How do I prevent patients from installing stuff on my tablets? (Or, "How do I lock down my tablets?")

You can install the OceanWave Launcher to replace the default home screen on Android with a big "OceanWave" button that simply relaunches the Ocean app. It hides all the other apps.

Installing the OceanWave Launcher

To install the OceanWave Launcher, your tablet must be configured to allow downloads from "unknown sources". (You can do this by going to your tablet Settings -> Security -> turn Unknown Sources ON.)

To install the launcher, enter the Ocean Tablet app and tap the cog or Ocean logo in the bottom left corner of the keypad screen. Enter your credentials and pick "Install Launcher" from the administration menu.

Once the OceanWave Launcher is installed, you'll need to tap the "home" button and tell Android to use the OceanWave Launcher "always" to handle the home button action. 

Then, tap and hold the "home" button and drag your finger towards the Google/search icon that pops up above the home button. Again, as above, tell Android to use the OceanWave Launcher "always" to handle this long hold home button action, as well.

Uninstalling the OceanWave Launcher

If you wish to uninstall the OceanWave launcher, enter the Ocean Tablet app and tap the cog or Ocean logo in the bottom left corner of the keypad screen. Enter your credentials and pick "Remove Launcher" from the administration menu.

Note: Technically, the launcher doesn't prevent very clever patients from installing apps or surfing the web but it will make it quite difficult. The most important advice for managing tablets in your waiting room is always to keep your personal data off them: no Google Play account information, no credit cards, etc.

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