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. 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.

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: 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. On the left, select the organizational unit where you want to configure settings.
    For all users, select the top-level organization. Otherwise, select a child organization. Initially, an organizational unit inherits the settings of its parent.
  5. At the top, click Kiosks.
  6. Click Add Add and then Add from Google Play.
  7. Search for and click the app you’d like to manage.
  8. Click Select.
  9. To accept the app permissions on behalf of your organization, click Accept.
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. On the left, select the organizational unit where you want to configure settings.
    For all users, select the top-level organization. Otherwise, select a child organization. Initially, an organizational unit inherits the settings of its parent.
  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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