How to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator

Last updated February 25, 2024 by Appdome

This Knowledge Base article is for app developers and enterprise mobility professionals who want to test a secured app on an Android emulator vs an actual Android device. We strongly recommend that you test with real Android devices whenever possible. While we discourage testing on emulators for security reasons, as developers ourselves, we certainly understand that it may be desirable or necessary at times to test on emulators. Continue reading to understand how to test secured Android apps using a trusted ARM emulator. We recommend that you only use the ARM emulator when you cannot use an Android device to test with. 

We hope you find it useful and enjoy using Appdome!

How to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator

Appdome-secured apps are fully capable of being tested using standard ARM-based emulators.  If you have a secured Android app and you want to test that app, feel free to use these emulators. x86 simulators and x86 simulators with translations libraries to ARM are not supported for security reasons.

App testing is critical throughout the app development lifecycle. Testing a Fused app is no different.  In fact, we have an entire article dedicated on How to Download Secured Mobile Apps From Appdome. Testing apps becomes particularly challenging when there are a large number of device types and versions to test against – such as in the case of Android-based devices. Because of the multiple variables associated with Android, many developers opt to use emulators for testing instead of attempting to have “one of everything.”

Note: ARM emulators work very slowly on x86 PC machines. So, it might not be producing the best user experience in your testing with Android apps. We recommend you test with physical Android devices.

Prerequisites for testing Fused App with an Emulator

Easy Steps to Test Secured Android Apps Using a Trusted ARM Emulator

  1. Open Android Studio
  2. Go to Tools -> AVD Manager
    Androidavd Manager 1
  3. Click Create Virtual Device
    Create Virtual Device 2
  4. Select an Android device you would like to use for your testing
  5. Click Next.
    Selecthardwareandroiddevic 3
  6. Select the wanted system image
  7. Click Download.
    Selectsystemimage 4
  8. Wait for the download to complete.
  9. Click Finish.
    Licenseagreementfinish 5
  10. Select a system image
    Selectsystemimage 6
  11. Click Next.
  12. Verify your configuration.
  13. Click Finish.
    Verifyconfigurtion 7
    Congratulations! The virtual device was created..
  14. Now, in your project, click Debug.Dbug Button 8
  15. After selecting a device, click on debug .The virtual device will open automatically.

    Virtual Device 9

Congratulations! The application will run on the emulator!

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