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Android Crash Reporting: Best Tools 2024

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2 November, 2023

Jonas Kurzweg
Jonas Kurzweg

Growth Lead

android crash reporting tools

Android crash reporting is crucial — unsolved issues can lead to 1-star user reviews and quick uninstalls.

We highlight the best android crash reporting tools on the market and give you best practices for your crash reporting.

What are the best crash reporting tools for Android?

The best Android crash reporting tools to consider are UXCam, Crashlytics, Sentry, Instabug and BugSnag.

UXCam

Finding crashed sessions AND getting context on it is perhaps the hardest thing about solving app issues.

You can do precisely that with UXCam – an app analytics tool for mobile apps. Start with the crashed sessions report.

React native crash reporting tool

Now you’ll get a list of all sessions that crashed. You’ll find information about the device, location, and time when crashes occurred.

You can click on a session to dive deeper. You can watch the session replay to get more context on how the crash happened.

Next, you can click on “Crash” to open up the crash code log.

Crash report in UXCam

UXCam tracks all crash types — from stack overflow to out-of-bonds. It even detects ANR (Application not responding) errors.

You can review and copy the crash log to fix it quickly.

React Native crash reporting App log

To look at crashes on a macro-level, you can use UXCam’s Session Analytics Report. You can go to the crash-tile and group the data by app version, device, or OS version.

In doing so, you’ll quickly find out if a specific app version or device causes any problems.

Crash reporting for flutter mobile apps

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Crashlytics

Crashlytics is a part of Google Firebase (you can find our honest review for Firebase here) and offers a detailed android crash reporting.

Firebase Crashlytics gives you an overview of the health of your app. It also sends you realtime alerts when new issues appear or existing issues grow.

Additionally, Crashlytics offers advice that helps to cure common crash causes.

However, Crashlytics doesn’t give you the full context on crashes as UXCam does with video sessions. You can integrate UXCam with Crashlytics though. This will create a link to the session replay inside the Firebase crash report.

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Sentry

Sentry distributed tracing

Sentry is another popular crash reporting tool to help developers track, prioritize, and resolve Android app issues. It groups similar errors to reduce duplicate reports, allowing developers to focus on priority issues first.

The tool provides detailed crash reports, and developers can customize alerts and notifications, as well as fine-tune error tracking based on the app’s specific requirements. However, it’s worth mentioning that this is a developer-focused tool—non-techie teams or developers new to error monitoring tools may find the setup slightly complex.

Instabug

Instabug

Instabug, mostly known for its real-time crash-reporting functionality, also allows users to report issues and provide feedback and suggestions from within the app.

It stands out for having tools to manage and organize user feedback to prioritize reported issues more efficiently.

Instabug has an intuitive and user-friendly interface for app users and developers. However, like many crash reporting tools, it might take time to become familiar with their features and functionality.

BugSnag

BugSnag

BugSnag delivers detailed crash reports like stack traces, diagnostic information, and user interactions leading up to the problem.

Some of their standout features include automatic bug detection, smart error grouping, and release health monitoring to keep an eye on the impact of new code.

Still, one “snag” with Bugsnag is that some users may find the pricing structure expensive compared to other Android crash reporting tools, especially for large teams or enterprise-level usage.

Android crash reporting best tools: side-by-side comparison

Check out our side-by-side comparison below of the best Android crash-reporting tools, highlighting the essential functions and capabilities at a glance.

FeaturesUXCamCrashlytics (Firebase)SentryInstabugBugSnag
Real-time monitoring
Comprehensive error reports
Session replays (native)
Events analytics
Integration with development tools
Customization and Configuration
Low-performance impact
Mobile-first
Device compatibilityAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS, WebAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
Subscription-based pricing structureFree (part of Firebase)
Free plan

Benefits of Android Crash Reporting Tools

Leveraging crash reporting tools for Android products can help with:

  • Responding to issues quickly: Stay on top of things with real-time error monitoring that sends immediate alerts whenever issues occur. Fix them swiftly to minimize any downtime.

  • App version insights: Gain a deeper understanding of how different app versions drive user engagement and detect any changes that negatively impact the user experience.

  • Understanding UX: The best reporting tools provide helpful details like device information, session recordings, and user actions leading to crashes. Analyze these details to understand user behavior better and optimize performance and usability.

  • Continuous improvement: Historical data about app crashes over time helps teams identify trends and patterns. Use these insights to continuously improve your app's stability and performance through iterative updates and bug fixes

  • Identifying and prioritizing issues: Get detailed insights to easily spot and tackle problems based on their frequency and impact. Focus on critical bugs that affect user experience and enhance overall stability.

Things to consider when choosing a decent crash reporting tool

  • Feature set and functionality: Seek products that offer real-time monitoring and immediate notifications for critical crashes and errors. Look for comprehensive reporting with detailed information leading up to the issue and the ability to capture specific events for easy debugging.

  • Integration and compatibility: Opt for seamless integration with your business tools and ensure compatibility with Android.

