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Testing Apptentive on Android

This document will help you verify that Events and Interactions have been properly configured within your app.

Configuring Test App with Different Apptentive Keys

We recommend creating a new Apptentive app to test out your integration and for exploring Apptentive features.

Create a new app on your Apptentive dashboard, go to Settings -> API & Development. You can change what you pass into the Apptentive.register() method, but a better way is to set up a new product flavor so that your dev flavor uses different Apptentive keys than your release flavors. Set the test API key in your AndroidManifest.xml.

Using different flavors

First, set up Manifest Placeholders in your build.gradle to inject a different Apptentive App Key and Signature depending on the flavor you want to build:

android {
    defaultConfig {
        manifestPlaceholders = [
          APPTENTIVE_APP_SIGNATURE: "<your_release_app_signature>"
    productFlavors {
        dev {
            manifestPlaceholders = [
                    APPTENTIVE_APP_KEY: "<your_dev_app_key>",
                    APPTENTIVE_APP_SIGNATURE: "<your_dev_app_key>",

Next, add this line to your manifest:

<meta-data android:name="apptentive_key" android:value="${APPTENTIVE_APP_KEY}"/>
<meta-data android:name="apptentive_signature" android:value="${APPTENTIVE_APP_SIGNATURE}"/>

Now, you can build the dev flavor by opening Android Studio’s Build Variants window, and changing the Build Variant column to devDebug, and then building, or by running the following command in a terminal:

./gradlew :app:assembleDevDebug

Using a test API key during development will allow you to modify Apptentive settings without fear of affecting your live app

Testing the Love Dialog and Rating Dialog

Before you begin testing, you’ll need to have at least one Event integrated.

Also, if you’re testing the Google Play Rating Dialog, available in Android native SDK 5.6.0 and higher, you’ll need to use one of the methods outlined here.

The best way to test both of these Dialogs is to set them to run independently, also known as “decoupling” them. 

Let’s start by testing the Love Dialog. From this page, use the below Dashboard settings to make targeting as simple as possible. 

Next, go to the Love Dialog Targeting tab and use the following settings, replacing “your_event” with an Event that you’ve integrated. If you don’t see your event in the list, first verify that you have triggered it at least once so the server is aware of it.

Next, we’ll set up simple targeting for the Rating Dialog on this page.

If you’re using an SDK that’s 5.5.4 or lower, you’ll be testing the Apptentive Rating Dialog. If you’re using 5.6.0 or higher, you’re eligible to use the in-app Google Play In-App Review Dialog. You can see examples of each, though no action is required on this page for testing.

Then, go to the Targeting tab. Simplify the targeting criteria as much as possible by using the below targeting.

Now, launch your app and engage the Where Event you selected in your targeting criteria. You should see the Love Dialog. Hit “Yes”, then dismiss the Thank You Message.

Finally, engage the Where Event for the Rating Dialog. You should see the Rating Dialog.

Important: Remember, if you’re testing Android native SDK version 5.6.0 or higher, you’ll need to use one of these methods to see the Google Play Rating Dialog. Otherwise, you will not be able to see the dialog, and engaging the event will do nothing.

Note: If you change the Love Dialog content or logic, you will need to clear the SDK’s cache by clearing your app’s data or uninstalling and reinstalling it (without backups turned on in your manifest), before you will be able to see the changes in your app.

Testing Surveys

Just like with Ratings, Surveys require you to create at least one Event.

Once you have created an Event, open Surveys. There, click New Survey, and fill out your test Survey content. After saving the first page, select Publish survey as an independent Interaction. Then, in the Where section, use the Select Event dropdown to choose your Event.

Once you have created the Survey, close and reopen the app so that it is forced to download the latest Interactions, and trigger the Event that you chose for your Survey. You should see the Survey display.

Updated on May 19, 2021

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