As an extension on Chrome Browser – great for testing, but we recommend using a native Windows / Mac / Linux for production instead of as native applications can auto-start and recover from a crash.
As an extension on ChromeOS device – a device running an operating system developed by Google. ChromeOS devices can be configured to run in Kiosk mode so that they can launch our app on device startup and keep it running. ChromeOS devices can also be remotely managed (restart, take a screenshot, etc…) from Google’s Admin Console – see Chrome OS section for more info.
Note: For reasons we can not understand, Google now requires users to purchase a Chrome Device Management license to set the device in kiosk mode for 24$/year. We still strongly recommend kiosk mode for production deployment, however, you might want to consider other platforms with this new information in mind.
If you’ve purchased a 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 a 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.
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. Enable auto-play (optional)
If you plan on displaying content from YouTube, there’s one additional set to change. You’ll find the instructions in the plugin FAQ section.
6. Turn on developer mode and set app to auto-launch
Open your browser & go to the extensions page from the settings menu (you can also type chrome://extensions to address bar):
On the extensions page, tick ‘developer mode’ on the top right.
Copy the extension id (you may need to scroll down a bit).
Scroll back to the top of the page and click ‘Manage kiosk applications’.
Enter the copied extension id and click ‘add’.
Press on the newly added row (or hover to highlight) and click on ‘Set to auto-launch.
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.
Link the APP
Log in at my.playsignage.com, then go to Screens, hit Add screen, and use the code from the TV to link the APP to your account.
Design your content
Go to Playlists, hit Create Playlist, and design your content.
Link your playlist
Go to Groups & Schedules, pick your playlist in the group’s base playlist and move your screen to the group.
Working with Chrome Device Management
For those wanting a higher level of management and monitoring, you should be looking into Google’s Chrome Device Management. Adding your devices to Chrome Device Management, amongst other features, adds the feature of KIOSK mode on all your Chrome devices.
5. In the top right search for Play Digital Signage and hit enter.
6. When you’ve found our app click Select.
7. After adding the app you need to choose it in Auto-lunch app and you’re good to go.
When you’re done you should be able to reboot the device from your account, the device is not going to ask for a username and password and the app will auto-launch. In fact, you don’t need to do anything.
Exiting kiosk mode
If for some reason you need to exit kiosk mode (f.x connect to new WiFi network), you can do so by pressing CTRL + ALT + S during device boot (Press this combination several times when the device boots so you don’t miss the short time window).
Why is the kiosk mode recommended?
Kiosk mode ensures that our app (extension) is launched on system startup and is kept running. This means that if the system restarts (due to power loss, crash, etc…), kiosk mode launches our extension again whereas without kiosk mode you’d have to launch it manually every time system starts up.
Google is shutting down Chrome apps, what happens then?
Google started shutting down Chrome apps back in 2018 but has delayed the process several times. This has understandably made some users uneasy about choosing Chrome for their player software. The apps won’t be shut down overnight and the process happens in several stages, your already installed app will still keep on running. The chrome apps will be succeeded by a Progressive Web App (PWA) technology and we have the successor ready to be released should the shut down eventually happen, so you can continue using the player in any case.