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Finding the Best Practices for Mobile App Usability

October 29, 2016


Mobile phones were introduced in the lives of humans around three decades back. Since the very first day, the technology never looked back. However, the heavy mobile phones vanished soon and the world was introduced to lighter and better-looking devices. The major change came in the year 2007, with the introduction of the first ever iPhone. The introduction turned out to be the trendsetter and became the reason that today we have touch phones around us.

Another change which changed the way we live came with the introduction of mobile applications. Today there are more than 2 million apps available in stores and the human race is still counting. The developers are still spending days and nights to come up with something that provides ease or rather creates a new standard of living.

Why Mobile App Usability?

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A few might consider Mobile App Usability to be a substitute for any testing related. Here we’ll be talking about a few practices that need to be worked out so as to perform successful mobile app usability.

Most of the people using smartphones today widely spend their time with applications. As per a recent study, people in the United States spend more than 80% of their total time on applications.

The major reason behind performing mobile app usability is to keep the objectives and targets straight. It is a vital thing, and primarily comes with a final output that includes:

1- Convenience
2- Efficiency
3- Error free, and
4- Satisfaction

Few best practices for mobile app usability

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  • Easily readable: The content on the screen should be well in contrast with the background. Also, the font size shouldn’t be less than 11 points.
  • Availability in the absence of internet connectivity: The content should be available in the absence of internet. However, it is acceptable that the entire section can’t be made available but a part of it can be.
  • Modal view: If the application has multi-step tasks, out of the normal interface, they should be presented in the modal view.
  • Save time, irritate less: No one likes to wait for something for long. Save their time by quickly presenting the transitions and the on-screen content. Long waits usually irritate the users.
  • Auto-recover option: If your application has the form-filling option, try to have the auto recover option. You can’t always avoid app crashes but you can save the level of frustration and wastage of time by keeping the auto recovery option.
  • Keep the users with you: Few applications have the links that take the users to the browsers. Avoid this, this might turn unfavorable and keep the user away from your application.
  • Give them time: Don’t run after them for app rating. Give them time to use the application and then share their experience. Instead of running for reviews, try to better the experience so that they rate the application on their own.

To keep the usability chart up, try to study the common issues people are facing while using the application. Understand the problem and act over it accordingly.

Mobile app usability is something you can’t avoid. You need to understand that the idea is just the beginning for an app. With the help of these practices, you can get to know the experience that your users will get.

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