Single App Mode Vs Autonomous Single App Mode in iPad

  • July 18, 2018

Due to increasing trend of Enterprise Mobility, iPads are used across various service domains like restaurants, hotels, hospitals, schools, colleges & universities, wherein businesses require to take surveys, feedback, information, quizzes, and assessments. For such use-cases, iPads which the businesses are using for can be locked into Autonomous Single App Mode with iPad Kiosk App.

Single App Mode Vs Autonomous Single App Mode in iPad
Comparison of Single app mode vs. Autonomous app mode

What is Autonomous Single App Mode (ASAM)?

Single App Mode (SAM) locks the iPad devices into kiosks. That means, one particular application will run on the device and let users focus to perform some specific task. That selected app automatically launches itself and runs in the foreground and along with the devices will be restricted to a particular function.

Single App Mode


But, even though, Single App Mode locks down the device to one app, it might not be useful in certain use cases quoted above.

Read our blog, to find out more of  How to Turn your iPads into Single App Mode.

For an e.g. to carry out the survey, your company is maybe using a particular survey app on iPads for a specific duration. Then, these devices can be locked into Autonomous Single App Mode wherein that one particular app can be run in SAM for a specific duration and exit once survey is done. The app which is to be run is first uploaded in the Enterprise Store in Scalefusion, which is a common platform to upload business apps.

Autonomous Single App Mode


But, even though, SAM feature locks down the device to one Thus, Autonomous Single App mode allows an app to lock into Single App Mode and even come out of it. The device will be locked down to the app when the user signs in and released when the user signs out.

However, points to take care of in autonomous single app mode is –

  • If the app is uninstalled from the Enterprise Store, which is set into Autonomous Single App Mode, it may cause undefined behaviour and to enable the device to function properly, it might have to be restarted.
  • If the application has set itself to run in Autonomous Single App Mode, then further changes to the Device Profile are not applied until the application is out of ASAM mode.

Thus, by using this feature, a company can choose a subset of allowed applications to set themselves in a SAM whenever they want.

Scalefusion is an iOS Mobile Device Management solution, which enables you to manage iPads deployed at large scale in your organization as kiosks for conducting surveys, assessments, information collection.

For Android See: How to Turn your Android Device into Single App Mode

About the Author

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for Scalefusion on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.

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