How do I use the Canvas app on my Android phone?

The Canvas by Instructure app helps students and instructors access their courses and groups while they are away from a computer browser. The app provides functionality to view and participate in a course or group, as well as view To-Do items, Notifications, Messages, and Grades.

Note: Not all Canvas features are supported on the app at this time.

View Landing Page

View Landing Page

When you log in to the Canvas app, the landing page defaults to Courses. Learn how to change your landing page.

Open User Navigation Menu

Open User Navigation Menu

To view content in the app, use the User Navigation Menu. This menu is located in the action bar and provides easy access to every page in the app. To open the menu, tap the Menu icon.

When the menu is open, close the menu by tapping the Back button.

View Profile

View Profile

The Profile area displays your profile information in the app. To view your profile, tap your profile picture.

Your Profile page shows you all the information associated with your Canvas account. From this page you can:

  1. Choose a profile backdrop image and profile picture (if allowed in your institution)
  2. View your display name (to change it, tap your name)
  3. View your email address
  4. View your Login ID
  5. View your Canvas URL
  6. View your files

View Courses

View Courses

The Courses link displays all your current courses and groups, including your favorite courses. Learn how to view courses and groups.

View Notifications

View Notifications

The Notifications link gives you an overview of all course notifications such as changes to an assignment due date, newly created assignment, course announcement, or a reply to a subscribed discussion. You can also view specific notifications within each of your courses. Learn how to view Notifications.

View To-Do List

View To-Do List

The To-Do List link gives a quick view of upcoming course activities that have not yet completed. Learn how to view the To-Do list.

Note: Users with instructor roles will see To-Do notifications about grading assignments; learn how to manage grades on Android mobile devices.

View Messages

View Messages

The Messages link displays all Conversations messages in the Canvas app. Learn how to view Messages.

View Grades

View Grades

The Grades link displays your overall grade in your Courses. Learn how to view Grades.

Note: Users who do not have a student role will always see grades with a percentage of zero.

View Additional User Options

View Additional User Options

In the User Navigation Menu, you can also view personal settings [1], get help with the app [2], and log out of the app [3].

If you have enabled the multiple user sign-in option, you can use the menu to switch to another Canvas profile [4].

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