I am looking for possibility to run only:

  • phone
  • chrome
  • camera
  • music player

on Android device. I want to check app first before I decide to give permission to run it. I want to run Phone app but I want to block SMS app and all other messaging apps.

How can I set it up ?

The purpose is to give the smartfone to the kid but with very limited options, so it's not using messaging and other chat apps , the only way of communication is just phone call but also I want her to have a Web Browser and phone Contact list, Camera and some Music apps so she can use it as a player anytime.

No distracting apps loaded with ads, no texting, no notifications.

Please help with the simplest solution for that.

Thank you

  • What you're after is called "kiosk mode" (I've adjusted your tags accordingly). There are specific "app-lockers" for that you could check with. Not sure if the on-board functionality of "restricted profiles" would suffice for your needs.
    – Izzy
    Feb 14, 2018 at 13:35

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You can use kiosk mode for that. The simplest way to set up kiosk-mode on Android is to use Google's Android Management API which works for any Android devices running Android 5.1 or above.

To lock the device on one app, or on multiple app, you define a kiosk policy like below, it will disable the navigation buttons (sample copied from Create a policy):

"applications": [
   "packageName": "com.example.app",
   "installType": "FORCE_INSTALLED",
   "lockTaskAllowed": true,
   "defaultPermissionPolicy": "GRANT",
"persistentPreferredActivities": [
    "receiverActivity": "com.example.app/.com.example.app.MainActivity",
    "actions": [
    "categories": [
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    – Firelord
    Feb 14, 2018 at 16:20
  • May I ask you to paste here JSON with settings for this API and tell me where should I place it in my device ? The settings should only run those 5 apps I mention in my questions. Thank you in advance.
    – knm
    Feb 14, 2018 at 21:16

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