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How to create shortcuts for video files and add videos in kiosk mode for Android devices?

Hexnode enables you to create shortcuts for video files and add them to Android devices locked in Kiosk mode. Users can open the video files using any of the whitelisted media players or using the Hexnode media player.

Notes:

  • This feature is available from Enterprise plan.
  • Supported video formats are MP4 & Matroska (MKV).
  • Supported only on devices running Android 4.1+.
  • This feature is not supported on Amazon Fire OS.
  • This feature requires Hexnode MDM app v11.5.0+ or Hexnode For Work app v7.5.0+.

Create Shortcut for Video file

Pre-requisite:

  • If the video is not present on the target device, ensure that the required video file is uploaded under Content > My Files and later pushed to the target device.

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Navigate to Content > Kiosk File Shortcuts > Media.
  3. Click on Add a File.
  4. Provide the following details:
    • File type: Choose the type of shortcut as video.
    • Display name: Provide a suitable name to be displayed for the video shortcut on the device.
    • Choose file source: You can choose the files from any one of the following sources:

      Upload file:

      • Add file: Choose this option to upload the video 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: Provide the path on the device where the video file resides. E.g./storage/emulated/0/Download/file name.mp4.
      • File icon: Upload an image to be displayed as video shortcut icon.
      • Open with: Choose an app to play the video shortcut on the device. By default, Hexnode Media Player will be listed.
  5. Click Create.

Notes:

  • If you have chosen any app other than the default Hexnode media player, ensure that it is added as background app in kiosk policy. The 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).
  • Any new video file you add in the Media will also appear on Content > My Files.

Add Video shortcut in Android kiosk

Video shortcuts can be added either in single app/Multi app kiosk mode. The video shortcut can also be set to auto-launch within a specified time delay.

To add video shortcut in single app kiosk

  1. Navigate to Policies.
  2. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  3. From Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown, select Single App, and click Configure.
  4. Click on the + button and choose Select file shortcut.
  5. Select the required video shortcut from the list and click Done.


To add video shortcut in multi app kiosk

  1. Navigate to Policies.
  2. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  3. From Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown, select Multi App, and click Configure.
  4. Click on the + button and choose Select file shortcut.
  5. Select the required video shortcut from the list and click Done.
  6. Add other apps to be set in multi app kiosk mode.


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.

To configure launcher settings for the video shortcut

  1. For video shortcuts added in single app kiosk mode, a default auto launch delay of 0 seconds will be there (ie, For single app kiosk mode, by default the app launches automatically with no time delay). 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 video 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 video shortcut and set the auto-launch delay. By default, it will be 30 seconds.