Mobile App Testing Checklist

If you are wondering about the necessity of a mobile app testing checklist, you should have a look at the stats listed below.

  • When it comes to digital media usage, apps hold a staggering monopoly. 70% of smartphone owners use apps to access digital media.
  • By 2026 there will be 7.5 billion smartphone users
  • 96% of GEN Z’s use smartphones to access the internet
  • Only 9% of users stay in an app despite having poor UX (user experience) and 40% of users are not likely to come back
  • 70% of the users go for alternatives if they are not satisfied with the app

All the stats listed above speak out loudly about the necessity of quality apps to leverage the most out of the favorable situation now and in the future.

However, it’s true that there should be a detailed mobile app testing checklist in excel, and you need experienced personnel to track it, to get an idea this blog might help you.

So, here are some of the checklists that we strictly follow while testing mobile apps.

1) Functionality Check

Functionality testing is a great tool to check if the app has met its functional requirement. While performing functional testing here are some of the points you need to keep in mind.

  • Signup, sign in, login flow, and functionality
  • App response at the time of push notification
  • Rejecting calls while the app is running
  • How the app responds after every intrusion
  • Power consumption
  • Check every field and form
  • Search functionality
  • Compatibility with different OS and its versions
  • Memory consumption
  • UI errors
  • Identify and distinguish the scope and goal of testing
  • Analyze the functional requirement
  • Form best practices by considering past tests for better test coverage
  • Detect the stipulations or conditions that will impact the functional aspect of the app

2) Accessibility testing checklist

If you think that accessibility is something that should be considered least, your app success is going to be in jeopardy.

It’s estimated that there are around 1.85 billion people with some sort of disabilities in the world. 25% of IOS apps and 20% of Android apps remain inaccessible. That’s just the business aspect of it. There is also a humanitarian ground in making the app accessible to all sorts of people.

The demand mentioned above creates a golden opportunity for app makers to do accessibility testing and leverage the situation that’s in existence.

Our accessibility testing checklist is

  • To Check whether the text size is in accordance with the user’s phone settings
  • Orientation of screen after rotation
  • Check whether informative texts have apt alternatives
  • Check whether screen readers can identify headings
  • Test the non-text elements such as Description. Images, charts, graphs, audio/video content, etc.
  • Ensure audio and video elements in the app have a proper text transcript
  • Check whether captions are given properly even for real-time audio and video
  • Check the prerecorded audio descriptions
  • Look for info and its descriptions
  • Read all the content and ensure that there is nothing that disrupts the flow
  • Check the Sensory Characteristics
  • Audio control (for instance, while using the app the user is able to control volume despite the device audio)
  • Have a look at all the aspects of images of text
  • Check the contrast of various elements of the app
  • Check whether the app displays the default language
  • Make sure that the elements (touch targets) are of considerable size for people to access
  • Make sure that the gesture the app attempts are simple
  • To Ensure the layouts and design is consistent

3) Performance Testing

71% of uninstalls at present are caused by crashes. What makes this scenario serious is that 41% of such issues are found out by the users themselves.

This makes performance testing one of the cardinal processes in QA.

So, let’s have a look at some of the performance testing checklists that we use to increase the effectiveness of the process

  • App loading time
  • Battery consumption
  • Network scalability
  • Memory and CPU utilization
  • App performance during various load
  • Cache size availability
  • Rendering time 2D and 3D
  • Offline performance
  • App behavior based on network fluctuations
  • Image processing time
  • App performance during low memory scenarios
  • App performance during various battery stages
  • Performance of the app during low memory conditions
  • App performance in various devices and OS versions
  • Memory leakage of the application
  • App performance once network resumes to normalcy

4) Test Automation

Test automation framework is very hard and expensive to maintain if it’s done hastily. But, once done right, it brings remarkable results and saves a lot of time in QA.

Considering the current fast-paced development scenario, test automation has become a necessity. At Test Scenario, we make sure that our practices help our client to achieve comprehensive results as quickly as possible

Here are some of the checklists we follow

  • Our automation experts, test leads, and other stakeholders will conduct a meeting to find out what to automate in any project
  • Special attention will be given to test cases that cover vital functionalities and remains intact through the SDLC
  • Choosing the correct technology stack is very important. Familiarity is the first factor to consider
  • Discuss the criticality of test cases with developers. This will help developers to fix things based on priority
  • Apart from the technology stack, choose which language for scripting, type of test data, and interface to choose
  • To ensure a real-world environment is maintained while executing test cases, the test environment has to be as close to real-world situations.
  • The most destructive aspect of coding is duplication. When it comes to automating unit tests, the primary objective of the framework must be to identify that
  • If there is a deployment pipeline in practice, it has to be clearly examined to ensure that the automation framework fits in perfectly

To make things easier we can help you with developing suites that can be used for regression tests, integration & Backend System Testing and ensures Multi-Platform Testing Coverage. Let’s discuss your requirements

5) Usability Testing

Usability determines the success of your app. Usability is a metric that can be used to measure the easiness of user interaction.

