mobile app performance testing (1)

Performance testing is performed to check an application’s speed, scalability, and reliability. It determines a system’s speed and degradation with different configurations under both controlled and uncontrolled scenarios. It highlights what needs to be improved in an app before it is launched into the market. Thus, organizations consider performance testing services worth it and invest without hesitation. 

Tips for Effective Mobile App Performance Testing

Performance testing can be carried out in different ways, but the main objective of this process remains the same. Following are a few guidelines for performance testing of mobile apps:

1. Test Planning:

Once performance testers are ready for testing, they begin with a proper test plan and check all the available resources for testing. The performance test plan describes the overall strategy to complete the mobile app testing successfully. 

2. Test Environment:

Testers need to ensure they identify all the software, hardware, and network configurations required in the test environment to enable a smooth process. It allows development teams and testers to identify all the performance test errors at an earlier stage in the development process. During performance testing services, testing teams set a proper environment to achieve their objectives. 

Types of testing Environment:

  1. Replicate production system
  2. Actual production system
  3. Production system with a few servers with low specifications
  4. Production system with a few servers with the same specifications

3. Define Formats for Displaying System Usage:

It is important for testers to define the necessary formats needed to measure the performance of an application. A few of which are:

Task Distribution Diagram - It provides information on the number of users required for a particular process and the time taken to load. The peak and off usages can be determined through this step.

Transaction Profile Sheet - It provides information about the transaction names, a summary of transactions at a particular point of time, screen navigation, etc. 

User Profile Diagram - It highlights the user load time and pages accessed by different users.

4. Deciding What to Test First:

The following are a few factors for deciding which process needs to be tested first. It is essential as it guides the total performance testing process:

  • High business risk processes are tested first
  • The most frequently used processes are tested
  • Peak usage hours of an app are analyzed
  • Peak days of the month, quarter and year
  • Linked processes
  • Resource intensive processes

5. Documenting

Testers use documentation to obtain information for virtual users such as user actions, expected results of each action, input data fields, and valid data for input. By identifying these details, there will be a clearly defined scope for performance tests against each user action. 
When performing performance testing services for a mobile application, the above-mentioned tips can help testers work like a pro. It is important to follow a few guidelines to steer testing in the right direction for achieving performance benchmarks and meeting the user expectations under various user loads. A performance testing firm ensures that all tools and processes are used to deliver what users expect from an application.

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