How do I use the Canvas app on my Android device?
The Canvas by Instructure app helps students and instructors access their courses and groups while they are away from a computer browser. The app provides functionality to view and participate in a course or group, as well as view To-Do items, Notifications, Messages, and Grades. Additionally, users who have an instructor role in at least one course in the account can access SpeedGrader with a quick-access link.
The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.
- Not all Canvas features are supported on the app at this time.
- The Canvas app uses your device's settings to set the time zone used within the app.
View Landing Page
When you log in to the Canvas app, the default landing page is the Dashboard. Learn how to change your landing page.
Open User Navigation Menu
To view content in the app, use the User Navigation Menu. This menu is located in the action bar and provides easy access to every page in the app. To open the menu, tap the Menu icon.
View User Navigation Menu
When the menu is open, close the menu by swiping the menu or tapping outside the menu area.
The Profile area displays your profile information in the app as well as your user files. Learn how to view and manage your profile.
View User Account
The Courses link displays all your current courses and groups, including your favorite courses. Courses also displays overall grades in each course. For quick access to a favorited course, tap the courses drop-down menu. Learn how to view courses and groups.
The Notifications link 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. You can also view specific notifications within each of your courses. Learn how to view Notifications.
View To-Do List
The To-Do List link gives a quick view of upcoming course activities that have not yet completed. Learn how to view the To-Do list.
Note: Users with instructor roles will see To-Do notifications about grading assignments.
The Inbox link displays all Conversations messages in the Canvas app. Learn how to view the Inbox.
The Calendar link displays events and assignments for your courses and groups. Learn how to view the Calendar.
The Grades link displays your overall grade in your Courses. Learn how to view Grades.
Note: Users who do not have a student role will always see grades with a percentage of zero.
The Bookmarks link will take you to a list of screens you have bookmarked in the Canvas app. Learn how to view Bookmarks.
Users who have an instructor role in at least one course in the account can view a SpeedGrader link in the navigation menu. This link allows quick access to the SpeedGrader app. However, the Canvas app and SpeedGrader app do not share login information, so instructors must log in to the SpeedGrader app if they are not already logged in.
Note: The SpeedGrader link will not appear for instructors unless the Android SpeedGrader app is already installed on your device.