Canvas Course Quota (Storage Limit)


What is my Canvas storage quota and can I request an increase?


  • Each Canvas course has a 2GB storage quota.  
    • Any quota increase will need to be reviewed by the ITS Canvas (LMS) team. Increasing storage size can create future issues when you attempt to copy content from previous semesters.
  • Canvas course storage is intended to be used for smaller documents such as PDFs, Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel sheets. 
    • Canvas can be used to host small media files (<500Mb).  Larger media files can be stored in Canvas Studio or a third-party cloud service like YouTube or Vimeo, and then linked within your Canvas Course. 
    • To save storage space in Canvas, instructors are encouraged to host class recordings in the service which created the files, i.e. Zoom or Teams.
    • If needed, instructors can also reduce the size of a media file for hosting in Canvas using a third-party tool like Handbrake.  This tool can reduce the size of a larger media file to less than 500Mb.
    • PowerPoint files containing media need to be optimized before uploading.
  • Quota size can be increased if use is due to excess document storage or instructor has optimized the file sizes as much as possible.


For additional assistance or to request an increase, please contact Information Technology Services at 419-372-0999 or through chat.


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