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Generate a Pairing Code for an Observer/Parent

An observer can enter this pairing code in their User Settings Observing tab. Linked observers can view and participate in certain elements of the student's Canvas courses.

Note: Pairing codes can only be generated from the web version of Canvas. Pairing codes cannot be generated from the Canvas mobile apps.

  • In Course Navigation, click the People link.
  • Click the student's Options icon [1], then select the User Details link [2].
  • Click the Pair with Observer link.

  • Confirm the name of the student [1].
  • Copy the six-digit alphanumeric pairing code [2]. You will need to share this code with the observer who will link to the student's account. The pairing code will expire after seven days or its first use.
  • To close the window, click the OK button [3].
    • Note: Pairing codes are case-sensitive.

  • You can also export a list of new pairing codes for all students in your course. Click the Options icon [1], then select the Export Pairing Codes link [2]. Canvas exports a CSV file with one pairing code for each student in your course.
  • Locate and open the pairing codes CSV file on your computer. The CSV file displays the first and last name of each student, the student's pairing code, and the date and time at which the pairing code will expire.

For more information on pairing codes, view the Pairing Codes - Frequently Asked Questions PDF.

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