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How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as an instructor?

How can I use Canvas on my mobile device as an instructor?

Canvas is built on open web standards and uses minimal instances of Flash, so most features are supported on mobile devices. With the growing use of mobile devices, you should build your courses with best practices for mobile in mind.

Mobile Browsers

You can access Canvas from any browser on your Android/iOS device. However, mobile browsers are not supported, and features may not function as expected compared to viewing Canvas in a fully supported desktop browser.

On mobile devices, Canvas is designed to be used within Canvas mobile applications. Canvas pages within a mobile browser are only supported when an action in the app links directly to the browser, such as when a student takes certain types of quizzes. Support is not extended to pages that cannot currently be used in the app, such as Conferences or Collaborations.

Additionally, Canvas offers limited support for native mobile browsers on tablet devices. For details, please reference the limited-support mobile browser guidelines.

Mobile Applications

We are actively improving our native mobile applications to support as many Canvas features as possible. Instructure has four native mobile applications for instructors free for download on both phones and tablets.

  • Canvas Teacher App (iOS 10.0+, Android 5.0+). This app allows you to manage course content and grade student submissions on the go. Syncs with SpeedGrader and the Gradebook. View Canvas Teacher mobile features by version and device.
  • MagicMarker (iOS 8.0+ iPad only). This app assists you with standards-based learning. Syncs with the Learning Mastery Gradebook.  
  • Polls for Canvas (iOS 7.0+, Android 4.0+). This app is the easy to way for you to collect student opinion in your courses without any extra devices.


You can learn more about mobile applications in the Canvas Mobile Guides.


IS there a way that Conferences can be added to Canvas Mobile application?

Hi @woxford,

At this time, the only way for teachers to access conferences on a mobile device is through a web browser. Please visit Idea Conversations to share this idea with the rest of the Canvas Community.


Why can't I see my uploaded videos that I posted on my course on my Canvas Teacher App?

Hi @jumpinjj11,

Are you able to see the uploaded videos in the Teacher app? 


These comments are posted to the global Canvas Community,

NOT your Canvas course.

  • Have a question about using Canvas? Visit the Q&A page.
  • Have an idea to improve Canvas? Visit the Idea Conversations space.
  • Need to reply to a course discussion? Log in to your Canvas course and add your comment there (Tip: Visit your school's website to log in to Canvas).
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