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How to set up Kiosk mode for fully managed Android devices

You can supply your users with Android devices that operate in so-called kiosk mode. Devices operating in this mode can then, for example, offer only one single app. This app is then always open (left illus.). However, multiple apps can also be assigned (right illus.). The user can only access these app(s). System apps pre-installed by the manufacturer such as Phone, Settings, Play Store, Contacts, Downloads etc. are not displayed.

Aim

In this How-To we show you how you can put fully managed Android devices into kiosk mode with the help of a policy.

Implementation

Note! If you want to add system apps, create a policy with a corresponding whitelist. Learn how to do that in our How-To: How to set Android standard apps to the black or white list.

Note! In kiosk mode only VPP apps with the Mandatory checkbox are displayed.

  • Select Control Panel→ Policies in the management console. Click on the plus sign, to create a new policy
  • Select Android Enterprise Policies as the policy you want to add.
  • Enable the Kiosk Mode checkbox in the Fully Managed Device tab (arrow in illus.).

The following options are also available:

  • Cortado MDM app: when the checkbox is enabled, the Cortado MDM app is available to users.
  • System info: when the checkbox is enabled, system information such as the date, time and battery state (ect.) are available to users.

  • Lock screen: when the checkbox is enabled, the lock screen is activated. A precondition is that the device has already been provided with a passcode for unlocking. You can override the kiosk mode policy if you desire and set a passcode for the device.
  • Global menu: when the checkbox is enabled, the Shut Down and Restart buttons are available to the users.
  • Home button: when the checkbox is enabled, the Home button is available to the users. The Home button can be used to open the app overview (left illus.). Provided multiple apps have been assigned to the device.
  • Recent apps: when the checkbox is enabled, the button for the most recently used apps is available to users.
  • Notification bar: when the checkbox is enabled, the notification bar is displayed.
Note! You can also assign a background image to your users via a policy.

  • Kiosk mode recovery token: By entering this token on the device, kiosk mode can be exited temporarily (right illus.). The code is generated automatically. However, you can also use your own code. This can contain the following symbols, Aa-Zz, 0-9 and must be exactly 6 digits long. To reactivate the kiosk mode, the user must tap on the corresponding notification.

Note! To open the device recovery, the user must tap several times on the button below left in the illustration on the left (arrow in illus.).

  • Select the appropriate profile and click on Assign.
  • Now select the users, groups or devices to whom you would like to assign the policy.

Note! You can also assign the policies under Control Panel→ Users or Group Templates.

Note! For some Android models this policy only works after a restart of the device.

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