How do I use the Student app on my Android device?

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The Canvas Student app helps you access your courses and groups when you are away from a computer browser. The app provides functionality to view and participate in a course or group, as well as view your course calendars, To-Do items, notifications, Conversations messages, and grades.

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.
  • To change the language displayed in the Student app, select a language in Canvas from a web browser, log out of the Student app, and log in again.

View Dashboard

View Landing Page

After you log in to the Canvas Student app, you will see your Dashboard. The Dashboard displays your courses [1] and groups [2]. Learn how to view your courses and groups.

View Course Invitation

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 [1]. To decline the invitation, tap the Decline button [2].

View Global Announcement

View Global Announcement

If a global announcement has been sent to students at your institution, you can view the announcement on your Dashboard. To read the announcement tap the announcement [1]. To dismiss the announcement, tap the Close icon [2].

View Navigation Bar

View Navigation Menu

To navigate to different areas of the Student app, use the Navigation Bar. The Navigation Bar allows you to quickly access the Dashboard, Calendar, To-Do List, Notifications, and Inbox.

View Calendar

View Calendar

The Calendar displays events and assignments for your courses and groups. Learn how to view the Calendar.

View To-Do List

View To-Do List

The To-Do List gives a quick view of upcoming course activities that you have not completed. Learn how to view the To-Do List.

View Notifications

View Notifications

Notifications gives you an overview of all course notifications, such as changes to an assignment due date, newly created assignments, course announcements, or a reply to a subscribed discussion. You can also view specific notifications within each of your courses. Learn how to view Notifications.

View Inbox

View Inbox

The Inbox displays all Conversations messages in the Canvas Student app. Learn how to view the Inbox.

Open User Menu

Open User Navigation Menu

To open the User Menu, tap the Menu icon. You can open the menu by swiping from the left side of the screen.

View User Menu

View User Navigation Menu

From the User Menu, you can:

To close the User Menu, swipe the menu to the left or tap outside the menu area.

Note: The User Menu may also include links to open Gauge or Canvas Studio. For more information on using these products, view the Gauge Guide or Canvas Studio Guide.

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