iPads as DIY Kiosks: How to Streamline Management for Small Businesses

  • January 28, 2020
iPad management
DIY iPad Kiosks for Small Businesses

Modern businesses rely heavily on digital devices and a strong digital strategy to garner improved customer engagement, employee productivity and operational efficiency. While the digital transformation journey of large enterprises involves enterprise-grade devices, expensive software solutions and a dependable change management team. These factors together contribute to a sustainable digital transformation in which the large enterprises have time, money and resources to invest in.

When small businesses venture to adopt a digital strategy, they do not have sufficient funds to purchase and deploy custom devices for business purposes. One of the primary needs of small businesses is a kiosk device. DIY kiosks for small businesses hence seems like a lucrative idea. These kiosks can be created by deploying iPads, Android tablets or Windows 10 devices.

iPad kiosks for small businesses

iPads are one of the most compact, portable yet stylish-looking digital devices in the market. The popularity of iPads is undoubted. In the last quarter of 2019, Apple’s revenue from the iPad was 4.66 billion U.S. dollars. This staggering number is good enough to suggest that iPads are popular and still here to stay. One of the most intriguing factors that iPads are so popular is its versatile usability, where it can double up as personal devices for entertainment and leisure or as a kiosk for your business. With Apple launching iPad OS, iPads are practically at par with any personal computer minus the bulk. 

If you run a small business and need to take your business to the next level, iPads can do it for you! For small businesses, iPads can be turned into DIY kiosks that can help scale customer engagement or empower the staff with the latest business resources. 

iPads deem fit for the requirement of Affordable/DIY kiosks for small businesses because of the familiarity the users enjoy with the iPad interface. iPads are user-friendly, have a fantastic display and work as well as any computer would.

But configuring iPads with business apps is not enough, when iPads are deployed as D.I.Y. kiosks for small businesses, the business owners need to manage it effectively to ensure that these iPads are strictly used for business purposes. 

With Scalefusion iPad Kiosk Mode, turning iPads into D.I.Y. kiosk for small business is streamlined. In this article, let us see how to make DIY Kiosk using Scalefusion.

1. Prepare your iPads

If you have a small business and already have purchased iPads, it is recommended to supervise them for having better control. If you have purchased the iPads from an authorized reseller, authorized carrier or Apple itself, you can quickly supervise it using Apple Device Manager Program (DEP). You can read more about Apple DEP here

If you have purchased your iPads from any other reseller, you can supervise the iPads using Apple Configurator 2. If you do not want to go via the supervision way, you can continue to prepare your iPads without supervision. Once your supervision is completed, finish the Apple setup on the Scalefusion dashboard. 

It is recommended to go for supervision using Apple DEP within Apple Business Manager, irrespective of the business size.

Read more: A Beginner’s Guide to Apple Business Manage

2. Create iPad Kiosk Mode Policy 

Sign up on Scalefusion. Start enrolling the devices on Scalefusion MDM. For Kiosk deployment of iPads for small businesses, navigate to the Device Management section of the Scalefusion dashboard. Start creating a D.I.Y. kiosk profile for iPads.

3. Select Apps

Now, choose the apps to be allowed on the iPad kiosk. You can choose one or multiple applications from the App Store, purchase apps from Apple VPP or upload private apps and make them available for selection on iPad. Select the apps to be allowed on the iPad kiosk. 

If you have selected a browser app to be available on the iPad kiosk, choose the websites to be allowed on the device.

4. Select iPad Kiosk Mode

Select the appropriate kiosk mode. You can choose single app mode where only one application will be made available on the kiosk.

Or you can choose the autonomous single app mode where two or more apps will be allowed on the iPad kiosk.

You can now apply this kiosk profile on enrolled iPads and start using them for your business.  Only the allowed apps will be available on the iPad kiosk, ensuring that your iPads are strictly used for business. No employee distractions, no excess data costs and customized Kiosks for business- now provisioned using Scalefusion.

With these simple steps, you can start deploying a D.I.Y. kiosk for your small business. Managing these devices with an effective MDM such as Scalefusion can ensure the device.

Renuka Shahane is a Sr. Content Writer at Scalefusion. An engineering graduate, an Apple junkie and an avid reader, she has a 5+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for technology and web based startups.


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