Everyone loves a good poll and being asked for their opinion. We here at Android Authority recognize that, which is why we often conduct reader polls. So what if you have an active WhatsApp group and you want to conduct a poll to harvest the hive mind? Does WhatsApp provide the ability to set up a poll or do you need to use a third-party service?
Creating a WhatsApp poll will require the use of a third-party platform, as there is currently no poll feature baked into the WhatsApp ecosystem. A good one to use in the meantime is HandyPolls. Set the question and the possible answers, and select the option to share the poll on WhatsApp. The questions and answers will then be formatted and sent to a WhatsApp contact or group of your choice, along with a voting link.
How to create a WhatsApp poll
The good thing about using a third-party service is that you can use it on WhatsApp mobile, WhatsApp Web, and WhatsApp desktop. There are no differences or restrictions of any kind. Plus it’s free, and who doesn’t like free?
Although there are many sites offering WhatsApp poll services, I went with HandyPolls because it seems to be very easy and straightforward. It doesn’t ask you to download or install anything, so it can be used safely without fear of malware.
So first head over to HandyPolls and click the big Get Started button at the top. Although it invites you to sign up and log in, this isn’t strictly necessary to use the service.
You’ll then be invited to type your poll question and possible answers. To add a new answer, just tap Enter on your keyboard to jump to the next line. Once all the answers have been typed in, click Create and get link.
This is now where you can choose to send it directly to WhatsApp. If you are doing this on your phone, selecting Share on WhatsApp will automatically send the poll to your installed WhatsApp mobile app. If you’re on the computer, it will open up your WhatsApp desktop app.
You’ll be asked who you want to send the poll to in WhatsApp. So choose your contact or group, and the poll will be sent to that contact or group as a new message. As you can see, each answer has its own unique URL to vote with.
When you click on a voting link (hint, it’s number one you need to click on), it will take you to the HandyPolls website. The grey bar will show how you voted. You can also see the current results overall. Android Authority is surging ahead there, totally unstoppable.
If you want more control over your polls, such as being able to edit them once they’re live, you will need to sign up for a free account. But for simple snap polls, signing up isn’t necessary, and this may appeal to a lot of people.
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