Notifications and Contact Methods

You can add communication methods to your account and receive notifications through text message, email, etc. For example, students can receive a text with their test scores, and faculty can receive an email when they have a new assignment submission to grade. 

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In Canvas, you can add contact methods to receive notifications. Contact methods allow you to select how you want to be notified when various events occur within a course. Notifications are applied to all courses in Canvas. Canvas supports notification through email, SMS text message, and Twitter.

For detailed instructions on how to add contact methods, select this link.

View a video about Notification Preferences.

Once you add contact methods, you can set your own Notification Preferences to select how often you want to be notified of course events.

Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences you can receive for your courses. However, you can change the default settings by setting your own notification preferences. These preferences only apply to you; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to other users. To learn more about each notification, default settings, and notification triggers, view the Canvas Notifications PDF.

Notifications are sent as one of four delivery types: notify me right away, daily summary, weekly summary, or don't send. If you change a setting, the change is made immediately to your account.

Notification settings apply to all of your courses; you cannot change settings for individual courses.

You may be able to reply directly to email notifications outside of Canvas. Replies are updated in the Canvas Inbox. However, please be aware that attachments added as part of an external reply are not included with the message shown in Canvas.


  • Notifications are sent to Canvas contact methods as specified in your account. You cannot receive notifications if your contact methods are unconfirmed. If you are not receiving Canvas notifications, please confirm your Canvas contact methods.
  • The Canvas Student app supports setting notification preferences. However, setting preferences inside the app will override preferences in the browser version of Canvas, and daily and weekly preferences are not supported.

For detailed instructions on setting your Canvas notification preferences, select this link

You can add a text or SMS communication channel to recieve Canvas notifications on your cell phone. Text or SMS channels appear under the Other Contacts sidebar heading.

Once you have enabled the contact method, learn how to set notification preferences.


  • Standard text message rates may apply.
  • If you have a mobile device and have enabled push notifications, your Canvas profile will include a For All Devices push contact type. If you delete this contact method, the method will reappear the next time you enable the Canvas app on your mobile device.

For detailed instructions on how to set up the SMS/text contact method, select this link.

This tutorial will show you how to get reminder notifications about upcoming assignments. This is done by syncing your Canvas calendar with your Google calendar or another similar calendar. This tutorial shows how to sync the Canvas calendar with a Google calendar. You can use your SUU student Google account if you would like.

Step 1

Log into Canvas and select Calendar in the pane on the left.

Screenshot of the Calendar button.

Step 2

Select Calendar Feed in the bottom right corner.

Screenshot of the Calendar Feed button.

Step 3

Highlight the URL and copy it.

Screenshot of copying the URL.

Step 4

Go to and log in. Select the arrow next to Other calendars in the pane on the left and select Add by URL.

Screenshot of the Add by URL option.

Step 5

Paste the URL into the text box and then select Add Calendar.

Screenshot of pasting the URL.

You will see events from your Canvas calendar now appearing in your Google calendar. To toggle the Canvas calendar on and off, select the box next to the calendar name in the pane on the left.

Screenshot of the calendar.

To change the name of the calendar, select the arrow next to the calendar in the pane on the left and then select Calendar settings. Type a new name into the Calendar Name textbox and then select Save.

Screenshot of changing the calendar name.

To change how, when, and how often you get notifications, select the arrow next to your calendar in the pane on the left and then select Edit notifications.

Screenshot of the Edit notifications option.

Use the drop-down menus to edit your notifications. Select Add a notification if you would like to get multiple notifications about the same assignment. Select Save to keep your changes.

Screenshot of editing the notification settings.

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