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 the 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.
Note: Not all Canvas features are supported on the app at this time.
In the Canvas by Instructure app, you can:
- View your Courses and Groups
- View your Calendar
- View your To-Do List
- View Course Notifications
- View Conversations Messages
- View your Profile
- 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
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. Courses and groups are associated by color, which help associate course items in other areas of the Canvas app, such as in the To Do List and Notifications. Learn more about the Courses tab.
To view the Calendar, tap the Calendar icon.
The Calendar shows all assignment due dates and events for up to 10 of your Canvas courses. Learn more about the in-app Calendar.
View To Do List
To view the To Do List, tap the To Do icon.
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 or schedule a reminder for an upcoming assignment.
Note: For instructors and TAs, the To Do List indicates student submissions for an assignment. Learn how to manage grades on iOS mobile devices.
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.
To view Conversations messages in the Canvas app, tap the Messages icon.
To view your Profile, tap the Profile icon.
Your Profile page shows you all the information associated with your Canvas account.
From this page you can:
To get help with the Canvas app, tap the Courses tab  and tap the Help link .
You can also access the same Help information in the Profile page.