What is Windows 10 Kiosk Mode?

Windows 10 Kiosk Mode is an advanced security feature that allows Windows 10 devices to be locked down to a single app or a pre-defined set of apps. Kiosk Mode is especially helpful to lock down Windows 10 devices that are used for a specific purpose such as self check-in kiosks at airports; point-of-sale (POS) terminals at self service restaurants; digital signage used for advertising as it also ensures users cannot modify device settings, access other features or apps on the devices.

While Windows 10 Single App Mode is an in-build functionality, it only allows devices to be locked to a single Microsoft Store app, unlike the Windows Kiosk Mode enabled using a Kiosk Software for Windows devices. A Windows 10 Kiosk software allows the devices to be provisioned with multiple app in the Windows Kiosk Mode.

Mobile Device Manager Plus is one such mobile device management (MDM) solution that doubles as a Windows Kiosk software in addition to supporting Kiosk Mode for Apple, Android and Chrome devices. 

This document covers the following:

How to setup Windows 10 Kiosk Mode using Mobile Device Manager Plus

To provision Windows 10 devices in Kiosk mode, it is required to create a Kiosk profile on MDM. Follow the steps given below:

  • On the MDM server, click on the Device Mgmt tab.
  • Select Profiles from the left pane and navigate to Create Profile -> Windows.
  • Provide the Name and Description for the profile and click on Continue.
  • Select Kiosk from the left pane. 
  • Now, choose between Single App or Multi App Kiosk type.
  • In the Allowed Apps tab, specify the app name(s) or bundle identifier(s).
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  • Next, Save and Publish the Kiosk profile.

After creating the Kiosk profile, it must be associated with Windows 10 devices to bring Kiosk mode into effect. However, it is recommended to test the Kiosk profile on a test device before associating it with your production environment. When Windows 10 apps are updated on the MDM server, they are automatically updated in Kiosk devices on the subsequent reboot; no user intervention is required for app updates.

What happens on the device?

On profile association, when the user provides the login credentials to unlock the device, only the apps provisioned under Kiosk will be available on the device.

NOTE: When devices are removed from Kiosk mode, they will automatically be factory reset to be used again in the organization.

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Pre-requisites for Windows 10 Kiosk Mode

Before a device can be provisioned in Window 10 Kiosk Mode, admins must ensure the following pre-requisites are met:

  • Device based
    • Windows Kiosk mode is supported for Windows 10 Pro (Version 1709 and later), Enterprise and Education editions. Kiosk mode is not available for Windows 10 Home edition devices.
  • Account based
    • Windows 10 Kiosk mode is user specific. Hence, enable adding users in Group Policy Editor in the Windows 10 machine to which you are associating Kiosk policy. To enable adding Users to User groups, open Local Security Policy window. Select User Rights Assignment from the Local Policies dropdown. Click Allow log on locally -> Add User or Group.
    • The user must be a standard user. i.e, Kiosk mode is not supported for administrator accounts.
  • Application based
    • Only Universal Windows Provisioning (UWP) apps, also known as Metro-style apps or Modern apps can be provisioned under Kiosk mode. To know more about UWP apps, click here.
    • The apps to be provisioned under Kiosk mode must be present in the device. In case of managed apps, these are automatically distributed via MDM. For silent installation of apps, they must be present in the App Repository.

Why do we need a Windows 10 Kiosk software?

With Windows 10 Single App Mode, admins need to manually provision the apps on the devices and only one app can be added to the Kiosk Mode. Whereas, with a Kiosk software like Mobile Device Manager Plus you can provision Windows 10 devices into single app Kiosk mode or multi-app Kiosk mode. Windows 10 Kiosk Mode is supported for laptops, desktops, phones or Surface Pro tablets. Windows Kiosk Mode is user-specific; on associating a Kiosk profile to a Windows device, Kiosk is applied to the concerned user to whom the device is assigned to. For steps to associate profiles to devices, click here. Similarly, when associating a Kiosk profile to a group, it is assigned to all the users for the respective devices present in the group. For steps to associate profiles to groups, click here.

Benefits of Kiosk Software for Windows 10 devices

Using a Windows Kiosk software to enable Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices has the following benefits:

  • Bulk Kiosk provisioning: With a Kiosk software, admins can remotely provision multiple devices into Kiosk Mode unlike Windows 10 Single App Mode which requires it to be manually enabled on individual devices
  • Provision multiple apps in Kiosk Mode: A Kiosk software allows multiple apps to be provisioned into Windows 10 Kiosk Mode, which is not possible using Windows 10 Single App Mode
  • Support for enterprise apps: Using a Kiosk software, admins can also enable Windows 10 Kiosk Mode with enterprise apps whereas, Windows 10 Single App Mode is supported only with Windows Business Store apps
  • Silent installation of apps: While enabling Kiosk Mode admins can select whether the apps should be automatically installed on the devices if they're not already present in the devices provisioned under Windows 10 Kiosk Mode

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