In this rapid-changing digital economy, the mobile app industry is evolving day by day. Quality Assurance plays a crucial role in mobile app development life cycle. It involves all the stages of development like from planning to analyzing & testing to match up the expectations of the customers. Just developing the app is not enough, testing its overall functionality before releasing it into the marketplace is of supreme importance.
Let’s find out all the steps involved in the mobile application testing process:
Step 1: Preparatory phase
This step begins right after the app development. This phase involves various activities like analyzing all functional requirements, checking its compatibility across multiple networks etc. You need to consider all the functionalities that you want to integrate into your app and what constraints you have.
Step 2: Identify the testing types
Next step is to identify the testing type, you need to decide what sort of testing is required to examine the efficiency of the app. You need to carry out the testing of app’s functionality, compatibility, performance etc to ensure that the app can work efficiently on various platforms and network. Multiple rounds of manual testing are done in this phase.
Step 3: Script design
In this phase, you need to prepare a script design for each and every feature. You can also prepare a test case for basic functionality and for new features as well.
One should also cover some of the other cases such as:
- The speed of application
- Memory requirement
- Battery usage
- Data requirement
It is also crucial to determine which combination of manual and automation testing would be appropriate to accommodate your project requirement.
Step 4: Manual & Automation Testing
In this phase, the testing team will execute both manual and automated scripts. As in the earlier step, they have already finalized the script and now they just have to run those scripts to ensure that all the functionalities are operating smoothly.
Step 5: Usability testing
After the testing of the application, the testing releases the beta version of the application in the market. Beta version is introduced to beta tester so that they can test the usability of the application.
To check the overall usability of the application, beta testers undertake various testing such as
- Interface testing
- Compatibility testing
- Accessibility testing
- External factors testing
Step 6: Performance testing
In this phase, the performance of the mobile application is tested. As mobile application doesn’t require much memory and power to run efficiently so the various test is done to check its performance.
Step 7: Security & compliance testing
In this step, the testers ensure that the application is safe from the attacks of intruders. For making it secure, they validate SQL injection, packet sniffing, session hijacking, and SQL etc.
Step 8: Device testing
In this step, the testers execute the test scripts in all the previously identified devices using various testing tools.
Step 9: Control
In this phase, testers perform complete testing of the application and they check the quality of the mobile application. Once the whole process of testing is done then the final version is developed.
So these are the steps that are followed in mobile application testing process for developing a fully functioning product.