11 Best Automation Tools for Testing Android Applications (Android App Testing Tools)

List of the Best Android Application Testing Tools for your reference:

Nowadays automated tests are used during almost every testing process. This is not surprising, as properly organized automated testing greatly reduces the time needed for a testing process, excludes errors and omissions in tests execution caused by a human factor.

There is a wide choice of tools for automation. Some of them are free, some are rather expensive. Some automation tools were created years ago; some have just appeared on the market. Each tool is unique and possesses certain characteristics.

Best Automation Tools

A wide choice of available automation tools makes it difficult to select the most suitable ones for a project. The problem is that hardly any of the existing tools fully corresponds to project requirements.

In Order to Make Automated Tests Effective and Profitable One Should:

  • Research the software product under test and the project;
  • Clearly, determine what tests are to be automated;
  • Formulate requirements to the automated tests and the tools for automation;
  • Study at least several available and more or less suitable tools for automation;
  • Select the most suitable one or more tools basing on the researches;
  • Discuss the chosen automation tools with other project parties, explain the choice, and get their approval;
  • Proceed to tests automation.

Such an approach and sequence of steps would be approved by most of the quality assurance experts.

Many different kinds of computers have appeared recently, their appearance started the rapid development of software products. The most amazing is the evolution of mobile devices; they significantly differ from common personal computers by characteristics, ways, and conditions of interaction with them.

Consequently, smartphones and tablets require special mobile applications that differ from desktop ones.

The operating system of most of the personal computers is Windows. Among popular mobile operating systems are Android, Apple iOS, Blackberry OS, Windows Phone, Symbian and others.

Also read => Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Application Testing

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Top 11 Android Testing Tools

Let’s explore modern tools for automated testing of applications supported on one of the most widespread mobile operating system – Android.

Here is the list of the best Android Application Testing tools:

  1. 21labs
  2. Kobiton
  3. TestComplete
  4. Appium
  5. Selendroid
  6. Calabash
  7. Robotium
  8. MonkeyRunner
  9. Ranorex
  10. UI Automator
  11. BitBar
  12. Experitest

Let’s see more details about these tools.

#1) 21 – AI Test Creation And Analytics For Android

21labs Logo

21 is a sophisticated, self-learning test automation and analytics platform for Android applications.

21 Offers:

  • Fast and intelligent authoring – AI that pre-builds tests with a full-featured editor for customizing your tests
  • Results you trust – Seamless algorithmic locators system to support automated tests across native, React, Cordova, Flutter, Ionic, and other frameworks. No locators needed.
  • Eliminate maintenance and flaky results – Self-learning maintenance autonomously updates tests and assures your team can focus on developing new features while relying on test results.
  • Release with confidence – Production integration uncovers the data needed to close the feedback loop, analyze actual coverage. Own your quality gate and release it with data.

Recommended reading =>> 21Labs Automation Testing Tool Review

21 is fully SaaS, requires no installation or devices to create or execute tests. We offer access to dozens of devices seamlessly.

#2) Kobiton

Kobiton Dashboard

Kobiton is a mobile device testing platform with functional, visual, and performance testing capabilities on real devices. It will let you perform the testing on real devices in the cloud or on-premises. With the help of this tool, you can test on real devices from your IDE.

Kobiton is the most comprehensive real device testing platform with manual testing, automated testing, and scriptless automation capabilities and features.

Key Features:

  • With Kobiton’s Session Explorer, it will be easier to zoom into the test failures.
  • It can be integrated into your DevOps CI/CD.
  • You will be able to test applications on the latest Android and iOS devices.
  • Device Lab management will let you connect with devices in the cloud, your local on-premises devices as well as on-desk devices.
  • It will allow you to create automated test scripts from manual tests and are executable on multiple devices simultaneously.
  • For scripting, it provides full support for Appium, Selenium, XCUI, Expresso, etc.

