How To Create a Survey in Google Forms

Online services like Google Forms have made surveying infinitely easier. You can do a lot with them, from creating polls and surveys to getting insights into their results with just a few clicks. Fortunately, creating a survey using Google Forms is a straightforward process. All you need to get started is a Google Account. Read on to learn how to create a survey in Google Forms.

How To Create a Survey in Google Forms

How to Use Google Forms to Make a Survey on a PC

To create a Google Forms survey on your PC, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Google Forms website.
  2. You’ll see several templates. Click the blank one to create a survey from scratch. You’ll be taken to the Questions tab of an empty form.
  3. Enter your survey’s title and any description you want.

You can use the toolbar on the right to add different elements to your survey. You can rearrange these elements later by clicking the top section and dragging them. Here’s how to add a new question to your survey:

  1. Click the “+” sign in the toolbar.
  2. Enter your question.
  3. Select the question type from the dropdown menu in the top right corner of the question box.
  4. Add your response options below.
  5. Click the image icon to insert a picture to your question.

You’ll find more crucial settings at the bottom of the box. You can toggle “Required” or send your respondents to a specific section of your survey based on their answer.

Once you’re done with your questions, go to the Settings tab at the top and edit the details. You can also change the look of your survey using the palette icon in the top right corner of the screen. You can preview your survey with the eye icon when you’re finished. If you’re satisfied, click “Send” to share it directly or get a shareable link.

How to Use Google Forms to Make a Survey on an iPhone

You can also use Google Forms on your iOS device. You don’t have to download any app to do so.

  1. Go to the Google Forms web app in your mobile browser. The site will open a blank form by default.
  2. Enter a title and a description.

Add questions and edit your survey in the following way:

  1. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the screen to insert questions and other elements to your survey.
  2. Change your question’s type using the dropdown menu in the question box.
  3. Enter your question and the possible responses underneath. Add and remove responses as needed.

You’ll find more question settings at the bottom of the question box. Decide whether the question will be required, and toggle the switch at the bottom accordingly.

After entering your questions, switch to the Settings tab at the top. You can change essential preferences here, including response management.

Finally, edit the appearance of your form by tapping the palette icon at the top of the screen. You can adjust the color scheme and even upload your own custom header. Tap “Apply” when you’re done.

To preview how your survey looks, press the three vertical dots in the top right corner and select “Preview.” If you’re satisfied, your survey is ready to be shared using the paper plane icon.

How to Use Google Forms to Make a Survey on an Android

Creating a Google Forms survey on Android is just as straightforward.

  1. Open your mobile browser and go to the Google Forms website. A blank form will open.
  2. Give your survey a title and a description.

To start adding questions, follow the steps below:

  1. Add a new question by tapping the “+” icon in the bottom toolbar.
  2. Type your question and upload an image if you wish.
  3. Select the question type from the dropdown menu underneath.
  4. Add as many response options as you need by tapping “Add option.”
  5. Toggle “Required” at the bottom of the question box to make the question mandatory. You’ll find more settings under the vertical three dots button.

Using the toolbar at the bottom of your screen, you can also add other elements, like descriptions, images, videos, and sections.

Once you’ve got all your questions, scroll back up and switch to the Settings tab. Adjust your preferences about how you want to present your survey, collect responses, etc.

If you want to change the look of your survey, find the palette icon at the top of the screen. Select the colors and font, set a header, and tap “Apply.”

To preview your survey, find the three vertical dots next to your icon and select “Preview.” If you’re satisfied with the result, you can head back and share your survey with the paper plane button at the top of the screen.

How to Use Google Forms to Create a Survey on an iPad

You can easily create Google Forms surveys using your iPad, too.

  1. Open your browser app and go to the Google Forms website. You’ll be taken to a blank survey.
  2. Enter the title and the description.

Your survey will have a question box by default. To add more questions, do the following:

  1. Find the “+” button in the right-side toolbar.
  2. Enter your question in the appropriate field.
  3. Change the question type using the dropdown menu on the right.
  4. Add and enter as many response options as you need.
  5. Toggle “Required” at the bottom to make your question mandatory. You can find more settings in the three-dot menu next to it.

You can also add other kinds of elements, like images, videos and sections using the toolbar.

Once you’ve set up your survey, add the finishing touches:

  1. Find the Settings tab at the top and go through the different options.
  2. Customize your survey with the palette icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Export your survey using the purple “Send” button when you’re done.

You can send your survey directly to an email address or get a shareable link to use on other platforms.

Additional FAQs

Are the responses to my Google Forms survey anonymous?

It’s up to you whether your survey will be open or anonymous. Make sure that the “Collect email addresses” toggle is off in the Settings tab of your Google Form to keep responses private. If you’re unsure whether your survey is anonymous, open it in a private/incognito window to test it first.

Do respondents need to have a Google account to take my survey?

You can decide if respondents will need to log in to their Google accounts to take your survey. Find the “Limit to 1 response” option in your survey’s Settings and turn it off to allow non-Google users to participate. However, remember that this way, they’ll be able to fill out your questionnaire multiple times, possibly skewing your results.

Can I create a Google Forms survey for my business?

Google Forms are available for free to every Google user. You can use it to create a survey for your business and share it with your customers through a link. But if your business has more robust needs, there is a more effective way to reach consumers. Google’s more advanced Surveys feature is available in Google’s Business package. You can leverage Google’s superior targeting capabilities and get responses from just the right people.

Where can I find my Google Forms surveys?

If you lost the link to your Google Forms survey – don’t worry. All your Google Forms are automatically saved to your Google Drive. Open the Google Drive web app and find the survey in your main folder. You can also easily rename, delete, and share your survey here.

Create Your Own Google Forms Survey

Forget paper forms and work smart instead of hard by creating a Google Form and sharing it on any platform. You can easily set up a survey using this browser app, whether on a PC, mobile or iPad. Follow the instructions outlined above and start collecting responses today.

Have you used Google Forms before? How easy do you find creating a survey with this app? Let us know in the comments section below.

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