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How to Set Up Time Clock Kiosk Clock-in and Clock-out (Android)

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Note: Before performing the steps below, please see: Time Clock Kiosk: How to Get Started


1. Install the Kiosk Feature in TSheets, and Get the Device Authorization Code

 
  1. On a computer, in TSheets, go to SET UP > Add-ons OR Feature Add-ons > Manage Add-ons.
  2. Scroll down to Kiosk, and click Install.
  3. Click Add Device > Other device and write down the authorization code.


2. Install the TSheets Kiosk App

TSheets Kiosk prevents navigation to other web pages by hiding the URL bar.

  1. On the device, go to: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tsheets.android.catshark&hl=en, and tap Install.
  2. Open TSheets Kiosk.
  3. Enter your company's TSheets web address (for example, yourcompany.tsheets.com), and click Next.
  4. Enter the device authorization code you got in Step 1 above.
  5. Click Authorize. Kiosk launches. At this point, all employees will be able to clock in on this device. If you only want certain groups or individual employees to clock in and out from the device, see How to Manage Time Clock Kiosks.


3. Set Kiosk Preferences

Back on your desktop, click Done on the authorization code window. Under Kiosk Name, click the authorization code to open the kiosk preferences. The following steps are all optional: 
  1. Under KIOSK NAME, type a new name. 
  2. To limit which users can clock in/out on this kiosk, under EMPLOYEES, click all employees and make your selections. 
  3. Under REQUIRE PHOTO ON CLOCK IN/OUT, select Yes or No to enable or disable photo capture. 
  4. Under EMPLOYEE LIST, select Display or Hide. Clicking Hide conceals the employee list, but employees can still find their name by entering it in the search field.
  5. Under EMPLOYEE WORKING STATUS, select Display or Hide. This setting allows TSheets to display or hide a colored dot next to the employees' profile pictures. Green = clocked in; Orange = on a break; No dot = off the clock


4. Limit device use to Time Clock Kiosk

This step prevents employees from navigating to apps other than Time Clock Kiosk.

Notes:

  • Only Android version 5 or higher allows screen locking. These instructions might be slightly different depending on your device's operating system version.
  • We recommend that you use your device's built-in system for screen locking. We have found that using third-party apps to lock the screen causes problems with the kiosk app.
  1. On your Android device, go to Settings > GENERAL > Security.
  2. Scroll down to and tap Pin windows.
  3. At the top right, tap the toggle to ON.


5. Set Employee PINs

To have employees set their PINs:

Upon first login, instruct them to pick their name from the list displayed on the kiosk. They will be prompted to set a PIN.

If you want to set employees' PINs for them:

  1. In TSheets, go to Employees.
  2. Click an employee name. The Employee Editor displays.
  3. In the PIN box, enter a four-digit number, and click Save.

If an employee forgets their PIN:

If the employee has a phone # on file, they can choose “Text Me a Code”. This provides a temporary PIN, and then walks them through setting up a new PIN.

Or, they can use the TSheets password option if they have been set up with a password and know it.
 

Finally, you may want to distribute to employees or post near the device: How to Clock In and Out via Time Clock Kiosk.

 

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