How to start debugging iOS apps remotely
1. What is remote debugging?
Debugging is the process of detecting and removing computer program bugs. To correct errors, software developers use debugging tools.
Remote debugging means that you use your local debugging tool to correct the defective code running on a remote machine.
To debug an application remotely, programmers use special tools that support the remote debugging feature. They start the debugger on the local computer and launch the program in debug mode on a remote machine. Then, connect the debugger to the remote computer via a communication port. Once connected, the debugger is able to control the execution of the program on the remote system and retrieve information about its state.
When it comes to testing and debugging of mobile applications, the important element is target devices. Well, if you have the possibility to connect a phone, tablet, etc. directly to your development machine, you don’t have to worry. But what if you needed to inspect an app running on a device which couldn’t be physically connected to your Mac? Remote debugging will probably be the best option in that case.
2. iOS remote debugging tool
If you are wondering how to debug iOS app on a device, we’ll tell you about the simplest way. Wireless debugging has become a reality thanks to the new feature available in Xcode 9.
This feature eliminates the need to always connect and disconnect the device for app installation and debugging.
However, you should bear in mind that, despite its many advantages, this method has some major flaws:
- For remote debugging of your iOS device, you’ll still need to physically attach the device to your Mac at least once.
- Mac system and iPhone/iPad should share the same network. If the iOS device and Mac are not connected to the same LAN, or iPhone/iPad is located miles away from the programmer’s computer, the remote iOS debug feature becomes unavailable.