How to lock down Windows devices in Multi App kiosk mode?

    Windows devices enjoy a popular market share, by and large. From enterprises to classrooms, Windows desktops and laptops continue to be synonymous with personal computers worldwide. For efficient use of Windows 10 devices for business or education, it is imperative to manage them effectively. 

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    Lockdown Windows Devices in Multi App Kiosk Mode

    When Windows 10/ Windows 11 devices are managed, the most critical aspect remains to control the Universal Windows Platform apps (UWP app) on the kiosk device without hampering the user experience. And this is exactly when Windows 10 pro kiosk mode comes into play.

    What is Multi App Kiosk Mode in Windows 10 /Windows 11?

    Multi App Kiosk Mode in Microsoft Windows is a feature that allows you to configure a Windows device to run in a locked-down environment, where only selected applications are accessible to users. It is particularly useful in scenarios where the device is intended for a specific purpose, such as a public kiosk, information booth, or self-service terminal.

    With Multi App Kiosk Mode, you can set up a custom user interface that restricts users from accessing the desktop, Start menu, and other system settings. Instead, users are presented with a restricted interface that displays a specific set of applications or content that you choose.

    This mode gives you control over which apps are available to users and enables you to customize the user experience to suit your needs. You can configure the device to automatically launch one or more apps upon startup, prevent users from switching between apps, and even restrict access to specific features within the allowed applications.

    Administrators have the ability to configure and manage Windows Multi App Kiosk Mode using tools provided by Microsoft, such as the Assigned Access feature or the Windows Configuration Designer. These tools allow you to define the user experience, specify which apps can be accessed, and set up additional restrictions if necessary.

    By using Windows Multi App Kiosk Mode, organizations can create dedicated and secure environments for users, ensuring that the device is used only for its intended purpose and preventing unauthorized access to sensitive information or system settings.

    Key Features of Multi App Kiosk Mode for Windows Devices:

    • The device is restricted to two or more applications
    • The end-user has consistent experience while accessing the apps
    • The end-user cannot, however, download any new apps
    • The end-user cannot make any system changes 

    How to Configure Multi App Kiosk Mode on Windows 10/ Windows 11?

    Prerequisites to setup Windows Devices in Multi app kiosk mode –

    For Multi-App Kiosk configuration on Windows 10, you’ll need to meet certain prerequisites and follow specific steps to apply the kiosk policy. Here are the prerequisites:

    1. Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise edition: Multi App Kiosk Mode is available on Windows 10 Enterprise/pro. Make sure you have one of these editions installed on your device.
    2. Assigned Access or Windows Autopilot: Multi App Kiosk Mode can be set up using either Assigned Access or Windows Autopilot. Assigned Access allows you to set up kiosk mode on a local device, while Windows Autopilot is suitable for configuring kiosk mode during the device provisioning process.
    3. Appropriate user account: You’ll need to have administrative privileges on the device to configure Multi App Kiosk Mode.
    4. Kiosk apps: Identify the apps you want to run in kiosk mode. These apps should be installed on the device and be compatible with the kiosk environment.

    Once you have met these prerequisites, you can proceed with the configuration process. Here’s a general overview of the steps:

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    Let’s see the step-by-step process to lock down Windows 10 kiosk mode multiple apps.

    1. Navigate to the Device Profile section in Device Management of the Scalefusion dashboard. Select the device profile you want to edit. Or you can create a new device profile by clicking on the create new profile button in the top right corner.

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    2. Once you start defining the device kiosk profile settings, you are navigated to select an app setting. It is important to note that for Windows 10 multi app kiosk mode, you have to choose the whitelist selected apps option. Select the apps you want from the allowed app list to set in the multi app kiosk mode.

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    3. To save your selection, click on the Next button. You can now choose the websites to be allowed to run on the Windows 10 multi-app kiosk. 

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    4. If you are going to use Windows 10 devices for web browsing via Google Chrome browser, you can set up Chrome configuration

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    5. In the Settings section, choose the skip kiosk app option in the kiosk app section. Choosing a Kiosk app will push the Windows 10 device into a one app mode.

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    6. Now, navigate to the General settings and deselect the option to allow the installation of non store apps.  This ensures that the end kiosk user cannot install any app on the Windows device, and the devices are locked to only allowed apps. 

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    7. You have successfully locked the device to Windows 10 multi app kiosk mode. You can see a preview of the Windows device with selected apps. Only apps whitelisted in step 2. 

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    Scalefusion allows you to configure Windows 10 devices in multi app kiosk mode with ease. Windows kiosk mode is the most preferred device management mode for enterprises and schools to ensure the distractions, data costs, and security threats due to unnecessary apps are minimized while ensuring end-users have access to the work/educational apps!


    1. What is multi app kiosk mode in Windows 10?

    Multi app kiosk mode in Windows 10 allows users to run multiple applications in a locked-down environment. It enables organizations to configure devices for specific tasks or customer interactions by restricting access to selected apps. This mode enhances security and control while optimizing efficiency in various business scenarios.

    2. How do I set up multi app kiosk mode on Windows 10 devices?

    To set up multi app kiosk mode on Windows 10 devices, access the Settings app, navigate to Accounts > Family & other users, select “Set up a kiosk,” choose the desired user account, and configure the allowed apps and settings. Alternatively, you can use an MDM solution to set Windows 10 devices in multi app kiosk mode.

    3. How do I troubleshoot common issues encountered in multi app kiosk mode on Windows 10?

    When troubleshooting common issues in multi app kiosk mode on Windows 10, ensure the device has the latest updates installed, check for conflicts with installed software, review configuration settings, and consult online resources or contact technical support for further assistance if needed. An MDM solution also allows IT admins to troubleshoot multi app kiosk mode Windows devices remotely.

    4. How do I set up multi app kiosk Windows 11?

    Setting up multi app kiosk mode in Windows 11 involves configuring policies through MDM solutions like Scalefusion. First, enroll your device in the MDM system. Then, define a kiosk profile specifying the apps users can access. Customize settings such as user permissions, app restrictions, and device lockdown features. Deploy the profile to target devices, ensuring seamless operation of multiple apps within a controlled environment managed centrally through your MDM platform.

    5. How to exit kiosk mode?

    Exiting kiosk mode typically involves specific actions configured within the Mobile Device Management (MDM) platform used to deploy the kiosk settings. Administrators can remotely disable kiosk mode by adjusting policies or profiles through the MDM dashboard. Alternatively, users may have access to an exit option within the kiosk interface, allowing them to exit the restricted mode. These methods ensure seamless transition out of kiosk mode while maintaining centralized control over device management through the MDM solution.

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    Renuka Shahane
    Renuka Shahane is an avid reader who loves writing about technology. She is an engineering graduate with 10+ years of experience in content creation, content strategy and PR for web-based startups.

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