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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
Now the app will be available for installation on any 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.
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.
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.
Select and apply device branding to resonate with your business brand on the said Android devices locked in Chrome kiosk mode.
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.
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.
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.
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.