How to Set Up Chrome Browser in Kiosk Mode on Android Devices

  • March 31, 2020

Mobile devices have rapidly replaced bulky desktops and even laptops, thanks to their extremely handy hardware and equivalently work-friendly software. As enterprises invest heavily in mobile transformation, it is important to provide the mobile devices used for work with applications that employees need and love.

Android Chrome Kiosk Mode
Android Chrome Kiosk Mode

And this is when the IT administrators have to strike the right balance between equipping mobile devices with apps, and ensuring that the devices are exclusively used for work and nothing else. Android Kiosk Mode allows admins to set google chrome in kiosk mode easily.

Google Chrome Browser – the Most Popular Across All Devices

Google Chrome is one of the most preferred desktop browsers, with a market share of 67.66%, and the popularity of the browser doesn’t end here. Google Chrome also enjoys a fair share of preference and popularity on mobile devices. According to Statcounter, Google Chrome is used by more than 61% of mobile users. This means that not just the employees but also the majority of the user’s and customers are familiar with Google Chrome and prefer it over any other browser.

Setting Chrome browser in kiosk mode is hence one of the most efficient ways to enable seamless browsing in these use cases:

  • Devices used by the frontline employees and delivery executives making utilize of web apps accessible on Google Chrome
  • Devices deployed as public interaction in waiting areas like airports, guest visitor waiting areas, and hotel function lounges

Additionally, Android tablets are one of the quickest devices to acquire, provision, and maintain. Android devices are affordable, robust, and easy to use, making them one of the most commonly used phone and tablet devices by frontline executives and public browsers.

To set an Android device in kiosk mode to run Chrome browser for restricting access for users, Scalefusion offers kiosk browsing mode functionality. Let us learn how to set up kiosk mode to lockdown chrome browser in one app mode in fullscreen with Scalefusion.

Get started on Scalefusion to Setup Chrome Kiosk Mode

Sign up or sign in on the Scalefusion MDM solution. You can use your G-Suite or Azure AD credentials to create an account on Scalefusion. Enroll devices using Android Zero-touch for OOB enrollment or use any of the enrollment methods available on Scalefusion.

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Step 1: Add Google Chrome to your list of apps

Launch the My apps section from the Enterprise section of the Scalefusion dashboard. Click on Play for Work App settings. Search and add Google Chrome to the app list by providing appropriate permissions.

android chrome kiosk mode

Now the app will be available for installation on any Android device profile.

Step 2: Create/Edit the Android device profile.

Navigate to the Device Profile section of the dashboard. Start editing the device profile or create a new Android device profile. Select Kiosk/Agent Profile mode. Add an exit passcode.

chrome kiosk mode android

Step 3: Allow apps

Select Scalefusion for kiosk mode configuration. Choose apps to be allowed on the Android device. Here, we will only select the Google Chrome app. Click on next to save settings.

chrome android kiosk mode

Step 4: Select websites to be allowed on the Android chrome kiosk mode device

Admin can now select the list of websites to be allowed on the Android kiosk device. You can only select from the websites that are whitelisted previously. You can choose one or multiple websites to be allowed.

android browser kiosk mode

Step 5: Apply branding

Select and apply device branding to resonate with your business brand on the said Android devices locked in Chrome kiosk mode.

kiosk mode chrome android

Step 6: Select Chrome browser to run as a single app on Android kiosk device

From the dropdown, select Chrome browser as the default application on the Android kiosk device. Choose to “Run All the time” option. Next, select and specify the default launch URL for the chrome browser. This is a mandatory step for configuring Google Chrome Browser in Android single app kiosk mode.

android tablet kiosk mode chrome

Step 7: Configure the home screen and notification settings

After selecting Chrome browser in Android kiosk mode, you can now configure the home screen settings. Allow/block the bottom navigation bar, control the home button, enforce fullscreen mode, and set screen orientation. This will offer the user a distraction-free browsing experience on Android Chrome Kiosk.

android full screen browser kiosk

Step 8: Apply the settings to the Android kiosk device

You can further customize the display, volume, security, and other settings for the device. Save your profile settings, and your Android Chrome kiosk mode profile is ready. Navigate back to the device profile section and apply these policies on the devices for which you want to configure kiosk mode in Android Chrome Browser.

google chrome kiosk mode android

Using the Scalefusion kiosk app, you can now configure Android chrome kiosk mode and deploy the devices running for restricted browsing without hampering the overall user experience of Google Chrome on Android OS.

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

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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