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How to create shortcuts for PDF files and add PDF in kiosk mode for Android devices with Hexnode MDM?

Hexnode MDM provides the admin with the option to create a shortcut for PDF file and add it to kiosk mode on Android devices. Users can open the PDF file in kiosk using any of the whitelisted PDF readers or with the default Hexnode PDF Reader.

Create Shortcut for PDF file

To create a shortcut for PDF file that is already present in the target device,

  1. Go to Content > Kiosk File Shortcuts > Documents.
  2. Click on Add a File.
  3. Fill in the details.
    • File type: Choose the type of shortcut as PDF.
    • Display name: Provide a suitable name to be displayed for the PDF shortcut on the device.
    • Choose file source: You can choose the files from any one of the following sources:

      Upload file:

      • Add file: Use this option to upload the PDF file from your device logged in the portal.

      Or

      Hexnode repository:

      • Select file: Choose the file uploaded under Content > My Files.

      Or

      Device storage:

      • File path: Input the path where the PDF file resides. E.g./storage/emulated/0/Download/file name.pdf.
      • File icon: Upload an image to be displayed as PDF shortcut icon.
      • Open With: Choose an app to open the PDF file. The Hexnode PDF Reader is set as the default app for opening files.
    • Notes:

      • If Hexnode PDF Reader is chosen to open files, keep in mind that:
        • Hexnode MDM PDF Reader works only on devices running Android version 5 and above.
        • It cannot be used to open PDF files with embedded fonts.
      • If you have chosen any app other than the default Hexnode PDF Reader, ensure that it is added as background app in kiosk policy. App should be granted with the storage access permission on the device.
      • To grant storage access permission for devices enrolled as Device Owner in Android Enterprise program, app permission needs to be pushed for this app (which must be approved).
      • Requires Hexnode MDM app v10.7.0+ or Hexnode for Work app v6.5.0+.
      • Any new PDF file you add in the Documents will also appear on Content > My Files.

  4. After filling all the fields, click on Create.

A new PDF shortcut will appear under the list.

Note:


If the PDF file is not present on the target device, you can push the file via File Management policy.

Add the PDF shortcut in Android kiosk

PDF shortcut can be added either in Single App Kiosk mode or Multi App Kiosk mode. You can also set the PDF shortcut to auto launch and run in the foreground all the time as the default kiosk app according to the auto-launch delay set in the policy.

To add the shortcut in a single app kiosk

  1. Go to Policies > New Policy > Name the Policy.
  2. Click on Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown > Single App > Configure.
  3. Move the mouse pointer towards the + icon and click on Select file shortcut.
  4. Select the required PDF shortcut from the list > Done.

To add the shortcut in multi app kiosk

  1. Go to Policies > New Policy > Name the Policy.
  2. Click on Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown > Multi App > Configure.
  3. Move the mouse pointer towards the + icon and click on Add file shortcut.
  4. Check the required PDF shortcut from the list > Done.
  5. Add other apps that you wish to set in Multi App Kiosk mode.

To configure auto launch settings for the PDF shortcut

  1. If the PDF shortcut is added in Single App Kiosk, then it will auto launch by default with a default delay of 0 sec. To change this, navigate to Policies > Kiosk lockdown > Android kiosk lockdown > Launcher > Auto-launch > set the App auto-launch delay to more than 0 seconds.
  2. For PDF shortcuts added in multi app kiosk mode, you can set the auto-launch delay under Policies > Kiosk lockdown > Android kiosk lockdown > Launcher > Auto-launch. Add the PDF shortcut and set the auto-launch delay. By default, it will be 30 seconds.

To Associate Policies to Devices/Groups

If the policy has not yet been saved.

  1. Navigate to Policy Targets.
  2. Click on +Add Devices.
  3. Select the devices and click OK.
  4. Click on Save to apply the policies to devices.

Apart from devices, you can also associate the policies to device groups, user and user groups from Policy Targets.

If the policy has been saved, you can associate it by another method.

  1. From Policies, check the policies to be associated.
  2. Click on Manage → Associate Targets and select the device.
  3. Click on Associate to apply the policy to the devices.