  • Minimal app performance impact: Make sure the tool doesn't significantly affect the user experience or app functionality. For example, UXCam boasts a lightweight, market-leading SDK that works discreetly in the background without users noticing, and it integrates quickly with your Android app.

  • Cost and scalability: Consider vendors with transparent pricing structures that align with your expected usage and budget. Verify if they can handle your app's growing user base without compromising performance.

  • Documentation and support: Leverage customer reviews to assess the quality of their customer support. Look at response times and the level of assistance provided. Make sure the vendor offers comprehensive troubleshooting resources and implementation guidance.

  • Data security: Verify that the vendor complies with relevant data security and privacy regulations for handling sensitive user data. UXCam, for example, has implemented stringent measures and achieved SOC 2 compliance to safeguard data against breaches and misuse.

Android Crash Reporting Best Practices

Many performance issues show up unexpectedly…

  • …when something doesn’t work as planned.

  • …when there are more users or a bigger amount of data as expected.

  • …when the app is only tested in a laboratory environment under perfect conditions.

  • …and unfortunately, they can just be replaced costly.

By following best practices, you’ll develop an engaging and stable app with superior UX and more streamlined development processes. 

Now let’s look at some best practices to consider when getting the most value from a crash reporting strategy before moving on to the best practices for performance testing. 

Android crash reporting 

  • Get all the important data: Stack tracks, device information, OS versions, and user interactions leading up to the crash. The more context you provide to your developers, the better they can understand and fix the issue.

  • Prioritize critical crashes: Focus on resolving issues that impact app stability and user experience. These should be your top priority.

  • Stay in the loop with real-time alerts and notifications: Set up alerts so your team can take swift action whenever a crash occurs.

  • Continuously update and iterate: Keep improving your app by fixing bugs and making enhancements based on crash reports. This will ensure a smoother user experience.

  • Document and learn from past crashes: Create a knowledge base using resolved issues and lessons learned. This will help you resolve similar problems more quickly in the future

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Performance testing is a collection of repeated smaller tests

Perhaps the most important tip for android crash reporting is to test early, often, and under realistic conditions.

A single crash report won’t tell the developers everything they need to know. To gather expressive and useful data, a combination of smaller tests is needed.

Moreover, it is not useful to test the whole system at once and at the end of the development cycle. An app consists of several parts such as the server, database, service, and the device it is used on.

Test the different parts separately as well as together. But: Testing each part individually doesn’t equal to testing the whole system!

Make performance testing part of the unit tests

Many times performance testing is isolated and shifted backward until the end of the development process. The problem is that it gets more difficult and costly to make changes to the product later.

To get around this problem, it’s good to implement the performance testing to the unity tests or make it part of the agile development test. This helps to identify performance issues early and solve them during the development process.

Set up realistic benchmarks

One strategy which could be followed is to stress test the app with thousands or millions of users and data.

This gives an overview of how much the app can handle at maximum, but doesn’t give a picture of the performance in real-world scenarios where traffic arrives from different devices and operating systems at different times.

It’s more realistic to play around with number of devices, systems, and numbers of users. Set up testing environments with the apparently random splitting of devices.

At the same time, the simulation shouldn’t start from zero. The app normally doesn’t start with no server utilization, there will always be users who already have the app and use the server capacity. A realistic test should represent this.

Understand the performance from the user’s perspective

It is easy to cheat during performance testing. The measured speed and the perceived performance from the user’s perspective are not necessarily the same.

Performance metrics tend to focus on the server performance but don’t include the user experience. Additionally, for performance tests, other tests like beta versions and user feedback should be reviewed.

Repeat the tests again and again

Especially during the app development lifecycle, the app gets changed every day. Even if the changes are very small the effects can be huge.

Getting good outcomes at one point in the development process doesn’t mean that this will last until the end. Good performance at a low or medium amount of load doesn’t mean that this will be the same when the load increases.

Extrapolated results can be dangerous. Also, it works in the opposite direction. No minimum performances and requirements based on load tests may be derived from this.

All assumptions should be verified by performance tests.

Test under different network conditions

In the real world, the network conditions of users are constantly changing. They change from one network to another, from low covered regions to completely covered ones to WiFi.

There are hand-overs between different networks. Unforeseen problems can occur quickly and should be avoided as much as possible.

Mobile application performance tests and android crash reporting should run under different and changing network conditions.

Set up as many performance scenarios as necessary

Not every performance problem can be measured during one performance testing scenario.

But there can be restrictions due to the resources for testing. The solution is somewhere in the middle.

The scenarios which are most important, riskiest, and have the greatest impact should be tested.

Combine qualitative and quantitative analytics

Simply being fast isn’t enough for sophisticated users.

An app has to be error-free, bug-free, and user-friendly as well. The combination of quantitative analytics like performance testing and qualitative analytics will increase the app’s success.

Qualitative tools like UXCam provide options like android crash reporting, heatmaps, and video session replays to analyze the app from a user’s point of view.

Try UXCam for FREE now — with 10,000 free monthly sessions and unlimited features.

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Jonas Kurzweg
Jonas Kurzweg

Growth Lead

UX, marketing & product nerd. Coffee enthusiast. Working at UXCam.

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