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How do I submit a PDF assignment with annotations in the Student app on my iOS device?

Canvas allows you to add annotations to PDF files for assignment submissions. Available annotations include highlight, underline, squiggly, strikeout, free text, and drawing.

The images in this lesson are shown for a phone display, but unless otherwise noted, tablet displays mirror the same steps.

Open Course

Open Course

On the Dashboard, tap the name of the course you'd like to view.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

Tap the Assignments link.

Note: You may have to swipe your screen to view the Assignments link.

Open Assignment

Open Assignment

Tap the assignment you want to open.

Open Link

Tap the file link in the assignment's Description field.

Edit PDF

Edit PDF

Tap the Edit icon.

View Toolbar

View Toolbar

Use the toolbar to select your annotation tools.

To add highlight, underline, squiggle, or strikethrough text annotations, tap the Text Formatting icon [1].

To type text or add a comment, tap the Free Text icon [2].

To draw shapes or add color annotations tap the Pen icon [3].

To undo changes, tap the Undo icon [4].

To draw arrows, lines, or shape annotations, tap the Line icon [5].

To add a link as an annotation, tap the Link icon [6].

To undo or redo an annotation, tap the Arrow icons [7].

To close the toolbar, tap the Close icon [8].

To move the toolbar, tap and hold the drag handle [9], and move it to the new location. The toolbar can be relocated to either side of the screen.

Use Text Annotation Tool

Add Text Annotations

To view the text annotation options, tap and hold the Text Formatting icon [1].

The Text Format option allows you to highlight [2], underline [3], squiggle [4], and strikethrough [5] text.

Change Text Annotation Color

Change Text Annotation Color

To change the text annotation tool color, tap the color icon [1], then tap to select a color [2]. To dismiss the menu and add annotations, swipe down on the menu [3].

Use Free Text Annotation Tool

Use Free Text Annotation Tool

To view the text annotation options, tap and hold the Free Text icon [1]. You can select to add text [2] or add comments [3].

Select Free Text Formatting

Select Free Text Formatting

To format your text annotations, tap the color icon [1]. You can preview your formatting options in the Sample field [2]. You can adjust the font size [3] and color [4]. To dismiss the options and add annotations, swipe down on the menu [5].

Use Pen Annotation Tool

Use Pen Annotation Tool

To view the Pen tool options, tap and hold the Pen icon [1]. You can draw thin lines [2], bold lines [3], and shapes [4].

Select Pen Formatting

Select Pen Formatting

To format your pen annotations, tap the color icon [1]. You can preview your formatting options in the Sample field [2]. You can adjust the pen thickness [3] and color [4]. For more color options, tap the Color menu [5].

To dismiss the options and add annotations, swipe down on the menu [6].

Use Line Annotation Tool

Use Line Annotation Tool

To view the Line annotation options, tap and hold the Line icon [1]. You can draw arrows [2], lines [3], and shapes [4]. Tap the arrow to view more shape options [5].

Select Line Formatting

Select Line Formatting

To format your line annotations, tap the color icon [1]. You can preview your formatting options in the Sample field [2]. You can adjust the line thickness [3] and color [4]. For more color options, tap the Color menu [5].

To dismiss the options and add annotations, swipe down on the menu [6].

Use Link Annotation Tool

You can add links as annotations. Tap the Link icon [1]. Then tap and drag to select the area where you wish to add your link [2].

Create Links

To link the selected area to another page in the same document, tap the Link to Page option [1]. Enter a page number [2] or tap to select a page [3].

To add a website link to the selected area, tap the Link to Website option [4]. Enter a URL in the Website Address field [5]. Preview your content in the Website Preview window [6].

Close Annotations

Close Annotations

When you are finished adding annotations, tap the Close icon [1] or tap the Edit icon [2].

Open Share Menu

Open Share Menu

Tap the Share icon.

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

Tap the Submit Assignment button.

Add Submission Comments

Add Submission Comments

Type your assignment comments in the Comments field.

Submit Assignment

Submit Assignment

Tap the Submit link.