How to switch from Android/Fire to iOS/iPad Pro?

Hey Josh, James, et. al.,

Long time no talk. Am still loving SharpTools and my Kiosk and my very automated house. Android and FireHD10? Not so much. Very fiddly and way too slow. I’m ready to pitch those in favor of an iPad.

My daily carry for a tablet (around the house) is 10” iPad Pro. I can live without it (in favor of just using my iPhone or maybe getting a new iPad mini soon) and so have spent ~$20 at Amazon on a Dockem Koala wall mount and USB-C charger cable (the one I had for the Android didn’t go far enough into the iPad).

What I need now is some sort of replacement for Fully Kiosk. Or some tutorial/101/FAQ on how to make the set-up more kiosk-y. I liked how the Fire table/Fully Kiosk would turn on automatically and already be on (other than first thing in the morning when I had to wake it up and reset the brightness to full from it’s lowest setting).

Any pointers? Anyone already ask this and any entries in this community I should read to know what to do next?

Thanks in advance!

Scott


Hi @Scott_Farnsworth - good to hear from you and I’m glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying things!

Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s anything quite like Fully Kiosk Browser in terms of the depth of integrations and functionality that it has. That being said, there are a few ‘kiosk’ apps for iOS and even some alternative approaches.

Kiosk Apps

I haven’t personally tried these, so I don’t have any specific recommendations. If you end up trying them out, it would be awesome if you could share your feedback here so others can learn from it!

  • Kiosker
    • From what I recall, this is probably the closest to Fully as it has features like screensavers, wake on tap, wake on camera (iOS 11+), etc.
  • Kiosk Pro
    • This used to be the only professional tier kiosk app on the app store. It has a bunch of features, but seems to have a focus on the commercial / enterprise market.

Alternative Approach

I’m going from memory here, so forgive me if the details aren’t 100% spot-on, but the general approach is to use the Add to Homescreen approach to pin your dashboard to your homescreen. Make sure your iPad has Guided Access enabled, then open your pinned dashboard and triple-tap the home button to enter guided access mode. Then you can create a notification (either in HomeKit or something like Pushover to your iPad) whenever a motion sensor connected to your smart home hub is activated – the notification hitting your iPad should wake it to your guided access pinned app.

Edit: Here’s a video showing the guided access / notification trick.

Hi Josh,

Thanks! Good stuff. I will check these out. I’ve read other stuff about Guided Access, so I’ll dig into that some more. I haven’t heard of Kiosker. Sounds promising. Will definitely try that. I’ll report back what I find.

Thanks! Scott

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