The Canvas Student app helps students access their courses while they are away from a computer browser. The app displays your profile, Calendar, To-Do items, Notifications, and Messages, as well as functionality to access and complete a course.
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 Student app uses your device's settings to set the time zone used within the app.
View Courses Page
When you log in to the Canvas Student app, the default landing page is the Dashboard. Learn how to change your landing page.
View Course Invitation
If you have been invited to join a course, you can view the course invitation on your Dashboard. To accept the invitation, tap the Accept button . To decline the invitation, tap the Decline button .
Open User Menu
To open your User Menu, tap the Menu icon.
View Courses and Groups
To view your calendar, tap the Calendar icon. The calendar displays events and assignments for your courses and groups. Learn how to view the calendar.
View To Do List
To view your To Do list, tap the To Do icon. The To Do list gives a quick view of upcoming course activities that have not yet been completed.
The To Do List gives you a quick view of upcoming course activities that you have not yet completed. Each item is color-coordinated according to course and displays an icon for its activity type: assignment, discussion, or quiz .
Tapping an activity item  takes you to its corresponding page, so you could complete an assignment directly.
Note: Users with instructor roles will see To Do notifications about grading assignments.
To view Notifications, tap the Notifications icon.
Notifications 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.
Like the To Do List, items in Notifications are color-coordinated by course and display activity type icons, including an icon for announcements. Tapping a notification item displays its corresponding page.
You can also view specific course notifications within each of your courses.
To view your inbox, tap the Inbox icon. The inbox displays all Conversations messages in the Student app. Learn how to view Messages.
View New Items Indicator
If there are new items in the To Do list or Messages, a red indicator will appear next to the relevant icon. This indicator lets you know about updates in these areas when you are in another part of the app.