Teaching & Learning Resource Center

Canvas Mobile Apps

Carmen is accessed in one of two ways: 

  • Web interface (carmen.osu.edu) 
  • Vendor mobile apps

The Canvas Student app is intended for students and the Canvas Teacher app is intended for instructors. Both apps are available for Android and iOS devices. 

Depending on your device and intended purpose, the mobile applications may be more useful than the web interface. See Canvas App vs. Browser Tips for more information.

Please be aware that courses are only visible to students within the Canvas mobile apps once the course is created by the instructor. This is different from the full web-interface view, where students can see all their course enrollments, including uncreated courses. This can cause confusion about enrollment status and app functionality. We ask instructors to create their courses well before the semester begins, and we encourage students to verify enrollment at carmen.osu.edu.

Why Use the Mobile Apps?

The mobile apps allow you to more easily navigate Canvas while using a mobile device.

With the Canvas Student app, students can do the following:

  • View the Syllabus, Pages, Announcements, and Grades
  • Read and download PDFs or Word documents
  • Turn in submissions, including file uploads, media recordings, text entry and online URLs
  • Take Quizzes, though this is not recommended on a mobile device
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Type and send messages through the Canvas Inbox

With the Canvas Teacher app, instructors can do the following:

  • Browse submissions and provide feedback with SpeedGrader embedded in the app
  • Post announcements
  • Send messages
  • Participate in course discussions
  • Update assignments such as due dates and spelling errors
  • Publish assignments
  • Manage discussion settings

See CarmenCanvas App vs. Browser Tips for more information on maximizing your Carmen experience.

How do I set-up the Mobile App?

Use the steps outlined below to download and set up the Canvas mobile apps.

The following screenshots were taken with an Android device. The process for iOS devices remains the same, though may display differently.

  1. Download and open the application as you would for any application on your phone.

    UX Tip

    Students: Be sure to download Canvas created by Instructure.

    Instructors: Be sure to download Canvas Teacher created by Instructure

  2. In the "Find your school or district" box, type Ohio State University.

    Canvas mobile app search for Ohio State
  3. Type your Ohio State username (lastname.#) and password.

    The application will remember who you are until you deliberately log out of the application.

    Ohio State username and password
  4. Check the box to Remember my authorization for this service if this is your personal device.

  5. Click Authorize.

    Authorize Canvas app

    The application opens to an orientation screen.

    Canvas mobile app orientation screen

Canvas Guides

For additional support, see instructions specific to your device:

Canvas Student App

Canvas Teacher (Instructors)