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Checking notification settings in Canvas

Checking the notifications in Canvas.

How to check my Canvas notification preferences as a student?

The School of Pharmacy faculty will use the Announcements in Canvas courses to communicate with their students.  We use this tool because it keeps a copy of the message in Canvas to be able to refer back to.  Please do not turn off notifications or you will likely miss important messages.

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. 

Open Notifications


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 unless you set notification preferences 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.
  • You may be able to select notification preferences for an individual course. Learn more about managing notifications for a single course.
  • SMS notifications are only available for Announcements and Grading notification types.
  • In Global Navigation, click the Account link [1], then click theNotifications link [2].

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 your preferred delivery type.

  • To receive a notification right away, click the Checkmark icon [1 in screenshot above]. 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, click the Clock icon [2].
  • To receive a weekly notification, click the Calendar icon [3]. 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, click the Remove icon [4].   Do NOT turn off, you will miss important information.
  • Unsupported notification types display the Unsupported icon [5]. 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.

Keywordscanvas email notification announcement   Doc ID105138
OwnerAmy C.GroupSchool of Pharmacy
Created2020-08-20 13:54:21Updated2022-08-01 09:02:18
SitesSchool of Pharmacy
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