How do I act as a user in the Student app on my Android phone as an admin?

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If you are an admin, you can act as instructors in the Student app and take any action in the app as if they were the student. Only account-level users with the Act as users account permission can act as other users. This permission does not apply to sub-account admins.

Note: When masquerading as a user, language preferences do not apply and will always be shown in the default language.

Open User Navigation Menu

Open User Navigation Menu

On the dashboard, open the User Navigation Menu.

Act as User

Act as User

Tap the Act as User link.

Note: If the Act as User link is not available in your User Menu, you do not have the permission to perform this action.

Act as User

View the domain in the Domain field [1]. It will already be populated for you.

In the User ID field [2], enter the Canvas ID number for the user. Then tap the Act as User button [3].

Note: The user's Canvas ID can be found as part of the user's URL in the web version of Canvas. Make sure you have the user's ID associated with the correct Canvas URL.

View App as User

View App as User

View the Student app as the user. A magenta border will display on every page while you are acting as the user.

Stop Acting as User

Stop Acting as User

To stop acting as user, tap the Close icon.

Confirm Action

To confirm and return to your account, tap the OK button.

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