Add students by username or QR code

If your students don't have Microsoft or Google accounts, Flip makes safe and secure sign-in easy with usernames. You're able to create usernames, which can be a name, initials, lunch pins, or any easy-to-remember combination. When you create a username, a unique QR code is also created for the student to scan on the Flip app for mobile devices and tablets.

Important: This setting is permanent. After you choose the username join method, you cannot change to a different join method. You also cannot change your group to a username group if you already have students who joined through another method.

How to set up usernames

You’re only able to add usernames on Flip for web. This includes when you create a group for the first time.

When you create usernames, you’re able to add special characters and letters to help you and your students better remember them. There's no limit to the number of usernames you can make for each group. You can upload a spreadsheet list of up to 250 usernames at a time.

Important: To upload a spreadsheet, the file format must be ".CSV" (also known as "Comma delimited"). Other file formats won't work. Download our spreadsheet template.

To set up your group with usernames:

  1. Go to and log in.
    • To create a new group: At the left, click +Group Group__empty_.png Create a group
    • To add students to an existing group: At the left, in your groups home, select a group.
      • At the bottom right of the group's cover image, click Share.png Share.
  2. In the "Share group" box, click By usernames.
    • To add more usernames after you set up the group: click Manage usernames.
  3. In the "Restrict group to username access" message, click Continue.
    • This message only shows up when you first set up a group for usernames.
  4. Add your students' usernames.
    • One by one: In the text boxes, enter the corresponding information. Then, click Add__Plus_in_circle_.png.
    • Upload a list: Below the text box, click Upload a CSV. Then, select the file you want to upload.
  5. After you add all your students, at the bottom, click Save.
How to format the CSV file

The spreadsheet should include 3 columns, with the first row of headings: “first_name,” “last_name,”and “id.” Here’s an example of how to format the spreadsheet:

first_name last_name id
John Smith JohnSmith20
Joan Harris JoanH10

How to share with students

After you create the group, you’re able to share the group’s Join code. You can also share a unique QR code for the group, which allows them to join the group. This is especially helpful if your group meets in person and you want to easily and quickly have them join a newly created Flip group.

To verify their identity, students must enter their username. Only students with a username added in the group settings are allowed to join.

Important: You aren't able to access the unique group QR code until after the group is created.

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. At the bottom right of the group's cover image, click Share.png Share.
  3. At the top right of the "Share group" box, click the QR code icon QR_code.png.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions depending on how you want to share the QR code.
    • To print the QR code: Click Download. Then, open the image file and print it.

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