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Getting Started with Android Kiosk Management

Kiosk Management signifies a restricted, purpose-specific environment in which the devices can be configured. With Hexnode MDM, turning a device into a kiosk is very simple. There are a number of additional settings and restrictions that are specific for kiosk mode. It provides additional security to devices than when used in normal mode.

Enrolling your Device

Before setting up your devices in kiosk mode, you need to make sure that your devices have been enrolled in Hexnode MDM.

Kiosk mode can be activated on Android in the Enterprise enabled devices in device owner mode. A number of advanced restrictions are applicable in case of such devices. Before enrolling your devices in device owner mode, you need to enroll your organization in Android in the Enterprise program. Go through the link below to learn more about the same.

Enrolling in Android in the Enterprise program…

Yet another method of enrolling your Android devices is using a custom ROM. The device gets automatically enrolled in Hexnode MDM when the user turns the device ON for the first time. Get to know more about ROM enrollment and its applications by tapping on the link below.

ROM enrollment…

There are a number of other methods that can be followed to enroll your Android devices. Tap on the link below to have a look at the same.

Enrolling Android devices…

App Installation

Push apps onto your devices and set up the device in kiosk mode. You can either push apps from the App Store or Play Store, Web apps, Enterprise apps, Managed Google Apps and apps with Bundle ID. Follow the links below to know more about installing apps to your Android devices.

  1. Store apps
  2. Web apps
  3. Enterprise apps
  4. Apps with Bundle ID
  5. Managed Google apps

Apps can be installed silently without user manually initiating installation on Android in the Enterprise enabled devices. Enterprise apps must be added to the Play Store as private apps to enable silent app installation. Follow the link below to learn more about publishing private apps.

Publish apps as private in Google Play…


Hexnode MDM allows only whitelisted apps and packages to be used in kiosk mode. Packages may be dependent on other packages to run. Suppose that a whitelisted app in kiosk mode is dependent on a non-whitelisted app. In such a case, the device will display the message “Blocked Package <Package Name>” in kiosk mode. To overcome this issue, the admin should whitelist such dependent packages in order to ensure smooth functioning of the apps and packages.

Single App Kiosk

Lock down your devices to access a single application, blocking all other apps from functioning on the devices. Install the apps to be added in single app kiosk mode and then go through the link below to learn more about setting up devices in single app mode.

Single app kiosk mode…

Multi-App Kiosk

Set up your device in multi-app kiosk mode and whitelist a set of apps needed on your device. Learn more about setting up your device in multi-app kiosk mode by following the link below.

Multi-app kiosk mode…

Kiosk Settings

Learn how to set up your Android devices in kiosk mode and configure various settings on the device. A number of settings like peripheral settings, miscellaneous settings, and app settings can be configured on your devices set in kiosk mode. Follow the link below to learn more about configuring these settings on your devices in kiosk mode.

Configuring kiosk settings…

Website Kiosk Settings

Block the websites that are less needed from the enterprise point of view and allow only essential websites to be accessed. Whitelist the URLs and hence prevent all other websites from being accessed by the user. Hexnode browser can be used as the default browser. A number of options are associated with the website kiosk settings in Hexnode MDM as listed below:

  1. You can choose to open the web apps in Hexnode browser in a single tab.
  2. Get access to multiple tabs for browsing web apps and whitelisted websites, and switch between them. This feature is applicable in case of Android devices with version 4.1 and above.
  3. Choose to open the web app with web view. In this case, you can open the web apps in full screen and refresh the web apps periodically.
  4. Choose another browser. In this case, you need to install the browser app on your device and add it in kiosk mode.

Go through the below link to learn how to set up website kiosk settings on your device by following the link below.

Block specific websites…

The Advanced Website Kiosk Settings are additional configurations for Hexnode browser that helps in customizing your website kiosk experience. Learn more about customizing the Advanced Website Kiosk settings from the following link.

Advanced website kiosk setings…

Getting Started with Android Kiosk Management

Update Apps in Kiosk

Update apps on your device and replace the old app versions with the latest ones. Hexnode MDM lets you update the app on your Android devices without exiting from the kiosk mode.

You can update the Hexnode MDM app on your device by setting it up as an enterprise app and adding the new version of the app to the whitelist policy. Learn more about updating apps in kiosk by following the link below.

Upgrading apps in kiosk…

Hide Apps in Kiosk

You can hide the app icons from the screen with the background app feature in Hexnode MDM. It protects the app from being tampered by the users. The app is allowed to function in the background. Get to know more about this feature by tapping on the link below.

Hiding app icons…

Exiting from Kiosk Mode

Exit from the kiosk mode and allow your device to function in normal mode. Go through the link below to learn more about exiting from kiosk mode.

Disable kiosk mode…

Digital Signage Display

Digital signage display helps in transforming your Android devices into images/video streaming screens, which lets you play the media files in loops.

Configuring digital signage display…

The Kiosk screensaver feature in Hexnode MDM transforms your Android devices into streaming screens that let the user display images/play videos, with audio as screensavers.

Configuring kiosk screensaver…