Recommended iPad Settings to use our Member Check In app in Kiosk Mode

Recommended iPad Settings to use our Member Check In app in Kiosk Mode
June 11, 2018 Justin at PoolDues

Once your pool or club has decided to invest in an iPad and a secure locking kiosk case, you’ll just need to enable Kiosk Mode in the Member Check In app, then make sure members can’t mess around with the iPad.

On this page we’ll go step-by-step through the settings we recommend for kiosk mode. If you haven’t bought a locking case yet, we recommend searching Amazon for “iPad kiosk case”, and you’ll find plenty of options.

Resetting a Used iPad

First let’s get the app downloaded to your iPad. Ideally you’re starting with a brand new iPad that doesn’t have anything else on it. If a member of your club has donated an older iPad for this, have them first wipe out that iPad by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.

That iPad should go back to it’s original factory status at that point (where it greets you with a “Hello” screen).

You want to set this up as a new iPad so skip past any prompts to set up the iPad with an existing iCloud account. When you create a new iCloud account, you could use a club email like board@[your pool name].com or treasurer@[your pool name].com . Make sure it is a real email address you can verify (and recover the password for down the road).

If you aren’t currently at your pool or club when you setup the iPad, just remember you’ll need to connect the device to the club’s wifi. Otherwise the app can’t connect to the net and check in members!

Enable Kiosk Mode in the app

  1. Download Member Check In (tap here) to an iPad. This is a free app, so you shouldn’t need to add any payment info to the App Store before downloading.

  2. Open the app and search for your pool.

  3. The next screen will ask for your Email and PIN, which you’ll get in the next step.

  4. Login into your Pool Dues portal (the footer menu has a link to login). After logging in, the footer menu has links only visible to admins. Tap Kiosk PIN

  5. Go back to the app and enter the email and PIN

You’re done!

Miscellaneous settings for kiosk mode

Before we make sure members can’t leave the Member Check In app, let’s toggle a few more recommended settings for kiosk mode.

  • Settings > Notifications > Touch ID & Passcode > Turn Passcode Off . If the iPad restarts (because it ran out of power), you’ll want the lifeguards to be able to restart the iPad and get right back into the app.

  • Settings > Notifications > Show Previews > Never. 

  • Settings > Safari > Auto-Fill > Toggle off for everything.

  • Settings > Display & Brightness  > Auto-Lock > Never. You don’t want the iPad going to sleep.

  • Settings > Display & Brightness  > Brightness > Set to Maximum. As it will be poolside in the sun, you’ll want the brightness up as high as possible.

  • Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Updates > Toggle On.  This should be on by default, but make sure that Updates is on so the Member Check In app is always updated.

iPad Settings to make sure members don’t leave the app

Here’s the most important step, setting up Guided Access. This prevents members (let’s face it, kids) from monkeying around with the iPad.

  • Settings > General > Accessibility > Guided Access (at the very bottom).  Toggle On.

  • Set a Passcode.

  • Exit Settings and open Member Check In

  • Now triple-click the iPad’s home button. Guided Access will now be on for this app. Which just means the app can’t be closed without triple-clicking the home button again and then entering the passcode.

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