If you are someone who thinks that usability should not be taken care of, have a look at these stats

  • It’s estimated that ROI (Return on investment) on UX is 9,900%
  • 8 out of 10 users are willing to pay more for better UX (user experience)
  • 70% of the users discard the app if they are not offered good UX
  • Slow-loading website costs billions of dollars

There are hundreds to list out, to make sure that we find out most of the UX issues in the apps we test

  • Create a sitemap and find out if users are finding it hard to navigate
  • Make sure that the design of the website is not shady and does not evoke suspicion
  • Find out if there is an over usage of bright colors and the proper color is used everywhere.
  • Whether the app is offering confidentiality before taking crucial personal information from the user
  • People who are checking the app for usability must be diverse, geographically and physically
  • Look for breadcrumbs in the app so that the user won’t get lost inside the app
  • Look for buttons related issues such as alignment, call-to-action content, color, etc.
  • Examine the menu of the app to ensure that it’s easy and not clustered
  • Usage of white space in the design
  • Website rendering across devices and OS types and versions
  • Look at the app loading time while starting time and accessing
  • Ensure that the forms included on the website are not tedious
  • Find out font related, image-related issues in the app
  • Do research on user needs and check whether the app is able to fulfill it.
  • Browser compatibility

6) Simulator/Emulator/real device?

Using real devices as much as possible is always recommended but sometimes. Real devices will be too much to ask for owing to the sheer amount and types in existence

Emulators are best when it comes to testing external behavior. On the other hand, simulators help in studying the internal behavior

What makes them the best choice in the early stages of development is that they can mimic the habitat of many devices without buying them.

They are also way cheaper than real devices and can be set to the base level without a factory reset.

And also, Simulators and emulators are a boon when it comes to Continuous Integration (CI), DevOps, or agile model of development as they help in testing from the early stage itself.

However, once the mobile app testing strategy has been clearly defined, it is better to use real devices

Here is a detailed checklist that can help you

Simulator/emulator Real device
Mockup of applications yes no
Debugging the application yes no
Testing code yes no
Testing end flows no yes
Testing networking aspects no yes
App CPU/Memory no yes
interruptions no yes
Camera functionality yes yes
Graphics and transitions yes yes
Screen brightness, resolution, etc. no yes
App performance on various devices no yes
Regression test no yes
Geo location no yes

7) Security Testing

Billions are lost every year owing to cyber-attacks. It is expected that by 2031 ransomware will cause $265 billion in loss globally. And other surveys indicate an alarming fact that 75% of the apps fail miserably in security checks.

This is shocking as app security needs to be addressed with the topmost priority event from the discussion phase.

So, it is high time that a robust app security checklist is put to practice while testing the app.

Here is what we follow.

  • Gather crucial information from
  • Manual site exploration
  • Examining hidden data and aspects of the app
  • Evaluation of user roles
  • Ports and hostnames
  • Third-party integrations
  • Vulnerable files
  • Have a clear idea about what kind of tests needs to be performed what important vulnerabilities need to be focused on
  • Categories tests based on relevancy and the requirement some of the general categories are
  • Platform configuration tests
  • Functional loopholes and business flow check
  • Sensitive data exposure
  • 3rd party component check
  • Session management issues
  • Server related vulnerabilities
  • Check if there are any authentication bypass
  • Limit scenarios by creating them based on the checklist
  • Data management and processing must be checked inside out
  • Check the codebase using a robust tool or framework
  • Use the combination of tool-based penetration test as well as red-team intervention
  • Check the authentication verification capability of the app by testing the
  • Default credentials
  • Remember password feature
  • Cache vulnerabilities
  • Weak password policy
  • Unencrypted channels that transfer credentials
  • Session management capability of the application by analyzing
  • Session Tokens for cookie flags
  • Cookie duration
  • Session termination
  • Session management
  • Randomness of the cookie

8) Compatibility Testing

It’s cardinal to check the app for compatibility in terms of divides and OS versions. However, it’s not possible to test the app on all types of devices as there are hundreds of them.

But here is the checklist that we follow to dodge it.

  • Functional checking of buttons and links across various devices and platforms
  • Resolution issues, image display, application cache, and performance issue across various devices
  • UI related issues such as text alignment, dropdown feature related scenarios, menu related issues, alignment issues, line breakage, text color, image alignment, text color in both foreground and background, scalability of the app to fit according to size, tables, and borders, page display without any trimming, verify fields and its inputs and values,
  • App behavior when autocomplete are on or off
  • App background color across all screens

Hope the checklist we have listed here will be of use to you while testing your app. However, the hardship of following such a huge checklist can be avoided if there is a trusted app testing partner.

Test scenario has a detailed app testing checklist in practice to ensure maximum efficiency, minimal time, and to cut down testing costs.

Talk to us. We ensure smooth testing of your app as swiftly as possible.

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