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Getting Started: Set up your account

Now that you know what Canva is, the next step is to set up an account. To help you with this, this guide will discuss how to:


Create your account

There are three ways to set up an account, depending on the type of app you wish to access. You can choose between the web or mobile apps on Apple or Android products. This guide will discuss how to create an account on the web app.

note: To know how to create accounts using the mobile apps, you can refer to our dedicated articles about it: Sign up with email (Android), Sign up with email (iPhone) or Sign up with email (iPad).

To create an account on the web app:

  1. Visit www.canva.com
  2. Select between the available options on your purpose of creating an account.
  3. Choose from the options to sign up with Facebook, Google+ or your email.
  4. Authorize access for Facebook or Google+. If you wish to use your email, simply fill out the form with the necessary details.
  5. Click Sign up.
  6. Finish the onboarding process. You are free to skip some of the onboarding steps.
  7. After finishing the onboarding process, you’ll be redirected to your Canva account.


Confirm your account

After a successfully creating your account, a confirmation email will be sent to your registered email address. Open the confirmation email and click on the Confirm my account button or link in your email to make sure your account is verified.

Clicking on the button or link will redirect you to your Canva account home page. Confirming is important—it guarantees you complete access to all of Canva’s features.

For example, confirming your email address will let you access the free teams feature or Canva Print, where available.

note: Didn’t receive your confirmation email in your inbox? Ensure your email address is spelled correctly, double check the Spam or Promotions folder or refresh your inbox several times. If this doesn’t solve the issue, you can reach out to our Customer Happiness Team using this page.

Update your personal profile

Customizing and updating your profile personalizes your Canva experience. You have the option to choose from more than 100 languages or select your profession to get the best template recommendations.

You can set the language or change your profession by going to the Account Info tab under the Account Settings page. To access the Accounts Settings page:

  1. Click on the small arrow next to your profile name. This will reveal a small dropdown menu.
  2. Click on Account settings.
  3. Select the Account Info tab.

You also have to option to update your profile details like your profile picture, username, location, etc. You can do this by switching to the Profile tab.

If you wish to update your personal details some other time, feel free to visit the Account Settings anytime.


Navigate your way around

Your Canva home page is divided into several parts. To help you navigate around your homepage, here are some important links to note:

  1. All your designs is your Canva homepage upon logging in. From here, you’ll be able to create new designs or view your existing designs.
  2. Shared with you shows the designs other Canva users have shared with you. If this your first time creating an account, your Shared with you page may be empty at this point.
  3. Create a team enables you to add members to your very own Canva team.
  4. Find templates makes it easier for you to search for templates you can use depending on your needs or occasion.
  5. Clicking on Learn to design redirects you to our Tutorials page. We highly encourage you to try out these tutorials to have a better feel on the app.
  6. Get design inspiration shows you recently created public designs made by your fellow Canva users. If you wish to see what others have been making, feel free to head over to this page.
  7. Need help leads you to to the Help Center. Aside from these Getting Started articles, you can find other information on how to use Canva’s various features.

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