Five Tips to Improve Management of Google Android Kiosk Devices

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With these five tips, mobile admins can improve their management of Apple iOS and Google Android kiosk devices.

1. Enroll devices right out of the box

IT professionals must activate the devices they want to run as kiosks with Android Enterprise corporate-owned mode or iOS Supervised Mode for each respective OS. Then, IT can completely lock down the device with stricter configuration policies.

2. Choose user affinity over device only

For iOS devices, IT has the option to activate Supervised Mode via Apple Business Manager or the Apple Configurator, with or without user affinity. When IT pros configure user affinity on devices, they can deploy software and policies based on groups of users in Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AD) instead of groups of devices.

This way, IT can deploy configurations, applications and updates to kiosk devices more quickly than deploying them by device group, as it takes a while to add devices to groups in Azure AD after IT enrolls them.

3. Lock down iOS for one or more apps

For iOS devices, IT has three options to lock down the device and only allow users to start one application. You can hide certain applications with the Show and Hide Apps configuration in iOS Device Restrictions, which certain UEM or EMM tools include, such as Intune (Figure 1).

When running a device with this configuration, the user only sees the configured app or apps on the iOS device.

By Peter Daalmans

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