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Use a Chromebook as a kiosk

You can use your Chromebook as a kiosk, like at a guest registration desk or library catalog station, by turning on kiosk mode.

Note: To run your Chromebook in kiosk mode, you need to buy a Chrome Enterprise, Chrome Education, or single-app kiosk device management license. To learn the cost and how to purchase a license, contact any authorized reseller.

Before you begin

Before you turn on kiosk mode, make sure to:

Note: If you're using your Chromebook at work or school and want to use your Chromebook as a kiosk, ask your administrator to go to the Chrome admin panel and change your kiosk settings. If your Chromebook, Chromebase, or Chromebox is from 2017 or later, it won't work in kiosk mode unless it's managed by an administrator.

Turn on kiosk mode

  1. If you haven't yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
  2. Open Chrome Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click More More.
  4. Choose More tools and then Extensions.
  5. Check the box next to Developer Mode.
  6. Click Manage kiosk applications.
  7. In the "Add kiosk application" box, enter the ID of the kiosk app you'd like to turn on.
  8. Click Add.
  9. Click Done.

Next, open the kiosk app:

  1. Click the Launcher Launcher and then Up arrow Up arrow.
  2. Click your kiosk app.
  3. To set up your kiosk app, follow the steps in the app.

Turn off kiosk mode

  1. Turn off your Chromebook, then turn it back on.
  2. While the device is starting up, press Ctrl + Alt + s. Kiosk mode will turn off, and the regular sign-in screen will show.

Learn more about kiosk apps

Learn how kiosk apps work and how to make one.

Casey is a Chromebook expert and author of this help page. Help her improve this article by leaving feedback below.

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