Think you can get away with releasing your app in the app stores without doing any beta testing? Think again. You might have gone through the app dozens of times to find all the bugs and test out the work flow, but at the end of the day you’re still biased. You know all the trick and secrets to the app and how to make it work properly. Will other people? That’s where beta testing comes in and it’s a step you absolutely cannot skip if you want your app to be successful.
Here’s a tip – you are not capable of beta testing your own app. To have a true beta test the people trying out the app can’t be connected with the development process in any way. The more blind people can be going in the better.
So how do you actually go about performing a beta test? The first thing you’ll need is the proper software. There are many different choices depending on the platform you’re testing. If you’ve created an iOS app then TestFlight is the best option. When it comes to Android you’ll want to make it easy on yourself by using the native Google Play beta testing software that’s included in the app developer console. Amazon also has its own Amazon Developer Console with beta testing tools for you to use. Microsoft recently acquired HockeyApp, which is now the premier software for beta testing Windows software. Use these apps to get started with your beta testing!
Now that you have the software you need the actual beta testers. If you want to get some really great feedback, then check out forums and communities based around app development. You can also use Facebook ads to get people interested, as well as reaching out via social media to find people within your network who would want to help you out. There are also websites that specialize in finding beta testers like PreApps. Any of these methods will help you get a big pool for beta testing.
Once the beta testing has ended you’ll need to take some time to critically analyze the data and make all the necessary tweaks before sending out your completed app to the app stores. But once you do it will be a much better product!
Read the full article here: The Complete Guide to App Beta Testing