Access Canvas at IU


As of November 2, 2017, CAS logins for all IU students, faculty, staff, retirees, affiliates, and those with Academic (ACNP) status require Two-Step Login (Duo). As of November 30, 2017, this also includes group or departmental accounts. IU Guest accounts do not require Two-Step Login. For more, see About using Two-Step Login (Duo) every time you log into CAS.

To log into Canvas at Indiana University, you must have an IU Network ID, IU Guest account, or IU group account. Canvas accounts are provisioned automatically by UITS for IU students, faculty, and staff.

If you have an IU Guest account, a Canvas account will be created for you the first time you attempt to log into Canvas. For instructions on establishing an IU Guest account, see About IU Guest accounts.

To establish a Canvas account for an IU group account, the group account owner must send a request to the UITS Mission Critical team. In the request, include your full name, plus the username and email address associated with the group account. Once the Mission Critical team confirms the creation of the account, you can use your IU group account username and passphrase to log into Canvas.

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Access Canvas via a web browser

You can access Canvas at IU from a web browser on a computer or mobile device. For details on which web browser versions are compatible with Canvas, see Which browsers does Canvas support?

To log into Canvas using a web browser:

  1. Go to
  2. On the left, click the Log-in button.
  3. Log into IU's Central Authentication Service (CAS) using your IU Network ID username and passphrase, your IU Guest account credentials, or your IU group account credentials.
  • If you're already logged into CAS via another IU service, such as One.IU, clicking Log-in will take you directly to your Canvas user dashboard.
  • The site mentioned above is the preferred site for accessing Canvas at IU. However, if that site is unavailable for any reason:

Access Canvas via mobile apps

Instructure has developed several mobile apps for Canvas, which are available as follows:

App name iPhone iPad Android phone Android tablet
Canvas Student x x x x
Canvas Teacher x x x x
Canvas Parent
(Due to FERPA restrictions, Canvas Parent is not available at IU.)
Polls for Canvas x x x x
MagicMarker x

To access Canvas at IU using an Instructure mobile app:

  1. On your smartphone or tablet, open the app.
  2. If prompted to "Find your school or district", enter Indiana University. If prompted for your Canvas URL, enter
    The IU Canvas gateway URL ( will not work with Instructure's mobile apps.
  3. Log into IU CAS using your personal, group account, or IU Guest account credentials.

For more about accessing Canvas via Instructure's mobile apps, search the Canvas Mobile Guides.

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