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How to improve your mobile app performance and why is it important

How to improve your mobile app performance and why is it important

Muthu Annamalai Venkatachalam
ยทMay 7, 2022ยท

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A mobile app's success is heavily influenced by its performance. Poorly performing apps lose users rapidly. To make your app successful and to succeed in business, you must monitor and cultivate its performance.

This article explains how to enhance the performance of your mobile application. Throughout this article, I will define what it means to have a mobile app perform well, why it's critical, and provide some methods for improving mobile app performance.

It's time to get started.

What does mobile app performance mean?

A mobile app's performance is related to how efficiently it runs on a mobile device under different circumstances and loads. A few examples of this might be measuring how long it takes an app to load, reducing crashes during peak activity periods, or monitoring battery usage.

Several factors influence app performance, including the device, the server, the network, and the code. Nevertheless, the most important metric in measuring mobile app performance is how users perceive it.

The perception of users is powerful. Keeping this factor in mind when making performance improvements for your mobile app is crucial since it can make or break it.

What is the importance of mobile app performance?

Frequently, app users abandon mobile apps whose loading times are too long. The majority of apps that take longer than a second to respond are uninstalled within a month of being downloaded. Due to its direct relationship to prolonged usage and user retention, app performance is directly related to success.

Consider a scenario where the user was able to load the app quickly and is now operating the app. The user clicks on the dish they desire, but nothing happens. It takes the app 10 full seconds to show the user the prizes and other choices. This would not be known to the user, as they have already abandoned the application.

The above example is just an example, but statistics indicate that 40% of users will switch to a competitor that provides a better mobile experience. The result of this scenario is that users do more than simply abandon an app because of poor performance. Instead, they turn to competitors who can provide improved performance. Therefore, performance is a crucial factor in apps.

How to improve the performance of your mobile app

Listed below are some ways to make your mobile app perform better.

1. Using a CDN to accelerate APIs

APIs enable your app to connect with and display information, such as weather or traffic, that originates from other applications and display them in a comprehensive format. API communication is accelerated by using servers located across the nation in a content delivery network (CDN). Using an edge server that is located near the user reduces the amount of latency, the size, and the round-trip time since the distance is reduced.

2. Load data as needed.

If you need a lot of data for your app, you should only load it when you need it. Don't make the user wait any longer than is necessary to view parts of the app.

To achieve this, break up the assemblies. Additionally, pre-loading or pre-fetching data in advance would be nice, so the user won't have to wait for data.

3. Testing has to be done across multiple devices

For your app to function properly, you need to ensure it is properly tested, but remember that not everyone will use the same device or in the same manner. To ensure that your app is reliable, you should test it on several different devices.

No matter which device your customer base uses, device testing ensures that your product performs as intended. As a result, you can gauge the performance of your app as it relates to different battery life and technologies - ensuring your user experience remains consistent regardless of the situation.

It is also important to test across multiple devices to detect small problems before they become serious.

4. Get rid of features that aren't necessary

The app may look prettier with unnecessary features, but they hamper its performance. The speed of an app is slowed down by a lot of features, especially those that are necessary to perform the app's functions. The app's performance is improved when unnecessary weight is removed and features that are essential are honed.

5. Consider going native

Native apps are always preferable to other types of apps if they fit your budget. Unlike web and hybrid apps, native apps perform much better. Due to the fact that native apps are installed and designed specifically for a user's operating system, there is a localized version of the app. Therefore, native apps are faster and more intuitive for users. Additionally, it allows you to fully utilize device features, such as GPS or images..

6. Make your app load faster by reusing data templates.

It is faster to use your app if there are fewer template data files. If you already have data templates designed for your app, you can reuse them instead of creating more. Being resourceful allows you to carry less weight.

7. Monitor the crashes

If you monitor your crash reports, you will be aware of any issues your app may encounter once it is live. There will be crashes because testing does not cover every scenario. Identifying the issues that caused them is key and monitoring them as they happen is important.

There are many reasons why crashes occur. You must figure out why they happen and make sure they don't repeat themselves.

8. Make sure your code is optimized

If your code is not optimized you run the risk of having sluggish performance or even crashes, so make sure it's clean and compressed.

When building mobile apps, clean coding practices are essential. It is important to follow best-practice guidelines and to keep your code concise. Compressing your code will also help to improve performance. This reduces the load time of the application by removing unnecessary spacing and comments.

Conclusion

Finally, it is worth mentioning that the world has become mobile-first and that the number of connected devices is on the rise. However, the attention span of users is decreasing. Mobile app performance is the only way to keep them.

As you work on your app development services, you should adhere to these best practices. This has the potential to pave the way for user retention and conversion, which will ultimately lead to great apps.

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