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Connect devices to UFT Mobile

You can connect an unlimited number of devices to UFT Mobile.

Connect on-premises and cloud devices

You can connect on-premises devices and cloud devices to the UFT Mobile lab. You can connect physical devices or emulators/simulators.

The following on-premises devices can be connected to UFT Mobile:

On-premises devices
Physical devices Physical devices can be plugged directly into the UFT Mobile server machine, or into a different machine using the standalone connector. For details on how to connect physical devices to UFT Mobile, see Connect Android mobile devices and Connect iOS mobile devices.

Emulators/ Simulators

You can connect the following to the UFT Mobile lab:

  • Android AVD emulators

  • Genymotion desktop emulated devices
  • iOS simulators

For details on connecting local emulators, see Working with emulators.

For details on connecting simulated iOS devices, see iOS simulator (Tech preview).

The following cloud devices can be connected to UFT Mobile:

Cloud devices
Micro Focus hosted devices

You can access Micro Focus hosted devices from the UFT Mobile lab. This enables you to test your app on a larger selection of devices, without having to acquire and maintain the devices. After you set up the Micro Focus hosted device lab integration, you can connect Micro Focus hosted devices from UFT Mobile. For details, see Micro Focus hosted device lab integration.

Both public and private hosted devices are available:

Note: A thorough clean-up is performed on public devices at the end of every session.

AWS Device Farm

After you set up the AWS Device Farm integration, you can connect ADF devices from UFT Mobile.

For more details, see Connect AWS Device Farm devices.

Genymotion Cloud Android emulators

After you set up the Genymotion Cloud integration, you can connect Genymotion Cloud emulators from UFT Mobile.

For more details, see Connect a Genymotion Cloud emulator.

WeTest Tencent devices

After you set up the Tencent WeTest Device Farm integration, you can connect private devices hosted by WeTest from UFT Mobile.

For more details, see Connect a Tencent WeTest device

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Supported and certified devices

Before connecting a device, check that the operating system of your device is supported by UFT Mobile. For details on supported and certified devices, see the Support matrix. For limitations regarding specific operating systems, see Known issues.

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Physical device connectivity

Follow these guidelines when connecting your devices to a server or connector machine:

USB connection Configure the USB connection to connect your device to UFT Mobile. On most devices, the File transfer/MTP option should be used, however this may differ depending on your device. If the device fails to connect, use the USB connection option specified by your device’s user guide.
USB cables

Connect the devices with a genuine USB cable. A non-genuine cable may cause a connection failure.

You can connect devices with a USB cable to a UFT Mobile connector machine. You can also connect devices with a USB cable directly to a server machine. The server installation includes an embedded connector.

USB ports

The following ports are supported:

  • USB 2.0 ports.

  • USB 3.0 ports are supported provided that both the USB port and USB hubs are USB 3.0 compliant

USB hubs

USB hubs are supported for USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 with power adapters that comply with the Battery Charging (BC) 1.2 standard.

For recommended models, see Admin best practices.

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Best practice guidelines for devices

The following are some best practices for devices:

  • Place the devices in a cool space to prevent overheating.
  • Reduce the screen brightness of devices to the minimum, to reduce power consumption and heat generation.
  • Use certified USB hubs that can provide adequate charging power.
  • Place the devices in a vertical position to facilitate a smooth change in orientation (portrait to landscape) in the remote device view.
  • Perform manual battery charging cycles as part of the device maintenance, by disconnecting the device from UFT Mobile and letting the battery drain completely.
  • Make sure the battery is within a reasonable time of its recommended life, as specified by the manufacturer and covered by the warranty.
  • Once a week, perform a visual inspection of the battery, and remove any devices with swollen batteries.

Swollen Batteries

Swollen batteries are a common problem with any device using lithium-ion batteries, such as mobile devices, laptops, and smart watches. When lithium-ion batteries are overheated, overcharged, or several years old, the inner cells of the battery may emit a flammable electrolyte mixture, causing the battery to swell. Following the best practices may help to avoid swollen batteries.

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Workflow for connecting a device

Use the flowchart to guide you through the process of connecting a device to UFT Mobile. For details, see Workflow to connect a device.

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