Two-Step Verification for Canvas

Two-Step Verification Overview

Two-Step Verification at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania has instituted two-step verification for PennKey-protected websites. After you log into a PennKey-protected website (e.g., Canvas), you will be asked to verify your identity through your mobile device or through other means (e.g., a pre-printed single-use verification code).

Two-Step Verification Set-up and Info

Each of these links leads to ISC’s documentation on two-step verification:

Two-Step Verification Deadlines

IMPORTANT: You may not be able to access PennKey-protected websites–including Canvas–if you have not enrolled in two-step verification by the following deadlines:

  • Faculty: October 31, 2018
  • Students: February 14, 2019

Please enroll in two-step verification as soon as possible to avoid access issues with Canvas and other PennKey-protected websites.

Help with Two-Step Verification

Two-Step Verification and Canvas

The following information explains how to log into Canvas with two-step verification.

Web-Browser Users

Please consult the Two-Step Verification for Canvas on Web Browsers page.

Mobile App Users

Canvas Mobile Apps for iOS

Please consult the Two-Step Verification for Canvas Mobile Apps on iOS page.

Canvas Mobile Apps for Android

Please consult the Two-Step Verification for Canvas Mobile Apps on Android page.

Recommendations and Known Issues

Recommended Two-Step Method for Canvas: Duo Mobile

Duo Mobile is the recommended two-step verification method for Canvas. It is the only two-step verification option that can be used if you do not have cellphone service in your location when you need to log in.

Install the Duo Mobile app on your Android or iOS phone or other device in order to receive Duo Push notifications. Through the app, you tap and approve or generate single-use verification codes to enter in your browser.

Please consult the Two-Step Verification: detailed instructions for information on how to install the Duo Mobile app on your device.

“Call or text me a code” and Canvas Mobile Apps

If you are using a Canvas mobile app and have two-step verification set up to text or call you with a code, you will likely have to leave the Canvas login page to access the code. After doing so, you may need to return to the Canvas app and enter your PennKey username and password again, then enter the code you received earlier. Note: this will trigger a new text/call code, but it is not necessary to copy or write it down.