How to Add an Application to a Chrome Kiosk

Once you have all your hardware and software, you’ll be able to add an app to your kiosk. Here’s how you do it.

Choosing an app

If you are creating your own app for a kiosk, first you’ll need to develop it using the Chrome App Builder. Here are some best practices to follow when you’re designing your app. Once you’ve finished building your application, you’ll publish it to the Chrome Webstore. Make sure you set the visibility to Public or Unlisted. If you set it to private, you won’t be able to add it to your kiosk.

Then you’ll be able to install your app.

You may just want your device to display a single website or webpage. To do that, you’ll need to go to the Chrome Webstore and find an app specifically for the task, such as Kiosk or Universal Kiosk.
If you want to install a pre-made kiosk app, you can find them in the Chrome Webstore or the Google Play app store.

How to install an app on your kiosk

Once you have chosen which app you’d like your kiosk to run, you can install it. If you’re adding multiple apps at once, you’ll do this through Device Settings. If you’ll need to configure other settings in the applications, you’ll need to use App Management. This will let you add one app at a time.

Device Settings (adding multiple apps at once)

  1. Sign in to your Admin console account.
  2. Click Device management > Chrome management > Device settings and choose Manage Kiosk Applications in the Kiosk Apps section.
  3. If you’re hosting a public or unlisted app in the Chrome Web Store, search for the app there and click Add.
    • Public–Search for the app by name or ID.
    • Unlisted–Search for the app using the app ID.
    • Note: Find the app ID by searching for the app on the Chrome Web Store. The app ID is the URL string bolded in this example:
      https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/kiosk-google-app-test/lfkjhmmdoiphacoihfjjgcdcjppdogjh.Chrome Webstore kiosk app
  4. If you’re hosting a trusted tester app in the Chrome Web Store, enter the app ID and this URL https://clients2.google.com/service/update2/crx in the Specify a Custom App dialog. Then click Add.Specify a custom app kiosk
  5. If you’re not hosting the app in the Chrome Web Store, enter the app ID and the URL of the third-party web server in the Specify a Custom App dialog. Then click Add.

 

App Management (adding apps one at a time)

  1. Sign in to the Admin console.
  2. Click Device management > Chrome management > App management and select the app.
  3. Click Kiosk settings.
  4. Choose the organizational unit where you want to deploy the kiosk app and click Save.

Once you do this, you’ll be able to use your Chrome device in kiosk mode.

 

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