How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Deciding on the next family trip or the place for the next office get-together can be tiring, especially when everyone in the group chat has a different option. To solve this dilemma and make the process less painful, you can create a poll in iMessage group chats on your iPhone and iPad.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Creating a poll in your iMessage group chat allows participants to add options and vote. Once voted, the option with the highest votes emerges as the winner. However, since there are no native options available, can you still do a poll in iMessage group chats? Well, you can. Let’s find out how.

How to Send a Poll in iMessage Group Chat Using Polls

iMessage does not offer a built-in option for adding polls in group chats, so you will need to download the Polls for iMessage app on your iPhone or iPad to conduct a poll. Here’s a guide on how to create, edit, and delete a poll using the Polls for iMessage app.

Note: All group participants must have the Polls for iMessage app installed to vote and use other app features.

Create a Poll in Group Chat

**Step 1:** Open Messages app and tap relevant group chat.

**Step 2:** Tap App Store icon.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 3: Enter ‘Polls for iMessage’ in the search bar and download the app.
Step 4: Open the app.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 5: Enter the poll title when the app opens. Then, tap Next. Step 6: Enter the poll options. Then, tap Create Another to add the next option. Step 7: Repeat this process until all the options have been added to the poll.

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How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 8:

Once all options added, tap Done.

Step 9:

Now, tap Settings. This opens the settings menu for the current poll.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 10: Select relevant options. Note that you can’t edit this after creating the poll.

Step 11: Change your name on the poll and tap the Back icon.

Step 12: Review the poll title and options.

Step 13: Tap Send Poll when finished.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Adding the Polls for iMessage app to your group chat will instantly create and add an iMessage poll. You can also add the app to the iMessage apps drawer for easy access.

Edit Group Chat Poll Details

There is a possibility of the option changing during the poll, so you can modify certain details after creating it. Here is how you can do it.

Note: You won’t be able to edit the poll details once all participants in the group chat have voted.

Step 1: Open the Messages app and select the relevant group chat.

Step 2: Tap on the poll or See More.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 3: Tap Edit.
Step 4: In the editing window, tap the – icon to remove a poll option.
Step 5: To add poll options, tap Add Option.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 6: Add the additional poll options.
Step 7: Tap on Create Another to add more poll options or tap on Done.
Step 8: Tap on Update Poll after editing the poll options.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Updating the poll will make it live in the iMessage group chat.

Once voting begins, you can view the results as they come. After everyone has voted, here’s how to check the final winner:

Step 1: Open the Messages app on your device.

Step 2: Tap the relevant group chat.

Step 3: Go to the poll and either tap the poll or tap See More.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 4: Vote options and tap the number.

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Step 5: Tap to see voters.

Step 6: Check who voted for each option.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

To see the winning poll option in a group chat, follow these steps:

Step 1: Look for the poll with the Winning Option.

Step 2: Tap See Details.

Step 3: Check the winning poll option, then tap Dismiss.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Delete Poll in Group Chat

Once the poll closes, you can delete it from your group chat. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to the Messages app and open the group chat.

Step 2: Long-press on the poll you wish to delete.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 3: Tap More.
Step 4: Tap the delete icon.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Step 5: Tap on Delete Message.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

This will delete the iMessage poll from your group chat.

2 Other Apps to Do a Poll in iMessage

We have extensively covered the Polls for the iMessage app above. However, there are other third-party apps on the App Store that can help you do a poll in your iMessage group chat. Let’s briefly look at them.

1. Tally – Great for Basic iMessage Polls

Using the Tally app, you can create polls without buying the premium version. Most app features are available in the free version, but you can subscribe to Tally+ for additional features like creating quizzes in polls.

You can also add photos to your poll options. However, you will need your iCloud account to use Tally.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Price: Free version; Tally+ Subscription: $9.99 onwards

2. TinyPoll – Best for Polls With Limited Options

The TinyPoll app allows you to create polls with up to 3 voting options. Free users can create a new poll every 24 hours. Premium users can create unlimited polls with up to 5 voting options. All users can cast multiple votes, regardless of their subscription status.

How to Create a Poll in iMessage on iPhone and iPad

Price: The free version of the app is available, while the premium version costs $1.99 per year.

Download the app and create polls in your iMessage group chat.

1. You can take back your vote on the Polls for iMessage app. However, make sure to do it before everyone has cast their vote, as you can’t change it once the winner is decided.

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2. Currently, there are no native options in the Messages app on iPhone to create polls.

3. New group members can see pre-existing polls in an iMessage group chat once someone casts their vote.

May the Majority Win

Don’t let the saying ‘Too many cooks spoil the broth’ become your group’s motto. When planning something with everyone, create a poll in your iMessage group chat and let votes speak for themselves. If you’ve been testing iOS 17, check out our explainer on creating and using stickers with iMessage.

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Ankita Sharma is a writer who specializes in exploring and writing about technology. She has a particular interest in Android, Apple, and Windows devices. Although she began her career as a script and copywriter, her fascination with the digital world led her to the field of technology. With GT, Ankita has discovered her passion for simplifying the technical realm for her readers. She spends her days diligently meeting deadlines, writing scripts, and enjoying shows from various languages, all while being glued to her laptop.

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