How to Create A Poll on iPhone Text Message

Are you the kind of person who loves to ask for opinions or suggestions from your friends or family members? Do you want to create a poll to make it easier for them to vote or comment on your question? Good news! You can now create a poll directly from your iPhone’s text message app. In this article, we will guide you on how to create a poll on iPhone text message effectively. We will discuss three methods, provide a suggestion, and answer some frequently asked questions.

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Method 1: Creating a Poll with iMessage App

Apple’s iMessage app has a built-in feature that allows you to create a poll on your text message. To create a poll using this method, here are the steps:

1. Open the iMessage app on your iPhone.
2. Start a new conversation or select an existing one
3. Type out your question in the message field.
4. Tap on the "App Store" icon next to the message field.
5. Tap on the "More" icon (three dots) icon.
6. Tap on the "Polls" icon.
7. Create your own question or select a question from a list.
8. Enter your answer options for your question.
9. Choose the duration of your poll, and then tap "Create Poll."
10. Your poll will appear in the message thread, and your recipients can start answering.

Q: Can I create a poll with more than one question?
A: Unfortunately, you can only create one question with multiple answer options using iMessage’s poll feature. If you want to create a poll with multiple questions, you might want to try Method 3.

Method 2: Creating a Poll with a Third-Party App

If you’re looking for more features than what iMessage’s poll feature provides or if you’re using an old iPhone model that doesn’t have the iMessage app, you can use a third-party app. Here are the steps on how to create a poll using a third-party app:

1. Download a poll-making app (such as Poll Everywhere or Google Forms) from the App Store.
2. Open the app and create an account if needed.
3. Follow the app’s instructions to create your poll.
4. Copy the link to the poll that the app provides.
5. Return to your iMessage app and paste the link into the message field.
6. Compose a message to introduce your poll and send it.

Q: Are third-party apps for creating a poll free?
A: Some apps like Poll Everywhere have a free version that limits the number of polls you can create. Other apps like Google Forms are fully free to use.

Method 3: Creating a Poll Using Group Text Messages

If you prefer to use a method that doesn’t require downloading additional apps, then creating a poll using group text messages is one way to do it. Here’s how:

1. Open the iMessage app on your iPhone.
2. Tap on the "+" icon in the upper right corner.
3. Choose "New Group" from the options and select recipients from your contacts.
4. Type out your question in the message field.
5. Underneath, enter your answer options using a bullet point or number list.
6. Encourage your recipients to reply to your message with their vote.
7. Check your messages for real-time updates on your poll results.

Q: Can I create a private poll using group text messages?
A: Sadly, you can’t create a private poll using group text messages. Everyone in the group message will see the poll and the results.

Suggestion: Make Polls Clear and Easy to Follow

When creating a poll, make sure that you input all possible answers and make them clear for the readers. Sometimes, it’s better to avoid vague answers and instead offer specific choices. For example, instead of asking "What’s your favorite dish?" consider asking "Which do you like better, burger or pizza?" Additionally, keep polls brief and easy to follow. Long questions can lead to confusion and make readers less motivated to participate.


Q: Can I edit the poll after it’s sent?

A: You can edit the poll’s duration, but you can’t change the question, answer choices, or recipient’s votes after sending it.

Q: How can I track the results of my poll?

A: If you use iMessage’s poll feature, you can view the poll’s results under the message thread. If you use a third-party app, they usually offer real-time updates and a summary of the poll after it’s done.

Q: Can I view the voters’ responses in detail?

A: If you use iMessage’s poll feature, you can only see the number of voters in each option. Meanwhile, with third-party apps, you can usually access the voters’ names, answers, and even their demographic data if you provide your email address in the app.

Q: Can I share the poll with non-iPhone users?

A: You can only share polls with non-iPhone users if you use a third-party app that can provide a mobile or web link, like Google Forms.

Q: Can I use iMessage poll feature on my iPad or MacBook?

A: Yes, as long as your device has the iMessage app installed, you can use this feature on your iPad or MacBook.