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Kiosk Mode

Turn Your Devices into Dedicated-Purpose Kiosks

Enable single or multi-app kiosk mode on your Android, Windows 10/11, iOS and Linux devices and boost employee productivity.


What is Kiosk Mode?

Kiosk Mode is a special restricted mode in which users are allowed to access only certain approved applications or access only certain approved websites. The goal of setting up kiosk mode is to prevent device misuse. Kiosk mode can be set up on tablets, smartphones, desktop PCs, digital signage displays, mobile devices, and computers. Once kiosk mode is configured with kiosk software, the users are unable to perform any unintended actions that can potentially impact the desired functioning of the kiosk device.

With kiosk lockdown software, it is easy to set and enforce clear expectations for your customers. Any attempt by users to access unapproved apps or web pages on a kiosk device is immediately blocked. You can also enhance branding by using your corporate logo and color theme as custom wallpaper.

Types of Kiosk Mode

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Single App Kiosk Mode

  • Restricts the device to running only one designated application
  • Blocks hardware keys
  • Sets the device screen in full-screen mode
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Multi-App Kiosk Mode

  • Allows access to a limited selection of pre-approved applications
  • Use for custom branding
  • Protects device from Factory Reset
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Browser Kiosk Mode

  • Limits users to a specific web browser 
  • Restricts access to permitted websites

Key Features of 42Gears Kiosk Mode

Single or Multi-App Lockdown
Limit user access to a single or a list of permitted applications. When kiosk mode is enabled, the device will only run one or more apps that the IT administrator has approved; minimizing distractions and boosting productivity.
Peripheral Control
By limiting access to peripherals, you can restrict users from misusing your device or prevent them from adjusting its settings. On field worker devices, for example, IT administrators can remotely disable the camera, screenshot, and factory reset buttons.
Devices & Apps Security
Apps can be locked with strong password policies and restrict access for multiple users. For instance, on a device with many apps, IT administrators can lock just one programme for a certain user.
App Analytics
Examine app consumption data, including the most popular apps used by your employees.
Remote Troubleshoot
Set up multi-user profiles, notifications, Wi-Fi, and other crucial kiosk solution settings. To debug device difficulties and follow the devices' real-time location, IT admins can leverage the screen-sharing capability.
Home Screen Branding
Enhance consumer satisfaction while upholding brand identity with custom home screen branding.

Lockdown Devices in Kiosk Mode with SureLock and SureFox

SureLock + SureFox is the best kiosk software for admins of all skill levels when you need to achieve device lockdown. Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a beginner asking “what is kiosk mode?,” you will find an easy-to-use kiosk lockdown solution with all the features you need to quickly lock down and manage kiosks effectively.

Top Benefits of Kiosk Mode

Kiosk software can provide help in many situations. Even people who never thought to ask “what is kiosk mode?” may be able to keep devices safer using it.

Preventing users from accessing inappropriate apps and content.

Blocking any attempts to download malicious software intentionally or unintentionally.

Keeping kiosk mode safe from interference by protecting settings menus with passwords.

How to Enable Kiosk Mode on Different Types of Devices?

You can use SureLock and SureFox to activate kiosk lockdown on many different operating systems and device types. Make Android phones, tablets, and VR headsets business-ready by enabling kiosk mode with SureLock and SureFox. Besides Android, you can also easily activate kiosk mode on Windows and Linux devices, as well as legacy Windows Mobile and Windows CE devices.


42Gears not only made our mobile project a possibility, but they also made it easy and successful. As a small IT team, we have enough to manage as it is, adding 30+ new devices to the environment wouldn't have been in the cards without their tools.

William Carlson,

IT Director, Mike Carlson Motor Company

ACE Adventures & Hideaways have been using 42Gears SureLock for several years now and it has become an essential and imperative application we use on all publicly accessed devices for device and data security.

Jim Davis,

Managing Director, ACE Adventures & Hideaways

Using 42Gears has helped cut down the number of calls made to the helpdesk by allowing us to lock down our devices, so users cannot change settings or use apps they are not allowed.

Shane Lingle,

IT Specialist, AMVC Management Services

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How to configure your device for kiosk mode?

You can configure your device up for kiosk mode by configuring Single App Kiosk or Multi-App Kiosk with SureMDM solution, limiting access to specific applications. To learn more, check out our Knowledge Base articles by clicking here for Android devices, or clicking here for iOS devices.

How to activate Kiosk Mode on Android devices?

Depending on your requirement, you can enable kiosk mode on Android devices using two methods:
Basic App Pinning: Using Android’s App Pinning feature, users can restrict access of an Android smartphone to a single app and preventing access to other apps and functions.
Kiosk Mode Apps: For more comprehensive kiosk lockdown features, users can install a kiosk management app, like SureLock.

Can Kiosk Mode be enabled with iOS devices?

Yes, you can use Guided Access to enable Kiosk Mode on iOS devices. By limiting the device to a single app, this feature improves security and helps users concentrate on particular tasks.
Guided Access: An iOS feature that disables hardware buttons for increased security and attention, limits user interactions to certain regions of the screen, and confines the device to a single app.
Single App Mode: For more advanced Single App Mode capabilities, you can leverage a dedicated iOS Kiosk Management solution, like SureLock or an MDM solution, like SureMDM.

Is Kiosk Mode secure?

Yes, leveraging Kiosk Mode for devices can significantly improve security by restricting access to permitted applications and minimizing chances for device misuse.

How can I manage devices in Kiosk Mode remotely?

Devices in Kiosk Mode can be managed remotely using a standalone kiosk software, like SureLock, or by leveraging a comprehensive Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution, like SureMDM.

Can Kiosk Mode prevent users from accessing system settings?

Yes, Kiosk Mode can lock down system settings to prevent users from making unauthorized changes to the device.

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