How To Use Locked Mode On Google Chromebook [Updated]

Locked Mode for Chromebooks means students can’t open up anything else but the assessment itself. That’s it.

How To Use Locked Mode On Google Chromebook

What Is Chromebook Locked Mode?

by TeachThought Staff

We’ve talked about ways to use Google Classroom.

Today, we’re going to take a look at a simple feature that might come in handy in your classroom while students are taking quizzes and tests in Google Forms. Using a Google Chromebook operating under the G Suite For Education program managed by your school or district, to use it you simply have to turn it on.

If you use Google Chromebooks in your classroom, there’s a feature that can help students stay focused–and will alert you if they don’t. It’s called ‘Locked Mode’ (LM).

According to Google, LM is a feature for managed Google Chromebooks that “helps keep students focused while they take quizzes and tests. When students take a quiz in locked mode, they won’t be able to browse other websites or open any other apps.”

Further, students won’t even be able to use other apps. Some extensions and keyboard shortcuts won’t be available in LM, either. In fact, if a student even tries to open another tab or exits the quiz, the teacher automatically receives an email.

Locked Mode isn’t messing around.

In short, this means students can’t open up anything else but the assessment itself. No multitasking, no music, no texting, no Googling, no cheating.

What Do You Need To Use Chromebook Locked Mode?

As of 2021, you’ll need:

Once accepted to the (currently beta) program, you’ll be able to enable LM using the steps shown below.

How To Turn On Locked Mode In Google Forms

As shown above, to turn on LM for students, use the following steps.

  1. In Google Forms, open a quiz.
  2. At the top, click Settings Settings and then Quizzes.
  3. Turn on locked mode.

When you turn on LM, your quiz will automatically:

  • Collect email addresses
  • Allow students to only submit once
  • Limit to your domain only

That’s it–unless Google changes something, it’s really that simple. Be sure to explore our other Google teaching tools and resources.