Kiosk-mode is a PIN-coded lock for your screen where your customer is free to browse either single or multiple files and folders of your choosing. Used typically with a tablet stand in trade shows and events.

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💡 Note:

  • Kiosk-mode only locks the Showell App itself. If you'd like to make sure, for example during an event, no one has access to the rest of your device, you can do so the following way:
    • iOS users: Turn on 'Guided Access' from your device's settings.
    • Windows users: Set up a 'single-app kiosk' from your device's settings.
    • Android users: A similar option like 'guided access, single-app kiosk or kiosk-mode' will be available from your settings page. Due to a great variety in Android devices, please reach out to your device's user manual for more information.
  • What can I do if I forgot my kiosk PIN-code?

Key features of Kiosk-mode

Kiosk-mode is a powerful feature - giving your viewers a freeing and interactive experience. 

  • Activate Showell's Kiosk-Mode at e.g. events or trade shows, where visitors/customers can browse your material in a secure environment.

  • A PIN-code will protect visitors/customers from viewing sensitive materials.

  • The side menu is disabled.

  • You can use the kiosk-mode:

    • With a single file, document, presentation or slide show

    • OR an entire folder (and it's sub folders)

  • Screen saver: This feature is very useful in high volume events where people come and go to your stand. The screen saver option let's you choose a presentation to be played when your device has been inactive for a period of time.

  • Autoplay: When you are in a multi-paged document, presentation or slide show, you can choose to Autoplay the content and set a time interval.

  • When enabling Kiosk-mode with Showell App for Web, it will automatically go full screen.

How to start Kiosk-mode

  • Navigate to the content you wish to present*
  • Go to the top right corner and click Tools > Kiosk
  • Choose a PIN-code and click Start Kiosk
    enter pin code
  • Visitors/customers are now able to browse only the selected content

💡 There are multiple ways to choose, select and present content:

  • Presenting an individual file or presentation
  • Presenting multiple files in a folder
    • Open the folder that contains the content you'd like to present
    • Start Kiosk-mode and/or Enable autoplay
      Note: Without autoplay the viewer can freely navigate within this folder and its subfolders
  • Presenting multiple files from different folders
    • Multi-select the content you'd like to present
    • Click 'Show presentation' > Start Kiosk-mode
    • Tip: You can also choose 'Save a presentation' and start the Kiosk-mode from this newly created presentation. Content is then ready to be presented any time you want!

How to stop Kiosk-mode

  • Go to the top right corner and click Tools > Kiosk
  • Type the correct PIN-code and click End Kiosk (forgot PIN?)
    enter pin code to stop kiosk
  • You are now able to access all your content again



How to enable the screen saver option

  • Start the kiosk-mode
  • Once you have typed your PIN-code, enable the screen saver
    enable screen saver
  • You will now be able to select screen saver slides from your presentations themselves. In other words, the slides you choose will become the screensaver when there is inactivity
    select screensaver
  • Choose when to start the screen saver with 'Start after (30s, 1min, 5min or 15min)',
    Activate Autoplay and the delay time between every slide (in seconds)
    enable autoplay
  • Click 'Start Kiosk'. 
    The screen saver will now be activated after the device has been inactive for the chosen time (Start after).



How to enable autoplay

  • Navigate to the multi-paged document, presentation or slide show you want to present.
    • To start a slide show: Click Tools > Show within a folder
  • Start the kiosk-mode
  • Once you have typed your PIN-code, enable Autoplay
  • Choose the delay time between every slide (in seconds)
    set autoplay delay
  • Click 'Start Kiosk'. Autoplay will now automatically change every slide after the chosen delay time.

💡 Utilize Showell's built-in tools!

Quickly organize and filter your files/folders to find relevant content in the blink of an eye. Highlight by drawing, write down notes or record your whole presentation. Showell even got you covered when presenting during events or trade-shows!


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