How To Use a Chromebook as a Kiosk

If you need a portable kiosk, a Chromebook is a great option. By turning kiosk mode on, you can use your device as a guest registration desk, library catalog, and more. Chromebooks are a very affordable option if you need a simple, small-screen kiosk, and they’re a testament to the usability of ChromeOS devices.

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Before you begin

Before you turn on kiosk mode, make sure you:

Turn on kiosk mode

  1. Sign into your Chromebook.
  2. Open Chrome.
  3. At the top right, click More (3 vertical dots).
  4. Hover over More Tools and click Extensions.
  5. Turn on Developer mode in the top right corner.
  6.  In the Google Admin console, go to Devices. Then click Chrome Devices
  7. Change the dropdown to Apps & Extensions.

  8. Click Kiosks.

  9. To apply the setting to all users, leave the top organizational unit selected. Otherwise, select a child organizational unit.
  10. Click Add and choose Add from the Chrome Web Store. Search for the Kiosk app and click Select.
  11. If prompted, accept permissions on behalf of your organization.
  12. In the panel on the right, set app and extension policies.
  13. Click Save.

Turn off kiosk mode

  1. Restart your Chromebook
  2. While the device is starting up, press the Ctrl + Alt + S keys on your keyboard. Kiosk mode will turn off, and the regular sign-in screen will appear.

Note: This is only temporary. Once the device falls asleep or is powered down, it will reboot into kiosk mode.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is kiosk-only mode in Chromebook?

Kiosk mode is a Chrome feature that enables your device to be used as a single-app kiosk or single window. This mode locks the rest of your device so it can act as a kiosk. 

How do I install kiosk apps on my Chromebook?

As an administrator, you can use the Google Admin console to customize Chrome kiosk apps. Learn how to manage kiosk apps here.

Can I make my browser into a kiosk?

Yes, you can auto-launch a kiosk app on ChromeOS devices. Setting a kiosk app to launch automatically turns devices running ChromeOS into single-purpose devices.

How do I get to kiosk mode?

Follow our instructions above to turn your Chromebook into a kiosk. Learn more about managing Chrome kiosk app settings and managing kiosk applications here.