How to Test Secured iOS Apps on Lambdatest, Mobile DevSecOps Best Practices

Last updated September 28, 2023 by Appdome

Use Appdome’s Build2Test service (recommended) Customers with an Appdome SRM license can use Appdome’s Build2Test service to quickly and easily test their Appdome-secured mobile apps by using Lambdatest, without the need for different Fusion Sets. With Appdome’s Build2Test service, Appdome’s in-app defense model recognizes the unique signature of these testing services and allows for easy testing without issuing a security alert or forcing the app to exit, even if these services use tools such as Magisk or Frida. For details, see How to Use Appdome Mobile App Automation Testing.

General Information about Testing in iOS Apps

Lambdatest allows testing apps by using its App Live and App Automate features, which can both be used for testing Appdome secured mobile apps.

When using Lambdatest to run Real Device App Automation testing on an Appdome protected app, you can choose between either of the following methods:
The following table describes which Appdome protection features may be triggered, the reason why and how to avoid it (during the app building stage on Appdome:
Appdome feature Reason
Prevent App Screen Sharing
Lambdatest

allows live view of the device screen while the test is running

Anti-Debugging
Lambdatest

signs the app as debuggable upon installation

 

Real Device (Live) App testing – iOS

To initiate Real Device (Live) App test of your test app in Lambdatest:
  1. Log in to your Lambdatest account. Alternatively, if you do not yet have an account, Create an account.
  2. On the menu on the right bar, click Real Device > App Testing.
    You will now see a list of previously uploaded iOS and Android apps.
    Previously displayed apps
  3. Select iOS platform on the left side of the screen.
  4. Select your app to test from the apps list.

    If you have not previously uploaded your app, you can do it now by clicking on UPLOAD to upload the app directly from your computer, or URL to obtain the app from somewhere else.
  5. Select a test device of your choice by selecting its brand, device name and OS version from the list on the right.
  6. Click Start to start testing.
    Start testing iOS
    The app will be automatically installed on the selected device and then launched. The app’s device control buttons are displayed on the left.
  7. Click the app on the screen to use it.
  8. When done, click End Session (red button on the left side of the screen).

Real Device App Automation Testing on iOS

Lambdatest has several Appium capabilities, namely: a series of key-value pairs that allow you to configure your tests on Lambdatest. For further details, see the Capabilities Builder – Appium webpage.
The network Log Appium capability can trigger Appdome protection features, as specified below.
Lambdatest-Specific Appium Capability Reason
networkLog Lambdatest signs the app as debuggable upon installation.
networkLog Lambdatest uses a MiTM proxy

Note:

For additional measures to take during app build on Appdome, see section General Information about Testing in iOS Apps above.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Most automation test tools can typically be used in one of two modes: emulator mode and real device mode (specific terms may vary according to the testing tool). If you use the automation test tool in “emulator mode” instead of “real device mode”, the Appdome-secured application will not run on the device. This is expected because Appdome ONEShield protects apps from running on emulators/simulators. Instead, you should run the automation test tool in real device

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