How do I add a text (SMS) contact method in Canvas as an instructor?
If your institution allows, you may be able to add a text or SMS communication channel to receive Canvas notifications on your cell phone. Text or SMS channels appear under the Other Contacts sidebar heading.
Once you have enabled the contact method, learn how to set notification preferences.
SMS notifications are currently available for cellular numbers registered in Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
- Standard text message rates may apply.
- SMS notifications are only available for Announcements and Grading notification types.
- If notifications are not enabled by your institution or are not available in your country, you can use the Canvas Teacher app and receive push notifications.
- If you have a mobile device and have enabled push notifications, your Canvas profile will include a For All Devices push contact type in your profile page. If you delete this contact method, the method will reappear the next time you enable the Canvas app on your mobile device.
Open User Settings
In Global Navigation, click the Account link , then click the Settings link .
Add Contact Method
In the Other Contacts section, click the Add Contact Method link.
Register SMS: United States
If you are in the United States, enter your 10-digit cell phone number , and select your cell phone carrier . The SMS Email field  will auto-populate your SMS email address.
Click the Register SMS button .
Register SMS: International
If you're located outside the United States, you may be able to select your country or region  and enter your cell number . To register your number, click the Register SMS button .
Note: International SMS must be enabled by your institution. If you cannot select a country, this feature is not available to you.
Confirm SMS Number
Check your cell phone for a confirmation code from Canvas. Enter the code into the text field . To resend the confirmation again, click the Re-Send Confirmation link . Click the Confirm button .
To delete the contact method, click the Delete icon.
Click the OK button.