How do I use the Canvas app on my iPhone?

The Canvas by Instructure app helps students and instructors access their courses while they are away from a computer browser. The app displays 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 iPad.  

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

View Dashboard

View Dashboard

On the Canvas by Instructure app on your iPhone, you can:

  1. View your Courses and Groups
  2. View Conversations Messages
  3. View your To-Do List
  4. View Course Notifications
  5. View your Profile
  6. Get Help with the Canvas App

You can also clear your cache on the app at any time by tapping any course screen 3 times with 4 fingers.

View Courses and Groups

View Courses and Groups

The Dashboard defaults to the Courses tab and displays all your current courses and groups. You can tap between displaying your favorites and all courses and groups. Learn more about the Courses tab.

View Messages

View Messages

To view Conversations messages in the Canvas app, tap the Messages icon.

View To Do

View To Do

To view the To Do List, tap the To Do icon.

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 [1], discussion [2], or quiz [3].

Tapping an activity item takes you to its corresponding page, so you could complete it directly from the To Do List if you prefer.

Note: Instructors will see To Do notifications about grading assignments; learn how to manage grades on iOS mobile devices.

View Notifications

View Notifications

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 display activity type icons, including an icon for announcements. Tapping a notification item takes you to its corresponding page.

You can also view specific course Notifications within each of your courses.

View Profile

View Profile

To view your Profile, tap the Profile tab.

Your Profile page shows you all the information associated with your Canvas account.

From this page you can:

  1. View your files
  2. Learn about the app—view your user info, view Canvas legal info, and subscribe to your calendar feed
  3. Get Help with the Canvas app
  4. Log out of the Canvas app

Get Help

Get Help

To get help with the Canvas app, tap the Courses tab [1] and tap the Help link [2].

You can also access the same Help information inside the Profile tab.

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Please let us know if any information in this lesson appears to be incorrect in terms of Canvas functionality only (please do not submit feature requests here). This is not a help site, and submitted comments cannot be answered. If your Canvas course/account is having trouble completing any of the tasks outlined in this lesson, please contact Canvas Support by submitting a HELP TICKET via the Help Link within Canvas or emailing support@instructure.com. Thank you.

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