Why does Mobile Testing Differ From Desktop Testing?

Performing web site testing, desktop testing or mobile testing one should keep in mind that applications designed for personal computers differ from those designed for mobile devises.

The differences are caused by many factors. The factors are mostly related to structure and conditions of usage of devices.

Mobile Software Products Vary From Desktop Mobile Products Because:

  • mobile devices are smaller than personal computers;
  • mobile devices as well as mobile applications are meant to be used on the move, unlike personal computers and desktop applications;
  • mobile devices are equipped with communication features, many various sensors, cameras, location services and many other things that are absent on personal computers;
  • users mostly interact through touch-screen with mobile devices, they interact mostly through keyboard and mice with personal computers.


Due to these factors mobile software products have some peculiarities. So, performing load testing, usability testing, functional testing, security testing and other testing types of a mobile software product one should keep in mind that a mobile software product differs from a desktop application.

During mobile testing a tester must check how the application operates in motion, in various positions, under various lightings. One should also check if the application influences main functions of a mobile device, like receiving and making calls, receiving, and sending messages, location services and so on.

A software testing company wants its testers to consider all these issues executing mobile application testing.