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Five Things to Look for While Testing a Mobile App

Have you ever wondered what kind of effort goes into building a mobile app for a smart phone?

When a professional tests a mobile app, he or she must do the job thoroughly- failure to do will almost always result in crucial problems being overlooked. To ensure that the application tester catches all problems there are five things they must look for during the testing process.

Make Sure the App Loads Quickly

One quality the tester must look for during the testing process is whether or not the mobile app loads quickly. If the app is loading slowly, then the tester needs to look for what is causing this problem. Some issues that may cause an app to load slowly are cluttered graphics, coding errors and bugs. Once the tester finds whatever is wrong, these problems need to be reported and corrected.

One Hundred Percent Accessibility

Another quality that the tester needs to check for is if the app is one hundred percent accessible to people with disabilities. In order for the app to be accessible, it must be able to work with assistive technology that makes mobile devices and smart phones accessible, such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice activated technology and Braille displays.

Check for Bugs

During the time the app is being tested, the tester needs to examine it with a fine-toothed comb to see if there are any bugs. Sometimes, the tester will need to check two to three times before he or she is confident that all the bugs are ironed out because at times, bugs can be missed during the first testing phase. Whatever bugs the tester finds, he or she needs to carefully report them, so the developers will best know how to fix them.

Check for Compatibility Issues

The mobile app also needs to be compatible with the device it is made for as well as other applications. Many apps will need to work with other apps on a mobile device, and compatibility problems can truly ruin a user’s experience. If the tester finds compatibility problems, he or she must carefully report them to the developers, so they will have an idea as to how they will address these problems.

Ease of Use

Finally, the tester needs to determine whether or not the app is easy to use. Some questions that the tester will need to be able to answer in order to make this determination are:

1. Are the app’s controls/options/buttons easy for the user to access?
2. Is it easy for the user to access the functions that the app was designed to do?
3. Is the app designed for the appropriate skill level? For instance, if the app is designed for a toddler to play with, is the skill required to use the app appropriate for that particular group.

If the tester keeps these five things in mind while testing a mobile app, then he or she can be sure the app is being tested thoroughly. Once the tester and developers are confident that the app passes all tests, then it is ready to be released.

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