With the most active users being between the ages of 16-35, dating apps like Tinder have created a new style of communication where people can conveniently meet, find common interests based on hobbies, sexuality, race, etc., and ultimately go on dates. Because of the possibility of being quickly matched, dating apps have experienced huge network growth from the users’ side as well as a wave of development requests from business owners.
In this article we will review why it is important to test dating apps, outline the dating app testing process, its flows and specifics, and provide a brief review of the most popular dating apps.
Fasten your seat belts, because we are about to start our dating apps testing journey.
There are hundreds of reasons that help market niches become popular – varying from a given season during the year to some level of management that promotes an app. Our experts have identified the TOP 3 factors that, according to their opinion, have the most influence on this particular niche.
Modern technologies are speeding up the pace our of lives and are enabling us to do more things in a given period of time. On one hand, this has made our work more productive, but on the other we have less time for ourselves and for traditional off-line meetings.
Dating apps not only accurately find matches for their users, as they filter people by their hobbies, interests, political views etc, but they organize offline meetings more efficiently.
People move from country to country, and it often takes, what feels like ages, to get acquainted with somebody, make friends, or develop meaningful relationships. With dating apps, this task has become several times easier to complete, especially with a smartphone app. According to ComScore’s analytical report, the market for smartphones and tablets doubled between 2009-2013 and doubled again in 2017 (excluding wearables). Just take a look at how it was several years ago and multiply these results by 2 or even 3.
Browser wars are over. You can forget about the website adoption to IE era, different Desktop OSs, etc. This is due to the fact that mobile apps have several advantages over traditional websites. According to the Business Insider report, an average person uses mobile apps 10 times longer than websites.
Let’s take a closer look at the most popular dating apps.
According to the https://www.quantcast.com/ report, the most popular dating apps are
Let’s take a closer look at some of them.
According to Quatcast’s review, Tinder holds up to 75% of the mobile dating apps market. This location-based social search service allows mutually interested users to communicate, share ideas in private chats, and organize offline meetings.
Supported platforms: iOS / Android
OkCupid is an internationally operating online dating and social networking website with extended mobile services. It was a leader in the early 2000’s, but lost the 1st position during the mobile apps era. Right now it is the 2nd place contender with more than 10 million users, providing dating services via a website and via iOS and Android mobile clients.
Supported platforms: iOS / Android / Web
The most popular dating app for representatives of the pride community with around 4% of all dating app traffic (according to Quatcast’s review). Grindr allows users to find a partner according to user preferences.
Supported platforms: iOS / Android
Bumble was launched in 2014 with a small team of enthusiasts, and by 2017 it had captured more than 800 million users. Bumble provides an outlet to meet new people, start conversations, send photo messages, and so on.
Supported platforms: iOS / Android
Before we dive into the top dating apps review, we want to stress that apps testing requires a solid understanding of user behaviour patterns. If you want to make a new niche app headliner, then
we recommend that you
Take note: It is not very complicated to make an app that will be popular in a specific location. If you are chasing a goal to launch an app in multiple regions with multi-cultural specifics, we recommend that you gather an international group of testers or request for localization testing services.
To understand the Tinder-like apps testing specifics, let’s take a look at the user flow and specify the main points for this type of testing.
Users need to find and download your app from the Google Play or Apple App Store. If we decompile this set of tasks, we get the following list of actions:
For potential users to find your app in the store, you need to be sure that
To do that we recommend that you pass the following tests:
Check your app’s store listing in each language separately and review your app’s local and global presence.
Take note: We recommend involving at least 3-5 people from your regions of interest to help you with these tests. If you do not have local testers and do not know where to find people, you can always use the crowdtesting service.
From time to time, people are faced with the situation when they start an app download and get no result without any explanation for it. Some of them launch the process again, but realistically, how many times will someone try to download an app after two attempts?
To avoid any app download interruptions, you need to test the following processes:
Take note: We strongly recommend that you involve people in the interruption testing, as it is the most critical moment of the process
The app’s launch is probably the second most critical point of this phase. You can test your app’s page and optimize the download process, but what should you do if your app crashes immediately upon first opening?
There could be several reasons for the crash:
To avoid this situation we recommend gathering a list of popular devices in the regions of your interest and perform your app testing on real devices using crowd testing services.
Take note: We do not recommend using a mobile device and/or mobile browser emulators because they are less accurate.
After the registration, users need to make in-app registration. There are 2 different ways to perform this:
To test this scenario you need to execute the following 10 point checklist:
To test the registration process with a user social network API OAuth (Open Authorization) you should execute the following 6-steps in the checklist:
There are 2 more aspects that are related to security testing that you should pay attention to while performing social network API testing:
The saying goes that couples meet each other on the will of faith. From the technical aspect, this saying partially goes out the window as each dating app uses attributes like hobbies, genres of books, movies, music, etc. to match people up.
It looks like:
for each interest i in g’s interests:
for each person p in list of i
if p and g have mismatching sexual preferences continue
if p is already in g’s match list
g->match_list[p].score += i->match_weight
add p to g->match_list with score i->match_weight
sort g->match_list based on score
To test the user matching algorithm you need to do the following:
After getting matched up on a dating app, users have a chance to start a private chat. To test the chat’s functionality you need to pass the following steps:
Now it is time to answer the question, “How to get the first million?” First of all, let’s take a look at how dating apps make money. There are several common ways:
Each option requires testing:
To execute those testing processes you need
- to gather a group of people with:
- real devices, and
- real bank cards
- to test in-app payment processes with real money.
Last but not least is User Experience testing. You can create a perfect app from the technical point of view, but it will not be usable from a user’s perspective.
There are N steps that you need to execute when testing your UI:
| Testing tips: If you need assistance with your app’s UI/UX testing, you can send a request to our manager via Ubertesters contact form.
To test a tinder-like app we recommend that you follow the next steps:
According to CNN Tech’s overview, the online dating industry is worth more than $2.5 billion and continues to grow. It means that you have high chances of making one more million-dollar-app within a short period of time. To do that you need to follow 3 main steps:
With the general testing checklists and scenarios that we have mentioned above, the 3rd point from that list looks now not so complex but still requires your effort. If you have any questions or want our assistance with your dating app testing, give us a call at +1.201-203-7903 or send us a message through Ubertesters’ contact form.
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