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In the world of software testing, remote access and control of browsers have become essential for efficient and comprehensive testing. TestGrid offers a solution that supports both public and private instances, allowing you to set up a lab on-premise behind your VPN, ensuring high security while being easy to install. This guide is designed to take you through the step-by-step process of remotely accessing and controlling devices and browsers, executing Appium and Selenium code, and conducting extensive testing across multiple browsers and real devices.


Step 1: Log in to the TestGrid portal with valid credentials.

Start by logging in with valid credentials and navigating to the “Real Device Cloud” option tab.


Step 2: Explore the Real Device Cloud.

Once you’ve accessed the “Real Device Cloud,” you’ll find several real devices and browsers at your disposal. This extensive collection ensures that you have access to numerous testing environments, making your testing process more versatile and thorough.



Step 3: Following the selection of the “Connect” button for a specific device, the user will encounter the device screen interface, which showcases a range of options.


a). “Home“: The home button on a phone serves as a fundamental navigation feature, enabling users to navigate back to the device’s home screen from any app or screen.

b) “Back“: The Back button pops the current destination off the top of the back stack, allowing you to navigate to the previous destination.

c) “App Switcher“: Utilizing the App Switcher on an actual cloud device enables individuals to review and seamlessly switch between open applications, enhancing multitasking efficiency.

d) “Copy“: This function allows users to duplicate text or content across various applications, supporting diverse testing scenarios. This feature ensures a flexible and realistic testing environment within the platform. For pasting text into text fields on a mobile device, you can use (CMD + V) for macOS or (CTRL + V) for Windows, based on your operating system.

e) “Quality“: The button in a Real Device Cloud platform is employed to enhance the visual quality of the devices for testing purposes. This functionality proves valuable in providing a more accurate representation of devices and improving the overall testing experience.


f). “Installation”: installation functionality that allows users to install applications on real devices within the cloud environment. The process involves uploading the application package (APK for Android or IPA for iOS) to the device, selecting the target device, and initiating the installation.

i). Biometric authentication is a method of verifying the identity of a user based on their biological characteristics, such as fingerprints, face, iris, voice, etc. This approach is employed to enhance the security and convenience of software applications.

ii). Image injection is a technique that enables you to test applications utilizing the device camera by providing them with an image that simulates the camera input. This method is employed to verify the app’s functionality and behavior based on the injected image. Image injection can expedite the testing of your app’s camera features, making the process faster, easier, and more reliable.


g). “Inspector”: The Inspector button in the real device cloud is a feature that enables you to inspect and interact with the elements of your mobile application. It is utilized for the following purposes: View the properties and attributes of the app elements, including resource IDs, class names, XPaths, Labels, Name, Text, etc.

  • Generate custom XPath expressions for the app elements, which can be used in automation scripts.
  • Perform actions on the app elements, such as clicking, tapping, swiping, etc.
  • Record and playback your interactions with the app elements, and generate corresponding automation scripts



i) “Object Spy“: The object spy is a feature unique to Appium. It allows you to retrieve an XML dump of all the elements that are present on the screen at a given moment. With the dump, you can then generate XPath queries that will then be used in your Appium testing. The object spy also allows you to learn about the nature of each element by presenting you with a full set of that element’s properties.

ii). “Search XPath“: Appium Mobile is a feature that allows users to locate and interact with specific elements in the app’s user interface by using XPath expressions. This functionality simplifies the process of identifying and testing elements within the app, enhancing the efficiency of automation and testing tasks. Read more.



i). “Capture Screenshot”: Capturing screenshots is essential for visual validation and bug reporting. It ensures consistent user experiences across diverse devices, aids in cross-browser testing, and serves as documentation. Screenshots are valuable for collaboration, regression testing, and verifying application appearance on various devices and browsers.


j). “Setting a PIN” (Personal Identification Number) on Android devices is a security feature that enhances device protection. The process may vary based on the Android version and device manufacturer. Testing on passcode-protected devices is crucial for scenarios where extra security is needed, especially for apps dealing with sensitive data, such as banking apps. Read more

Note: The mentioned feature can be accessed on the Enterprise and On-Premises User plans.


k). “Manual Screen Recording”: Manual screen recording features empower users to capture and share their device interactions effortlessly. Whether you want to create tutorials, demonstrate app functionalities, or report a bug, manual screen recording provides a versatile solution. This feature is accessible through the device’s settings or a dedicated app, allowing users to initiate recordings at their discretion.




Happy Testing!

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