How to set up kiosk mode on Windows 10 devices?

Windows 10 Kiosk Mode is a lock down mechanism that enables IT teams and admins to restrict Windows 10 devices to running only a single app or a specific set of apps, for enhanced control and governance. 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, or use the device for unintended purposes.

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 on Apple, Android and Chrome devices. 

This Windows 10 Kiosk Mode guide covers the following:

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

To setup Windows 10 Kiosk Mode with multiple apps, it is required to create a Windows Kiosk profile on MDM. Follow the steps given below to configure Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices:

Step 1: On the MDM server, click on the Device Mgmt tab.

Step 2: Select Profiles from the left pane and navigate to Create Profile -> Windows.

Step 3: Provide the Name and Description for the profile and click on Continue.

Step 4: Select Kiosk from the left pane to create a Win 10 Kiosk profile. 

Step 5: Now, choose between Single App or Multi App Kiosk type.

Step 6: In the Allowed Apps tab, specify the app name(s) or bundle identifier(s).

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Step 7: Next, Save and Publish the Kiosk profile.

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

What happens on the Windows 10 device provisioned in Kiosk Mode?

On profile association, when the user provides the login credentials to unlock the device, only the apps provisioned under Windows 10 Kiosk Mode will be available on the device.

NOTE: When devices are removed from W10 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 Windows 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 on 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.

How to setup Windows 10 Kiosk Mode manually?

Assigned Access in the in-built feature that allows the Windows 10 devices to be locked to a single app thereby enabling Single App Kiosk Mode. One major limitation of using the in-built Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices is that you can only provision Microsoft Store apps into Windows Kiosk Mode.

How to enable Windows 10 Kiosk Mode with Assigned Access?

To setup Windows 10 Kiosk Mode, follow the steps given below: 

Step 1: Setup a Standard user account using the Administrator account

Step 2: Open Settings app using Windows Key + I combination.

Step 3: Navigate to Accounts -> Other People -> Set up assigned access

Step 4: Click Choose an Account and select the Standard user account created in Step 1

Step 5: Click Choose an App and select an App from the list of Supported Apps to be added to Windows 10 Kiosk Mode (or Assigned Access)

Step 6: Restart the machine and login using the Standard account credentials to enable Windows 10 Kiosk Mode

The device will be locked only to the selected app and the user will not be able to access any other apps or settings on the device, including the Start Menu. Users can sign out of the account using the Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcut.

NOTE: The session will be completely terminated if the system is restarted. 

How to disable Windows 10 Kiosk Mode?

To disable Windows 10 Kiosk Mode, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: On the Settings app, navigate to Accounts -> Family and other users

Step 2: Under the Setup Kiosk option, select the Assigned Access

Step 3: Under Kiosk Info, select the account and click Remove Kiosk

Drawbacks of Windows 10 Single App Mode

Though Windows 10 Single App Mode is an in-built functionality and is available free of cost, it has a few disadvantages over Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices:

  • Windows 10 Single App Mode 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 or just a Windows Kiosk software allows devices to be provisioned with multiple apps in the Windows 10 Kiosk Mode (Win 10 Kiosk Mode).
  • The apps should be installed on the device before enabling Kiosk Mode using Assigned Access. Most Windows 10 Kiosk software provide options to install apps even after enabling Windows Kiosk Mode

Why do we need a Windows 10 Kiosk software?

Windows 10 Kiosk software is required in every organization due to the following reasons: 

  • With Windows 10 Single App Mode, admins need to manually provision the apps on the devices and only one app can be added to Kiosk Mode. Whereas, with a Windows 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. A Windows Kiosk software provides a unified console to manage all the Windows 10 device types and provision these devices into Kisok Mode.

  • 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 many benefits such as:

  • Bulk Kiosk provisioning: With a Kiosk software, admins can remotely provision multiple devices into Win 10 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 where as, 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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