Chrome Browser Testing

Instantly test websites in different Chrome browsers – versions 15 to 75 . Say goodbye to your lab of PCs, Emulators and Virtual Machines (VM) for Chrome Testing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is testing your website on Chrome browser important?

Chrome is the market leader in the browser market, with a whopping 63% market share compared to other browsers like Firefox, Edge, Safari. With fast page loading, high security, and simple to use GUI, Chrome Browser is continually proving to be the most preferred browser for users.

Given Chrome’s market leadership, it becomes vital to test your websites on Chrome.

What is a Chrome Emulator or Simulator?

A Chrome emulator replicates the behavior of the Chrome Browser on a laptop or a desktop. This helps developers or QA testers to verify the performance of the web application.

What is Headless Chrome Testing?

Headless Chrome testing enables a developer or a QA team to quickly perform smoke or sanity testing without any specific GUI. 

Why do developers or testers opt for Chrome Emulators or Simulators?

Chrome emulators prove to be very handy for instantly verifying how well the script performs. Emulators also prove to be an optimal solution for testing during the initial phases of development.

What are the disadvantages of using a Chrome Emulator or running Headless Testing?

Chrome emulators don’t emulate differences in API, CSS support, and specific behaviors that you would see on a mobile or desktop browser. Headless tests are not suitable for mimicking a real user. Besides, the headless browser does not provide GUI.

Why is Chrome testing on a real device on BrowserStack better than testing on an emulator or simulator?

Testing Chrome on real devices ensures that the website works well, and it provides accurate results. It also enables the developer to test the applications on real operating systems and analyze any bugs that the end-user may face.

BrowserStack provides instant access to real devices with pre-installed Chrome versions, to comprehensively test on Chrome. For example, teams can run a Chrome 63 test on Windows 10 by signing into BrowserStack Live. For debugging, BrowserStack provides native developer tools similar to Chrome. Teams can also automate their tests and integrate with CI/CD tools like CircleCI, TeamCity, Jenkins using our plugins. This helps run automated Chrome tests on real devices versus running a headless test. 

Which are the most important Chrome Versions while performing Chrome Browser Testing?

The latest version of the Chrome browser is Chrome version 76. However, at any instance users globally use different older versions of Chrome, given they take time to upgrade to the latest version. For example, the number of users using Chrome version 73 in April 2019 was around 82%, however, with the introduction of Chrome 74, the percentage of users using Chrome 73 reduced to 16% as all users did not upgrade to Chrome 74. 

Thus, testing on older versions of the Chrome browser is important. Teams should monitor market share stats and test on Chrome versions in the top 10 list.