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Notifications in Canvas

Canvas includes a set of default notification settings you can receive for your courses. However, you can change the default settings by setting your own notification settings. These settings 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 unless you set notification 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 settings. However, managing settings inside the app will override settings in the browser version of Canvas.
  • You may be able to select notification settings for an individual course. Learn more about managing notifications for a single course.

See the following Canvas Guides for details about changing the contact method for notifications or the frequency with which you are notified:


All email notifications sent from within a Canvas come from The default notification settings for users are listed below.

Default settings for the Canvas notifications page.