#3) TestComplete


TestComplete offers mobile app test automation for any device and operating system. Delivers the quality of your application with incredible scale and efficiency. Easy to use for both technical and non-technical users with script or scriptless testing.

Key Features:

  • Connects to your local Appium server or gives you on-demand access to 100s of the latest devices on a self-hosted or public cloud.
  • Code or codeless test creation: use record & playback, or script in your choice of a modern language (including JavaScript, Python, and VBScript).
  • TestComplete supports all major frameworks including React Native, Flutter, SwiftUI, and Xamarin.
  • Superior object recognition, using machine learning and AI, identifies complex objects.
  • Run functional UI tests in parallel in the cloud or on your local machine for continuous testing and continuous delivery.
  • Integrates tightly with the tools in your ecosystems, such as CI/CD, test management, issue tracking, and version control, giving you a complete testing lifecycle.

#4) Appium Android Automation Framework

Appium Android Automation Framework

It’s a framework for creating automated tests for iOS and Android. It is a free tool. It supports Android versions from 2.3 and later. Appium utilizes the WebDriver interface for tests running. It supports many programming languages, such as Java, C#, Ruby, and others which are in the WebDriver library.

It can control Safari and Chrome on mobile devices. This allows testing mobile websites using Appium and these browsers.

But some automated test engineers complain that it provides poor, insufficient reports. Also, its weakness is reduced XPath support on mobile devices.

Website: Appium

#5) Selendroid


This test automation framework is for hybrid Android apps and mobile web. It supports Windows, Mac, and Linux OS. It supports test writing with Selenium 2 client API. For emulators and real devices, Selendroid is useful. To make it scalable and a platform for parallel testing, integration with Selenium Grid is allowed. It has an extension to help you.


  • Selendroid is compatible with JSON Wire Protocol.
  • It has a built-in Android driver web view app to test the mobile web.
  • It will allow you to find UI elements through different locator types.
  • Hot plugging of hardware devices is supported by Selendroid. Many more such features are included in Selendroid.

Website: Selendroid

#6) Calabash

calabash image

This automation testing framework is to perform acceptance tests for Android and iOS apps. It can be used by everyone i.e. mobile developers as well as the ones who don’t know coding skills. The tool enables the automatic UI interactions within an application like inputting text and validating responses.

Calabash contains libraries. With the help of that, test-code will be able to programmatically interact with native and hybrid apps.


  • Calabash provides a facility to allow you to configure tests to run on hundreds of Android and iOS devices.
  • It provides APIs that have functionalities to run native apps on touch screen devices.
  • It provides access to the Xamarin test cloud.
  • It supports cucumber.
  • Support for cucumber automation will let you write the tests in plain English.

Website: Calabash

#7) Robotium Android Testing Tool

Robotium Android Testing Tool

Robotium is one the first and frequently utilized automated testing tools for software supported on Android.

Robotium is a free Android UI testing tool. It is suitable for test automation for different Android versions and sub-versions. Software developers often describe it as Selenium for Android. Tests created by Robotium are written in Java. In fact, Robotium is a library for unit tests.

But it takes much time and effort to create tests by means of Robotium, as one must work with the program source code in order to automate tests. The tool is also unsuitable for interaction with system software; it cannot lock and unlock a smartphone or a tablet.

There is no Record and Play function in Robotium, and it does not provide screenshots.

#8) MonkeyRunner Android App Testing

MonkeyRunner Android App Testing

MonkeyRunner is one of the popular Android Testing tools used for automating functional tests for Android software.

This tool is more low-level than Robotium is. One does not have to deal with the source code in order to automate tests. The tests are written in Python, one may use a recording tool for creating tests.

MonkeyRunner can run tests on real devices connected to a PC or emulators. The tool has an API that allows it to control a smartphone, a tablet or an emulator from outside of Android code.

A significant disadvantage of the mobile app testing tool is that it is necessary to write scripts for each device. Another problem of MonkeyRunner is that the tests require adjustments each time when the user interface of the tested program is changed.

