I have recently began writing tests for Android using the espresso library. Here I have three tests.

The first test is to check if a snackbar appears when searching with blank text. The second is a search for a restaraunt not in the database. Finally I have a test that checks if there is an internet connection. Can anyone verify that my tests are doing what I intend them to do and if there is anything I am missing or doing wrong?

    public class MainScreenTest {

    //Rules are interceptors which are executed for each test method
    //and will run before any set up code in the @Before method
   public ActivityTestRule<MainScreen> mainScreenActivityTestRule =
            new ActivityTestRule<MainScreen>(MainScreen.class);

    public void testSearchWithBlankText() throws Exception{


    public void testSearchWithInvalidRestaurant() throws Exception{
        Espresso.onView(withId(R.id.noResultsTV)).check(matches(withText("No results, try another restaurant")));

    public void testWhenInternetIsAvailable() throws Exception{
        Context context = mainScreenActivityTestRule.getActivity().getBaseContext();
        ConnectivityManager cm = (ConnectivityManager)
        boolean isConnected = cm.getActiveNetworkInfo().isConnectedOrConnecting();
        Assert.assertEquals(true, isConnected);

  1. Test#1 looks good, but I would add a case with blank text "_____" too.
  2. Test#2 looks good, but I would name as userGetsErrorWhenSearchingInvalidRestaurant()
  3. Test#3 needs attention. You verify only that an internet connection is good but you don't test user interaction. There are 2 options:

    • Left 'as is' but rename test method to `isConnectedOrConnectingReturnsTrueWhenInternetIsAvailable()
    • Add user interaction to make sure the data from internet was loaded successfully.
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  • \$\begingroup\$ How could I test if there is no internet connection? Thank you. \$\endgroup\$ – TheLearner Aug 3 '17 at 23:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ok, this is pure unit test where you assume there is an internet. In this case just to rename to `isConnectedOrConnectingReturnsTrueWhenInternetIsAvailable()'. \$\endgroup\$ – Dmytro Maslenko Aug 4 '17 at 0:33

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