How To Use a Chromebook as a Kiosk

If you need a portable kiosk, a Chromebook is a great option. By simply turning kiosk mode on, you can use it as a guest registration desk, library catalog, and more. This is also a very affordable option if you need a simple, small screen kiosk.

What you’ll need

Before you turn on kiosk mode, make sure you:

Note: If you’re using your Chromebook at work or school and want to use it as a kiosk, ask your administrator to go to the Chrome admin panel and change your kiosk settings. If your device is from 2017 or later, it won’t work in kiosk mode unless it’s managed by an administrator.

Turn on kiosk mode

  1. If you haven’t yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Open Chrome Chrome browser symbol.
  3.  At the top right, click More.
  4.  Choose More tools > Extensions.
    Extensions > more tools
  5.  Turn on Developer mode in the top right corner.Developer mode button
  6. Go back to the Admin console homepage. Click on Device management > Chrome management > Device settings.

    Admin Console device management iconChrome management location under device settings in Google admin consoleDevice settings in Admin console
  7. Within the device settings, scroll down to Kiosk settings. Choose Manage kiosk applications.

    Kiosk settings to turn your Chromebook into a kiosk
  8.  In the “Add kiosk application” box, enter the ID of the app you’d like to turn on.
  9. Click Add.
  10. Press Done.
Next, open the kiosk app:
  1. In the corner of your screen, click the Launcher Chrome OS launch logo then the Up arrowup arrow symbol within Chrome OS launcher
  2. Find your kiosk app and click on it.
  3. Follow the instructions in the app to set it up.

Turn off kiosk mode

  1. Restart your Chromebook
  2. While the device is starting up, press Ctrl + Alt + s. Kiosk mode will turn off, and the regular sign-in screen will appear.
    Note: this is only temporary. Once the device falls asleep or is powered down it will reboot into kiosk mode.

If you found this helpful, learn more about Chrome kiosks here.



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