22 Mar How To Properly Test A Mobile App
Ever wonder how mobile apps are tested? Is there a specific process? Or even if it’s necessary to test an app before sending it out into the world?
Testing is probably the single most important part of the development process. Sure, it’s difficult to create the app itself but the most arduous part is the testing and the correcting of errors and bugs. Without this vetting process end, users will quickly become frustrated at the inability of the app to work properly. End users are expecting the app to work quickly and efficiently. They are also normally on the go (hence the word mobile in mobile apps) which means they are looking for an app that delivers when needed. There is no time for errors, problems, or even app crashing events. The testing process gets rid of all these errors and bugs so that the end user can have the most efficient and pleasant experience possible.
It’s easier said than done though. With technology in a rapid and constantly evolving state, there are no set standards of practice when it comes to testing. No method will work on every app made, but at least there are some guidelines that can be used to test in a systematic way so as to be as efficient as possible.
At The Demski Group, our QA team have a systematic approach to testing. The steps are as follows: Preparation, Testing, Reporting, Fixing, Repeating, and Finish. These are the steps that we have instituted to bring quality assurance to every project we undertake. Let’s look at each part of this systematic approach.
Before we do any testing, we want to make sure that we have all pertinent information and requirements from the Statement of Work (SOW) and have clarified with the client exactly what is expected of the app functionality wise. It’s imperative to understand and plan before testing.
This is where we document each item individually, and our technique used to test it. All errors and bugs that are found will be documented via screenshots or video along with a document spelling out the issue found. This makes it easier for the developer to understand and resolve the issue.
After receiving the documentation, the developer resolves all the issues and sends a new build back to the testers to test.
This is where we test all the items that have been corrected by the developer and report again on our findings. In a perfect world there would be no more issues but unfortunately, this is why testing is so important. There will always be errors and bugs that need to be corrected. We just have to whittle down those errors slowly and methodically until no more exist.
Finally, this step has been achieved when there are no more errors or bugs spotted during testing.
Hopefully, this has helped you better understand the testing process and the importance of using these methods to create a streamlined and successful app.