Profile and User Settings
Some institutions may enable a feature in Canvas called Profiles. Profiles allows you to update your name, preferred contact methods, and any personal links for your account. Your profile information can be viewed by all users in your courses.
Note: If you do not see the Profiles tab in your user navigation menu, this feature has not been enabled for your institution.
In Global Navigation, click the Account link , then click the Profile link .
Click the Edit Profile button.
Edit Profile Picture
To upload a profile picture, click the profile picture icon.
Note: Profile pictures are a separate permission from profiles. If you do not see a placeholder picture, your institution has not enabled this feature.
Edit Name and Title
If you are allowed to change your name, type your name in the name field . Type your title in the title field .
Add Contact Methods
If you have connected to any web services, click the checkbox underneath the web service to indicate how you wish to be contacted via that service . To add additional services, click the Manage Registered Services link. Please note that any selected services will not be shared with other course/group members unless you have previously selected the sharing checkbox in the Manage Registered Services page.
The Discussion icon  automatically appears as a contact method for Admins so users can contact them through Canvas Conversations. It cannot be selected by any other users.
Note: As created in your user profile, email addresses do not appear as a contact method and are only used for Canvas notifications. Canvas users should contact each other via Conversations.
Type your biography in the bio field. You can add hobbies and interesting facts about yourself.
Click the Save Profile button.
Open User Settings
In Global Navigation, click the Account link, then click the Settings link.
Open Profile Picture
Click the profile picture icon.
Note: If you don't see a placeholder profile picture icon, your institution does not allow you to add or change your profile picture.
Upload a Picture
To upload a new profile picture, click the Upload a Picture tab , then click the choose a picture link . You can also drag a picture from your desktop and drop it into the uploader.
Choose Profile Picture
Find the image you want to upload  and click the Open or Browse button .
Crop or Resize Picture
Use the selection boxes to crop your image . When you are finished, click the Save button .
Note: Canvas will automatically store a copy of the saved profile picture in your personal files. When a new picture is saved in your profile, the new picture will override the existing picture file in your personal files.
Take a Picture
To take a picture to use as your profile picture, click the Take a Picture tab , then click the Take Picture button .
Note: Depending on your browser, you may need to allow Canvas to access your camera. The Take a Picture option is not supported when using Safari or Internet Explorer.
To take another picture, click the Retry button . When you are finished, click the Save button .
Import from Gravatar
If your institution allows Gravatars and you have a Gravatar account, you can import an existing Gravatar to use as your profile picture.
Click the From Gravatar tab  and enter your Gravatar email address in the field provided . Click the Preview button to view your Gravatar. When you are finished, click the Save button .
Note: Before adding a photo in your Gravatar account, you will have to rate the photo. Please note that only G-rated Gravatar photos can be displayed as a Canvas profile picture.
View Profile Picture
The Profile picture you selected will show up instead of the placeholder profile picture.
Delete Profile Picture
Profile pictures are linked to your personal files, so you can easily delete them to remove old profile pictures.
Note: Gravatar images cannot be deleted from your account through your personal files. However, Gravatar images may be replaced with an uploaded image or with a captured image using the Take a Picture option.
To delete a profile picture, click the Files link.
Delete Profile Picture
Next to the file you want to delete , click the Options icon  then click the Delete link .
Click the Edit Settings button.
In the Language drop-down menu, choose your preferred language.
Click the Update Settings button.
View Preferred Language
View Canvas in your preferred language.
In the Pronouns drop-down menu, select your personal pronouns.
- If the Pronouns drop-down menu does not display in your User Settings, your institution has not enabled this feature.
- Pronoun options are managed by your institution. You cannot add pronoun options.
Click the Update Settings button.
You can view your personal pronouns in your User Settings . Your personal pronouns will also display after your name in many areas throughout Canvas .
Set User Time Zone
In the Time Zone drop-down menu, select a new time zone for your user account.
Click the Update Settings button.
View Time Zone
View the time zone for your user account.
In Global Navigation, click the Account link, then click the Notifications link.
View Account Notification Settings
The Account Notification Settings page displays a banner reminding you that account-level notifications apply to all courses .
View the account-level notification types  and your listed contact methods .
Each notification has a default delivery frequency preference. To view the current notification delivery frequency for a notification type and contact method, hover over the notification icon .
View Notification Details
To view details for a notification, hover over the notification name.
Set Notification Preferences
Each notification is set to a default preference. To change a notification for a contact method, locate the notification and click the icon for the contact method .
To receive a notification right away, select the Notify immediately option . These notifications may be delayed by up to one hour in case an instructor makes additional changes, which prevents you from being spammed by multiple notifications in a short amount of time.
To receive a daily notification, select the Daily summary option .
To receive a weekly notification, select the Weekly summary option . The date and time of your weekly notifications are posted at the bottom of the notifications page.
If you do not want to receive a notification, select the Notifications off option .
Unsupported notification types display the Unsupported icon . Unsupported notification types cannot be enabled.
- Each set notification preference will automatically apply to all of your courses. However, if you manage notification preferences for a single course, notifications for that course must continue to be managed in the course.
- Twitter and SMS notification preferences do not support daily summary or weekly summary options.
- Unregistered contact methods will appear in notification preferences but will not receive notifications until you confirm the registration.
View Privacy Notice
If you've set a notification preference for an email address that is outside your institution, you may see a privacy warning. You can close the warning by clicking the Ok button. Once the warning has been displayed, it will not display again.
Set Text Notifications
You can set up your mobile phone as a contact method to receive Grading and Announcement notifications as text (SMS) messages.
On Android devices, text messages appear from firstname.lastname@example.org. On iOS devices, text messages appear from area code ending in 10 (such as 210 or 410).
Notification headings identify the course and the type of message notification. All notifications contain at least one text message. You cannot reply to text message notifications.
Note: You may want to enable push notifications in the Canvas Student app to receive all notifications on your mobile device.
Set Push Notifications
If you have enabled push notifications in the Canvas Student app, you can manage your preferences in the Push Notification column. Please be aware that push notifications can only be sent to your mobile device right away or not at all. Daily and weekly notification options are not supported.
Additionally, setting preferences inside the app will override preferences set in the notifications page.
Note: Some categories include limited availability for push notifications. Full details about supported notifications for push notifications can be found in the Canvas Notifications PDF.
Set Slack Notifications
If your institution has enabled Slack as a contact method, you can add Slack as a contact method and receive direct message notifications from Canvas in Slack.
Slack notifications may vary depending on your Slack notification settings.
Open Course Notifications
In the course home page sidebar, click the View Course Notifications button.
View Course Notification Settings
You can manage notification settings for the course in the Course Notification Settings page.
Manage Notification Settings
To manage your course notification settings, click the Enable Notifications toggle. When notifications are enabled for the course, the toggle displays a checkmark icon . When notifications are disabled for the course, the toggle displays an X icon .
Manage Individual Notifications
To manage notifications for specific course features, click the notification icon for the notification method . You can select how often you want to receive notifications for the course. Options include Notify immediately , Daily summary , Weekly summary , or Notifications off .
View Course Notifications Icon
You can view your course notification status on your course home page. The View Course Notifications button icon displays if course notifications are enabled  or disabled .