Connect mobile devices

Before you can create and run tests on your mobile device, you need to connect it to your computer and to Ranorex Studio. This requires adding your device as an endpoint in Ranorex Studio.

In this chapter

    Connection types

    You can connect your device to the computer that Ranorex Studio is installed on via USB or WiFi. The following tables illustrate the differences between these connection types for Android and iOS. We recommend using a USB connection, as this has no restrictions in terms of functionality and is generally more reliable.

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    Ports 31000 TCP and 31000 UDP must be open on your computer.

    USB Wi-Fi
    Create tests
    Run tests
    Start/stop app
    Install APK
    Deploy (unattended)
    Automate system apps


    USB Wi-Fi
    Create tests
    Run tests
    Start/stop app
    Install IPA
    Deploy (unattended)


    Connection requirements

    Android USB connection

    For some Android devices, USB debugging does not work with the default Windows USB driver. This makes testing with Ranorex Studio impossible. In these cases, you need to install the device manufacturer’s special developer USB drivers.

    You can normally see that this is the case if Windows recognizes your devices correctly, but you can’t add it as an endpoint in Ranorex Studio.

    iOS USB connection

    You must install iTunes to connect your iOS device to your computer via USB. It provides the required drivers.

    General network requirements and recommendations

    Connect device to a power source

    Regardless of the connection type (USB/WiFi), make sure that your device is connected to a power source at all times during test creation and execution.

    WiFi network

    When connecting via WiFi, the mobile device must be in the same network as the computer.

    USB hubs

    When connecting via USB, avoid USB hubs. Always use your computers integrated USB ports if possible.

    Connect a device and add it as an endpoint

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    In this example, the device is connected via USB. The process is basically the same when connected via WiFi.

    Connect the device to your computer via USB

    For Android devices, a short sound will normally indicate that the device has been recognized.

    For iOS devices, iTunes will automatically open if the device is recognized.

    The device also appears in your Windows settings if connected properly.

    Add the device as an endpoint in Ranorex Studio


    Adding a mobile device as an endpoint is explained in

    Web and mobile testing > Endpoints > ⇢ Add an Android/iOS endpoint