Setting up an android tablet for password and browser use only

Andrew N. Kowtalo
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Has anyone ever configured an android tablet that only allows 1 application to run upon login?  

I have a client that is asking for 30 android tables to be configured.  They are going out to patients.   They want the tablet configured to only prompt for a password to login and then only allow web browser usage after logging in with no access to anything else.   Can someone explain how to do this?  I am assuming WiFi will need to be allowed as I am unsure if these tables will come built with 4G or not.  

This is in case they are stolen there is nothing they can do with them otherwise.   I may be tasked with setting up 30 of these.
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Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Hi Andrew,
Sounds like your client wants to enable Kiosk mode on the tablets. There are a few different apps which allow you do to do, but I don't have any experience with any of them firsthand, so I'll leave that up to an expert who might have done something like this before.

I'll research some different apps that can do this for you and post back a little later.

Hope this helps,
Martin
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@Martin thank you I have never done this before so this is all very new to me.  But I would appreciate it.   Also I would like to make sure if the tablets are stolen if there is a way to implement a way to prevent them from being bricked and reinstalled.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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I got a little more information.   They are looking to do this with a Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite.
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Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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I was told this project will be in the next upcoming weeks but I would like to get started on this so come time I can just do it just need the help with the how to's :)
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Hey Andrew,
What size Samsung Galaxy Tab E Lite's are they? I looked into them and saw that the different sizes received different versions of Android.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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16 gigs.  They are going to be part of the Verizon plan the client has setup.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Sorry, I meant if they were the 7" or 9.6" versions of the tablet.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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I originally asked him that and he said 9 inches.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Here's the Android Documentation for setting up Kiosk Mode in Android 5.0 which is on the larger Tab E Lite if you'll be setting them up under your Google Admin account.

CNET has a walk through on how to pin an app (Such as Chrome) to the screen so it is the only accessible app on the tablet.

Hope this helps!
Martin
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Martin I will check this out and get back with to you with any questions.  Appreciate the rapid response.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Glad it was helpful!
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Martin are there any video instructions on how to set these up as kiosk restricted?  Just curious.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Hi Andrew,
Here's a video going over setting device ownership and pinning an app (setting what app is in Kiosk mode). They have a link for more information on configuring the settings.

Here's a video on straight out pinning an app on the device.

Both of these methods seem to require you to manually set up each of the 30 devices, which isn't a huge amount, but can be tedious. Sorry I'm not aware of a way to manage all 30 in an easy way. The Android Developer API might be able to do that for you.

Hope this helps,
Martin
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Commented:
Thank you I will review this video tomorrow.
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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I found out the tablets wont be here until Fall once the grant is given so I have some time to set this up and learn it.
Martin NguyenHelpDesk Technician
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Commented:
Best of luck! Let me know how it goes!
Andrew N. KowtaloSupport Center Engineer

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Commented:
Thanks Martin I have a really hard question I just posted wait till you see this one hehe.
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You is better to advise your client to use a MDM solution to make the tablets as kisok. Details are in the link below.

https://www.manageengine.com/mobile-device-management/help/profile_management/android/android_kiosk.html
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This will not be done until September but I will keep this as a log for later use thanks for the help.

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