Among the many chat apps available today, iMessage has retained its value because users rely on its privacy and security.
From time to time, Apple introduces new features and bug fixes to the ever popular iMessage. However, there is one widely asked group chat feature missing from iMessage: creating polls.
Until that feature becomes an Apple supported reality, you can use third-party apps to create a poll in iMessage group chats.
Making a poll in an iMessage group chat is extremely easy. You can use an iMessage poll to discuss many things: planning a movie or dinner, the date of a product launch, opinions for a new haircut, and other things.
From serious to not-so-serious stuff, you can ask people to vote by creating a poll in iMessage on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 14.
Note: Since polling apps work in group chats, you’ll need to create a group on your iPhone or iPad first. For this purpose, we have created a beginner’s guide on using iMessage groups on iPhone and iPad. Once you have created an iMessage group, follow this method to create a poll.
How to create a poll in iMessage group chat
- First off, you need to download Polls for iMessage in your iMessage App Store.
Downloading an app in the iMessage App Store requires a different process from downloading an app on the iPhone App Store.
Tap on the Group Name in iMessage → Tap on the App Store icon from the list of icons seen at the bottom → Tap on the Search icon → Find Polls for iMessage → Download.
- Launch Messages and tap on the name of an iMessage group you have created.
- Now open the Polls for iMessage from the list of icons at the bottom.
Half of your device screen will be occupied by the Polls app interface.
- Tap or swipe up on the lower half of your device.
- Create a suitable poll title.
- Tap (+) add an item to add options for the poll and then tap add to poll. Again tap on (+) add item to include options and tap add to poll.
- Once all items are added, tap on the Create Poll button.
Your poll is ready to be shared. Before hitting the Send button, you can add a comment to the poll.
Finally, tap on the Send button to share this poll in your iMessage group chat.
Note: The person/s to whom you have sent the poll has to download Polls for iMessage on their iPhone or iPad. Only after downloading the app will they be able to register their vote.
It’s mandatory for all group members to download the third-party polling apps on their iOS devices to create and participate in the poll.
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