Building a mobile application that will impress users and deliver on its promises is one big challenge. Many developers rest easy after the app is launched on the platform-specific app stores. Unfortunately for them, their troubles do not end there because an app on an app store can fade away very fast if it isn’t being given support from the development team. And by support, we mostly refer to app maintenance.
If an app lacks regular maintenance, quite a number of issues can arise including performance drops, dwindling user base and even frequent crashes. Out of all those issues, an app crash is the most threatening as it can deter new users and force existing users to seek a better alternative. To minimize app crashes or prevent crashes from ever occurring, developers can use a number of tools with crash monitoring and reporting features.
This blog however only features a list of a few of the most widely used crash reporting tools for iOS apps. We will be covering the tools for Android apps in a different blog.
When it comes iOS apps crash reporting, Apple’s own Xcode is undoubtedly the most popular and the most widely used. The free tool comes with a number of great features to identify crashes and generate organized reports of crashes with crash locations. Furthermore, Xcode also allows developers to run and test different versions of an app in simulation mode, and even create engaging user interfaces. Using Xcode properly requires experience in good coding skills and iOS app development.
Crashlytics has a great user base and a quickly growing community; the latter of which is most likely due to the fact that this tool works for both iOS and Android apps. Crashlytics can measure the severity of a crash and can also alert developers when a crash occurs.
The tool makes beta testing easier for developers and testers while also monitoring the progress of each developer and tester using the tool. One of its biggest features is its priority mechanism that prioritizes the top identified issues in the app. Crashlytics can also be easily integrated with other plugins. This tool might be the most easy-to-use and developer-friendly tool in this list.
Many iOS developers are reluctant to use Firebase for their iOS projects as it’s powered by Google and therefore more usable for Android projects. There is no need for concern here as Firebase works perfectly fine for iOS apps. Furthermore, it’s feature-rich and free.
With Firebase’s deep analytics, the development team can get detailed reports of crash and other app issues. The tool can also prioritize crashes that should be addressed first. Even if the iOS app doesn’t crash, Firebase can still be useful as a reliable performance monitoring tool that ensures that the app functions how it’s designed to function. Another great feature of Firebase is that the development team can get insights on the different kinds of users using the app and rough observations of their usage behavior.
Managing app crashes is one of the key factors for the app’s success and lifespan. The faster the crashes are fixed and bugs are identified, the better the app’s performance. The tools mentioned in this blog can help any iOS developer figure out most serious app crash issues quickly and resolve them.
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