Using App Lock on iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS

By Emalee Firestein

Learn how to put your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV in Kiosk Mode using the App Lock Library Item

What is App Lock?

App Lock is a feature that restricts an Apple device to a single app, enhancing security and focus by preventing access to other apps and system functions. This feature is particularly useful in environments where devices need to operate under strict usage guidelines, such as in educational settings, kiosks, or retail displays. When App Lock is active, the defined app reopens immediately after the device is restarted, ensuring continuous operation in the selected app. The configuration typically involves selecting the app to lock the device to, and disabling various features such as touch input, volume buttons, and motion detection to prevent users from exiting the app or modifying the device's state. App Lock works on iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS.

How to Configure App Lock in Kandji

  1. Click Library in the left-hand navigation bar.
  2. Click Add new in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Type App Lock in the Search bar, or scroll down to the Profiles section and locate App Lock.
  4. Click Add & Configure on the App Lock Library Item.
  5. Give your Library Item a Name.
  6. Assign the Library Item to a Blueprint(s).
  7. Select device families to Install on.
  8. Optionally, configure Assignment Rules.
  9. Configure the App Identifier you'd like to lock the device to. A list of third-party bundle identifiers is maintained at
  10. Specify which physical switches and Accessibility features should be enabled when the device uses the App Lock configuration.
  11. Specify which user-enabled options should be allowed when using the App Lock configuration.