Users who wish to access Canvas on-the-go have two options:

  • Log in to Canvas via the smartphone's browser; or
  • Download the Canvas by Instructure app


Using Canvas on Your Smartphone Browser

Many of the Canvas functions that are available in a full desktop or laptop web browser are also available via your mobile browser:

  • check announcements
  • access module information
  • check grades
  • read discussions
  • post to a discussions

However, some functions are strongly discouraged. When accessing a course via your smartphone browser, students should not attempt to submit an assignment or quiz.

In general, Canvas does not officially support the use of mobile browsers and recommends the use of one of the Canvas mobile applications instead.


Using the Canvas by Instructure App

The Canvas by Instructure App is available for iOS phone or tablet (i.e., iPhone or iPad) and for Android phone or tablet. These apps are free.

See the following guides for installation and usage instructions:


Using the Bb Student App for Collaborate Ultra

Even though Collaborate Ultra is available in Canvas courses, it is a Blackboard product. Therefore, if you wish to access Collaborate Ultra on your mobile device, you must have the Bb Student app installed, even if your course is in Canvas.

Then, to connect to your Collaborate Ultra session, open your course in Canvas and click the Collaborate Ultra link in the course navigation. The Canvas app will pass you to the Bb Student app, and you will be able to join your session.

Using the SpeedGrader App

Faculty teaching in Canvas have the option of using the SpeedGrader app to grade assignments from a tablet. The app offers the same functionality as the desktop version of SpeedGrader—viewing submissions, commenting, assigning grades, and using a rubric for scoring.

See the following guides for installation and usage instructions: