What Type of QA Testing Do You Need?

If you’re not sure what type of QA testing you need, that’s okay! We’d be happy to discuss your custom needs, with absolutely no pressure to proceed. You can also read definitions below to learn more about your options when it comes to QA testing.

Different Types of QA

If you haven’t worked with QA before, seeing references to the different types can get confusing. Here’s a simple, plain English breakdown:

Manual QA Testing (hand icon with arrows swiping)Manual Testing

If you’re familiar with QA testing, this is most likely what comes to mind first. Manual testing involves a QA tester using an app/website in different ways to try to find bugs/issues. For example, they could try logging in with incorrect credentials to make sure that an error message appears, or clicking different links to check for 404 errors. If you only have the budget for one type of QA, manual is most important. Without it, crucial user experience issues can be missed, and it’s lower cost than automated QA.


Automated QA Testing (arrows circling around a thumbs-up icon)Automated Testing

Automated testing is becoming more and more popular. While it shouldn’t replace manual, it’s beneficial to at least have a minimum amount of automation in place so that you’ll immediately know about any urgent issues. For example, you could have automation to check that the site is up and loads within 3 seconds at all times, or to ensure that purchases are going through successfully.


Performance Testing (people icons with arrows circling them)Performance/Load Testing

Performance and load testing are for checking how many users your site or app can support at once, and how these numbers affect loading speed. Load testing can even tell you the exact number of users your software can support before crashing!

If you’re a very small business without many users, you likely don’t need performance/load testing. Your product isn’t likely to have any significant performance issues if you don’t have reason to expect to get more than a few dozen users at a time anytime soon. If you have an enterprise product or anticipate more than 200 users at once, performance testing can be really helpful.


API Testing (hands pointing towards each other)API Testing

API testing involves using software/tools to make sure that your APIs are sending and receiving data correctly. For example, a QA tester could verify that when a user signs up for your website, their user account is successfully created in the database. API testing can be done manually, or with automated scripts.


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What Type of QA Testing Do You Need? Contact Us!

We’ll be happy to give you a custom recommendation based on your site and/or mobile app. Find out more about our QA testing company, or contact us below. You can also call or text us at 310-272-5746.



    Are all of your staff located in America?

    Yes! 100% of our staff — from management to testers — are located in the USA. Our headquarters are in Los Angeles, and we have software testers in every American time zone.

    How experienced are your testers?

    All of our testers have years of experience testing websites and mobile apps. As far as we know, we’re the only software testing company consisting solely of highly experienced American testers.

    If you’re looking for offshore software testing services, we’d still be happy to refer you to the best option for your budget.

    What types of software do you test?

    We test websites, mobile apps, and other software of all shapes and sizes. We also have exclusive partnerships with other QA vendors, so we can get you discounts on security, game, crowd testing, and any other type of testing.

    What browsers and devices do you test on?

    We can test across 200+ browser/device combinations.

    With every client, we also take budget into account before recommending a scope for compatibility testing. See below for examples of browsers, operating systems, and devices we can test on.


    • Chrome (going back up to 30 versions)
    • Firefox (going back up to 30 versions)
    • Safari (going back up to 10 versions)
    • Microsoft Edge (going back up to 5 versions)
    • Internet Explorer (going back up to 6 versions)

    Operating Systems:


    • Catalina
    • Mojave
    • High Sierra
    • Sierra
    • El Capitan
    • Yosemite
    • Mavericks
    • Mountain Lion
    • Lion
    • Snow Leopard


    • 10
    • 8.1
    • 8
    • 7
    • XP


    • 13
    • 12
    • 11
    • 10
    • 9
    • 8
    • 7

    Android OS:

    • 10
    • 9
    • 8
    • 7
    • 6
    • 5



    • 11
    • 11 Pro
    • 11 Max
    • XS
    • XS Max
    • XR
    • X
    • 8
    • 8+
    • 7
    • 7+
    • 6
    • 6S
    • 6S Plus
    • 5S
    • SE


    • Pro 12.9
    • Pro 11
    • Pro 9.7
    • 6th gen
    • 5th gen
    • 4th gen
    • 3rd gen
    • 2nd gen
    • Air (1, 2, or 2019 version)
    • Mini (2, 3, 4, or 2019 version)


    • Galaxy S10
    • Galaxy Note 10
    • Galaxy S9
    • Galaxy S9+
    • Galaxy S8
    • Galaxy S8+
    • Galaxy S7
    • Galaxy S6
    • Galaxy S5
    • Galaxy S4
    • Galaxy A8
    • Galaxy Note 9
    • Galaxy Note 8
    • Galaxy Note 4
    • Galaxy Note 3
    • Google Pixel 3 XL
    • Google Pixel 3
    • Google Pixel 2 XL
    • Google Pixel 2
    • Google Pixel 1
    • Google Pixel 1 XL
    • LG G6
    • LG G5
    • Moto X

    …and many more.

    Do you require long-term contracts?

    Nope! Our software testing minimum is only 20 hours. After that, whether you never need QA services again or only want 10 hours of testing here and there, you have total flexibility.

    How soon can you start?

    We can often start within days of receiving your request.

    Can you help figure out what kind of testing I need?

    Of course! We’d love to learn more about your situation. We can recommend software testing options based on your budget and needs.

    What type of clients have you worked for?

    We work with everyone from big companies to small start-ups to non-profits. You can check out our QA portfolio to learn more.

    Do you offer discounts to non-profits?

    We do! If you’re a non-profit, we’d love to give you a discount. Simply contact us to find out more. We also donate 10% of profits to non-profits and charities.

    What's the process for moving forward?

    We make our onboarding process as flexible as possible. You can check out our QA onboarding process to learn more.

    How much do your software testing services cost?

    To find out our hourly rates, you can contact us using the form. You can also email us at contact@mindfulqa.com, or call or text us at 310-272-5736.

    Our workers have tested apps and websites for: