User Onboarding for Enhanced UX of Mobile Application Designs

Much has been discussed and said about a good integration of User Interfaces into the Mobile Application Designs to assure an inviting User Experience. The relevance of a good User Experience is unquestionable and is a huge joint responsibility of the Mobile App Development teams and the Design Teams together. Recent day technologies like the wearables too depend heavily on a prudent design.

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User Onboarding for Mobile Application Design Orientation

User Onboarding is nothing short of a helping hand, an orientation exercise given to users who are just beginning to use the App. Mobile application development is striking that balance between technology and a pleasing User Experience. Too much of technology tends to overwhelm the users and damages the prospects of a savoring User Experience.

User onboarding guides the user through the app, its features and how to use it with simple, easy methodologies without sounding too preachy. A routine tour of the app might prove useless and frightening for a use who might really use only a few basic features of the app, rather than those which flaunt technical finesse. User onboarding tactics are interactive and guide the user through the application in a casual manner with an encouraging tone, always showing how far the end is! The onboarding itself deals only with an overview, enticing the user safely and then as an epilogue give the user an option of knowing the more advanced and serious stuff.

There is always the time to know more.

A Good Onboarding Design for Mobile Applications

A good mobile application design is a part of the strategy of a very mature mobile application development team. Onboarding goes a long way and can lead a mobile app to success by demonstrating simplicity and the utility of an app.

There are some basics of Onboarding Design which are best integrated into the mobile application design itself.

Short and Sweet

No one likes to be taught. Keeping the Onboarding simple, short and sweet makes it inviting and encouraging. Too much reading material is certain to put off the users.

The basic functionalities are better explained with smaller phrases, less reading material with targeted words of importance with proper graphic support.

Explain the Basics

The main aim of the onboarding exercise is to prevent the user from struggling with the app when the app is being used specifically for the first time. It then makes sense to stick to explaining only the basic features and leave out the details to avoid panic or boredom.

Share the status of the finishing line

The best motivation is the finishing line. With the aim to give a very conducive User Experience, it is wise to be encouraging and keep prompting the user about when the demonstration ends. Knowing when it ends keeps the focus and the attention span of the user increases.

Know your audience

The app has to be put into the correct context. What is the environment where it would be used, what devices the app is available for, who are more likely to use it and the maturity and preferences of the audience using it. The onboarding exercise should be designed around this and these circumstances would decide the duration and the styling of the exercise.

Let User Steer the Onboarding

Giving user the control and the option to be a part of the Onboarding Design and to what extent puts him in a positive frame of mind. The power of Steering the Onboarding experience according to choices and preferences turns out to be a good beginning for a wonderful User Experience ahead!

Interactive Learning goes a Long Way

An onboarding exercise which keeps the user engaged and enticed would go a far way. The best way to do this is to have interactive methods to keep the user alert and engrossed into the activity. When completion of actions are accompanied by encouraging feedback the learning is etched forever and the comfort level of using the App is established.

Onboarding on Demand

Give the option of Onboarding on demand, considering that the user might want to do it again or later.

The Do’s of Onboarding Design

  • Onboardings should be simple and short rather than descriptive
  • Intuitive designs and appealing colors make the experience more humane
  • Feature lists are too technical so talk about the meaningfulness and the relevance of the app
  • Progress of the Onboarding should be constantly displayed to be encouraging
  • Launch social media logins to create an account rather than creating a new login to save the time and avoid being a nuisance
  • First gather confidence from the user and then request for personal information like
    • Contact Details
    • Location Sharing
    • Credit Card Information
  • Getting simple feedbacks from onboarding would provide insight and refine the experience
  • And last but not the least, if the application developed is really very simple avoid onboarding completely.

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