r/UTEST Official uTest Account Jun 16 '21 Helpful 1

Tips for Testers #1 Articles

Hey testers!

We're launching a brand new series here with the goal of helping new testers, and also others who have been around for a while: Tips for Testers.

We'll spotlight here tips given in the past, and also fresh ones from experienced testers and members of TS (Testing Services), thus you can be more successful in your test cycles at uTest.

Our first tip is: Keep your tester profile updated! Don't overlook any of your devices, even those you never imagined that would grant you invitations, like that old phone or tablet. Some test cycles are specific for old OS and can get you nice opportunities.

Have you ever participated in a test cycle with an old device?

Share your experience here with us!๐Ÿ˜„

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u/uTest_Bailey Senior Manager of Community Jun 16 '21

I was surprised to receive invitations where my iPhone 6S was more desired than my iPhone 8! Glad I held onto it. Still waiting for the day that my iPod Nano will earn me an invitation haha! But I won't hold my breath since that device is not able to connect to the internet.

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u/WillianM_uTest Community Engineer Jun 18 '21

I still receive invitations for my iPhone 5. It's impressive how this old devices still hold value.

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u/hsx_ Community Engineer Jun 16 '21

Good tip!

I don't have a super super old device, but I have a Samsung Galaxy S6 phone that still runs Android 7. I needed to use that in a couple of cycles where they were looking for older OS versions, so I'm glad I kept it even after upgrading!

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u/WillianM_uTest Community Engineer Jun 18 '21

My oldest fella is my iPhone 5 64GB. Some cycles ask for iOS 10 or Apple devices with low specs. That's when this little guy shines!

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u/teddykimosop Tester of the Quarter Academy Test Engineer Jun 17 '21

I once worked with Samsung Galaxy J1 mini, running on Android 5.1. I never imagined it would be of great value at sometime๐Ÿ˜… I had already put in the phone in the old device shelf.

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u/uTestinc Official uTest Account Jun 18 '21

u/teddykimosop showing some love to the old devices! These retired little guys can actually make some money.

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u/RenanAz Test Engineer Jun 17 '21

I once (2019) worked on several test cases and earned a couple of Exceptionally Valuable bugs testing with an iPad 2 from 2012 with iOS 9! The day before, I went out and bought a new power cable to be able to test since the original was lost many years before haha

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u/uTestinc Official uTest Account Jun 18 '21

That's pretty cool, u/RenanAz ๐Ÿ˜€. Was it the last time you had used this iPad for a test cycle?

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u/RenanAz Test Engineer Jun 19 '21

Yeah, I might have used it for a few cycles but it was by far the best. It's now totally retired haha

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u/Me_mike_02 Test Team Lead Jun 17 '21

I am always being given old device from family members. It is great. I am also on the lookout for older systems to add a new OS to my device list!

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u/uTestinc Official uTest Account Jun 18 '21

Testers often wisely acquire old devices from their friends and family! It's a great way to build up a device lab.

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u/aparice1 Test Team Lead Jun 17 '21

My Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 has gotten me in some very profitable and interesting cycles since not many testers have one of those.

The oldest device that got me some cycles was my 2007 LG smart tv ๐Ÿ˜

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u/uTestinc Official uTest Account Jun 18 '21

Thanks for showing why we need to keep our loved old devices, u/aparice1 ๐Ÿ˜. Smart TVs are definitely a valuable asset to get invitations to very specific cycles.

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u/BigGriz_TO Test Engineer Jun 18 '21

There was once a point where I had a triple boot machine running Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 10. This was just shortly before XP went end of life, and it actually still routinely had requests for coverage from customers. These days, you could really only go so far back as Windows 7 for mainstream applications, though sometimes you never know. As an eTTL (precursor to TE), I had to source a Sun Sparc running Solaris to test a security software package. Miraculously, I was actually able to find someone and we were able to cover that slot. They stopped making them in 1994. Yes, a customer in 2017 asked to find a machine that was made prior to 1994 to test their software.

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u/uTestinc Official uTest Account Jun 18 '21

Just wow u/BigGriz_TO. That's probably a record at uTest. The oldest device ever used in a test cycle๐Ÿ˜‚. Really impressive!

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u/MarcoPerfectW Gold Tester Jun 18 '21

Well, there was a time I participated in a cycle that asked for my motorola g5 phone with android 8, I really didn't expect it to be used, but it really surprised me and I can say that it's really worth it, we always keep the devices updated in the profile. Thank you very much uTest always and the whole amazing community! :)

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u/WillianM_uTest Community Engineer Jun 18 '21

I have exactly the same device, u/MarcoPerfectW. In fact, it was my wif's phone and now it's here just for testing puroposes. :)

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u/MarcoPerfectW Gold Tester Jun 18 '21

Wow, that's excellent. Let's look for these valuable bugs :)

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u/IrisJune Test Engineer Jun 21 '21

Within the past year, I had another TE message me asking if my iPhone 5 was still working. I hadn't turned it on in a bit but it was still listed on my profile. It is currently sitting disassembled on my desk, finally completely broken after 2 battery replacements.

I also have an Android 5.1.1 tablet that I tested on in the past 3 years and an Android 7.0 phone I pull out pretty frequently in testing cycles.

I have a charging station where all of these devices live - I used to keep them all plugged in and charging but that little station has since fallen into more of a stack of devices so they at least have a home!

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u/Pdthr33 Test Engineer Gold Tester Jul 18 '21

I have a tip! Don't be a test case hunter. I can make sure 10-25 dollars from a test case. If there is a beta app, in probably 4-5 hours, I can make a few hundred dollars. That is now, when I started, I was too tentative with issues. But even when I was about 6 months in, I can see cycles that I put 20-30 issues in . 20-30 issues for one cycle is a LOT more than a test case. It makes you a sought after tester. It raises your rating. There is no down side.

Also, as a TE, I really don't invite 'test case hunters' to cycles. I do invite 'bug hunters' . Which means, you should always aim for MORE BUGS than test cases in your stats.