Version 5.3.1

Release date: May 12 & 14, 2020

iOS | May 12, 2020

  • Improved app performance in poor network conditions
  • Fixed issue where screen was blank or frozen when users opened notifications
  • Fixed crash that occurred when users navigated through the app in poor network conditions

Android | May 14, 2020

  • Fixed issue where some users had problems loading content and assessments
  • Improved the login authentication speed

Version 5.3

Release date: May 5, 2020

We’re very excited introduce Ally into the Blackboard App! Ally provides a way for you to generate alternative formats for course content. If you currently see Ally in the web browser view of your course, you can now use in the app, too!

For example, do you learn better by listening to audio instead of reading text? We’ve got you covered—Ally can generate a downloadable MP3 from a PDF your instructor provided.

Learn more about alternative file formats in the Blackboard app


  • Fixed issue where announcement text was cut off on iPads in landscape mode
  • Fixed issue where a blank screen showed after a user put the app into the background and then reopened
  • Fixed crash when a user navigated through the app while offline


  • Fixed issue where text was cut off text in announcements for tablet users in landscape mode
  • Fixed audio playback problem where external audio paused while using the app

Version 5.2.4

Release date: April 24, 2020


  • Fixed a crash that some users experienced when loading the activity stream

Version 5.2.3

Release date: April 16, 2020

On both iOS and Android, we fixed these bugs:

  • Fixed an issue where users saw an error when trying to open an organization from the grades/marks section
  • Improved the performance when loading grades/marks


  • Fixed a notification bug that caused users to experience an app freeze when trying to load assignments, tests, and announcements

Version 5.2.2

Release date: April 11, 2020

On both iOS and Android, we fixed an issue where users were frequently logged out and had to log back in. We also fixed various bugs and crashes.


  • Resolved an issue where the app was not properly loading after being placed in the background and then re-opened.
  • Fixed an issue where notifications resulted in a frozen app when tapped.


  • Fixed a crash for some devices running Android 6.0 or lower.

Version 5.2.1

Release date: April 8, 2020


  • Resolved crashalytics issues.

Version 5.2

Release date: April 6, 2020

We updated announcements with a new look and feel that makes access quicker than ever. We extended the announcements feature to Ultra courses, so now you can view announcements for both Ultra and Original courses.

More on announcements

We also fixed some bugs related to assignment submissions and grades display.

Version 5.1.1

Release date: March 18, 2020

In this release we fixed some bugs including an issue where some users were unable to load grades in their courses.

Version 5.1

Release date: February 27, 2020

We squashed some bugs and made minor improvements.

Version 5.0.1

Release date: February 12, 2020

We squashed some bugs and made minor improvements.

Version 5.0

Release date: January 30, 2020

We updated learning modules for your Ultra courses to give you a better visual indicator of your progress and requirements to view content and assessments.

SaaS administrators can disable grade pill colors in the administrator panel now.


  • Issue where iPad users were unable to launch YouTube videos in full screen
  • Crash experienced when some users accepted the terms of use
  • Missing countdown timer on timed tests
  • Incorrect rounding of grades in the course overview
  • Issue where some content was not rendering when downloaded and viewed offline
  • Resolved issue where users were unable to export files to other apps


  • Microsoft Sway links in content that were unresponsive
  • Incorrect rounding of grades in the course overview
  • Crash that occurred when rotating to landscape mode when loading grades

Looking for previous releases?

Check out the Blackboard App release archive