User Experience design is one of those concepts that can harm or benefit your app in the long run. The mantra behind an ideal design is to give your user an easy go through and maintain an easy least interruptive time.
While it sounds easy, there are so many things that can go wrong while designing your app, some of them maybe so repetitive and common that you don’t even realize how easily they can drive the users away. So whether you are developing the app yourself or taking the help of an iPhone app development company or that of the one that specializes in Android, it would pay to know what turns the users off.
Here are the top five, in no chronological order, mistakes that are very common and which need to stop. Now.
Making your visitors sign in
How many times have you visited an app and are asked to register, straight from the first click? 80% of the time right? Asking to registering on an app without even letting the users play around it and decide whether at all they want to stick, is just not a great move.
While it’s true that every download counts and a database of emails is the best way to convert your app into money, it does not mean you pull your visitors away from deciding for themselves.
So, next time let the visitor stay on your app for at least 7 minutes before you ask them to register.
Not experimenting with Loading Spinners
Not every user has the best internet connection – chances are that the page will load for some seconds before it appears. Now these can be some of the most agonizing seconds for the user. And seeing the loading process spin in circle doesn’t help!
So instead of the loading spinners, show them the percentage left or let them play an offline game like how Google does. You can also add some animation to save the user from staring at the blank wall.
Not informing your visitors what notification they are allowing
It is a common misconception that the users will allow all notifications, blindly. But with the rise in phishing apps trying to hack into the phone, the visitors have gone more conscious than ever. Also, keeping the users informed of what they are getting into is never a bad idea. So for the next app, give a push notification to your app users whenever you need them to do something
Giving them an onboarding experience
Onboarding means giving a demo to your users – explaining them how your app works. But, is it really necessary? Is it actually important to spoon feed your users the exact steps of how they need to move on the app? Half of the time, it is not!
The safest move is to add a demo button somewhere on the screen so that the user clicks on it as and when necessary.
Changing the look and feel of the app with the update
How many times have you visited an app description page on the store and saw a series of comments of people telling how unsatisfied they are with a certain update or how they have sent a thumbs down for the current change.
It is good to update your app over time, but don’t do it just because your competitors are doing it. Make updates only when you see, for a fact, that there are some pain points in the app.
While these are just the five design malfunctions that can ruin the user experience, there can be many others. The sole way to know what bother the users is to swim through the app store and refine the comment section, with a microscope.
Do remember that a good app design can take you long and far!
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