Use a Chromebook as a kiosk

You can use your Chromebook as a kiosk, such as a guest registration desk or library catalogue 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 licence. To learn the cost and how to purchase a licence, contact any authorised reseller.

Before you begin

Before you turn on kiosk mode, make sure that you:

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. 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. Tick 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 that you'd like to turn on.
  8. Click Add.
  9. Click Done.

Next, open the kiosk app:

  1. In the corner of your screen, 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 appear.

Learn more about kiosk apps

Learn how kiosk apps work and how to make one.

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