What is Kiosk Mode?

Kiosk mode is an advanced security feature supported by Mobile Device Manager Plus, a mobile device management solution which doubles as a Kiosk software, that lets the IT Administrator lock down Windows 10 devices to a specific app or a set of preselected apps. Kiosk mode is a common way to lock down Windows 10 devices when they are used for a specific purpose; this ensures the users cannot modify device settings, access other features or apps present in the device, besides the one(s) whitelisted by the IT Administrator.

Windows Kiosk mode will be beneficial in the case of single purpose devices such as self check-in kiosks at airports; point-of-sale (POS) terminals at self service restaurants; digital signage used for advertising. In all these scenarios, the administration would not want users to exit the designated apps.

What does a Windows Kiosk software do?

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.

 

Pre-requisites for Windows 10 Kiosk Mode

  • Device based
    • Windows Kiosk mode is not available for Windows 10 Home edition devices.
  • Account based
    • Windows 10 Kiosk mode is user specific. Devices are provisioned under Kiosk only for particular users to whom they are assigned to; provided the same user account is available on the device. Applicable for AD users too.
    • 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.

Steps

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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