How to create a poll in Telegram

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What should we get John for his birthday? Having more than 10 members of a group come up with their suggestions can be considered a great brainstorming session, especially if you’re in an office for a meeting.

But scrolling through a thread just to post everyone’s ideas can be time-consuming and boring. There has to be a better way to make this more organized and easier to follow.

Well, there is! Telegram came up with a great solution when you need to make a decision: just create a poll. Here’s how.

Create a poll

Polls make it easier to coordinate larger focus groups, whether it’s a private group of friends or a public community. They also use polls to engage their members when the conversation starts to fade – it’s a great activity booster.

Note that you cannot create a poll in a one-to-one chat, only in groups and channels.

Before the latest updates, creating a poll took a bit more work, although it wasn’t too complicated. You still had to go to some of the Telegram bots like @pollbot in the search box and type more.

The process is now simplified: just open the attachments menu and you are halfway there. If you want to create a poll in your community, here’s how:

  1. Tap the Telegram icon to launch the app.
  2. Open the group chat where you want to create a poll.
  3. Tap the attachment icon in the lower corner of the screen. It’s left for iOS devices and right for Android.
  4. Select Poll.
  5. When a new window appears, enter your question and add poll options. You can add 10 in total.
  6. When you’re done, tap Create to share the poll with the group.

You also have the option to close your survey when you think you have enough responses. Tap the message with the poll, then tap Stop Poll in the new menu. You’ll also see that you can remove your vote, forward the poll, or pin it.

Pinning the poll makes it visible and accessible to everyone in the group, while forwarding can help increase your reach if you need more votes.

The latest updates

In 2018, these polls were anonymous – you could only see the number of votes, but not what each member voted for. Now, there is always the choice to create this kind of poll, but you can also make a poll where each member will be able to see who voted for which option. You can do this by simply tapping View Results.

However, since it had become one of the app’s favorite features, the Telegram team decided to surprise us with even more useful and fun polling features. It was

Another great thing added to Telegram polls is the ability to select multiple answers in a poll. This is especially useful when a group of friends are trying to decide when to meet, so you can choose multiple options that work for you.

You can also create a poll in the form of a quiz. You’ll need to designate one answer as correct and give the others a few other incorrect options. When a member taps on the correct answer, they will be rewarded with confetti. This option can be used for fun, or even to revise for an exam in a group discussion – the 21st century study group.

If you still haven’t updated your Telegram app, make sure to visit the Google Play Store or App Store as soon as possible. Here you will find even more updated features than polls.

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Your vote counts

Whether you want to use it to have fun with your friends, to plan meetings with your colleagues, to organize surprise birthdays or to study for your next exam, the polling function can really come in handy in multiple situations.

And with the latest updates, it will only get better!

How many of you use Telegram polls? Why? Maybe we could create a poll to find out… Or let us know in the comments section below!

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