How do I use the Canvas app on my iOS device?
The Canvas by Instructure app helps students and instructors access their courses while they are away from a computer browser. The app displays your profile, Calendar, To-Do items, Notifications, and Messages, as well as functionality to access and complete a course. You can also subscribe to your course calendar feed and view it as part of the calendar on your device.
The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.
- Not all Canvas features are supported on the app at this time.
- The Canvas app uses your device's settings to set the time zone used within the app.
View Landing Page
When you log in to the Canvas app, the default landing page is the Courses page, or Dashboard. Learn how to change your landing page.
The Profile icon displays your profile information in the app as well as your user files. To view your profile, tap the Profile icon.
View Courses and Groups
The Calendar icon displays events and assignments for your courses and groups. Learn how to view the Calendar.
View To Do List
The To-Do icon gives a quick view of upcoming course activities that have not yet been completed.
For students, the To Do List gives you a quick view of upcoming course activities that you have not yet completed. Each item is color-coordinated according to course and displays an icon for its activity type: assignment, discussion, or quiz .
Tapping an activity item  takes you to its corresponding page, so you could complete an assignment directly.
Note: Users with instructor roles will see To-Do notifications about grading assignments.
Hide To Do Item
To hide a To Do item, swipe the item to the left. Tap the Done.
To view Notifications, tap the Notifications tab.
Notifications 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.
Like the To Do List, items in Notifications are color-coordinated by course and display activity type icons, including an icon for announcements. Tapping a notification item displays its corresponding page.
You can also view specific course Notifications within each of your courses.
The Messages icon displays all Conversations messages in the Canvas app. Learn how to view Messages.
View New Items Indicator
If there are new items in the To Do list or Messages, a red indicator will appear next to the relevant tab. This indicator lets you know about updates in these areas when you are in another part of the app.