Set up Geckoboard on a Chrome OS device

Important note

If you have a non-Chrome OS device, want to power two screens using the same Chrome OS device or want to use your Chrome OS device for more than Geckoboard, you should follow our general set-up instructions instead.

This article guides you through using our Send to TV feature to connect Chrome OS devices with Google chrome device management (Kiosk mode). This includes our recommended device: the ASUS Chromebit.

What is Kiosk mode?

Kiosk mode allows you to run a single app on a Chrome device and lock it down so no one can interfere with it. It's useful if you're using the screen in a public area. Also, if there's a power failure or the app crashes for some reason, the device will auto launch the app again.

Step 1: Purchase a license for chrome device management

All Chrome devices now require a Chrome Device Management License (CDM) to run Geckoboard in Kiosk mode. Without this, you will not see the option to use kiosk mode on your device.

There are two ways to purchase the license:

  1. Purchase licenses from partner recommended
    You can use an authorized partner to purchase subscription licenses for Chrome Enterprise. To find one that suits your organization, go to Google's Partner Directory. We recommend purchasing through Promevo.
  2. Purchase licenses manually using the Google Admin console
    You must be signed in as a super admin for this task. You will also need to have a basic understanding of how Google G Suite works. Choose to start the subscription from a trial (up to 10 devices allowed) or Purchase Chrome Enterprise without trial (Annual subscription only).

*Prices correct as of February 1, 2019

Step 2: Setting up the Kiosk app on chrome device management

Once you have access to Chrome Device Management console you can add Geckoboard as a Kiosk app for the upcoming enrolled devices.

  1. Log in to your Chrome Device Management console.Chrome management screen
  2. Click the Device management menu.Chrome device management screen
  3. On the next page, click on Chrome management menu on the left.
  4. Scroll down and click on Device settings.
  5. On the next page, scroll down to Kiosk Settings and click on Manage Kiosk Applications.Chrome manage kiosk applications
  6. Click open Chrome Web Store then copy and paste the app ID as follows: kaiokjdncjfbkflmhagbokblchpcpdoh in the field and hit Enter. You will see Geckoboard, click Add.
  7. Now, hover over the item titled Geckoboard and click on Set to auto-launch.
  8. Click Save. You will see that there is 1 Kiosk App on your account now.Chrome kiosk app to launch
  9. Click Save again.

Step 3: Enroll and set up your device

Now that Geckoboard has been added as the Kiosk app on your account, you can now start enrolling and setting up the Chrome device.

  1. Powerwash the device if it’s been used prior to this setup. 

    Warning

    This will erase all data and restart setup.

  2. After booting your device, set the language, keyboard, and connect to WiFi.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions until you see the sign-in screen. Don't sign in yet.
  4. Before signing in to the Chrome device, press Ctrl + Alt + E to go to the enrollment screen.
  5. Enter the username and password from your Google admin welcome letter, or the username and password for an existing G Suite user on your account that has eligibility to enroll.
  6. Click Enroll device. You'll receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled

After the process, your Chrome device may reboot and Geckoboard will start as a Kiosk app.

Step 4: Connecting your Chrome OS device to Geckoboard

To connect your Chrome OS device, follow these steps.

  1. After setting up your device to boot with Geckoboard, you should see a pairing code on your screen.
  2. On your regular computer, log into Geckoboard and click Send to TV in the top right corner of your screen.login to your geckoboard account
  3. Enter your passcode in the window that appears.add a new screen modal
  4. The screen is now connected and should be displaying the dashboard you’re currently on.

    To change which dashboard or dashboard loop is displayed or to connect more devices, click Send to TV.
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