Canvas - Using the Canvas Student App


Canvas is Virginia Tech's learning management system (LMS). Students use Canvas to access learning materials, like assignments, quizzes, feedback, and grades.

The Canvas Student Guide has full instructions on using Canvas. These instructions are specific to Virginia Tech. To see other Canvas topics, please see Using Canvas at Virginia Tech (for Students).

The Canvas Student App allows students to view class material and deadlines on their phones. Do not use the app to submit assignments or quizzes because it is not as robust as a computer.




Setting Up the App

  • How do I download the Student app? Android | iOS
  • How do I log in to the Student app? Android | iOS

Changing Users

  • How do I switch to another user account? Android | iOS

Changing Settings 

Changing Profile Information

  • How do I edit my user name? Android
  • How do I choose a profile picture? Android | iOS
  • How do I create a Panda avatar? Android
  • How do I set Notification Preferences? Android | iOS

Using the Dashboard

  • How do I manage Courses and Groups? Android | iOS

Using the Calendar

  • How do I view the Calendar? Android | iOS
  • How do I add a Calendar To-Do List item? Android |iOS
  • How do I subscribe to the Canvas calendar? Android | iOS
  • How do I unsubscribe from the Canvas calendar? iOS

Using the To-Do List

Viewing Notifications

Using Inbox Messaging

  • How do I view the Inbox? Android | iOS
  • How do I send a message? Android | iOS
  • How do I add an attachment to a message? Android
  • How do I view recipients in an existing group message? Android
  • How do I reply to a message in the Inbox? Android | iOS

Managing Files

Using Bookmarks (Android Only)



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Getting Help

Instructure, the creators of Canvas, provide 24-7 Canvas support, including live chat and a support hotline.

  1. In Settings, tap Help.

    Help circled in Settings

  2. Select how to report a problem

    Help options


For instructions on resolving common issues with Canvas, see:

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