How To Use a Chromebook as a Kiosk

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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:

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 (3 vertical dots).

4. Hover over More tools and click Extensions.

More tools and extensions highlighted in the Google Chrome Browser 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.

Device button in the Google Admin Console
Manage Chrome devices button in the Google Admin Console

7. Change the dropdown to Apps & extensions.

Apps & extensions option in the dropdown in Chrome devices management in the Google Admin Console

8. Click Kiosks.

Kiosks button in the Chrome Apps & Extensions section of the 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.

Add Chrome kiosk app icons in the Google Admin Console

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.

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