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App Launch

This page covers Instabug's app launch definition, its apdex calculation, how to set your custom target, and all the details you need to know about the app launch metric on Flutter.

Instabug automatically measures your cold app launch latency, which is the time between when your user launches the app from scratch and when it is responsive and accepting touch events.


End App Launch

In the event that you'd like to define a specific point in time where the app launch can be considered complete, such as when the app is actually interactable, you can use the end app launch API to set that point. You'll then be able to see this data alongside the automatic cold and hot app launches that were captured.

To use the End App Launch API, you'll just need to call the following method:

APM.endAppLaunch()

How Is The App Launch Time Calculated?

iOS

It starts with the process start time and stops by the end of the first run loop. This interval accounts for any launch blocking logic in your code as well as the time before your app classes are loaded. It includes loading dynamic frameworks and resolving any dynamic references made in the binary.

Android

It starts after Instabug's ContentProvider is created and ends when onActivityResumed() is called for the first time.

App Launch Apdex

Instabug calculates an Apdex score for your app launch that reflects how satisfying your app launch time is. Your Apdex score ranges between 0 and 1; a higher value means better performance and, hence, a better user experience:

  • Apdex score ≥ 0.94 equates to Excellent performance.
  • Apdex score ≥ 0.85 and < 0.94 equates to Good performance.
  • Apdex score ≥ 0.7 and < 0.85 equates to Fair performance.
  • Apdex score ≥ 0.5 and < 0.7 equates to Poor performance.
  • Apdex score < 0.5 is considered Unacceptable.

How Is The App Launch Apdex Calculated?

When an app launch occurrence is collected, it is flagged based on a pre-defined target (T). An app launch occurrence is considered:

  • Satisfying: if its duration ≤ T
  • Tolerable: if its duration < T and ≤ 4T
  • Frustrating: if its duration > 4T

Then based on the bucketing explained above, the Apdex score is calculated as follows:

  • Total occurrences = Satisfying occurrences + Tolerable occurrences + Frustrating occurrences
  • Apdex score = (Satisfying occurrences + 0.5 * Tolerable occurrences) / Total occurrences

How Can You Control Your App Launch Target?

By default, the target is set to 2 seconds, however, you can easily change this number from your dashboard by clicking on the action highlighted in the screenshots below.

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Click on the highlighted action to control whether Cold App Launch affects your app apdex.

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Please note that updating your app launch target does not affect the already stored occurrences, only future occurrences will be flagged using the new target.


Disabling/Enabling App Launch Tracking

If APM is enabled, our SDK starts collecting data about your app launch time by default. If needed, you can always toggle this on and off by updating the relevant flag after the SDK is initialized:

// Enable Cold App Launch
APM.setColdAppLaunchEnabled(true);

// Disable Cold App Launch
APM.setColdAppLaunchEnabled(false);