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.
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To provision Windows 10 devices in Kiosk mode, it is required to create a Kiosk profile on MDM. Follow the steps given below:
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.
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.
Before a device can be provisioned in Window 10 Kiosk Mode, admins must ensure the following pre-requisites are met:
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.
Using a Windows Kiosk software to enable Kiosk Mode on Windows 10 devices has the following benefits:
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