Student: Android App Overview

If you bring an Android mobile device with you to class, you can access Top Hat using Top Hat's Android app.

Downloading the App

Our app is free to download from the Google Play Store. To install the app you can either go to the Google Play Store on your phone and search for Top Hat, or you can go directly to Google Play to learn more about the app.

Note: Due to software restrictions, our app is only available on Android 2.3.3 or later. 

Creating an Account & Signing in

After opening the app for the first time, you will be asked sign in using your account credentials.

Your account credentials give you access to Top Hat on any device, you do not need to create a new account when using a new device.  

If it is the first day of class and you have not yet signed up for Top Hat, you can create a 7 day free trial account using the app. Tap 'Create Account' and follow in the on-screen instructions to complete the registration process.


After signing in you will be brought to the Course Lobby. The Course Lobby is where you may enroll or dis-enroll from a Top Hat course and view any courses you are already enrolled in. To enroll in a new course tap 'Add Course', then search for your course by course name, professor's name, or Top Hat join code. Next, select the applicable course and tap 'Enroll'. 


You can enroll in as many course as needed. To find how to enroll and dis-enroll from your mobile device take a look at the following guide.

Course Content

After entering your course, you will be brought to the Lecture tab. This is where content will appear when it is made available by the professor. When a professor asks a question or takes attendance in class, questions will be displayed on your screen for you to answer. To input an answer, select or type your response, then tap 'Submit'. 

Remember you need to tap 'Submit' for your answer to be recorded in your professor's Gradebook.

After responding to a question, a blue notification will appear confirming the submitted answer. You may change your mind and resubmit your answer as long as the question is open in the 'Ask' status. Top Hat will only record the last answer submitted.


There are also several other tabs from which to access content. You may open each, by first tapping the three-horizontal-bar icon on the top left of your screen.

A red notification will be displayed when a question is set to 'Homework' or 'Review'. To access Homework or Review questions, tap on the appropriate tab. 

Your professor may also create a Top Hat Tournament. To participate in an active Tournament, tap the Tournament tab and answer questions in single elimination rounds against your classmates for points.  

To learn more about how each tab works and how to respond to active questions, visit the Android App Submissions Page


You may tap the Gradebook tab to keep track of your attendance and/or grades. The Gradebook displays an overview of all active, answered and unanswered items in a course, your cumulative course average and your attendance mark.

Keep track of your grading and attendance data by checking the Gradebook often.


The 'Pending' tab stores all of your offline mode submissions until your account is reconnected to the internet.

Offline Mode

In the event of technical difficulties or connectivity issues when using the Top Hat app, you will be asked to use Offline mode:

To learn more about Offline mode, please visit our Offline Mode Support Page.

Account Management 

To access and change your account settings, simply click the Account tab. From there you can change any account information as you wish including email, username, password and student ID. 

Learn more about managing your account on mobile devices here


If you ever encounter problems with your account, the support team is ready to help. You can click the support button to directly email, and they will respond as soon as possible. If you wish to speak with the support team, you may also call them at 1-888-663-5491 from 9am-6pm EST. Remember, taking screenshots of the issue you're encountering will help the team better understand the situation. 


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    meagan albritton

    The app is not letting me sign in from my Galaxy s5