Best Practices For Mobile App Automation Testing

Amit Upadhyay
Amit Upadhyay, Co-founder and CTO at BrainMobi
Published on Dec 14, 2018 in App Development
Best Practices For Mobile App Automation Testing

Having a mobile-first approach is key in success and automation testing as it plays a very important role in the success of a product. While developing a native app for iOS and Android, or developing a cross-platform or hybrid app, proper testing and quality assurance becomes an important part of your mobile application development cycle.

As interesting as it could be, finding bugs and errors, and resolving them requires close supervision and can be subject to a lot of human intelligence if not carried out in a proper and organized manner. No new module, framework or changes go live until and unless they have passed all test scenarios created by an expert quality tester.

Thus, to make sure everything goes in a systematic manner, we at BrainMobi always make sure everyone here follows a defined agile automation testing methodology so that the client gets a quality tested build and the app goes live very smoothly on AppStore or Play Store.

C’mon let’s explore some of the best practices and app automation testing techniques that are being followed by the quality analyst at BrainMobi.

Assessment Phase

  • Understand Business Requirements
  • Define Testing Requirements
  • Selecting the Testing Tools

During this phase, the responsibility of the project manager is to communicate the functionalities of the application in process. Following this, it is the responsibility of the tester to maintain its authenticity in regard to the business requirements.

After which it is the responsibility of the lead tester to correlate the different processes alongside each other and present the different testing requirements and what defines its corresponding standards of qualification are.

However selecting the right quality testing tool depends on the overall requirements, complexities, and features being used in the application. Some of the most preferred ones stand as Selenium, JIRA, Apache JMeter, and Appium and can be channelized for various practices.

Planning Phase

  • Define Scope of Automation
  • Prepare Test Cases

Once the requirements and characteristics of the application are decided, the strategy calls in for the assessment of processes that need to be automated. There are plenty of areas where automation will not deliver the best results and similarly, manual testing can meet its own drawbacks. Experience plays a huge role in this task and it can be a crucial call to assign when and where the automation testing should be implemented and for which purpose.

As per the requirement and purpose of your application, it is then important to prepare the different test cases which need to be anticipated as per the kind of challenges in terms of load etc that will be faced by your application. This can vary from application to application and can demand new standards on specific occasions. Flipkart's website jam on festive seasons takes place due to insufficient test cases conducted during the load testing process which causes such problems at times when the application faces an uncertain situation.

Automation and Optimization Phase

  • Implement the Framework
  • Prepare Test Scripts

Following the inbuilt principles and mechanisms within the application which is a result of the development framework, it is then important to test the compatibility of the applications and its features with respect to the framework in which it is supposed to operate. This is the process where you can make the most minimal and miniature version of the application and eliminate whatever looks redundant.

However, it is to be carefully examined the fact that such a cross-examination does not cut out the signature features of the application. So it is important to prepare the test scripts accordingly and incorporate every possible constraint that checks the applicability.

Execution Phase

  • Execute Test Cases
  • Capture Results
  • Review and Analyze Results

Once all the planning part is chalked out, what remains next is the execution of the test scripts and the testing operation. It is important to follow the sequence and maintain the protocols as they help reduce the time and identify the most subtle errors in the various cases an application might have to offer.

The output of this includes various test outcomes based on the testing scripts and different test cases implemented as a part of the testing case and based on these results it is that a developer is able to access the wider picture and improve their codes accordingly.

Reporting Phase

  • Report Defects and Errors

Besides all the above-mentioned test cases which depend on results, reports, and statistics to improve its quality, it is also upon the control of the sole tester to identify the defects and errors that might arise in the overall operation of the application. This can include visual defects in the UI to framework defects in the working process too. This happens most of the time during the final phase of testing and should be carried out a number of times to see if any minor or major defect arises.

As one of the top mobile app development company, we at Brainmobi have undertaken several successful endeavors in the field of mobile application development, none of which would have been possible without proper UI testing. Our team of experienced developers and Quality Analysts can help find you the best testing techniques for even the most complex of applications. If you have the idea for a mobile application or idea, kindly write to us at

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About the author
Amit UpadhyayCo-founder and CTO at BrainMobi

Amit is a proficient leader with an entrepreneurial mindset and ability to scale technology. He has deep experience in technology, consulting and business. He empowers the team to make data-driven decisions. He is an expert in technology forecasting,...

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