How to Lock Android Devices in Single App Kiosk Mode?

    The ability to monitor and restrict mobile device usage within your company has become essential in today’s hectic work environment. One revolutionary option that emerged is Single App Kiosk Mode, especially for businesses that use Android smartphones. By blocking access to other features or applications, this mode essentially locks down Android devices to run just one app, improving productivity, security, and focus. Whether used for corporate devices, educational tablets, or retail kiosks, this approach ensures that the gadget fulfills its intended function without posing any security issues or distractions.

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    We’ll cover in much more detail on how to use Single App Kiosk Mode on Android devices in this extensive article. This article aims to provide you with the knowledge necessary to fully utilize Android’s Single App Kiosk Mode, from understanding its importance in the modern work environment to guiding you through the actual setup and deployment procedures.

    What is Android Single App Kiosk Mode?

    Android Single App Mode means setting an app as the default and making it run all the time on the device. The application set as default takes over even if the device reboots or restarts. Setting a device into kiosk mode using Android Kiosk Software converts any Android smartphone or tablet into a kiosk.

    Single App Mode can be enabled remotely from a web-based MDM to ensure the device owner or admin has total control over the device, without physically configuring it for dynamic business needs.

    How Does Single Application Mode Android Work?

    Android Single App Mode in an Android device enables the device owners to control the device operation strictly for business purposes. Essentially, it restricts end-users from accessing non-business applications, websites, and device peripherals that can hamper device operations. Kiosk mode is widely used at public facilities, waiting areas, and transport hubs.

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    Industry Use Cases that Use Android Devices in Single App Mode

    Restaurant Kiosks

    At a restaurant, customers are given tablets to browse the menu to place an order. The restaurant can choose the website to run all the time on tablets. This creates an everlasting brand impression in the mind of the customer. Also, misuse of the device by the customer can be avoided.

    Display Kiosks in Retail Stores

    In retail stores, Android devices are used in an intuitive manner. The table displays information about the products and discounts available online through the browser by setting the browser in kiosk mode. This gives an idea to the customers about the new arrivals currently available in the store. Likewise, it helps the store owner to keep their customers updated with upcoming stuff in the retail store.

    Interactive Kiosks in Amusement Parks and Museums

    Amusement parks maintain Interactive tablet kiosks that help give customers information about the types of rides, ticket prices, getting directions, or giving feedback. This improves the customer experience by serving the customers better, quicker, and more interactively. This restrains the visitors from fiddling with the device settings or accessing any other application. This also ensures that the devices are used for a specific purpose and helps considerably reduce maintenance efforts and costs.

    Information Kiosks at Government Institutes

    Tablets can be used as information kiosks in a single application mode that contains helpful information for the public on a particular topic. It keeps people focused on the content, providing quality information.

    With Scalefusion, you can lock your Android device(s) into one application mode and perform all these activities. Scalefusion ensures that the devices are being used consistently, efficiently, and effectively for their intended purpose and simplifies the working experience of the end-user.

    To enable the Single Application Mode on your Android device, firstly, you need to log into your Scalefusion account on the dashboard. Then, install Scalefusion on your Android device, and log into your device.

    How to Enable Single App Mode on Android Tablets or Phones?

    To lock apps on Android tablets or phones using Android Single App Mode from the Scalefusion dashboard, please follow these simple steps:

    Step 1: After you log into your Scalefusion account, navigate to the Device Profiles & Policies. Click on Device Profiles.

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    Step 2: Click on Create New Profile and create an Android Kiosk/Agent Profile.

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    Step 3: Set the device in Launcher Mode and select the app that you want to run in Single App Mode.

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    Step 4: Navigate to Kiosk/Launcher Settings > Single App Mode; Choose the application from the dropdown list.

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    Step 5: Click on the checkbox – Run All the Time. This option allows the selected app to run on the device without relaunching the app.

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    Step 6:  Now, click on Create Profile to create the profile and apply it on the devices. You have successfully set your device in Single App Mode

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    How to Turn on Single App Mode on Android Devices without Device Profile

    To use Android tablets or phones as kiosks when they are not linked to any device profile, end users can configure the Android Single App Mode on a Scalefusion-managed device by following the steps below:

    Step 1: Launch Scalefusion on the device.

    Step 2: Click on the three-dot menu to go to Settings.

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    Step 3: Tap on Set Default Application in the Menu

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    Step 4: Next, select the application and click Save

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    You have successfully set your Android device into Single App Mode!!

    It is important to remember that Single App Mode runs only on one application. This approach is the easiest that you can take. Using your official application as a launcher is reasonably simple, and you can quickly get going without much trouble.

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    1. What is Android kiosk mode?

    Android kiosk mode is a feature that allows a device to run a single application exclusively, restricting access to other apps or device settings. It is often used for specialized purposes, such as turning a device into a dedicated information kiosk or point-of-sale system.

    2. How to allow only one app on Android devices?

    To allow only one app on Android devices, you can use the “Screen Pinning” feature in the device settings. Enable it, open the app you want to allow, and then use the overview button to pin the app to the screen, preventing access to other apps until the device is unpinned. Otherwise, adopt an MDM solution to deploy kiosk mode on the entire fleet of Android devices.

    3. What is single-app kiosk mode?

    Single-app kiosk mode is a configuration setting that restricts a device to running only a specific application, preventing access to other features or functions. This mode is commonly used in public environments, such as retail or information kiosks, to ensure a focused and controlled user experience.

    4. How do I turn on kiosk mode on Android?

    To turn on kiosk mode on Android, go to Settings, then select “Security” or “Device Administration.” Enable the “Kiosk Mode” or “Screen Pinning” option, depending on your Android version, and choose the app you want to use in kiosk mode. Alternatively, you can choose an MDM solution to implement the same on an Android device fleet.

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

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