How to Launch an Unreleased iOS App Test

At a Glance

Test unreleased iOS apps by adding a TestFlight public beta link or upload the app directly. If you upload an app, UserTesting instruments it so it can only be used during the test.


How to Launch an Unreleased iOS App Test

Select Contributors

Add a Link or Upload the App


How to Launch an Unreleased iOS App Test 

Step 1. Create an App Test 
Select Create a test in the Create test menu.



Step 2. Select App
Select whether you will be testing a prototype, website, or app. In this case, we'll select App.


Select Contributors 

Choose whether you want to build an audience with the UserTesting Contributor Network or your own network of contributors (Custom Network). You also have the option to create a link to share with anyone outside of the UserTesting Platform (Invite Network). To test an unreleased app with Invite Network contributors, you must use a TestFlight public beta link.


Add a Link or Upload the App

Since this is an app test, you'll need to upload the unreleased app file (APK) for Android, or link to your app in Google Play or TestFlight. To test with TestFlight, paste the public beta link in the text field. To learn how to create a public beta link with Test Flight, see Beta Testing Made Simple with TestFlight at Apple. Learn more about how we keep your app secure.

When conducting an iOS App test, you will not be able to directly upload .ipa files (these are iOS app files) into the test plan editor unless they fulfill the following requirements:

If you do not have an Enterprise Certificate, you can use our TestFlight offering and utilize the “Link App” option in the App Test screen to test your apps. 



To upload an app, click Upload App and drag your file to the drop area. UserTesting instruments uploaded apps so they can only be used during the test. See our additional documentation if your developers have questions about provisioning.


Note: You cannot test both iOS and Android apps at the same time. To test the same app on both iOS and Android devices, create a test for one platform, then create a similar test for the other. 

Select your audience and build your test plan as you normally would. Contributors automatically receive the app when they start the test.

To learn more about selecting an audience and building a test plan, check out How to launch an app test.

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