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Automated Tests on Mobile

We integrated the Appium into our existing Selenium grid infrastructure. This allows you to do automated tests of mobile browsers or native applications similar to automated web tests.


For general questions about automated testing, please read the other pages on these topics first. Most actions like setting up the testcase are the same for mobile and desktop tests. There is only one difference when ordering a machine:

Specify a device template

The only difference from ordering a desktop VM is the necessity to specify a so called template when starting a mobile device. This will adjust the screen resolution and similiar properties. Basically it is like selecting a device in our frontend machine creator interface.

List templates = Collections.singletonList("samsung-s5");
List swPackages = Collections.singletonList(new SoftwarePackage("android-browser", "", ""));
OS os = new OS(OSFamily.ANDROID, "19","X86");
testcase.startNode("my machine", swPackages, os, templates);


Supported templates are currently:

Android iOS
Samsung S4 iPhone 4s
Samsung S4-mini iPhone 5
Samsung S5 iPhone 5s
Samsung S6 iPhone 6
Samsung S7 iPhone 6-Plus
Samsung S7-Edge iPhone 6s
Samsung A7 iPhone-6s-Plus
Samsung A8 iPhone 7
Samsung A9 iPhone 7-Plus
Samsung Note 4 iPhone 8
Samsung Note 5 iPhone 8-Plus
Samsung Note 10.1 iPhone SE
Samsung Tab 4-7 iPhone X
Samsung Tab Pro 12.2 iPad 2
  iPad Air
  iPad Air 2
  iPad Pro
  iPad Pro 10.5
  iPad Pro 12.9 2gen
  iPad Pro 5gen
  iPad Pro 9.7
  iPad Retina

Mobile Browser Testing

With the Device Cloud API

It is important to explicitly request a browser in the software packages when you order a VM for your mobile browser test. This is necessary to tell whether you want to do browser or native app testing:

new SoftwarePackage("android-browser", "", ""); // for Android, or:
new SoftwarePackage("safari-mobile", "", ""); // iOS web testing

Afterwards it is the same as writing Selenium tests for Desktop browsers:

WebDriver driver = testcase.getWebDriver(uuid);
driver.get("");assertThat(driver.getTitle(), is(equalTo("Testbirds")));

With the Device Cloud Proxy


For running tests on Android you need to set the BrowserName to MobileBrowserType.BROWSER (“Browser”). If you want to test on Android versions less than 24 you can specify them via the browser version capability. It is much better though to simply use the tech_os-Capability for requesting VMs.
A simple example:

DesiredCapabilities capabilities =;
capabilities.setBrowserName(MobileBrowserType.BROWSER); //MobileBrowserType.BROWSER = "Browser"
capabilities.setCapability("tech_os", "{\"family\":\"ANDROID\", \"version\":\"22\", \"arch\":\"X86\"}");

Important: On Android version 24 and you will have to change the BrowserName to BrowserType.CHROME:



Similar to Android you need to specify MobileBrowserType.SAFARI (“Safari”) as BrowserName (Do not confuse this with BrowserType.SAFARI since they aren’t the same).
A simple example:

DesiredCapabilities capabilities = DesiredCapabilities.iphone();
capabilities.setCapability("tech_os", "{\"family\":\"IOS\", \"version\":\"10.1\", \"arch\":\"X86\"}");

Native App Tests



When requesting the driver you have to specify what app you want to test. This information is sent to Appium using capabilities. On Android you have to specify the package ID of the app you want to test and the name of the activity. Both information is necessary to start the right app on the device:

AndroidDriver driver = testcase.getAndroidDriver(uuid, "", "Calculator");

What you get back is the normal AppiumDriver.

Using the AndroidDriver

Finding elements and clicking works similar to web tests:


Write your own test

To create your first testcase the UI Automator Viewer from Google is very helpful. It can be found in the tools directory of your Android SDK installation folder. Launch the app you want to test in an emulator and start the UI Automator. Click this button to connect both:

Insert Screenshot
Now the UI Automator parses the current screen of your application and displays a screenshot on the left. Once you click elements on the left side, it displays further information on the right side. The properties on the right side are used to select elements in your automated test case.


The best way to click an element during your automated test is by using the resource-id (can be found at the right arrow in the picture above):


Of course you can also use different properties for selection. For more information please take a look at the official Appium documentation.


For custom iOS apps, the App must be packed in an emulator-compatible format.

On iOS you have to specify the bundleID:

IOSDriver driver = testcase.getIOSDriver(uuid, "");

What you get back is again the normal AppiumDriver.

Using the IOSDriver
Similar to Android you can select elements on the screen and click them:


A helpful tool similar to the UI Automator Viewer from Google is the, available for Mac OS. It can be used to find the XPath or similar properties of screen elements.


Browser Testing

Here you can find all infos related to Browser Testing in our Device Cloud.

App Testing

Here you can find all infos related to App Testing in our Device Cloud.

Test Automation

How To: Test Automation with Device Cloud
Learn, how to execute automated browser tests with Jenkins and the Testbirds Device Cloud. The video covers getting familiar with the Device Cloud, starting a new browser test run using Jenkins, monitoring your test and executing parallel cross browser tests on different virtual machines.

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Manual Testing

How To: Manual Testing with Device Cloud
Learn how to execute manual testing with Testbirds Device Cloud. The video covers getting familiar with the Device Cloud, starting a new browser test and optimising your frontend development.

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Quality Assurance Testing 2.0
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Webinar: Test Automation

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