Testing is a vital stage during app development. In addition to allowing you to catch bugs and navigation issues before end users, it will give you the chance to assess how user friendly the app is. While many choose to delay this process until they are completely done developing the app, we recommend that you test while your app is being built to save your time and effort.
Creating a Sandbox Environment
To make testing your app easier, we recommend that you create a sandbox. This is a testing environment which simulates the mobile device environment. You can download the app here first to try it out and then send the final version to an actual device and share it with others.
We highly recommend that you use an Android emulator as a sandbox environment instead of iOS or Windows devices because of the following reasons.
- Android allows you to easily clear the data associated with an app and start from scratch without having to reinstall the app.
- The Android Emulator runs on the same machine as Miracle Studio. Since you will not need to switch between devices while developing your app, the process will be quicker.
- Running the emulator does not require special hardware or complex configurations.
Working With an Android Emulator
In order to create a sandbox environment, you will need to get and run an Android emulator. We recommend the BlueStacks App Player as it allows users to run mobiles apps quickly and fullscreen on both Windows and Mac.
The following steps will help you download this software and run it.
- Login to MiracleStudio and click on Download Apps under Manage in the left panel.
- Under ‘Preview’, click the ‘Download BlueStacks’ button. Install and run the application.
- From Download Apps, download the Miracle Android version on your desktop. Double click the .APK file to install the application. You will see it in the ‘Recently Played’ and ‘All Apps’ sections of BlueStacks.
- Open Miracle App and start using it.
By default, your app will be run in portrait mode. To be thorough while testing, consider testing the app in tablet mode. Here is how you can do this.
- Click on ‘All Apps’ on the top-right corner of the emulator’s home screen.
- Navigate to BlueStacks settings and click on the Change App Size option.
- Select the tablet option and then click Done.
- Restart Miracle App to view it in full screen, landscape mode.
For cases when you need an on-screen keyboard, enable it through the following steps.
- Click on ‘All Apps’ and then click on ‘Select IME’.
- Click the Enable On Screen Keyboard option.