How to perform Manual Mobile Testing?
By Jash Unadkat, Community Contributor - December 4, 2022
The mobile industry is constantly growing rapidly and parallelly, giving rise to mobile testing challenges. According to Statista, 60.21% of users worldwide use mobile devices compared to desktops as of November 2022. Tech giants like Samsung, Google, and Apple continue to roll out new Android and iOS devices at ever-increasing speeds. Constant mobile usage growth has also led organizations to focus on developing apps to cater to their user base.
With the massive device fragmentation existing currently, significant concerns for QA are:
- Will the developed app perform seamlessly across all the latest Android and iOS devices?
- Will the mobile app be compatible with older versions of OS running on Android and iOS?
- If an app is compatible with the latest iOS and Android devices, it’s a big win for the QAs. However, choosing not to optimize mobile app performance for earlier Android and iOS versions may lead to significant losses.
- Many users do not immediately upgrade or consciously continue using older devices or operating systems.
This article will focus on both these concerns and discuss how manual mobile testing can play a crucial role in agile development. It will also explain how one can carry out online manual app testing.
How to perform Manual Mobile Testing effectively?
There are two effective methods QAs perform manual mobile application testing on different Android and iOS devices.
1. Testing on Emulators or Simulators
This is a time-consuming and effort-intensive approach. QAs need to identify the number of devices their app must be tested on and download emulators for each device. Downloading and testing on each Android emulator or iOS simulator is a very cumbersome and inefficient task. Teams can’t afford to adopt such an approach, especially in a competitive landscape.
- Emulators or simulators can be helpful in the initial phases of development.
- Although virtual testing devices mimic the devices and are cost-efficient, they cannot replace real devices due to accuracy and reliability factors.
- However, they are unreliable enough to ensure applications’ efficacy in real user conditions.
- This is why it’s highly recommended for QAs to test on a real device cloud.
- They don’t need to worry about any downloads or pre-configurations. Just upload the app and start testing.
Follow-Up Read: Testing on Emulators vs Simulators vs Real Devices
2. Testing on a Real Device Cloud
This is one of the easiest ways. There is no better option than to test your mobile apps on a real device cloud that offers an extensive range of Android and iOS mobile devices.
QAs can leverage platforms like BrowserStack that provide a diverse range of real Android and iOS mobile devices for testing mobile applications manually. Performing app testing on real devices will help QAs to simulate app behavior in real-world conditions.
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One needs to Signup for free and start testing immediately. QAs need to follow the steps below:
- Upload the app to be tested on the platform
- Select the OS (Android or iOS) and mobile device to test on
Note: QAs can also directly install apps from the App Store or Play Store.
Once the app is uploaded and the device is selected, the app is installed on that particular device, and a new session is initiated for QAs to start testing.
Here is an App Live manual mobile testing session on the latest iPhone 14 Pro Max device running on iOS 16.
Apart from regular debugging, QA can access real-user condition testing on the App Live dashboard by toggling iOS and Android settings such as:
QAs also get access to DevTools, bug reporting with JIRA, Trello, Slack, GitHub, and other vital features like device rotation and geolocation testing on the dashboard. While performing manual mobile testing, testers that encounter bugs can easily share them on their preferred project management tool.
With the rise in automated testing, manual testing might sound redundant. However, certain aspects of an app, such as usability, accessibility, ease of use, etc. cannot be judged by a machine, no matter how advanced the algorithm. There is no substitute for human judgment, and manual testing is just as relevant today. With BrowserStack cloud infrastructure, it is easy to perform manual mobile app testing.