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. Additionally, users who have an instructor role in at least one course in the account can access SpeedGrader with a quick-access link.

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 Dashboard 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 outside of the menu area.

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 Profile Bio

View Profile Bio

If your institution allows profiles, you can view your bio above the email field.

Note: Bios can only be edited in the browser version of Canvas.

View User Options

View User Options

To view options about your account, click the user drop-down menu.

In user options, you can add a new account [1] or switch to another Canvas profile by clicking the name [2]. You can also log out of the app [3].

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 Inbox

View Inbox

The Inbox 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 Calendar

View Calendar

The Calendar link displays events and assignments for your courses and groups. Learn how to view the Calendar.

View Bookmarks

View Bookmarks

The Bookmarks link will take you to a list of screens you have bookmarked in the Canvas app. Learn how to view Bookmarks.

View SpeedGrader

View SpeedGrader

Users who have an instructor role in at least one course in the account can view a SpeedGrader link in the navigation menu. This link allows quick access to the SpeedGrader app. However, the Canvas app and SpeedGrader app do not share login information, so instructors must log in to the SpeedGrader app if they are not already logged in.

Note: The SpeedGrader link will not appear for instructors unless the Android SpeedGrader app is already installed on your phone device.

View Additional Options

View Additional Options

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