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8 Best Practices for Managing App Performance

When it comes to developing a mobile application, it’s easy to only focus on user experience, design, and promotion. But the biggest reason why customers don’t return to the app is its performance. Bad performance will actively hurt the brand and scare away potential customers. Mobile App performance plays a crucial role in bringing the customer back to the App again and again. Let’s discuss Mobile App Performance in detail in this blog.

These four things will put a very high effect on mobile application quality:

  1. Platform-specific guidelines
  2. Architecture design
  3. Application size
  4. Application performance

Though others are equally important while considering App Quality, Mobile App performance is the most important factor because it has a visual impact from Customer as they can feel the performance when they use the App. Many times the slow performance of the app leads to Negative rating.
Here will talk about mobile 8 best practices for managing mobile application performance:

1. Load Text First & Image Second

To optimize networking, try to load textual data first. Image-based content present in your application can then be loaded as the second preference, asynchronously.

2. Avoid duplicate network requests

If the network request is poorly implemented. It can send duplicate requests to the server at the same time, which may cause duplicate data insertion in DB and duplicated requests increase system congestion and decrease the app’s performance, especially when you have a million app users. Imagine increasing the number of requests to your server increased by 2 folds when you are extremely desperate to optimize these costs.

3. Understand and adjust based on connection quality

An app that adjusts everything based upon the network quality availability can change the content quality delivered based upon what network conditions a user is present in to make sure that the app’s usage doesn’t fall through.

4. Effective API design

The way we design an API has a huge impact on how it impacts on the app’s performance. Workarounds API’s normally puts a lot of pressure on the network limitations and an incomplete or lazily designed API will be a burden on the mobile application. When you design the API payloads of your mobile app ensure that you have Consistency & Completeness Starting from UI and going to the data can be one great way to design a consistent and complete API payload that improves your app’s performance. Just because you can send, don’t send everything from mobile to your API. Only send what is required & necessary.

5. Optimize Images for High Mobile App Performance

To optimize images in your application, you can:

  1. Use vector images
  2. Serve dynamic image sizes
  3. Apply color filters as opposed to using different sets of colored images
  4. Use image caching
  5. Use libraries like Picasso and Fresco

6. Cache Data to Optimize for Offline Mode

When your network is weak, display whatever data you have, while fetching required data. Doing so will:

  1. Reduce your server load
  2. Reduce the number of your mobile phone’s radio usage, improving your app’s battery life

If you don’t have a testing team at your disposal, try switching your phone into lane mode and test your app for offline performance.

7. Optimizing Screen Size for High Mobile App Performance

A lot has been spoken about the screen sizes, Android raises some really big concerns here as there are thousands of devices, each with their own resolution and screen size.
As a rule of thumb:

  1. Build for small and medium screens
  2. Optimize for MDPI and HDPI
  3. Implement adaptive UI flows

8. Find Latency Killers

It is very important to remove latency issues from your application. Latency is known to cause app errors and often crashes the entire application. Statistics have told us that if an app runs slowly, more than 50% of users will uninstall your app within 24 hours. To effectively deal with latency related issues:

  1. You can restrict third-party latency sources when your network quality is poor
  2. Reduce the need for latency killer APIs that you might be using on your mobile

Nowadays, the world has become mobile-first and the number of connected devices is growing rapidly, and at the same time, the user attention span is getting shorter. Only you can retain users if we have a high-performance application. Make sure you follow these best practices while working on your app development services.

Lead Software Engineer

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