance Testing

Performance tests help developers to discover bottlenecks in their mobile apps. Normally, they subject a mobile app to different conditions and note down their observations. The performance test strategy should evaluate the below-mentioned aspects:

  • The time the app takes to respond to an event triggered by the user
  • Response of the app under different network conditions and other characteristics
  • UI rendering time
  • How the app impacts battery usage; how the present battery charge level impacts the app’s responses

Security Testing

A security threat is a critical aspect of any mobile app. Mobile app security testing helps to prevent:

  • Security breaches
  • Stealing private data
  • Deletion/modification of critical information stored in the app by unauthorized users
  • Fraudulent money transactions

Upgrade Testing

Upgrade testing helps to cover different test scenarios of the installation process, ensure to carry out the following testing aspects:

  • App-related storage data is retained and not lost
  • Ensure user sessions remain valid and do not issue the login prompt once again 
  • Backward compatibility of features, and the upgrade should succeed even for an old version of the app 
  • Time elapsed for the upgrade process

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Top 10 Mobile Testing Tools

  1. Katalon
  2. Appium
  3. Espresso
  4. XCUI
  5. Robotium
  6. Flutter
  7. Robot framework
  8. Selendroid
  9. iOS Driver
  10. Xamarin.UITest

Closing Thoughts

The various types of mobile app testing have to be considered in any mobile app’s development life cycle process.

It is vital to consider the different components involved in the mobile app tech stack and there should be a plan to test every component before the app is launched. 

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The ultimate goal for any mobile app is to find more users. This will not happen if the mobile app does not function as desired. This is the reason why it is critical to test mobile apps. Only user-friendly, high-quality and scalable apps stand the test of time.

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