Set up Chrome Digital Signage player

Install our Chrome browser extension on your computer or dedicated Chrome OS or Chromium OS device

Chrome browser is vast, it has its own ecosystem of apps and even an operating system. Our extension runs on both the browser and Chrome OS. However, we DO NOT RECOMMEND using browser extension for production deployment; you should refer to our native applications instead. Regardless, the browser app is a great way for trying out our software without installing any programs directly onto your computer. As for Chrome OS devices: they come in various forms and you can find information about them here. These devices offer great performance for very reasonable prices (Chromebit, Chromebox) and can be remotely managed from Google’s Admin Console.

Chrome browser

0. Install Chrome

In case you’re not already using Chrome, you can download it from the official website.

1. Install player extension

Find Play Digital Signage extension in Chrome web store and click ‘Add to chrome’ . The extension will be available in the Apps drawer:
Apps drawer

2. Sign up and claim the screen

If you don’t have an account, create one now! You can link the screen with your account from the screens page by entering the 6 character pairing code shown by the player. Now you can start publishing content to your new screen!

Chrome OS devices

If you’ve purchased Chrome OS device, you can set it up using a regular browser extension as described above. However, we recommend setting it up in kiosk mode instead. Setting up kiosk may take slightly more time but it is worth it as the kiosk mode will start the player app on system start and will ensure that the extension is always running.

1. Wipe device and set to development mode

Before starting you need to wipe your device. See per device instructions here: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/1360642

IMPORTANT!  Keep the device in developer mode (don’t go back to verified mode after wiping).

2. Turn on kiosk mode

After wipe is complete, connect to a network & accept the terms but DO NOT login yet.

Press CTRL + ALT + K to enable kiosk mode.

3. Login and install our extension

You can now log in (you might need to create a new Google account). Install the player app from the Chrome web store.

4. Enable on-screen keyboard (optional)

Go to device Settings -> Accessibility and tick the ‘On-screen keyboard’ option if you plan to use this device with a touch screen.

5. Turn on developer mode and set app to auto-launch

Open your browser & go to extensions page from the settings menu (you can also go to chrome://extensions):

  1. On the extensions page, tick ‘developer mode’ on the top right.
  2. Copy the extension id (you may need to scroll down a bit).
  3. Scroll back to the top of the page and click ‘Manage kiosk applications’.
  4. Enter the copied extension id and click ‘add’.
  5. Press on the newly added row (or hover to highlight) and click on ‘Set to auto-launch’.
  6. Reboot your device.

After rebooting, you will be asked to confirm that the extension should automatically start when the machine turns on. Click ‘confirm’ and you’re done.

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