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7/23/14
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schmooze

Auto-launch single app Kiosk mode


I've just gotten my ASUS Chromebox and wanted to play with Kiosk mode.
 
I've been successful following the instructions here:
https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/3134673?hl=en
 
...and (as described) "The installed Kiosk App will now show up in the tray under Apps for a user to open from the shelf."
 
But this means on reboot, a user has to actively launch the Kiosk app... and my goal is to have a box without a mouse attached that will Auto-launch into a single app kiosk mode.
 
I've found this page:
https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/3316168?hl=en
 
...but the options are nothing like those that I have on my Chromebox Manage Kiosk Applications window.
 
Am I missing something? Is this a feature that no longer exists?
 
Even in this article:
http://www.chromestory.com/2014/02/chromebooks-kiosk-mode-now-available/
 
The functionality is described, but I'm not seeing the options described.
 
Thank you for your help and guidance.
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All Replies (13)
Joe Ellett
7/23/14
Joe Ellett
Kiosk mode is for managed Chromebooks, and that means Chromebooks purchased through Enterprise sales along with the management console.
Consumer Chromebooks don't do kiosk mode.
powermatt
7/23/14
powermatt
Actually, consumer Chromebooks are capable of using kiosk mode.

Joe Ellett
7/23/14
Joe Ellett
Hmmm, learn something new every day. That didn't used to be there! Cool!
Jeff Spink
7/25/14
Jeff Spink
I've got the same issue. We have the app installed in kiosk mode, but it requires it to be launched from the shelf. What do I need to do to get it to auto-start?
powermatt
7/25/14
powermatt
I believe this is the only way it functions at the moment. I haven't been able to find anything that says otherwise.
Donavon
8/11/14
Donavon
Stumbled upon this after figuring out that after deploying our latest kiosk app, ChromeOS no longer auto-loads it on boot.
 
We actually have SEVERAL ChromeOS systems that auto-load our single app kiosk mode by default and all are UNMANAGED devices. It seems that in either v36 or v37 of ChromeOS, Google reverted this auto-load as being an option for unmanaged devices.
 
This is typical Google...making something available, announcing its availability, and then pulling all or some of the functionality without warning or explanation.
 
Interestingly enough, all of the ChromeOS devices that are unmanaged and were previously setup for single app kiosk mode still boot into their kiosk applications without manual intervention. Unfortunately, any NEW setups do not do this, you are forced to load it from the application launcher.
 
Annoying. It's already somewhat of a hassle to deploy kiosk apps (you must place them in the app store, regardless of private or public use)...this just makes it even more of a hassle. You would think Google would want to drive folks to their platform. Kiosk mode is a great selling point, but it's almost as if they're making it next to impossible to do...unless you pony up the $150 tax to make your device "managed" which I refuse to do after I already spend $250 per ChromeOS device in the first place. $400 for a ChromeOS device just to run something in kiosk mode is just downright greedy.
Jeff Spink
8/11/14
Jeff Spink
Bummer, but thanks for the update.
lagagnon
8/11/14
lagagnon
Donavon: please report that with Shift Alt I so the developers will know about it. (but just your second sentence ;-))
Jeff Spink
9/16/14
Jeff Spink
After contacting Google support I found a way to do it. See below:
 
Thanks for getting back to me, and I now understand what the issue is. Since you are trying to setup the Kiosk App to auto launch, you must first put the Chromebook into Kiosk mode.
Please follow the steps below to put Chromebook into Kiosk mode.
1. Wipe Data on Chromebook (Follow this link for instructions)
1. After wipe is completed, you will be at the welcome screen. (Input your network information, but DO NOT LOGIN to the Chromebook)
2. At the login screen, press CTRL+ALT+K and enable Kiosk mode.
3. Login into the Chromebook
4. Open a new tab in Chrome, and enter chrome://extensions in the address bar (also known as the omnibox). Click enter.
5. Check the box next to Developer Mode.
6. Click Add kiosk application, and enter the ID of the Kiosk App you'd like to enable.
7. Highlight the Kiosk App and select "auto launch"
8. Press Enter or click Done.
9. Reboot and when asked, enable app for Kiosk mode
10. Now the app will auto launch each time you reboot.
11. To Turn off Kiosk Mode, begin by rebooting the Chromebook. While the device is starting up, press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+S to interrupt the process and return to the login screen.
Please let me know if this worked or not? Make sure you perform the Wipe Data step or else you will not get access to Kiosk Mode.
Nicholas Jakobsen
9/16/14
Nicholas Jakobsen
You suggest we follow the link for instruction on how to wipe the device, but there is no link. I've done a power wash, but ctrl + alt + k doesn't have any effect after choosing network settings.
Jeff Spink
9/16/14
Jeff Spink
Sorry, link didn't come through in my copy/paste. Here you go.
 
https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1360642
Nicholas Jakobsen
9/16/14
Nicholas Jakobsen
Awesome! Thank you. The big thing to mention here is that for kiosk mode to work, you must be in developer mode.
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