Measure End User Response Times in iOS & Android Apps with Apptim Marks

Apptim Marks make it easier to measure real end user response times.

In this article and video below, we will explain Apptim Marks, why you may want to use them, and how to do so for Android and iOS apps.

Benefits of Apptim Marks

With Apptim Marks, mobile developers and testers can now measure how long an event in the app takes to be completed, for example, measure how long it takes to add an item to their e-commerce app’s shopping cart or how long it takes to login to the app. These critical user flows are very important to optimize and now it’s easier to identify these events within Apptim’s automated mobile app performance reports.

Today, Apptim Marks are available for both iOS and Android apps. Let’s look a deeper look at what they are and how to use them:

Two Ways to Use Apptim Marks

Apptim gives users the ability to create custom marks while running a test, in two different ways:

1. Single Marks

If you want to identify when a user taps, clicks or does any similar action, a single mark is the way to go.

2. Time Taken

If you want to evaluate an action with a start and end time, this type of Apptim Mark helps to measure those times during a test using START / STOP flags:

How to Enable Apptim Marks for an Android App

To take advantage of this functionality, all you need to do is add a single line of code to your Android app.

Add a Single Mark

To add a single mark (timestamp), add a log entry when the event happens:

Add a Time Taken Mark

To add a mark to measure the time taken for an event or transaction, add a log entry both at the beginning and the end of an event:

How to Enable Apptim Marks for an iOS App

For those testing an iOS app with Apptim, you can take advantage of this functionality simply by logging event information using iOS syslog:

Add a Single Mark

To create a timestamp or single mark in an iOS app, add a log entry when the event happens:

Add a Time Taken Mark

To add a log entry both at the beginning and the end of an event in your iOS app:

Things to Keep in Mind Before Using Apptim Marks

Now, you’re almost ready to start using Apptim Marks to measure end user response times! Here are some other key details to know beforehand:

  • Event A(2) time taken: 50 ms

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