Running React Native Apps on a Specific Android Device

Running React Native Apps on a Specific Android Device

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

When developing with React Native, developers often need to test their applications on multiple devices. This can lead to a common question: Is it possible to target a specific device when running a React Native app? The answer is yes, and in this guide, we will walk you through the steps to achieve this.

Identifying Your Device

Before you can run your application on a specific device, you need to identify the device’s ID. Connect your device to your development machine and use the following ADB command:

adb devices

This command will list all connected devices along with their unique device IDs.

Running the App on a Specific Device

Once you have the device ID, you can instruct React Native to run the application on that specific device using the --deviceId flag:

npx react-native run-android --deviceId=DEVICE_ID

Replace DEVICE_ID with the actual ID of the device you wish to use. This command will build the application and install it on the device you specified.

Additional Tips

If you have multiple devices connected and need to see a list of all available devices, including emulators, you can use the command:

npx react-native run-android --list-devices

This command will display all available devices, and you can select the one you want to use for your development testing.

Streamlining Your Development Workflow

Testing on multiple devices is an integral part of the development process. However, manual testing can be time-consuming and prone to human error. This is where Repeato comes into play.

Repeato is a no-code test automation tool that supports iOS and Android, allowing you to create, run, and maintain automated tests for your apps seamlessly. With its ability to work with a variety of app frameworks, such as React Native, Flutter, and Unity, it’s an excellent match for developers looking to streamline their testing process.

Not only is Repeato fast to edit and run tests, but it also utilizes computer vision and AI to ensure your tests are robust and reliable. Plus, with ADB on board, you can execute ADB commands directly within the tool, making it a perfect companion for developers using the above techniques to run their React Native apps on specific devices.

For more insights into mobile test automation and development, check out our articles on Troubleshooting ADB Device Unauthorized Issue, Launching Android Applications via ADB, and Connecting to Android with ADB over TCP.

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