Set up Geckoboard on a Chrome OS device

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. Also, if there's a power failure or the app crashes for some reason, the device will auto launch the app again. This makes it ideal for displaying your dashboard on a wall-mounted TV.

Dashboard and Chromebit

Before you start

To setup up a Chrome OS device in Kiosk Mode requires:

Have all the requirements ready to go?  Skip to the next step here.

Important note

These instructions do not apply to users with non-Chrome OS devices, users that would like to power two screens using the same Chrome OS device, or users that would like to use their Chrome OS device for more than Geckoboard. For these use cases, please see our general set-up instructions instead.

G Suite Super Admins on either Business or Enterprise editions with a Chrome Enterprise license can easily add Geckoboard as a Kiosk app. If you're a Super Admin or know who is in your organization, you can skip to Step 1: Setting up the Kiosk app on chrome device management.

Otherwise, please continue reading to learn how to configure your account to enable Kiosk mode on your Chrome device.

G Suite

To set up a Chrome OS device, you will require Super Admin level access within either the G Suite Business or Enterprise editions. If you are unsure which G Suite edition you’re using, you can check here (you must be logged in first).

And if you are new to G Suite, a free 14-day trial is available for both G Suite Business and Enterprise editions.

Chrome Enterprise license

You'll also need a Chrome Enterprise license to run Geckoboard in Kiosk mode. Without this, you will not see the option to use kiosk mode on your device.

To see whether or not you have a Chrome Enterprise license, check the Device Management page here (you must be logged in first) and look for the Chrome devices icon in the navigation gallery.

If you have a Chrome Enterprise license, the Chrome devices icon will display the number of assigned devices and offer you the option to “Manage Chrome devices."

Chrome device management screen

If you don’t have a Chrome Enterprise license, the Chrome devices icon will ask you to “Start your 60-day free trial.”

Chrome device management screen

To get started with a Chrome Enterprise license, you can sign up for a free 60-day trial, or purchase a license either directly through Google or a Google authorized partner.

To find one that suits your organization, go to Google's Partner Directory. We recommend purchasing through Promevo.

*Prices correct as of February 1, 2019

Have any questions? Let us know.

Step 1: Setting up the Kiosk app on chrome device management

Once you have access to the Google Admin console, you can add Geckoboard as a Kiosk app for the upcoming enrolled devices by following these step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Log in to your Chrome Device Management console and click the Device management icon from the gallery.Chrome device management screen
  2. On the next page, click on Chrome management menu on the left.Chrome management screen
  3. Scroll down and click on Device settings.

    Important note

    The Device Settings option in the Chrome management menu (Step 3) will only be available if you have a Chrome Enterprise license.

    If you don’t see this option, you can purchase a license or sign up for a free 60-day trial.

  4. On the next page, scroll down to Kiosk Settings and click on Manage Kiosk Applications.Chrome manage kiosk applications
  5. Click open theChrome Web Store and either type “geckoboard” in the search field or copy and paste the following app ID in the field:
    kaiokjdncjfbkflmhagbokblchpcpdoh

    Hit Enter. You'll see Geckoboard, click Add.
  6. Click Save. You will see that there is 1 Kiosk App on your account now.Chrome kiosk app to launch
  7. Under Kiosk Settings, click the drop-down menu under Auto-Launch Kiosk App. Select Geckoboard from the list.
  8. Click Save.

Step 2: 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 you'll see a welcome screen. Click the globe icon in the bottom left hand corner to set the language and keyboard, then click Let's go.
  3. Next you'll need to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Select your network, input its password, and click Continue.
  4. Read the Google OS terms before clicking Accept and continue.
  5. Don't sign in yet. Instead, press Ctrl + Alt + E to go to the Enterprise enrollment screen.
  6. Enter the email address and password from your Google admin welcome letter. You may be asked for a further code from Google Authenticator for 2 step verification.

    Note

    You may need the email address and password for an existing G Suite user on your account that has eligibility to enroll.

  7. Click Enroll device. You'll receive a confirmation message that the device has been successfully enrolled.
  8. After the process, your Chrome device may reboot and Geckoboard will start as a Kiosk app.

Step 3: 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 passcode on your screen.Passcode screen for sending a dashboard to a TV
  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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