The Best Tools for Mobile App Testing

Although we recommend focusing on manual testing (i.e. real-world testing), that doesn’t render mobile testing tools like emulators and simulators totally useless – far from it. In fact, many companies prefer to test their applications on the desktop browser first, then moving on to search for device specific bugs. Done right, this can drastically reduce your testing time and effort.

That said, here are a few FREE tools to help you with your mobile testing objectives. Explanations included where needed:

What other tools have you used to conduct mobile app testing?

Update:

Since this post was written, uTest has launched several mobile app testing tools of our own.

  • AppGrader for Android: Upload your app’s APK to test it on a range of devices. See how well your app performs during installation and launch, get crash reports and see how your app stacks up against other popular apps in its category.
  • Apphance: Apphance is an all-in-one mobile tool that provides over-the-air app distribution, automatically collects and reports crash data (and other pertinent device data at the time of the crash) and offers in-app bug reporting and user feedback.

34 Responses to “The Best Tools for Mobile App Testing”

  1. Sunil Sidhwani said:

    MonkeyRunner is used for Automating and Unit Testing.

  2. qualitycurls said:

    I’ve used Sikuli in conjunction with the iPhone emulator

  3. Dirk de Kok said:

    Square has released their KIF interface testing framework:

    Looks very neat
    http://corner.squareup.com/2011/07/ios-integration-testing.html

  4. QA said:

    We’ve used eggPlant. Had it for years, and it works through a VNC so when we started mobile apps we didn’t need a new piece of software. Luck of the Irish!
    Mobile, web, desktop.

    http://www.testplant.com

  5. Nadia Baksh said:

    Pleasw contact me at
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    we are interested in a mibile app testing tool.

  6. Jiten said:

    Can anyone pls suggest the Performance Testing tools ? Which can cover following performance parameters of the native Mobile application.
    - Memory
    - Network
    - Battery

  7. ankit said:

    can u provide me best mobile application tool ?

  8. pooja said:

    Please let me know the best tool for mobile testing

  9. vpsingh said:

    Hi, Here i am loon=king for mobile automation testing. Can anyone guide to get automation testing tool for ios for iphone/ipad in windows. i am using windows 7 or tell the automation tool by using in ipad to test the mobile app.

  10. Palanivel Periasamy said:

    Hi,
    Can someone please let me know best tool to validate GUI of the mobile application against business UX document?

  11. chandrakant chavda said:

    i think instruments in ios simulator is good to test performance, memory allocation and time

  12. sreenu said:

    Hi to every one

    could u suggest me best tool for security testing

  13. twalter said:

    @Palanivel Periasamy
    Have a look at www,ranorex.com. With Ranorex you can automate mobile app testing on real devices. The Ranorex framework supports the latest versions of all mobile operating systems. Start automating your Android, iOS and Windows 8 app testing.

  14. Anil Kumar said:

    Hi
    Please suggest me some apps/tools through which I can do security testing for mobile apps….

    Thanks in advance

  15. Harsh Bansal said:

    How to do automatic Android Testing:-
    What are the best Automation testing tools,
    How to write perfect Unit Test cases for android apps
    memory leaks test,
    optimization of android apps,

    I am testing android apps for UI, Resources, time and space tradeoff, quality.. can anyone tell me the best tools to use.. thanks in advance.

  16. Rainder said:

    Can any when tell me performance testing tool for mobile application.

  17. Dave said:

    We need a tool that does not require you to build their libraries with Xcode, for iOS. I’ve been looking at a solid solution and have yet to find one. FoneMonkey claims to have solved the issue! No. Not everyone is building natively. We are building in Flash and porting to platforms with Starling Framework. So FoneMonkey is out all together.

  18. Michelle said:

    How are you securing your mobile devices within your office?

  19. Vaibhav said:

    I am new to mobile testing,so can you please provide me list of available techniques & tools to build better foundation in my organization.

  20. Sandra Wright said:

    I would recommend SeeTest for mobile app testing-experitest.com – have had only good experiences with it- it’s safe, uses native/web properties, doesn’t employ jailbreaking/rooting, can be used for W8 phones. It’s automatic program is not open source but it’s manual program is free…

  21. LCS said:

    Hi sreenu,

    I would suggest HP Fortify for application security.

  22. Pradeep said:

    can anyone know how to test the mobile application for automation tools for regession testing.

  23. Anushka said:

    Robotium is quite a good option for automating mobile applications.

  24. Bhagabati said:

    Can any one tell me that the mobile app testing is differ from android and ios app testing. Or both android and ios app testing are part of the mobile app testing.

  25. Ariadne said:

    Hey guys,

    If you´re looking for an efficient, reliable, fast and low-budget solution to test your Android and Web-App you should try out a great tool called TestObject (–> http://www.testobject.com).

    There is a free trial of this regression testing tool, so you can check it out without paying anything for that. You don´t need to install anything and you can simply use the tool in the cloud.

    You can record your UI test in few minutes using the many features offered by this tool (like the monkeyrunner, monitoring, ..).
    After the recording phase the tool will run your tests automatically has many time as you want and inform you via Email if your app is “contaminated” by any bug.
    You´ll get a detailled report of the test. The report is based on automatically generated screenshots of your app as well as a java script report of the test itself.

    Anyway, why don´t try it out?
    I love it, and maybe you´d love it too :)

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