Monitor the stability of your latest app release

Rolling out a new version of your mobile app to production is one of the most exciting parts of app development, but it can also be one of the most stressful! Your team needs to keep track of version uptake, new bugs and the impact of those bugs, a comparison to earlier releases, and more.

This page describes several tools offered by Firebase to monitor the data you need to feel confident about your mobile app release.

Use the Release Monitoring dashboard to explore your release-related data

The Release Monitoring dashboard in the Firebase console is powered by Firebase Crashlytics. It's a single dashboard to monitor your most recent production release. The dashboard updates in near real time and gives you a high-level view of the most important release metrics, including crash-free metrics, version uptake, comparisons to previous releases, and any new issues for the release.

This new dashboard improves upon the Latest Release page in the console. Compared to that page, the Release Monitoring dashboard adds more information, displays useful data without the need for Google Analytics, and loads more quickly.

Features of the dashboard

  • Real time reporting
    All the charts update in near real time. Shortly after you deploy your latest version, you can watch as users start engaging with that release. If some of those users happen to experience crashes, you'll know the impact immediately through crash-free metrics charts.

  • Comparison and benchmarking based on previous releases
    You can view your latest release's stability in context of your previous releases. The dashboard lets you compare the live metrics from your latest release and up to two of your previously released builds.

  • Top new issues
    You can view new crashes for your latest release as they arrive. In the Top new issues table, you can monitor the impact of the issues first detected in your latest release, allowing you to quickly make a decision on whether to halt or rollback the release.

Requirements for the dashboard

To view your latest release in the Release Monitoring dashboard, do the following:

  1. Make sure your app uses at minimum the following versions of the Crashlytics SDK:
    Apple platforms: v10.8.0+ | Android: v18.6.0+ (BoM v32.6.0+) | Flutter: v3.4.5+ | Unity: 11.7.0+

  2. Publish a new version of the app to production so that you have a sufficient number of engaged users with your latest release.

FAQs about the dashboard

Set up alerts

Several Firebase products, including Crashlytics, can send alerts for various product-specific reasons. In order to receive alerts, you must have the required permissions.

To monitor the stability of your latest release, you can set up alerts from both Performance Monitoring and Crashlytics. For Crashlytics specifically, you can set up the following alerts:

  • Use velocity alerts to notify your team if any individual issue in your app crosses a threshold that you define in the Firebase console.

  • Send alerts about new or regressed issues to your preferred notification channel:

Ensure a smooth release before you release

Before you release your latest version, consider using some of the following services and features to help ensure a smooth release.

Use pre-release testing services

Firebase offers two products that can help with pre-release testing: Test Lab and App Distribution. Both these services can be integrated into your CI/CD flows.

Firebase Test Lab is a cloud-based app testing infrastructure that lets you test your app on a range of devices and configurations, so you can get an early understanding of how it will perform in the hands of live users.

And when you're ready to put your latest build in the hands of trusted human testers, use Firebase App Distribution. You can manage both your Apple platform and Android pre-release distributions from the same place.

Use roll out and limited testing services

Use Firebase Remote Config to launch new features with a percentage rollout mechanism or test those features on a limited testing group.

Firebase also offers A/B Testing so that you can test changes to your app's UI, features, or engagement campaigns to see how they impact your key metrics (like revenue and retention) before you roll them out widely.