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:
...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:
...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:
The functionality is described, but I'm not seeing the options described.
Thank you for your help and guidance.
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.
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.
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