Polls are a great way to quickly get the opinions of others. If you are an avid WhatsApp user, you might want to use a poll to better understand your friends, colleagues, and group members. However, unlike most social media platforms, WhatsApp does not offer a built-in voting service.
The good thing is that a number of third-party developers have bridged the gap and created tools to help you run a quick survey on WhatsApp. Whether your device runs on Android, iOS or Windows, your needs are covered.
In this article, we will show you how these tools work. This will set you up nicely for informative surveys that will help you make decisions faster and more transparently.
How to create a poll in a WhatsApp group on iPhone
If you’re using an iPhone, the following tools can help you create the perfect poll and get feedback for decision-making:
Ferendum is a free online poll creator that’s perfect for creating quick polls to share in a WhatsApp group chat. It allows you to create a unique, fully customized survey with your own questions and up to 10 answer options.
Once you’re happy with the poll, you can generate a link and share it in a group chat. Members can submit their votes by clicking the link. As an added bonus, poll creators and participants do not need to create an account.
Here’s how to create a WhatsApp poll using Ferendum:
- Open Safari and visit the WhatsApp poll maker section on the official Ferendum website.
- Write the question you want to ask in your survey.
- Add a comment to reveal more information about the poll. In this section, you can briefly explain how the survey works or create a call to action.
- Enter your name or email. If you do not want to provide this information, you can conveniently skip this section.
- Add up to 10 custom options.
- At this point you are allowed to configure the voting as you see fit. For example, you can opt for Anonymous voting or go with Voting table if you want the details of all members to appear along with the voice.
- Click on Create poll for WhatsApp. This should open a new page where you can copy the link which can then be pasted into the group chat.
- Tap Complete.
- Click to copy the link.
- Go back to WhatsApp and tap on your group. Then paste the link.
- Click on the WhatsApp link to go back to Ferendum. Here you will see the results of your poll.
For transparency, votes are automatically tallied as they arrive. After the member casts their vote, they will see the results of the poll.
Chat2Desk is a bot that helps you create a poll directly from your WhatsApp account in four easy steps. You don’t need to visit external sites or install anything on your iPhone. Although the developer is based in Poland, you can use the bot from any part of the world, including the US
It works like this:
- Add the following number to your contacts and save it as “Free Surveys” – +48 735 062 996.
- Open as a new chat with “Free Polls” and send the word “Create”. This should automatically launch “Step 1” where you need to enter your question.
- Enter your own question and press Send.
- At this point, the bot will ask you to enter the number of options you want to include in your vote. Answer with any number between “2” and “10”.
- Now enter your options in rapid succession. After each entry, the bot will ask you to “Submit the next possible answer to your survey”.
- After entering all the options, specify whether you want participants to “vote for more than one answer”. Type “Yes” to agree to this. If you want participants to be limited to only one option, answer “No”.
The bot will then send you a link that you can then share in your WhatsApp group. The link is accompanied by instructions on how to vote.
How to create poll in WhatsApp group on Android device
Although WhatsApp lacks a built-in polling service, several third-party tools can do the job in a safe, secure and efficient way. One of the most popular options is called Opinion Stage.
The Opinion Stage poll builder was built from the ground up with tailor-made features that allow you to design your next poll, questionnaire or interactive social media campaign without any technical knowledge.
It is the perfect platform to harness the power of WhatsApp group chats. With this tool, you’ll be able to tap into members’ opinions, insights and advice on how to tackle important issues.
Here’s how you can create a WhatsApp poll using Opinion Stage:
- Open your browser and visit the official website of Opinion Stage.
- Fill out the form to create a poll. You will be able to set a question and provide up to 10 options.
- When the survey is ready, open the dashboard and tap on Embed and share.
- To share your survey directly on WhatsApp, tap the WhatsApp icon at the bottom of the screen.
How to Create a WhatsApp Group Poll on PC
Handy Polls is one of the most straightforward polling tools ever developed for PC use.
- All you have to do is visit the official website, enter your questions and options, and then generate a link.
- You can then share the link in your WhatsApp group, at which point a webpage will open where they can vote.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some more answers to help you create and use polls on WhatsApp.
Does WhatsApp have a built-in poll option?
Unfortunately, no. You will need to use a third-party service like the ones above to poll your WhatsApp friends.
Do I have to create an account to see the poll results?
In most cases, no. For example, Ferendum does not require anyone to enter personal information or an email address. Anyone can view the poll results by clicking on the link. iOS and Android users can use Ferendum to create and run a WhatsApp poll.
Use surveys to make informed decisions
While social media surveys may lack some of the rigor of true research design and data analysis, they provide a cost-effective way for people to quantify their opinions. Starting a poll on WhatsApp is a great way to get everyone involved and build team spirit. It sends the message that the group values transparency and decisions that take everyone’s views into account.
Have you tried creating a poll using one of the tools described in this article? How did it go?
Let us know in the comments section below.