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.

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 default landing page is the Courses page, or Dashboard. Learn how to change your landing page.

View Profile

View Profile

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 profile options

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

From this page you can:

  1. Choose a profile picture (this feature requires permission from your institution)
  2. View your files
  3. View Canvas app settings
  4. Get Help with the Canvas app
  5. Log out of the Canvas app

View Courses and Groups

View Courses and Groups

The Courses icon displays all your current courses and groups, including your favorite courses. Courses also displays overall grades in each course. Learn how to view courses and groups.

View Calendar

View Calendar

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

View To Do List

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 [2] 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; learn how to manage grades on iOS mobile devices.

Hide To Do Item

delete to do list item

To hide a To Do item, swipe the item to the left. Tap the check mark.

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 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.

View Messages

View Messages

The Messages icon displays all Conversations messages in the Canvas app. Learn how to view Messages.

View New Items Indicator

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.