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.

Before you begin

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.
  3.  At the top right, click More.Three vertical dots menu icon in Google Chrome
  4.  Hover over More tools and click Extensions.
    More tools and extensions highlighted in the Google Chrome menu
  5. Turn on Developer mode in the top right corner.Developer mode button
  6. In the Google Admin console to Devices. Then click Chrome Devices

    Devices button in the Google Admin console   Manage Chrome devices button in Google Admin console
  7. Then change the dropdown to Apps & extensions.
    Apps & extensions option in dropdown in Chrome devices management in the Google Admin console
  8. Click Kiosks.
    Kiosks button in Chrome apps & extensions section of Google Admin console
  9. Hover over the yellow plus sign and add your kiosk app. You can add by ID, URL, or from the Chrome Web Store.

Next, open the kiosk app:

  1. In the corner of your screen, click the Launcher and then the Up arrow.
  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 the Ctrl + Alt + S keys on your keyboard. 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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