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How to enable MDM Kiosk Browser for Android devices

The secure kiosk browser from Hexnode MDM enables safe browsing by restricting access to a few websites which are permitted by the enterprise. The advantages of the secure browser are:

  • The browser only opens the whitelisted URLs or web apps that are added to the kiosk mode.
  • The browser can be hidden from the users.
  • The admin can add all the web apps (URLs) that are used by the employees in different teams or departments and hide these web apps from view.
  • Multi tabbed browsing.

Enable secure browser

Hexnode Browser – Single Tab

Hexnode Browser enables access to the whitelisted URLs alone and blocks the rest in kiosk mode. For single tabbed browsing, the web app opens in the Hexnode Kiosk Browser without the address bar. It prevents browser tab switching and blocks access to unnecessary websites.

Notes:

  • Ensure that you have added web apps in Hexnode App Inventory.
  • This feature is supported on Android 4.1+.


To setup single tabbed browsing,

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. From Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown, select Multi App and click on Configure.
  5. Click on + icon and add the required web apps in Multi app kiosk mode.
  6. Next, from Website Kiosk Settings, choose the option Hexnode Browser, single tab.
    Note:

    • Choose the option Show Hexnode Browser app icon in kiosk, in order to show the browser icon in kiosk home screen.
    • Choose the option Open in full screen to allow the Hexnode Browser to be opened in full-screen mode.

  7. Add external links to be accessed from within the web apps under Whitelist websites.
  8. Associate the policy to target devices.
  9. Save the policy.




Notes:

  • The Hexnode Browser gets installed silently on Samsung Knox, LG GATE, Kyocera, rooted Android devices and devices with Hexnode MDM as system app.
  • On all other devices, it gets downloaded and displays a wrench icon over the app for users to initiate installation.

Hexnode Browser – Multiple Tabs

For multi-tabbed browsing, users can browse both the web apps and the whitelisted websites on multiple tabs.

Notes:

  • Ensure that you have added web apps in Hexnode App Inventory.
  • This feature is supported on Android 4.1+.


To setup multi-tabbed browsing,

  1. Login to your Hexnode portal.
  2. Navigate to Policies.
  3. Select an existing policy or create a new one by clicking New Policy.
  4. From Kiosk Lockdown > Android Kiosk Lockdown, select Multi App and click on Configure.
  5. Click on + icon and add the required web apps in multi app kiosk mode.
  6. Next, from Website Kiosk Settings, choose the option Hexnode Browser, multiple tabs.
    Note:

    • Choose the option Show Hexnode Browser app icon in kiosk, in order to show the browser icon in kiosk home screen.
    • Choose the option Open in full screen to allow the Hexnode Browser to be opened in full-screen mode.

  7. Add the external links to be accessed from within the web apps under Whitelist websites.
  8. Associate the policy to target devices.
  9. Save the policy.



The web browser and Hexnode Browser Lite

Even if there is no browser enabled, you will be able to open the web app with Hexnode Browser Lite. But there are limitations to Hexnode Browser lite such as no address bar, inability to upload any file etc.


 
To identify Hexnode Browser lite: When you open it, you will be able to see a green loading bar at the top with no address bar on the page.

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