Getting Started Guide

For Students

Being successful means having the right tools. Follow these tips to get started with tech at IU.

IU's top tech tips

Sign up for security alerts. IU Notify will alert you in the event of a campus emergency. Look for the IU Notify app in One.IU and sign up to receive these important messages.

Check your accounts. Once you have your network ID and ADS accounts, you may want to create other IU accounts. Check to see what’s available to you at  While there, set up two-step login with Duo, if you haven’t already. It adds an extra layer of security for your personal information, and is required for all logins into IU systems. More details at

Change it up. Change your passphrase periodically. To do this, you can go to and search technology accounts. NEVER SHARE YOUR PASSPHRASE. If you want someone else to be able to see your schedule, bursar account, and grades, grant them third-party access.

Email on the go. Synchronize your phone and other devices to stay in touch wherever you are. Step-by-step instructions for Android and iOS are available at

Keep it secret. Keep it safe. Use a passcode on your cell phone. Set your phone to auto lock after inactivity, or after 10 incorrect attempts. Watch for phishing and report any suspicious email. Be sure to use IU Secure for internet access on campus. See for more information.

Your key to campus. CrimsonCard provides access to essential university services, like printing, meal plans, libraries, and secure entry to campus buildings. You can also deposit funds on your CrimsonCard and use it as payment on campus and at participating local retailers. Visit to learn more.

Print from anywhere, to anywhere. Send your project to print from your computer, cell phone, or tablet, then pick it up from any printer on campus with a swipe of your CrimsonCard. Just download and set up the Pharos Print mobile app first. Monitor your print quota at

Save money on hardware and software. As an IU student, you get perks like exclusive deals on computers and accessories at the UITS Computer Guide. Need software? IU has you covered there, too. Find great titles for no cost, like Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Office for Mac and Windows, as well as security software. Use IUanyWare to stream or IUware to download. 

Everything you need for class, in one spot. Never lose your class syllabus, miss an announcement, or forget a due date with Canvas, IU’s learning management software. Find it at

Unlimited storage. Box at IU gives you unlimited storage and collaboration space in the cloud. You can access it via web, desktop, and mobile app. Just log in with your IU username and passphrase at Learn more at 

Zoom through group projects. Zoom lets you create a personalized online meeting room to share presentations, images, video chat, and screen share with up to 100 people at a time. Most online classes are conducted via Zoom. Access Zoom at

Need help?

Get the technology  support you need—any time. The UITS Support Center and IU Knowledge Base are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  At IU Bloomington and IUPUI, students can also receive in-person support from Technology Center Consulting at the Wells Library West Tower at IU Bloomington, 24/7 and at IUPUI, 24/5 in IT131.


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