6 Essential Types of App Testing

With the passing times, not only have the humans evolved but technology has also changed its shape. Earlier mobiles were just a mere source of interaction but now, it has integrated itself with a whole new level of functionalities and applications.

As is the case for every software, a mobile app also has to go through a phase of rigorous testing to ensure its efficiency. Some of the types of testing that have to be performed on mobile apps are listed below.

Six Essential Types of Mobile App Testing

Functionality Testing:

One of the methods to test your app is through checking its functionality. All the automated and manual methods should be in place from the start. Any change in the app’s functionality, has to go through a regression test. The earlier this test is done, faster will be the time to market the app. Functionality testing is done to eliminate issues such as:

  • Difficulty in navigation and deciphering what a particular option does
  • Problems in connection speed and carrier compatibility
  • Ambiguous error messages
  • Discrepancies when screen sizes are different
  • Excess use of data and battery
  • Speed and app loading problems
  • Crashing and bugs

Usability Testing:

This method integrates the involvement of the actual users of the app that is being tested. This method is a highly subjective process that involves analyses of the layout, design, and interaction of an app to ensure that there are no issues with it. The target audience must be clearly defined and you should create the specifications documents as per the preferences of those particular end-users. The survey must also be created accordingly and the feedback must be analyzed by experts to ensure that the app offers high-end usability.

Load Testing:

Once the app is ready for testing, the basis and the purpose of the test should be determined. You will have to be clear about what you want to test: whether it’s the app’s performance under traffic or the data leak or at what point does the app break. This is so because there are different ways to test different types of load. The approach to all load tests is the same which is combining synthetic load with performance engineers and live tester. Issues resolved through such type of testing are negative effects on an app’s performance and speed by an outside variable and when accessed in different regions.

Security Testing:

This testing method lets you maintain the user’s personal details confidential. Apps which require the users personal information for them to access the features require such testing before the app is launched. It ensures authenticity and integrity of the app.

Localization Testing:

This method of testing ensures that the context of the app is accessible in all markets and regions. This is one of the last stages of testing an app and has relevant importance.

Unit Testing

Unit testing refers to the process of testing an individual unit or a group of related units. It falls under the class of white box testing. It is often conducted by the programmer of the app, who tests the unit he/she has implemented is producing expected output against given input.