Video Kiosk: How to Install Video Kiosk

How to Install Video Kiosk

Video Kiosk is designed to be a reliable, video kiosk playing media content in a loop without any configuration. To use Video Kiosk, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Content folder. To do this, create a folder in one of the following locations and put your media in the folder:
    • /sdcard/<android id>
    • /sdcard/Movies/<android id>
    • /sdcard/Video Kiosk
    • /sdcard/Movies/Video Kiosk
  2. Launch Video Kiosk.
  3. There is no Step 3.

Video Kiosk will now play the Content Loop, in Full Screen, unattended. The only thing staff needs to know how to do is turn the TV on – Video Kiosk takes care of the rest.


About permissions

When you install Video Kiosk, you have always been prompted to grant the permissions that Video Kiosk requires.  Beginning with Android v6, you will also be prompted at run time to grant some, but not all, of those same permissions again.  If you choose to deny permissions at run time, some of Video Kiosks features will be disabled.

We recommend that you grant all of the permission so that you don’t run into problems with features you have inadvertently disabled by denying the run time permission request.

How to Configure Video Kiosk

Video Kiosk offers many additional features which you can use to enhance the reliability, usability and management of your Video Kiosk. For more information, refer to the Video Kiosk User’s Manual.


Where to find settings

Video Kiosk’s settings are split into two areas:  The Button Bar and the Settings Screen (and sub-screens).  The features of each are described below.

Button Bar

By default, the Button Bar is displayed for a few seconds when you launch Video Kiosk and then it automatically hides.  To display it again you can tap the screen, swipe down, swipe up, press the down arrow on a controller or remote control.

Video Kiosk Tablet Button Bar

The button bar allows you to:

  1. Choose the media folder containing the Content Loop
  2. Set Video Kiosk as the Home Launcher
  3. Send a management report
  4. Open the settings screen
  5. Open the License Activation screen if in free trial mode
  6. Exit Video Kiosk if another Home Launcher is available on the device

There are many options to protect access to the buttons in the button bar including not showing it on App launch, requiring a touch pattern to display it, requiring a password to access item in it.

Settings Screen

Pressing the Settings icon in the Button Bar will open the settings screen.  Some settings are in sub-screens and touching the title of the screen will open the sub-screen. The number of settings is extensive. For complete information on the Settings Screen refer to Configuring the Settings section of this document.

Video Kiosk Tablet Settings


Setting the device Time Zone

Your device allows you to set the Time Zone in the Device Settings. You may also have the option to use the network provided Time Zone.

To Change the device Time Zone manually:

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps > Settings.
  2. Touch Date and time.
  3. Touch Select time zone and select the device’s time zone from the list

To have the device use the network provided Time Zone:

  1. From the Home screen, touch Apps > Settings.
  2. Touch Date and time.
  3. Check the Automatic time zone check box to use the network provided time zone. This option requires that the device be connected to the network.


Video Kiosk right out of the box – Default Behavior

Video Kiosk is designed to be reliable, playing media content in a loop without any configuration. However, there are many additional features you can configure. If you have not configured otherwise, Video Kiosk will do the following:

  • Play the contents of the Media Folder in the order of either the first playlist it finds in the Media Folder or, if a playlist is not found, the media folder contents in alphabetical order by full path name.
  • Display in Full Screen Mode.
  • Display any images in the Media Folder for 30 seconds.
  • Display web pages for 30 seconds
  • On any device, Video Kiosk will automatically start playing the content loop. If a schedule is being used, Video Kiosk will play the content loop only when scheduled. If there is no scheduled event, Video Kiosk will, by default, dim the screen.
  • Video Kiosk will automatically start playing the content loop upon waking from sleep.


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