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I tried to validate the removal of the back button from a mobile and a web screen within forms. I used Useberry for usability testing and wasn't sure how to validate this.

I already have a back button in forms and don't have time to collect data on usage.

Is there a way to quickly decide if I should remove the back button or leave it on the screen?

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  • Hi, Savio. To clarify - are you removing an extra back button (you say you already have one), or are you removing the only back button? If it's the only - why would you need to prevent the user from going back?
    – Izquierdo
    Mar 20, 2023 at 18:27
  • There is only one back button. But I had observed that in most mobile websites, there isn't a back button present. User either uses the left swipe to go back or presses the back button of the browser.
    – Savio
    Mar 21, 2023 at 5:16
  • This isn't an exact answer to your question, but it has some technical implications that you might want to check. I personally would vote for keeping an unobtrusive back button in the form in case for some reason the user has trouble using the back button on their device. ux.stackexchange.com/questions/25728/…
    – Izquierdo
    Mar 21, 2023 at 15:24

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“Unfortunately some users don’t trust the browser back button because of their experiences of poorly designed forms that lose data when they click back. The solution is to provide a form-specific back button.”

In the absence of research, I’d retain the back button.

https://adamsilver.io/blog/where-to-put-buttons-on-forms/#put-the-back-button-above-the-form

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