Android TV Kiosk Mode: How to Turn a TV into Digital Signage

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    Known for their versatile displays and versatile functionalities, smart TVs running on the Android operating system transformed the way the world perceived televisions. The ‘idiot box’ got smarter, the screens got bigger and better, and the hardware got chic and sleek. 

    In the commercial environment, to communicate with your audience, we can observe a surge in the use of Android TV boxes for multiple use cases. From displaying advertisements to working as a way-finder, from streaming entertainment and sports to timetables and specific applications, Android TVs find their place in diverse industries as digital signage. Thanks to their high resolution and 4K displays, there are also deployed as wall decoration, displaying attractive motion pictures, graphics, and designs. Android TVs can be also used in educational institutions like schools to display educational & informative images and videos. 

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    With a 40% year-on-year growth in the Digital Signage market, it is obvious that deploying Android TV as digital signage is a wise choice. To effectively manage Android TVs without physically visiting the device location, you can opt for the Scalefusion Digital Signage solution.

    With Scalefusion kiosk lockdown software, remote management of Android TVs is simplified, and IT admins can easily publish dynamic content, lock the Android TV to run only specific applications, and troubleshoot device issues without having to physically examine the devices.

    Benefits of Running Android TVs as Digital Signages

    Android TVs can serve as excellent branding touchpoints for businesses across industries–both internally and externally. In addition, from an IT admin standpoint, Scalefusion-managed Android TVs offer plenty of benefits when used as digital signage.

    Content Management System

    IT admins can manage Android TVs remotely. The digital signage content can be changed or updated as per business requirements. This includes running digital signage displays as branded slideshows, videos or pictures in a loop. A major advantage here is that content can be changed or fixed based on the situation or customer footfall. For example, a liquor store can run a BOGO slideshow during certain times of the day as happy hours. 

    Complete Security

    Android TVs running as digital signage are essentially unattended kiosks. Thus, IT admins can be on top of their security as these TVs run only dedicated apps in the background. Nobody can tamper with such Android TVs as almost all functionalities, such as HDMI ports, are disabled. Only authorized personnel can access them.

    Remote Troubleshooting

    Suppose an end user reports certain issues or malfunctions in an Android TV digital signage; there is no need for an IT admin to visit the physical location of the digital signage. IT admins can leverage the Scalefusion MDM dashboard to troubleshoot the issues remotely. The primary benefit of this is that the downtime of the Android TV is minimized.

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    How to Turn a TV into Digital Signage Using Scalefusion Android MDM

    Step #1:

    To configure the Android TV in kiosk mode, you can directly navigate to the device profile, which is applied to the managed Android TV. In the profile section, allow the application that is to be set in single-app mode.

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    Step #2:

    Now navigate to the Kiosk/Launcher settings in the Device profile section. Select the application as the default application to run always. This will set the Android TV in Kiosk mode.

    How Can You Push Content Remotely to an Android TV box

    Step #1:

    Navigate to the Content Management section on the dashboard. Click on Add New (Upload File) to add content to be published on the Android TV box.

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    Step #2:

    Create a presentation with the uploaded content on the Scalefusion dashboard. Publish the created presentation on the Android TV box. 

    Turn Your Android TV into Digital Signage

    Step #3:

    Move to the Device Profiles & Policies section. Click on the Device Profile Section. In the kiosk/launcher settings, choose FileDock as the default application and update the Device Profile.

    Android TV kiosk mode

    Your Android TV box will now be configured to run a single application, playing the Digital presentation on the TV screen. You can configure and edit the presentations remotely and push the content on the Android TV box. 

    You can also configure Android TV kiosk mode using Scalefusion. With the Android kiosk mode solution, the Android TV is set to run in single app mode, and one chosen application runs continuously on the TV device.


    With Scalefusion Android MDM, configuring Android TV boxes and Android TV as digital signage is eased out. From waiting for areas to hospitality lounges, from huge office spaces to transport hubs, businesses can leverage the versatile high-quality display of Android TVs and make the most out of them with the help of Scalefusion.

    To explore how Android TVs can run as digital signage, book a demo with our product experts or start a 14-day free trial today!

    Renuka Shahane
    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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