How to Configure and Use a Kiosk on Windows 11?

The Kiosk is a built-in function of Windows 11 that lets users run a single UWP app (in full-screen mode only) for a particular local user account. Once you configure the Kiosk, a single app (like Microsoft Edge, Calculator, Mail, Maps, etc.) can be used in that user account, and nothing else will work. While Kiosk mode restricts a user account to run only a single app, turning your Windows 11 machine into a Kiosk has other benefits. For example, you can use the Kiosk feature to use your device as an interactive display, digital sign, checking the weather, public announcements, etc.

A single-app kiosk uses the Assigned Access feature to run a single app above the lock screen. When the Kiosk account signs in, the selected app opens automatically. A person using the Kiosk cannot do anything on the device outside of the kiosk app.

Requirements or Limitations to Configure Kiosk

To set up a kiosk on Windows 11 machine, you should note the following:-

  • User Account Control (UAC) should be enabled.
  • A Kiosk account must sign in on the physical device, as a remote desktop is not allowed.
  • The kiosk account must be a limited or standard user account, not an administrator or Microsoft account.
  • There will be no Start menu, Taskbar, File Explorer, Desktop, etc., in the user account where you have set up the Kiosk.
  • You won’t be able to use hotkeys to open the Settings app, File Explorer, etc.
  • You need to use the Ctrl + Alt + Del hotkey to exit the Kiosk account.
  • You can only set up Kiosk mode in Windows 11 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

How to Set Up Kiosk in Windows 11?

Windows 11 lets you configure the Kiosk to make your PC be used as a public terminal to display public announcements or other information.

To configure the Kiosk on your Windows 11 system, use these steps:-

Step 1. Launch the Settings app.

To do that, you can use the Windows + I keyboard shortcut. Or, right-click the Start button and choose the Settings option in the menu.

Step 2. Click the Accounts category on the left sidebar of the Settings window.

Step 3. Click the Family & other users tile on the right sidebar.

Step 4. Scroll down to the “Family & other users” page and click the Get started button inside the “Set up a kiosk” section.

Step 5. Once done, the “Create an account” dialog box will open. Here, type a name for the new local user account for the kiosk mode. If you already have some local account for which you want to set up kiosk mode, select the “Choose an existing account” link and choose your local account.

Step 6. Click the Next button.

Step 7. Once you complete the above steps, Windows will suggest a list of apps you can use in kiosk mode. Select a kiosk app of your choice and click the Next button.

Step 8. If you select Microsoft Edge, you see two options on how to use the app:-

  • As a digital sign or interactive display: Browser will open in full-screen mode.
  • As a public browser: Browser will open with a limited set of features.

Select one of the options and click the Next button.

Step 9. In the following screen, type in the default home page you want to open automatically when the browser opens, for example, https://gearupwindows.com.

Then, choose a time in the drop-down menu. This option will restart the browser if someone has used it for the specified time. This helps keep data safe in a public browsing session.

Step 10. Click the Next button.

Step 12. Click the Close button.

That’s it. Now kiosk account is set up on your Windows 11 machine. You can now log in to that user account. Remember to press Ctrl + Alt + Del hotkey if you want to exit from the Kiosk account.

How to Replace the Kiosk app in Windows 11?

If you want to change the Kiosk app in Windows 11, use these steps:-

Step 1. Login to your PC with an administrator account.

Step 2. Open the Settings app.

Step 3. Select the Accounts category on the left sidebar.

Step 4. Click the Family & other users tile on the right sidebar.

Step 5. Scroll down to the “Family & other users” page and click the Kiosk tile.

Step 6. On the following screen, you’ll find the currently active app in kiosk mode. Click that application name to expand.

Step 7. Click the Change kiosk app button.

Step 8. On the next screen, pick a different kiosk app and click the Next button.

Step 9. At last, click the Cancel button.

How to Remove a Kiosk from Windows 11?

To remove the Kiosk from your Windows 11 PC, use these steps:-

Step 1. Login to your PC with an administrator account.

Step 2. Open the Settings app.

Step 3. Select the Accounts category on the left sidebar.

Step 4. Click the Family & other users tile on the right-side pane.

Step 5. Scroll down to the “Family & other users” page and click the Kiosk option.

Step 6. On the next screen, you’ll see the app currently active in kiosk mode. Click that application name to expand.

Step 7. Click the Remove Kiosk button beside the “Remove this kiosk” option.

Step 8. At last, click the Remove button in the pop-up window.

Once you complete the above steps, the Kiosk will be removed from your Windows 11 PC.

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