Access Canvas at IU

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To log into Canvas at Indiana University, you must have a University account, an IU Guest account, or an 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 for Canvas and IU Expand.

Canvas accounts are not automatically created for group or departmental accounts. To establish a Canvas account for a group or departmental account, send a request to the Canvas at IU administrators. Once the Canvas administrators confirm the creation of the account, you can use your IU group account username and passphrase to log into Canvas.

Access Canvas via a web browser

You can access Canvas at IU from a web browser on a computer or mobile device.

To log into Canvas using a web browser:

  1. Go to
  2. On the left, click the Log-in button.
  3. Log in with your credentials, your IU Guest account credentials, or your IU group account credentials.

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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canvas Teacher Yes Yes Yes Yes
Canvas Parent
Due to FERPA restrictions, Canvas Parent is not available at IU.
Polls for Canvas Yes Yes Yes Yes
MagicMarker No Yes No No

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.
    • If you have the Teacher role in some Canvas sites and are a student in others, both apps may be useful to you.
  3. Log in using with personal, group account, or IU Guest account credentials.

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

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