Automated testing on Physical Mobile Devices
BrowserStack supports automated browser testing via Selenium and Appium on real iOS and Android devices.
Why test on Physical Mobile devices?
Running your test suite on physical mobile devices on the BrowserStack Real Device Cloud has several advantages. Here are some key ones:
- Test on a real environment - Testing on a physical mobile device ensures that your tests are running on real world conditions. This reduces false positives, and makes it easier to replicate bugs users are having on their devices.
- Better performance - Tests on physical mobile devices run much faster when compared to emulators/simulators, resulting in significantly faster build times.
- Parallel testing - By harnessing the scale of BrowserStack's Real Device Cloud, you can run many tests in parallel, resulting in a significant reduction of your test times.
Testing on physical mobile devices requires just a few changes to your test scripts. You will need to pass the flag realMobile and specify which device you want to test on. Refer to the table below:
Use this flag to test on a physical mobile device.
Specifies a particular mobile device for the test environment.
|You can find a full list of supported devices here|
Use this capability to specify the OS version of the device.
|The os_version capability is compulsory for JS testing|
Use this capability to set the Appium version in your test scripts.
|Android: 1.6.5 (default), 1.7.1 , 1.7.2 , 1.8.0 , 1.9.1 , 1.10.1 , 1.11.1 , 1.12.1 , 1.13.0 , 1.14.0 (default on Android 11), 1.15.0 , 1.16.0 , 1.17.0
iOS: 1.6.5 , 1.7.0 (default), 1.7.1 , 1.7.2 , 1.8.0 , 1.9.1 , 1.10.1 , 1.11.1 , 1.12.1 , 1.13.0 , 1.14.0 (default on iOS 12), 1.16.0 , 1.17.0 (default on iOS 13)
Note: All values are strings.
Local Testing allows you to test your private and internal servers on BrowserStack cloud. You can also use Local Testing to test web applications located behind firewalls, or web applications accessed through proxies.
Local testing is supported on Physical Mobile devices. View Documentation