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How do I send a message in the Canvas app on my Android device?

You can send conversation messages to people in your courses using your Android device.

The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

Open User Menu

Open User Menu

In the Dashboard, tap the User Menu icon.

Open Inbox

Open Inbox

Tap the Inbox link.

Add Message

Add Message

Tap the Add icon.

Select Course

Select Course

Tap the Select a course menu and select the course for your message.

Choose Recipients

Choose Recipients

You can add a recipient by quickly searching by name in the Users field [1] or searching by filter with the Address icon [2].

Search by Name

Search by Name

To search by name, type the name of your recipient in the Users field.

Choose Recipients

Choose Recipients

When the full name of the recipient appears, tap the name.

Note: You can send a message to multiple recipients using the search filter option.

Verify Recipients

Verify Recipients

The compose window will show the message recipients.

Search by Course Filter

Search by Course Filter

To search by filter, tap the Address icon.

View User Roles

View User Roles

You can view the groups of user roles for the course. The number next to the checkbox [1] will show you how many users are in the role. You can also view course sections and student groups, if available. To send a message to all users in the role, tap the checkbox for the role. You can also select multiple roles as well. To remove a user role, tap the checkbox again.

If you want to choose recipients from within a user role, tap the name of the role [2].

Choose Recipients

Choose Recipients

To send a message to a specific user or multiple users, tap the checkbox next to the user's name [1]. Then tap the check mark icon [2].

Note: Your name will be grayed out as you cannot send messages to yourself.

Verify Recipients

Verify Recipients

The compose window will show the name of the message recipients.

Send Message

Send Message

In the Subject field [1], create a subject line for your message. Type your message in the text field [2]. When you are ready to send the message, tap the Send icon [3].

Note: New messages will not appear in the Inbox on the Canvas app until there is a reply to the message. However, if you have an existing Inbox message with a recipient, the message will appear as part of that message thread.

Select Multiple Recipients Message Type

Select Multiple Recipients Message Type

Before sending a message to multiple recipients, Canvas will ask how you want to send your message.

To send the message as a group message, tap the Group button [1]. To send the message to each recipient individually, tap the Individually button [2].