User Interface Testing- How to Test Existing iOS Application?
The graphical user testing is done to mainly test the user interface (UI) features and functions in a mobile application and see if these meet the app requirements and specifications. UI testing usually involves the testing of the visual consistency like the colours, icons, buttons, layouts, fonts in an application and see how they are answering to the users. So, it’s basically determining any kind of errors and malfunctions in the user interface of an application.
Let us see how the user interface testing can be easily done in iOS applications. The Xcode 7 has introduced the new UI testing, and this feature not only allows the unreleased applications to be tested but also existing applications in the Apple store can be tested easily to find any defects. The old versions of Apple devices can be used widely by the people but to ensure the smooth running of the applications even in those devices we need UI testing. The following are some steps to test existing iOS applications.
Changing the Swift Code
When you are importing your code for the first time in the to the xcode, then make sure to convert the swift code to the latest version and before converting cross-check if everything is fine before clicking the convert. And choose the targets and the existing tests if you are willing to test imported frameworks.
New UI Targets
If you want to create a new UI target than click file and go to new and now click on the target. Now select the option test from the dashboard under the iOS and new select the Cocoa test bundle. Now the testing target has been set up, and you can change the name of the product if you want. But also make sure that your iOS mobile application is listed under the target to be tested. Following these steps will ensure the smooth and correct testing of the existing iOS applications.
If you want to import your central application modules, then you will need the enable testability option set to “yes”. This is done to check the state of the applications while testing the UI. If you do have the enable testability option and directly write the code for testing your application’s interface, then the whole testing process will run, and a warning will be shown on the screen. Therefore, always enable testing before writing and running the code for UI testing. So, to enable the testing to yes, then simply click on the “build settings” and enable the target.
This step is only for those people who use cocoapods libraries and to use those libraries while conducting UI testing simply pursue the following steps. Now, you need to change your debug configuration and to do that go to the project information tab and select the debug configuration. Now set the debug configuration to Pods.debug. Doing these steps allows the easy and smooth interaction with cocoapods libraries in the middle of the testing process. Now, you have successfully implemented UI testing in the iOS apps, which are already available in the app store.
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