Website: MonkeyRunner

#9) Ranorex Android Application Testing Tool

Ranorex Android Testing Tool

Ranorex is a good tool for test automation not only for the latest but also for early versions and sub-versions of Android, beginning from Android 2.2.

One of the Ranorex advantages is its detailed reports with screenshots. It can connect a smartphone or a tablet to the Internet via WiFi.

An automated test engineer can elaborate data-driven tests, excluding XML data format, by means of this Android tool. Ranorex Studio enables an automated test engineer to create tests easily, just clicking the mouse. It allows for elaborating additional program modules. The modules may be utilized during late development cycles for more complex test scenarios.

It is a commercial mobile application tool; its license price is 1990 EUR. Ranorex searches elements rather slowly; it takes up to 30 seconds to perform such an operation. One must instrument APK files for Ranorex. Otherwise, it is impossible to automate tests by means of this tool, as it works only with instrumented APK files.

Ranorex is frequently utilized for creation tests for early Android versions.

Website: Ranorex

#10) UI Automator For Android Test Automation

UI Automator for Android Test Automation

This tool has been recently elaborated by Google. It supports Android versions beginning from 4.1. One should select another Android app testing tool in order to automate tests for earlier versions. UI Automator is able to interact with all kinds of software products for Android, including system applications. This enables UI Automator to lock and unlock a smartphone or a tablet.

Scripts created by means of this tool can be executed on many different Android platforms. It allows reproducing complex sequences of user actions.

UI Automator also can utilize external buttons of a device, such as buttons for going back, volume regulation, turning on and off the device.

It can be integrated with a testing framework TestNG. In this case, UI Automator can generate informative and detailed reports, similar to reports generated by Ranorex. This tool also searches elements very fast.

Software testing experts find UI Automator good for quality mobile application testing on many Android platforms. It is one of the best tools for Android applications, as it is elaborated by Google especially for this operating system.

Usually, about 80% of new software bugs reproduce on all the supported platforms. So, one may perform mobile testing on one of the widely used platforms and discover up to 80% of defects. The rest 20% will be found on all the other platforms. That means that in most cases it is better to test software products thoroughly on fewer platforms than hastily on numerous.

At present Android 4.1 is installed on about 66% of all devices using the Android operating system. That is why many automated test engineers often decide that UI Automator is the most suitable solution.

Website: UI Automator

#11) BitBar


SmartBear BitBar is the mobile and web app testing platform to perform manual or automated testing on real devices. You will be able to access the real device cloud that will have the same HW and OS versions that your customers use.

It is an all-in-one real device testing cloud that has functionalities for automated testing in any framework, manual app testing, and AI-driven codeless testing for real devices at scale.


  • SmartBear BitBar provides unlimited device concurrency that will let you run any number of automated mobile tests on Android and iOS devices at the same time.
  • For manual app testing, the platform will let you remotely control devices. This will help with troubleshooting the issues reported by customers.
  • It supports all the languages and any native mobile test automation framework.

Website: BitBar

#12) Experitest

Experitest latest-devices

Accelerate Mobile testing cycles and increase the quality of your releases with high-volume automated android testing

  • Create & execute hundreds of automated tests in parallel on real Android devices in the cloud
  • Easily create your first Appium test
  • Run advanced mobile test automation directly from your IDE
  • Automate any type of application, gesture, and scenario
  • Integrate with your CI/CD tools and workflow
  • Automated mobile testing under real-life conditions
  • Integrate into any IDE, testing framework & CI for rapid application delivery
  • Access visual test reports and advanced analytics


Test automation is a complex task. It requires thorough preparation and researchers. One should also keep up with all the novelties in information technology, applications, and test automation tools. All this knowledge is necessary for creating the most effective tests.

About the Author: This is a guest post by Oleg Prosyanik, a Senior Automated Test Engineer of QATestLab, a leading Ukrainian company offering the full range of software testing services. 

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