With ScreenCloud, you can show your digital signage content using a wide range of supported Windows devices, including tablets, media players boxes, and sticks.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through how to set up ScreenCloud’s digital signage software using an Android device, plus a step-by-step guide to adding your content to your screen quickly and easily.
Table of Contents:
Section I: How to Use a Windows Desktop or Device as a Screen
1. How to Set up your Windows Desktop or Media Player for Digital Signage
If you are using a new device, follow along the process to set up your device below.
1.1.1. First, select the language you would like to use.
1.1.2. Next, select the region you are located in.
1.1.3. Select the Keyboard layout you would like to use (keyboard layouts may vary in different regions of the world) If you don't know which one to select, feel free to just select the US.
1.1.4. If you would like to add a second keyboard layout select "Add Layout" if you are happy with the one you selected select "Skip".
1.1.5. Next, select your WIFI network and enter the password.
1.1.6. After selecting Next you will be prompted to agree to the Windows 10 Licence Agreement. Go ahead and select Accept.
1.1.7. Next, you will be prompted to select which set up you would like to use:
Select "Personal Use" if you would like to set up your device with a personal Microsoft account.
Or select "Set up for an organization" account if you would like to sign in using an account created by an organization administrator, which gives your account access to all Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft Azure, Windows Intune, or Office 365.
1.1.8. Next Sign-in using your selected Microsoft Account.
1.1.9. Activity history is a feature provided by Windows 10 that helps keep track of the activities you do on your devices, such as the apps and services you use, the files you open, and the websites you browse. This feature helps you easily transfer your information to another device and pick up where you left off.
If you would like to use this feature select "Yes" if you would like to start fresh select "No".
1.1.10. Digital Assitant is a virtual assistant similar to Siri or Alexa that you can give commands to through voice control to perform simple tasks such as setting reminders, setting calendar events, or setting a timer.
If you would like to use this feature select "Accept".
1.1.11. Next, select the privacy settings for your device. We recommend setting Diagnostic data and location services to "ON" and select "Accept".
1.1.12. After you select Accept your device will begin starting up. This may take a few minutes. Keep your device on at this time.
1.1.13. Once your device turns on, head over to the browser and search for https://screen.cloud/download.
Scroll down until you see the Windows option and select which app file suits your device more. If you don't know simply select the "Windows (exe)" file.
1.1.14 After you download ScreenCloud, Launch the app and you will immediately see a pairing code.
1.1.15. Make a note of the pairing code - this is the code you need to enter into your "Screens" section of your ScreenCloud account.
Section II: Set up Your ScreenCloud Account
Learn how to use ScreenCloud with our full walkthrough article, follow step-by-step to get started on how to use ScreenCloud for digital signage. This will help you become comfortable with the setup process and the main features of using ScreenCloud.
2.1. Once you have your pairing code you’re ready to go, log in to your ScreenCloud account at https://studio.screencloud.com on your laptop or PC and sign up for a free trial. If you already have a ScreenCloud account you can log in now.
Once you’re in, you'll see the ability to add a new screen within the Screens panel.
2.2. Next, click 'Screens' in the left-hand navigation.
2.3. Select the 'New Screen' button located in the top right corner.
2.4. Enter the pairing code that you see on your screen, along with a name for your screen. You can also choose to add the screen to a group at this point if you want.
2.5. Once you do this, you'll see your new screen turn up in the list of screens.
You can now add and manage the content shown on this screen using your ScreenCloud account.
Section III: How to Configure Settings on a Windows device for optimal Digital Signage use
1. How to open the app's settings
3.1.1. Click anywhere on the app to open the settings sidebar (it will slide in from the right).
3.1.2. Right click on the app and select Toggle Setting Menu.
2. How to reset the pairing code
If you want to pair your Windows device with a different ScreenCloud account, or if you need to reset the pairing for any other reason:
3.2.1. Open the settings sidebar and select RESET PAIRING.
3.2.2. This will reset the player pairing and give you a new code to pair with.
3. How to toggle view from full-screen to a smaller screen
Right click on the player and select Toggle Fullscreen. This will switch the app from windowed mode to fullscreen mode and vice versa.
4. How to Close the App
Simply exiting the app by clicking the close button on the top right corner won't keep the app closed due to the app's 'resurrection' feature, as the app will just continue to relaunch. This setting is to ensure that the app re-opens after crashes or 'accidental' closes
There are two ways to close the app for good:
4.1 Open the settings sidebar and then select EXIT PLAYER.
4.2 Right click on the app and select Close.
5. How to Schedule your Windows Device to Shutdown or Startup Daily
If you would like to learn how to set your Windows 10 device to automatically start-up and shutdown at a scheduled time click on this article here
There are many beneficial reasons why one would want to schedule daily shutdowns or startup for their digital signage devices, whether you work in an office or restaurant, it is def a great feeling seeing all of your screens up and running the moment you walk through that door as it takes away the hassle of having to go around and turn on ever individual screen.
6. How to Disable Notifications
1. How to silence your notification alerts
First, locate your Settings > then find Notifications & Actions and select the option to "OFF".
2. How to silence notifications from one specific app
Open the Notifications & actions settings again and scroll down until you can see “Get notifications from these senders” list and select which apps you would like to silence.
Note that silencing the apps below will only work for core apps within the Windows operating system. For custom apps, you will have to disable notifications from within the app itself.
7. How to Disable Auto Log-In
7.1 Open Settings and locate "Accounts"
7.2. Select the Sign-in options located on the sidebar. Under the "Password" section, selection change, and type in your current password to verify you are the current user.
7.3. Select Next, and skip the new password creation to remove the password entirely.
If you have any additional questions on the Windows OS Player, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.