Android Single App Mode: Lockdown Android Tablets and Phones

  • December 8, 2016

What is Android Single App Mode?

Android Single App Mode means to set an app as the default and make it run all 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 an Android kiosk mode converts any Android smartphone or tablet into a kiosk. Single app mode can be enabled remotely from a web-based MDM to ensure that the device owner/admin has total control over the device without physically configuring it for dynamic business needs.

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Lockdown Android Tablets and Phones to Single App Mode

How Does Single Application Mode Android Work?

Android single application mode in an Android device enables the device owners to control the device operation strictly for business purposes. Essentially, the end-users are prevented from accessing non-business applications, websites as well as device peripherals that can hamper the device operation for the business.

Kiosk mode is widely used at public facilities, waiting areas, and transport hubs. Here are a few use cases in different industries that use Android devices in Single App Mode.

Restaurant Kiosks

At a restaurant, where the customers are given tablets to browse the menu to place an order. The restaurant can choose website to run all the time on tablets. This will create 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 Store

In retail stores, Android devices are used in a much more intuitive way. The table displays information about the products and discounts available online through the browser. This gives an idea to the customers about the new arrivals currently available in the store. Likewise, it also helps the owner of the store to keep their customers up to date with upcoming stuff in the retail store.

Interactive Kiosks in Amusement Parks and Museums

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

Information Kiosks at Government Institutes

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

With Scalefusion Kiosk Lockdown Software, you can lock your Android device(s) into single application mode android 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 and install Scalefusion on your Android device and log into your device as well.

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

To lock down your Android tablets or phones into Single App Mode Android from the Scalefusion dashboard, please follow these simple steps given below:

Step 1: After you log into your Scalefusion account, click on the Devices tab on the left sidebar.

Step 2: Click on VIEW DETAILS on the device you wish to set in Android single application mode. as shown in the image below.

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Step 3: Now, click on the slider next to enable a single application from the right-hand side panel to enable the device’s application, as shown in the image below.

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Step 4: Then click on the slider next to Set Default to set the selected application as a default application on the device, as shown in the image below.

android single application mode

Step 5: Click on the slider next to Run All the Time. This option will allow the selected app to run on the device without relaunching the app. (You can also enter the number of seconds as per your wish if you want some delay in launching the selected app.)

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Step 6:  Now, click on Apply to save all the settings. You have successfully set your device in Single App Mode!!

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How to Turn on Single App Mode on Android Tablets or Phones Managed by Scalefusion:

To use Android tablets or phones as a kiosk, company IT admins can configure the Android Single App Mode from the said device managed by Scalefusion. Please follow the steps given below,

Step 1: Launch Scalefusion on the device.

Step 2: Go to settings on the right-hand side, as shown in the image below.

Android single app mode

Step 3: Tap on Set Default Application in the Menu, as shown in the image below.

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Step 4: Next, select the application that will run all the time in the Single App Mode and tap on saving, as shown in the image below,

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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 one that you can take. Using your official application as a Launcher application is reasonably simple, and you can quickly get going without much trouble.

Sign up for our free demo today and Start Locking your Android Tablets & Phones to Single App Mode!

Thousands of businesses rely upon Scalefusion for managing their mobile device, desktops, laptops and other endpoints

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