Use Android apps on Chrome devices running as a kiosk

Run Android apps in a full screen, locked-down experience

As an administrator, you can use your Google Admin console to install Android apps on managed Chrome devices in locked-down kiosk mode.

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Before you begin

Step 1: Set up device management

The Admin console is where you, as an administrator, manage apps and Chrome devices. To set up device management, you need to sign up for a Chrome Enterprise Upgrade trial. See Set up a Chrome Enterprise Upgrade trial.

Step 2: Enroll Chrome devices
  1. If anyone, including you as an admin, already signed in to the device, you must wipe the device before enrolling it. See Wipe Chrome device data.
  2. Enroll the devices that you want to use as kiosks in your organization. See Enroll Chrome devices.
  3. Verify the devices are successfully enrolled. See View Chrome OS device details.

Add an app in locked-down kiosk mode

Step 1: Add kiosk application
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devicesand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Devices on the Home page, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Apps & extensions.
  4. To apply the setting to all users and enrolled browsers, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  5. At the top, click Kiosks.
  6. Click Add Add and then Add from Google Play.
  7. Search for and click the app that you want to manage.
  8. Click Select.
  9. Click Accept to accept the app permissions on behalf of your organization.
Step 2: (Optional) Set app to launch automatically
  1. Sign in to your Google Admin console.

    Sign in using your administrator account (does not end in @gmail.com).

  2. From the Admin console Home page, go to Devicesand thenChrome management.

    If you don't see Devices on the Home page, click More controls at the bottom.

  3. Click Apps & extensions.
  4. ​To apply the setting to all users and enrolled browsers, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.​
  5. At the top, click Kiosks.
  6. For Auto-launch app, choose the app that you want to automatically launch on Chrome devices.
  7. Click Save.

Known issues

Issue Description Workaround
Screen Capture Currently not supported for Android apps running in kiosk mode. No
Android app update Android apps don't update when your device is connected to an Ethernet network. To update Android kiosk apps, connect the device to a Wi-Fi network.
Kiosk App info Health monitoring doesn't include Kiosk App info (Android app name and version number). No
Unified Desktop Currently not supported for Android apps running in kiosk mode. No
Screen rotation (clockwise) Screen rotation is supported for Android apps running in kiosk mode. However, dynamic screen rotation is not supported. No

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