Canvas: Adding a Preferred Email (or SMS)



Task: This article describes how to change your primary email from the default to another email address or text (SMS) address within Canvas.


Adding a Preferred Email or SMS
  1. After signing in to Canvas, click on Account (i.e. the top circle in global navigation)
  2. Click on Settings or Profile.
  3. Your default USNH email should be listed at the top-right of the screen. If you would like to enter a different email account, click  + Email Address and then type it into the resulting window and click Register Email. If you would like to enter an SMS account, click Add Contact Method and then type your cell number and SMS email along with selecting the carrier in the resulting window.

  4. Set the new email or SMS address as the default by clicking the Star to the left of the address. This is an important step that indicates to Canvas that this is your preferred email address.
  5. You can delete unwanted email/text addresses by clicking the trash can to the right of the address.

You now may want to change your notification settings in Canvas. Please see the article on Canvas: Notification Preferences and Settings.


Users should be able to change their primary email from the default to another email or text (SMS) address within Canvas.

Further reading:

Canvas: Notification Preferences and Settings

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Article ID: 887
Fri 7/19/19 5:41 PM
Thu 4/14/22 8:48 AM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)
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