How to use WhatsApp polls in individual and group chats

WhatsApp makes it easy and fun to gauge the opinions of others. Learn how to create WhatsApp polls to get real-time answers in a chat.

Meta announced WhatsApp polls on November 29, 2022, explaining on Twitter that the feature makes decisions in the group chat more accessible and more fun.

WhatsApp brings polls to the masses

A WhatsApp poll asking people whether WhatsApp should have polls, with four positive answers in different languages
You can run polls and vote in WhatsApp groups | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB/WhatsApp

Anyone can create a poll on WhatsApp and view its details. And when responding to other people’s polls, you can easily change your vote by clicking on different options.

Like everything on WhatsApp, polls are end-to-end encrypted so that no one, not even WhatsApp, can see them except you and other people in the chat.

Follow along with us to learn how to create and use WhatsApp polls…

How to create a WhatsApp poll

iPhone showing creating a WhatsApp poll, set against a dark green gradient background
WhatsApp doesn’t support single-choice polls | Image: Christian Zibreg/iDB

To run your own poll on WhatsApp, open any chat and hit the + (plus) icon in the text field at the bottom, then choose to create a poll.

  1. Launch WhatsApp on your iPhone
  2. Open any chat in the message list
  3. Hit the + (plus) in the text entry field
  4. Choose Poll from the menu
  5. Enter the poll question in the Ask question field
  6. Enter your custom answers underneath the Options heading
  7. Hit Send in the upper right to send this poll to the selected chat

If you’d like to discard the poll, you can choose Cancel in the upper left.

WhatsApp supports up to twelve answer options in a single poll. All poll options must be unique—for example, you cannot have two “Yes” options. When creating a poll, feel free to use drag handles to change the order of your poll options.

Polls can be created in individual or group chats. Most people use polls in group chats because it makes little sense to survey a single person about a topic.

Responding to a WhatsApp poll

To respond to a poll on WhatsApp, choose one or more answers. WhatsApp polls support selecting multiple options when voting. Unfortunately, you cannot configure your poll so that participants can choose only a single answer, like on Twitter.

Permitting people to select more than one answer is problematic because it can lead some users to manipulate the poll. A single-answer option would be great when polling friends on a contentious topic, such as which team will win the World Cup.

Changing your vote

To change your vote, touch different poll options. If you’d like to remove your vote, simply touch the answer to deselect it.

Viewing poll details

When a poll is shared in a group chat and people start casting their votes, you’ll see it updated with real-time answers. To view the responses of all users who voted, hit the View Votes option below the poll. Anonymous voting is unsupported.

WhatsApp polls are a great way to make informed decisions

The ability to create informative in-chat polls is an excellent feature for gathering feedback. Maybe you’d like to ask your crew where you should go on the weekend. Or, perhaps you’re gathering opinions from family members about the latest show you watched or polling them about which flick you should watch at the movies.

Using polls on the world’s most popular messaging app lets you survey the views of the people who matter to you transparently and straightforwardly. That said, Meta could make WhatsApp polls even better by implementing poll copy-pasting, tagging group members in a poll, setting pick limits and similar.

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