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How do I log in to the Parent app on my Android Device with a QR code?

How do I log in to the Parent app on my Android Device with a QR code?

Once you download the Canvas Parent app from the Google Play store, you can use the app to log in to your Canvas account.

You can generate a unique QR code from your Canvas web browser to quickly log into the app. This method uses your credentials from the QR code to log you into the app. The QR code is located in your account profile (User Navigation Menu).

If you do not want to locate your Canvas URL every time you log in to Canvas, learn how to switch to another user account.

In the Canvas Parent app, you can log in with Canvas observer credentials to view student course information. If you do not have a Canvas account, you can create an account in the Parent app.

Open App

Open App

On your mobile device, tap the Canvas Parent icon.

Open QR Login

Open QR Login

Tap the QR Login link.

View Instructions

View Instructions

Review the instructions for locating the QR code in the web version of Canvas. The QR code is located in your account profile (User Navigation Menu).

When you have located the QR code, click the Next button.

Scan QR Code

Hold your phone up to your computer screen to scan the QR code. Once the code is located, the app will update automatically.


  • You may have to grant permission for your phone to use your camera.
  • The app may take a few minutes to log you in.

View Dashboard

View Dashboard

View the Dashboard for your user account.

Learn how to use the Canvas Parent app.


It is not finding my child. What should I do?

Hi @Barbara78,

Please visit How do I link additional students to my account in the Canvas Parent app on my Android device? and/or How do I link a student to my user account as an observer? . If that doesn't seem to be working, can you please use the Report a Problem link in the app so this can be looked into further?



When I use my phone to scan the QR code from my account in the PC, I get a message:

"Not a parent? We couldn't find any students associated with this account. "

I already paired and added both of my sons to my PC account. For some reason I can't login through the app. Please advise. 


Hi @akhdair , 

This sounds quite strange! I'd recommend reaching out to Canvas Support for help. Check out How do I get help with Canvas as an observer? for information about doing just that. Alternatively, you can reach out to your school's Canvas admin to let them know what you're experiencing. In the meantime, if you have any further questions or if there's anything else my teammates and I can help clarify, don't hesitate to reach out. 



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