Strategies to Grab More “User Input” In Your Mobile App

Nowadays mobile devices come to be useful for various purposes be it performing daily tasks, take control of electronic users in the house, or many others. After all, every user desire to have power in their hands and fulfill all their needs, without making huge efforts. However, that may not be possible every time a user arrives on a mobile app, enters a few inputs and the task is accomplished.

It happens many a time that when users arrive on an app, it seems tough to either find the inputs or even if they do so, it becomes difficult operating the same. In fact, a sign-up/login screen appears so tricky at times those users are bound to operate it on desktops. Hence, it’s evident that mobile apps and mobile websites are not optimized even today from a user input perspective.

It’s not just enough to access content because if users fail to utilize the content with a tap on their Smartphone keypad, then everything is of no use. So, here we offer the best practices which can be implemented to enhance your app inputs for an optimal use.

1. Let your app allow relevant ‘keyboards’

Did you come across a various kinds of keyboards present by default on your Smartphone? Well, here the main motive is killing user’s pain in order to type text and save their valuable time with automatic suggestion of words or phrases. So its better that your app utilizes this feature the most and it sure has the ability to redefine the entire user experience, allowing it to be from good to great.

2. Have ‘labels’ placed above the fields

Did you ever see labels placed beside form fields? However, even though it’s a good practice, the core issue is that the form fields compromise big way on text inputs, as character spacing is replaced by the labels. Now this leads to limited characters, truncating the input text. Place labels above the form fields and bring in clarity and also allow long inputs.

3. ‘Social’ login integration is a must have

It’s advised that you have social login integrated so that the users don’t require the pain of signing up time and again.

With social logins, you don’t require dealing with a boring login process, and at the same time it is useful in collecting social statistics of users and delivers an enhanced experience. This way, next time when a user opens the same app, the app is going to be totally aware regarding what’s happening with the user through their social profile as well as the things are displayed accordingly, so that app turns all the more intriguing for the users.

4. Make best use of ‘auto-complete’ and ‘default’ features

If most users using your app belong to the US, your app definitely makes sense if the default country is set to US. This might seem small. However, think about it. If you belong to the majority audience, how cumbersome it would be to access the US from the drop down list, especially when the drop down list is far too long with almost every country covered.

Most travel-based companies make the best use of the auto-complete feature in their mobile web, or mobile app. A user searches for different destinations, to plan his/her holiday. Imagine what a pain it would be to search the same destination again, after a series of searches. The auto-complete feature saves all the searches of a user, and fills all the information automatically, when a user goes through the same searched destinations again.

5. ‘Shortcuts’ be made available wherever possible

Inserting shortcuts within your app is useful, while an activity requires user inputs each time as an app is accessed. You are required to type your username and password each time in order to log into the app. Now if your app remembers the login details, then it’s going to work each time as well as it will enable you to login with a single tap.

Voice commands or controls allow users to operating the app through voice controls. Besides you need using your hands in order to access functionalities within your app. Simply say it loud the activity you are required to perform and the app will do it.

Arun Goyal is Founder-CEO at Octal Info Solution Technology innovation and trends insight come easy to Arun with his thorough knowledge in the domain. A leader in his own rights, his grad-friends see him as an avid researcher and a technology evangelist. See him talking about ideas, trends and technology as a part-time author to this blog.