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How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as an instructor?

Canvas is built on open web standards and uses minimal instances of Flash, so most features are supported on mobile devices. With the growing use of mobile devices, you should build your courses with best practices for mobile in mind.

Mobile Browsers

You can access Canvas from any browser on your Android/iOS device. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

On mobile devices, Canvas is designed to be used within Canvas mobile applications. Canvas pages within a mobile browser are only supported when an action in the app links directly to the browser, such as when a student takes certain types of quizzes. Support is not extended to pages that cannot currently be used in the app, such as Conferences or Collaborations.

Mobile Applications

We are actively improving our native mobile applications to support as many Canvas features as possible. Instructure has four native mobile applications for instructors free for download on both phones and tablets.

  • Canvas by Instructure (iOS 9.0+, Android 4.2+). This app provides access to Canvas while on the go. Depending on your device, not all Canvas features may be available on the app at this time. View Canvas mobile features by version and device.
  • MagicMarker (iOS 8.0+ iPad only). This app assists you with standards-based learning. Syncs with the Learning Mastery Gradebook.  
  • Polls for Canvas (iOS 7.0+, Android 4.0+). This app is the easy to way for you to collect student opinion in your courses without any extra devices.
  • SpeedGrader App (iOS 8.0+ iPad only; Android 4.0+). This app allows you to grade student submissions on the go. Syncs with SpeedGrader and the Gradebook. View SpeedGrader mobile features by version and device. This app is not supported on iPhone devices, but submissions can be graded in a mobile browser.


You can learn more about mobile applications in the Canvas Mobile Guides.