How do I change my default email address?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). This lesson may include two images for specific steps to show the difference between the two designs. Unless otherwise indicated, the functionality and location of the components remain the same. The view available to you is determined by your institution.

Your default email address is used as your main contact method in Canvas and is added when creating your Canvas account. Email addresses are used to create Canvas notifications; they are not used as a contact method for other Canvas users.

If you add another email address as a contact method, you can change your default email address in Canvas.

Open User Settings

Open User Settings

In the Help Corner, click the Settings link.

Open User Settings in New Canvas UI

Open User Settings in New Canvas UI

If you are using the New Canvas User Interface (UI), in Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click the Settings link [2].

View Email Addresses

View Email Addresses

In the Ways to Contact sidebar, under Email Addresses, you can tell what email address is your default by the star icon next to the email address.

Choose Default Email Address

Choose Default Email Address

To choose a new default email address, hover over the email address and a faint star icon will appear. Click the star icon.