How to send polls in whatsapp group chats – new feature is rolling out now

With WHATSAPP you can now send a new type of text: polls.

Yes, it’s finally here – so share these polls to poll your friends.

WhatsApp has released a huge app update - and polls are one of the best additions


WhatsApp has released a huge app update – and polls are one of the best additionsCredit: WhatsApp

If you haven’t noticed them yet, you will soon.

With them you can quickly create multiple choice polls for friends in chats to answer.

They are available in both individual and group chats and work the same way.

For example, you can suggest meals for dinner or vacation ideas, ask for feedback on a new outfit, or rate the latest episode of a TV show.

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How to create a WhatsApp poll

First you should make sure you have updated your WhatsApp.

That means diving into the Apple App Store for iOS for iPhone or the Google Play Store for Android.

After updating, check your WhatsApp app.

Open a chat, then look for the + icon at the bottom of the screen.

This is the same button you would normally use to add a document or share your location.

Tap on it and look for Poll at the bottom.

If it’s not there, you may have to wait a few days for the rollout to complete.

Once you see Poll, tap on it and you’ll be taken to a brand new view.

The first field is Question. You can add what you like.

It can be a word or a phrase, or even an emoji followed by a question mark.

Then start filling out your survey options – up to a maximum of 12.

WhatsApp will warn you if one of your replies is a repeat of a previous one.

You can also adjust the order of the answers using the hamburger icon (three lines stacked on top of each other) on the right. So don’t worry about putting them in the right order at first.

When you’re done, click Submit.

When you end a poll in progress, you can either continue editing it or discard it.

Unfortunately you cannot save it for later. Use it or lose it.

Keep in mind that survey recipients can select multiple answers if they wish.

But you can’t select the same answer more than once – so respondents can’t skew the numbers unless they’re also in the group with a different account.

Anyone in the chat can see the poll as long as their app is updated.

You can also tap the View Votes button at the bottom of an existing poll to get a better view of who voted and when.

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It’s not possible to forward a poll, but you can use the reply feature to reply to it within a chat.

The update lands alongside several other changes to WhatsApp, including 32-person video calls and maximum group sizes of 1,024 users.

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