Kiosk mode helps you limit Windows 11 usage to a single app. Here is how to enable kiosk mode in Windows 11 in simple steps.
One of the most exciting features of Windows 11 is the ability to set it in a Kiosk mode, also known as Assigned Access. When enabled, it restricts the computer to just one application. Of course, you can choose which application to run in Kiosk mode.
For example, if you want your kid to use the Paint app in Windows 11 and nothing else, you can enable the Kiosk mode and configure it to use the Paint app. That way, the kid can only use the Paint app, and you don’t have to worry about them messing with the system or personal files and other applications.
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What is a kiosk mode?
If you don’t know, Kiosk mode in Windows 11 limits the system to only using one app and blocks access to all other apps and features of Windows 11. Since the application runs on top of the lock screen, if a user tries to quit the application or switch to another app, Windows 11 will prompt them to log in. Users cannot exit the Kiosk mode, use another app, or change the Windows 11 settings without proper login credentials.
As you can guess, this feature is perfect for limiting users to just one application like a browser, computers used as public displays, and more.
Keep in mind that you cannot use Kiosk mode over Remote Desktop. Also, as of writing this, Kiosk mode only supports Microsoft Store apps.
Enable kiosk mode in Windows 11
There are two major steps to enable Kiosk mode in Windows 11. They are—to set up the Kiosk mode and then select an app to use. It is pretty simple to do. Let me show you the exact steps.
- Press “Start + I” to open Settings.
- Go to the “Accounts” page.
- Choose “Other users.”
- Click the “Get started” button under “Set up a kiosk.”
- Add a name to the new Kiosk account.
- Choose the app of your choice.
- Click the “Next” button.
- Click “Close” to complete setting up Kiosk mode.
- Sign out of the current user account.
- Select the Kiosk account on the lock screen.
- Click the “Sign in” button.
- With that, you have enabled and set up Kiosk mode in Windows 11.
Steps with a bit more detail and screenshots:
You can enable the Kiosk mode from the Accounts page in the Windows 11 Settings app. To get started, open the Windows 11 Settings app (Start + I shortcut) and go to the “Accounts > Other users” page.
Note: in older versions of Windows 11, go to the “Accounts > Family and other users” page.
Click the “Get started” button under the “Set up a kiosk” section.
Type a name in the “Create an account” prompt when prompted. This name will appear as the account name on the lock screen. Press the “Next” button to continue.
Now, Windows 11 will ask you to choose an app. Select the app of your choice. Click the “Next” button to continue. Windows might ask you to configure additional settings depending on the app selection. Configure them as needed. For example, if you select Microsoft Edge, you will be asked whether you want to limit the user to a single website or not.
You are done setting up the kiosk mode in Windows 11. You can now start using it. To do that, sign out of the current account. You can right-click on the Start menu and choose “Shut down or sign out > Sign out.”
After signing out, you should see a new user account on the lock screen. Click on that user account.
Next, click the “Sign in” button.
Windows 11 will sign you in and activate the Kiosk mode with the selected app as soon as you do that. In my case, that desired app is “Clock.”
Exit kiosk mode in Windows 11
Press the “Ctrl + Alt + Del” shortcut to exit the kiosk mode. It will take you back to the lock screen. From here, you can log into your primary user account. After logging in, you can customize and change the kiosk mode behavior by going to the “Settings > Accounts > Other users > Kiosk” page.
That is all. It is that simple to enable kiosk mode in Windows 11.
I hope this simple and easy Windows 11 how-to guide helped you.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.