What falls under the realm of UX? Well, essentially everything that affects the customers’ end interaction and position with your product. In the case of mobile apps, this is typically usability, performance, functionality, UI, and overall design.
Your challenge in creating a successful app in today’s competitive mobile market is to have a thorough understanding of UX and its effect on your customer, and make sure that yours is finely-tuned.
Learn how you can optimize your app’s UX to drive engagement in your new market.
How to go about it
When it comes to your app’s UX, it’s important to remember that its optimisation is an ongoing process. You are not expected to produce the most optimal app UX possible on the first try. However, there are certainly some simple hacks you can utilise from the get-go to ensure that your app’s UX is on a direct path towards excellence. This guide gives you a five straightforward tips that can be applied as you grow your business.
Revamp your sign-up screen
Remember that on mobile, sign-up forms physically look a lot longer than they would on desktop – think about this when designing your sign-up form and also keep in mind the patience level of today’s mobile user. Does your sign-up form really need to require a birthday and a profile photo?
Provide clear utility before asking users to register
Users will abandon an app that asks them to provide personal information upfront unless there's some form of immediate payoff (ordering a car service or food delivery, for example). In particular, apps with low brand recognition – or those in which the value proposition is unclear – must clear a higher hurdle when they ask users to register at the start of the experience. Only ask a user to register if it's essential. One common way this principle is applied is by providing guest checkout at the point of conversion. You need to demonstrate the value and function of your app before asking users to sign-up.
Differentiate “sign in” from “sign up”
Many users end up taking the wrong action when attempting to sign up for an account by tapping on the "sign in" button, which then prompts them for a password. This often happens because users scan the screen quickly and assume that the first call to action that catches their attention is the correct one. Design a "sign in" and a "sign up" that are easily distinguishable from each other so users can get to where they want to go quickly.
Make password authentication frictionless
Users get annoyed when they have to go through an arduous, multi-step task to set up or reset a password. Reduce the risk of abandonment by simplifying the authentication experience. Minimise the number of steps required or use different authentication methods such as a third-party login or fingerprint touch login.
Usability and comprehensions
Use the same language as your users
Unknown terms or phrases will increase cognitive load for the user. When calls to action are labeled with brand-specific terms, users may get confused. Clear communication and functionality should always take precedence over promoting the brand message.
Be clear with visual information and feedback
Visuals and iconography need text labels for consistent and proper interpretation. Icons for a menu, cart, account, or store locator as well as for actions like filtering or sorting are not universal and not well understood across apps. (Google: StartApp UX Principles) Icons that are labeled are much more likely to be used. Also, apps that provide visual categorisations without a key require users to guess what they represent. It’s therefore recommended you use text labels to make it clear for users.
When users add an item to the cart or submit an order, lack of feedback can cause them to question whether the action has been processed. Apps that provide a visual animation or another type of visual eliminate this guesswork for the user.
Provide user control for zooming on images
Users want to be able to control the level of zoom when they view an image. They can become frustrated by apps that zoom in at a predetermined magnification level. Put users in control by allowing them to zoom in as they prefer.
While permissions can be vital for the execution of your app’s functions, they also have the potential to scare people away and negatively affect your UX. Knowing this, you need to make sure you effectively explain each permission and ask only when absolutely necessary. It’s good practice to describe why your app needs certain information even if the reason might be seemingly obvious, and ask for specific permissions after certain user actions, such as when a user clicks a “share post” button and then is prompted with a permission for access to a social media account.