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.

Note: This feature is enabled in Chrome 57 or later on a limited number of Chrome devices, including the AOPEN Chromebox Mini and AOPEN Chromebase Mini. Learn more about these devices.

Before you begin

Step 1: Set up device management

The Admin console is where you, as an administrator, manage apps and Chrome devices. You can sign up for a Chrome Enterprise trial to start using the Admin console to configure, manage, and monitor Chrome devices running as a kiosk.

The Admin console is where you, as an administrator, manage apps and Chrome devices.

If you’re an existing G Suite customer, you can use your Admin console to sign up for a Chrome Enterprise trial. Otherwise, you can set up a Chrome purpose-built device management account. This account lets you use the Admin console to manage and monitor Chrome devices and configure Chrome devices to run as kiosks. You don’t need a G Suite account, and you don’t need to own or verify ownership of a domain.

Step 2: Enroll Chrome devices

Enroll the devices you want to use as kiosks in your domain. When they’re successfully enrolled, you’ll see them listed in the Admin console at Device management and then Chrome devices.

Note: You must enroll Chrome devices before any user signs in, including you as the administrator. If a user signs in first, you must wipe the device and restart enrollment.

How to

Step 1: Enable Android apps on Chrome OS

  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 Device managementand thenChrome management.

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

  3. Click Android application settings.
  4. (Optional) If you haven’t already set up Android management for your organization:
    1. Click the Android for Work link.
    2. Accept the managed Google Play agreement.
  5. Select Enable Android applications to be managed through the Admin Console.
  6. (Optional) Click Billing. Verify that an Android management subscription appears on the billing page.
  7. (Optional) Click Security > Manage EMM provider for Android. Verify that Google Device Manager is listed as your EMM provider. If you already have Google Mobile Management or a third party EMM as your EMM provider, then that provider will be listed, even though Android Apps on Chrome have been enabled.

Step 2: Approve apps in managed Google Play

  1. Sign in to managed Google Play, using your administrator account.
    Note: Ignore the email from android-do-not-reply@google.com welcoming you to Android enterprise. It is a known issue and will soon be fixed.

  2. Search for, and click the app you’d like to approve.
  3. Click Approve.
  4. To accept the app permissions on behalf of your organization, click Approve.
  5. Click Ok.
  6. (Optional) View a list approved apps for your organization, by clicking My company apps from the Apps menu.

Step 3: 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 Device managementand thenChrome management.

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

  3. Click Device settings.
  4. Under Kiosk settings, for Kiosk Apps, click Manage Kiosk Applications.
  5. Click Managed Google Play and search for your approved app. Click Add.
  6. Click Save in the Kiosk Apps window.
  7. Click Save on the Device settings page.

Step 4: (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 Device managementand thenChrome management.

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

  3. Click Device settings.
  4. Under Kiosk settings, for Auto-Launch Kiosk App, choose the app you want to launch automatically.
    Note: In the list, approved and added Android apps are grouped under Android Apps.
  5. 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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