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How to lock your iPhone or iPad into Kiosk Mode

  • July 5, 2018

Know how you can lock down your iPad/iPhones into kiosk mode in a simple, easy and manageable way. Sign up for your free trial with MobiLock and start adding your iOS devices today.

Does your business need kiosk devices? Then, you can also think of restricting iPhone or iPad to a kiosk mode or single application mode rather than going for the traditional kiosk devices. It is easy, safe and can be managed effectively, irrespective of the number of devices and its location.

With the help of MobiLock Pro – Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solution, iPhone or iPad kiosk mode can be enabled in the following way –

Initial requirements for setting up iPhone or iPad in kiosk mode are –

  • Apple ID – Preferably the corporate or organization ID
  • MobiLock Pro account
  • An iOS supervised device – To make an iOS device supervised, go to How to make an ios device supervised

1.Setting up the APNs Certificate

The first step is to allow MobiLock Pro to remotely connect to your devices. This is an obligatory step to be done for establishing a mutual trust between MobiLock Pro and your Apple Account. Once you have Apple ID and are ready with your MobiLock Pro account and Apple account details, you need to –

  • Download a CSR (a file) from MobiLock
  • Upload the downloaded file to Apple Account
  • Download a pem file that Apple provides
  • Upload the pem file to MobiLock dashboard

2.Create a QR Code Configuration

Enrolling Apple device by using the QR Code helps to simplify the process of onboarding the device. QR Code enrollment avoids manual error with time-saving steps and efficient provisioning of iOS devices. After Step 1 and Step 2, to create a QR Code configuration log into Dashboard and then go to Bulk Enrollment and then select QR Code. For further explanation of how to configure the QR code.

3. Enrolling your first Device

After QR code configuration, you can enroll the devices using QR code.

Now Lockdown your iPhone or iPad into Single App Mode

Single App Mode (SAM) locks the Supervised iOS devices which are deployed as kiosks, on which only one application is supposed to run anytime, all the time.

  • Go to Device Management tab & then click on Device Profiles.
  • Choose CREATE NEW PROFILE. It is mandatory to create at least one profile in which you can group the common set of policies that you want to apply. There are various Policies that you can apply.


  • After Clicking on CREATE NEW PROFILE, you will see a screen as shown in the reference image.
  • Select Apple for the iOS devices, thereafter enter the Profile name and then press submit.

  • After Submitting, go to the SELECT APPS section and enable the application that you want to set up in Single App Mode.

  • Thereafter navigate to the RESTRICTIONS section and click on the SINGLE APP MODE tab.
  • Choose SINGLE APP MODE option as shown in the reference image. From the Default Application Dropdown, select an application that you want to set in Single App Mode. You can choose one app from the applications that you have allowed in the Select Apps section of Device Profile. So, if you want to run only your business app on the kiosk, you first need to upload and publish in the enterprise store. After that, while selecting the default app in Single App Mode, you select that particular business app.


  • Further, you can control the following settings when in Single App Mode

Setting Table

  • Click on Create Profile or Update Profile to save the settings.
  • On all the iOS devices this profile is applied, the selected app will run in Single App Mode.

You have successfully set your iPhone or iPad in Single App Kiosk Mode!

By these steps, your iPad in kiosk mode will be ready to be deployed and be functional. MobiLock MDM for iOS can seamlessly monitor, manage and control all the kiosks from a single web-based user- friendly dashboard.

For Android Check: How to Turn your Android devices into Single App Kiosk Mode

With the rapid growth in enterprise devices, it’s necessary to manage and secure their devices more effectively using a Device Management software. Manage Devices more relentlessly not only for Android & iOS devices but also for Windows using our Windows 10 Kiosk Mode solution.

About the Author

Nema Buch is a Research & Marketing professional, also writes for MobiLock Pro on Enterprise Mobility trends, SaaS, and different Industry Verticals.

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