Geolocation Testing: All You Need To Know

Geolocation Testing: A Complete Guide

You open your Uber app and book a ride. Upon successful booking, a map pops up and shows you the whereabouts of your driver. While in the Uber, you open Zillow, a real estate app, to check out the apartment you want to rent that is located a few kilometers away from your location. The weather app, knowing your location, then sends you a notification to expect rain tomorrow.

All of these are examples of the power of geolocation-based app features.

To ensure that the application with such features works as expected, we need geolocation testing. In this article, we’ll explore this concept, and guide you through the process of doing geolocation testing in a simple way.

What is Geolocation Testing?

Geolocation testing is the process of testing your application across geographic locations. If an application wants to establish its presence across borders, it needs to tailor certain features to fit with the audience in the countries it wants to reach.

Example of Geolocation Testing

Katalon for geolocation testing


A clear-cut example of geolocation testing involves the dynamic nature of e-commerce websites.

Let’s say that the website applies a 10% discount and free shipping for any buyers in the U.S., while buyers from Australia get a 20% discount for any order above $200. To ensure that the coupon is applied accurately, we need to set up geolocation testing, either through geolocation simulators or VPN services to run the test for each country.

Similarly, let’s say you are testing a banner that is only displayed for a specific audience residing in France, while you are based in the U.S. You may also want to change your location to France so you can see how the banner shows for French users.

Geolocation Testing vs. Localization Testing

Localization testing is a subset of geolocation testing. When accessed from another country, we need to serve users with more than just a translated version of the original application. Translation alone can not fully capture the nuances and complexities of cultural differences between the two countries. Currency, layout, time zone, and many other cultural nuances also need to be taken into consideration.

Geolocation testing encompasses more than localization testing. It may also involve testing the application under a wide range of network conditions. The end goal is to make sure that users get the best possible experience when using the application, no matter where they are. Geolocation testing is particularly important for applications that are heavily dependent on location, such as ride-share booking, travel review sites, or real estate applications.

When is Geolocation Testing Needed?

There are several areas where geolocation testing shines:

  • Localization: As previously mentioned, an application needs more than just a translated version of the original if you want to reach the international market. For example, a reputable job-seeking website, Indeed, has a location-specific homepage. Upon entering the website, it automatically fetches your location and displays a search bar tailored to your country. In the image below, the browser location is set to India, so Indeed redirects us to the Indian subdomain ( The Job Location search field is also configured to show only Indian locations. There is also a Hindi phrase that means “Indeed is also available in Hindi.” To ensure all of this works, we need geolocation testing.

custom location on Indeed

  • Applications with location-based features: Any application with a feature that dynamically adjusts its display based on a user’s location needs geolocation testing. There are three major areas of focus:
    • Is the location accurately pinpointed?
    • Does the UI and backend data flow work as expected for that location?
    • Does the application perform as expected under different network conditions?

Applications That Need Geolocation Testing

There are several common applications that require geolocation testing:

  1. Mapping apps (Google Maps, Apple Maps)
  2. Delivery apps (DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc.)
  3. Weather forecasting
  4. Social media platforms
  5. Fitness and health apps
  6. Location-based gaming apps (Pokémon GO, geocaching, etc.)
  7. Emergency service apps
  8. Travel apps
  9. Real estate apps
  10. Event and ticketing apps
  11. Local discovery apps
  12. E-commerce apps

Read More: Top 100 Test Cases For E-commerce Websites

How To Perform Geolocation Testing With Katalon

The following tutorial demonstrates how you can do geolocation testing with ease. With Katalon, you can go through the entire testing life cycle (from planning, test creation, management, and execution, to reporting) for web, desktop, mobile, and even API, without the need to code. If you haven’t installed Katalon, navigate to the download page and install it.


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To begin a new test case, you need a Katalon project in which you store that test case. Simply go to File > New > Project and create one.

create a testing project on Katalon

Once you have a project, you can simulate geolocation at the start of testing sessions using the desired capability geoLocation.

Simply open your project in Katalon Studio and go to Project Settings > Desired Capabilities > Remote. Then, add the String property geoLocation=<country-code>.


setting up remote geolocation testing with Katalon

With Katalon TestCloud, the capabilities are even more advanced. TestCloud eliminates the necessity for setting up or maintaining physical test infrastructures or managing third-party configurations, streamlining the testing process and enabling you to focus on developing quality software.


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