View, upload, and manage apps

The APPS menu provides visibility and control of applications in the mobile lab.

You can upload a new app, see information about apps that have already been uploaded, and delete apps.

Note: Full multi-workspace functionality described here is only available with a Trial, Enterprise, or Ultimate license. If you install an Express or Pro license, or if you move from a Trial license to an Express or Pro license, you will have limited functionality. You will be able to manage the access of users to available devices by creating workspaces, and by moving devices and users to these workspaces, similar to the device group functionality provided in earlier versions of Mobile Center. However, you will only be able to upload apps to the Public workspace.

View app details

Tip: Use the filter panel to limit what items are displayed, so that you can focus on the information that is important to you. You can filter by OS or workspace, or use the Search in the right pane to specify an app name or app package ID. Only matching items are displayed.

You can also view the apps in a List view. Click the List and Card view buttons in the upper right corner to toggle between the views.

To see the details in the List view, select an app and click More. In Card view, the apps are displayed with the following summary details:

  • Name of the app
    The app name may contain I18N characters.
  • Operating system
    Android, iOS, or Windows phone. When the app requires a minimum OS version, this is indicated next to the OS icon.
  • Upload number, version and build number
    By default, the latest upload for the workspace that you are viewing is selected. You may have several uploads of an app that you want to test. For example, if you introduce changes to your app, you may want to test the differences between the various uploads of the application. You can choose to use the latest upload, or a specific upload of an app.
  • Compatible device types
    Indicates what type of devices are compatible with the app - Phone, Tablet, or both.
  • Workspace name
    The workspace to which the app is uploaded.
    Note that System apps are not assigned to a specific workspace.

  • Apps that were uploaded in an earlier version of Mobile Center and failed to be repackaged during the upgrade, will have a red icon in the top left corner, and will be blurred. For information on manually repackaging an app, see Package an iOS app manually on a Mac machine or Package an Android app manually

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System apps

Several built-in apps are provided with your installation:

MC Browser

The MC Browser apps for iOS and Android can be used to test mobile web applications. (Following the end of Microsoft's mainstream support for Windows Phone, the MC Browser app is no longer supported for Windows Phone.)

The MC Browser apps can't be deleted or updated. For more details, see MC Browser Apps.

Advantage Shopping

The Advantage Shopping app is available for devices with iOS 8.2 and higher and Android devices versions 4.4 and higher.

This app is a sample online store for home electronics. It has a standard online shop interface, with common features such as search and a shopping cart.

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Options toolbar

Card view

Hover on a specific app, and a floating toolbar is displayed with the following options:

  • Delete. Delete all uploads of the app in this workspace.
  • Mobile Center extended services . Click for the following extended services:
    Security Scan, Production Usage, Crowd Testing, and App X-Ray. For details, see Extended services.
  • More information . Click More information to display the full details of the app as shown below:

This is the specific upload of the app selected for testing. If you introduce changes to your app between uploads, you may want to test the differences between the various uploads of the application. By default, the latest upload is always selected for testing.

This is the version & build number of the app. Mobile Center takes this from the manifest file of the app.

This is the unique identifier for the app. This information is taken directly from the manifest file of the app. You can also filter by this name.
Android apps only: The name of the Android activity to run when the app is launched.

Displays all the app uploads for the workspace, and which upload the tester has selected for testing.

  • To delete a specific upload, select the Delete button in its row.
  • To always use the latest one, select Latest upload.

Note: You will see all the uploads for the workspace specified in the workspace name on the app card. In the example above, only uploads 1 and 4 are associated with this workspace. Uploads 2 and 3 are not displayed because they were not uploaded to this workspace, or they may have been deleted. The latest upload is the latest one for the specific workspace that you are viewing. In the example above, the latest upload is upload number 4.

The information icon displays whether the packaged or non-packaged version of the app is available. For more details, see When to use a packaged app.

Note: In certain installations, there will be additional information:

Beneath the Package ID, the app details will show the workspace to which the app was uploaded.

For iOS apps, there will be information about the devices on which the app can be installed. For details, see Device provisioning information below.

List view

In List view, the following actions are available for a selected app:

  • Delete. Delete all uploads of the app in this workspace.
  • More information . Click More information to display the full details of the app.

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Device provisioning information (iOS only)

Provisioning is the process of preparing an app to launch on devices. As part of this process, a match is required between the provisioning profile embedded in the app and the one installed on the device. If you have an Enterprise certificate, all devices are included. If, however, you have a development certificate, you must make sure that the UDID of your device is listed in the provisioning profile.

For information on how to create a provisioning profile, see Generate a development provisioning profile.

To check whether or not your upload can be installed:

  1. In the App view, click on the More information icon in the app whose upload you want to test.
  2. Select the upload you want to test, and hover on the icon in the App Details screen. The tooltip shows the status of the selected upload:

    • Signed with an enterprise certificate and can be installed on all devices
    • Signed with a development certificate. Click on the icon for the list of devices included in the provisioning profile.

If the provisioning profile of an iOS app that you select to install on a specific device does not include that device, a warning icon will be displayed, and you will not be able to proceed with your selection. Note that this only applies when selecting a specific device, and not if you select a device by capabilities.

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Upload an app

You can upload an app in one of the following ways:

  • Click the APPS tab. In the APPLICATIONS pane click Upload (list view) or Upload application (card view). Select the app, and the workspace to which you want to upload the app.
  • For admins only: Click the WORKSPACES tab and click the All Workspaces link. Select ALL APPS and click Upload.

 

Note that:

  • If you are using a Pro or Express license, the app is uploaded to the public workspace.
  • If you open the Mobile Center wizard from an integration tool, such as UFT, the workspace selection drop down is not shown—it uses the workspace configured in the testing tool.
  • The maximum file size that you can upload is 200 MB.
  • For devices running an Android version prior to 5.00, apps with multiple dex files are not supported (for packaged apps).
 

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Troubleshooting

Why can't I see all my apps?

Check the filter panel to see what options are selected. Mobile Center displays only the items that fit the filter conditions. To display all items, select all the filter options and clear the search field of any text that you have entered.

Blue text in the filter pane indicates an active filter.

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