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5 Reasons to Use Record and Playback Feature in Test Automation

July 1, 2019

5 Notable Reasons to Use Record and Playback Feature in Test Automation

The risk associated with digital transformation and changing consumer demands is high. Additionally, increasing the risk of cyber-attacks is also growing, resulting in a mediocre performance, accessibility, and functionality of the application. Hence, software testing of application around various parameters has increased and isn’t just limited to security any longer.

Many businesses have laid their focus on continuous testing, leveraging automation testing and frameworks to avoid critical business problems. Besides, to achieve competitive advantage they need to create their product/application in a constant release-ready state.

Application development or in the software development lifecycle, there are multiple scenarios and trigger points which require the adoption of Test Automation for end-to-end testing.

For instance, the hype surrounding robotics and human bots, these bots are controlled by a software application to impersonate human activities. It is extremely important to test these applications to ensure the performance is in line with the expectations. Or else it can lead to a devastating failure in using this technology.

Test automation allows reusability of test scripts and maximum utilization of test coverage to speed up the testing process with accuracy and reliability. It reduces human effort and at the same time ensures that the end-user application performs well as anticipated.

There are various automation testing tools available wherein, the Record and Playback feature make test creation easy. It is an extension of a browser/plug-in used to record the pre-defined actions performed by testers while interacting with the web application. Whereas the playback feature auto-generates the pre-recorded actions to eventually compare the results with the expected outcome.

Test Automation Made Easy using Record & Playback Feature


This tool records every action of a tester like a mouse hovering, screenshots, and keystrokes while they are performing manual testing. Once recorded, it lets them replay whenever they need to do regression testing. In short, this tool allows the execution of the same test cases multiple times.

Here are the reasons why you should consider Record & Playback for Automation Testing:

1) Tool for Beginners
Record & Playback is a hassle-free way to automate the manual testing processes in the simplest form. It requires no programming knowledge. You can perform manual testing without the need for writing long scripts and record feature will record those actions. It is also counted as a light-weight automation tool to perform small tests.

This tool is very effective for testers who are on a learning stage; without needing to struggle with complicated frameworks and commands. It is typically the beginner’s go-to solution to ascertain results in a day.

2) Modification and Insertion
Record and Playback automation allows creating, editing and importing the recorded scripts and also tracking the testing processes. It is easy to modify or change the part of the recorded scripts wherever you find errors or mistakes in the middle of the recording process. This makes the process faster and flexible without the need for re-recording the whole script.

All you need is to save the changes to bring your changes/adjustments into action and run the test again. This ultimately saves your valuable time in redoing the script recording.

3) Multiple Browser Support
Cross browser automation testing enables us to record and playback on a wide range of browsers. In fact, testing on various browser configuration makes the test cases more valuable to validate the cross-browser functionality.

Record and playback users can have access to a number of browser configurations to test on different browsers. Whether it is the newest Chrome release or IE8, you have ready resources to check the functionality whenever needed.

4) Facilitate Parallel Testing
Record and Playback enable you to run the test suites across different browsers at the same time. Instead of running tests sequentially, or step by step, parallel testing allows us to execute multiple tests on different browsers equally.

This process empowers you to focus on the other exploratory tests and scripts for your application. Turnaround time in deployment increases with the reduction in the testing time. This is the suitable type of testing when you need to test the software in tight deadlines.

5) Open for All
Record and playback feature is useful in the initial application testing process. However, it is blurring the role of dedicated QA team. Organizations no longer need to depend on the dedicated team of testers to solely test the small testing tasks of the application.

Previously, the automation testing was only accomplished by automation engineers but now anyone can perform the initial testing using record and playback feature, whether it is a developer or manager; the entire team can take part in the testing process and work like a well-oiled machine. This reduces the workload of the dedicated testing team and allows them to focus on other critical testing activities.

That’s the reason Record and Playback in Test automation are critical for the application development and software development cycle. It accelerates the software testing process, and also makes it more efficient, and result oriented. To start your journey with test automation, get in touch with our TestingWhiz experts on info@testing-whiz.com or call us on +1-855-699-6600.

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