Prepare Android device for hosting

Learn how to prepare an Android device to be utilized with Kobiton.

Different models of devices and versions of Android may have different layouts for settings and options. Refer to the device’s manual if you cannot find the options mentioned in this document. In this guide, screenshots from Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, and Xiaomi Redmi devices are used as examples.

Before you start

You’ll need the following:

  • A supported Android device model.

  • Additional requirements for Xiaomi models:

    • A logged in MI account. You can create a MI account on Xiaomi’s account page.

    • A SIM card inserted. It does not need to be a working SIM card.

Factory reset the device (optional)

This step is highly recommended for devices that were hosted by Legacy Kobiton or Legacy Gigafox.
This action will remove all data on the device. Back up the device before proceeding.

Refer to the device model’s manual for instructions to factory reset the device.

Enable USB debugging (required)

This step is required for Kobiton software to control the device.

From the Home screen, swipe up to show all apps. Open Settings.

Follow the appropriate steps depending on whether the device is made by Xiaomi or not.

  • Most devices

  • Xiaomi devices

Scroll down and select About phone. For some models, such as Google Pixel, this option is under System.

Select Software information.

The Settings app in the home screenAbout Phone in Settings menuSoftware Information section inside About Phone

Tap 7 times on Build number. A popup message will appear when you are close to enabling the mode. If you have a lock screen set, you’ll be asked to enter your security credentials.

The Developer mode is now activated.

Taping on Build Number inside Software Information 7 timesNotification that the Developer Mode has been turned on

Navigate back to the Settings main screen. Tap the newly available Developer options item. For some models such as Google Pixel, this option is under System.

Scroll down to the USB debugging option and turn it on. You can use the search function to quickly locate it.

Tap OK in the popup to confirm.

Newly available Developer Options inside SettingsEnable USD Debuggin inside Developer OptionsConfirmation popup to allow USB Debugging

Select About Phone.

Locate MIUI Version and tap 7 times on it.

Going to About Phone in SettingsTaping on MIUI version field several times

The message You’re now a developer! displays. The Developer mode is now activated.

Find and open Developer options in Settings, then enable Install via USB and USB Debugging (security setting).

Depending on the Xiaomi model, you must either have a SIM card inserted or logged into a MI account to enable USB Debugging (security setting).

In Developer options, disable MIUI Optimization.

If you can’t find the MIUI Optimization option, tap to Reset to default value field 4 times.

Enabling Install via USB and USB Debuigging (security setting) inside Developer OptionsTurning off MIUI iptimization in Developer optionsIn Developer options, tapping Reset to default values field 4 times

Disable passcode (required)

Setting a passcode on a device prevents Kobiton software from controlling it.

To use passcode on the device, contact Kobiton support to enable passcode mode for your organization.

In the Settings app, select Lock screen.

Select Screen lock type.

Select None. Enter the device’s passcode or lock pattern if required.

Going to Lock screen option inside SettingsInside Lock Screen, going to Screen lock typeIn Screen lock types selecting the option None

Download Google Chrome (required for specific feature)

This step is required if you want to run web automation on the device.

Download and install Google Chrome from the Google Play Store onto the device.

Prevent screen from sleeping (optional)

Disabling screen sleep improves the experience of testers by not having to wake the device screen after a certain amount of time.

Skip this step if you want to save battery life.

In the Settings app, scroll down and select Developer options. For some models, such as Google Pixel, this option is under System.

Find the Stay awake option and turn it on.

Going to Developer Options to prevent screen from sleepingEnable Stay Awake inside the Developer Options

Turn off auto-update for system software (optional)

This step is highly recommended as a software update makes the device unavailable for use until the update is complete.

Many organizations want to test a variety of mobile operating systems. Turning off the auto-update for software updates allows organizations to have control over the operating system upgrades. In the Settings app, tap Software update.

Turn off Auto download over Wi-Fi.

Going to Software Update inside SettingsDisabling Auto download over wifi in Software Update

Turn off auto-update for apps (optional)

App automatic updates may prevent an app from being used until the update is complete.

Open the Play Store. Tap the 3-dot icon and select Settings.

Expand Network preferences, then tap Auto-update apps.

Select Don’t auto-update apps in the popup. Tap DONE to save the changes.

Going to Play Store Settings.Turning of Auto-updates for apps in Google Play SettingsSetting the Auto-update apps selection to Don’t auto-update apps

Turn off adaptive brightness (optional)

Turning off automatic brightness allows Kobiton software to keep the device screen brightness at the minimum, thus saving battery life.

In the Settings app, select Display.

Turn off Adaptive brightness.

Going to the Display option inside SettingsDisabling Adaptive bringhtness inside the Display settings

Disable text correction/prediction for keyboard (optional)

This step is highly recommended if you want to use Scriptless Automation on the device.

Text correction/prediction can prevent Scriptless test run from running.

Samsung Galaxy devices

In the Settings app, select General management.

Tap Samsung Keyboard settings.

Turn off Predictive text.

Going to General management option inside SettingsInside Genereal management selecting Samsung Keyboard settingsInside Samsumg Keyboard settigs disabling Predictive text

Google Pixel devices

In the Settings app, select System.

Select Languages & input.

Select On-screen keyboard.

Selecting System options inside SettingsSelecting Language & Input options in System settingsIn Language & Input selecting On-screen keyboard

Tap Gboard.

Tap Text correction.

Turn off Auto-correction.

Taping Gboard to enable/diable it according to use caseIn Settings selecting Text CorrectionIn Text Correction disabling Auto-correction

The device is now prepared.

Follow this guide to add the Android device to Kobiton.