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WhatsApp poll is a feature that allows you conduct polls on WhatsApp.

The social media’s recent update now enables you to do so.

This feature is very important as many people usually conduct polls to get people’s opinion about an issue.

Meanwhile, other social media platforms like Twitter, have the poll feature.

In fact, Twitter has been the go-to for people who want to conduct social media polls.

Since WhatsApp has millions of users too, it becomes imperative that the feature becomes available too.

What you must know:

Recall that earlier last month, WhatsApp tested the ability to conduct polls as part of the iOS beta version v2.22.6.70.

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With the latest iOS beta version of WhatsApp, a preview of what the group polling feature will look like is clearer.

This is How Group Polls Might Look Like on WhatsApp:

WhatsApp poll

WhatsApp Poll

WhatsApp recently rolled out iOS beta version 22.9.0.70 and reputable WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo has discovered, what looks like, the final user interface of a voting poll in a WhatsApp group.

You can check it out in the screenshot right below.

So, as you can see, the group poll appears in a bigger-than-usual chat bubble, with the question at the top and the options below it.

Users can select the checkbox beside the option they want to vote for and tap the “Vote” button at the bottom to confirm their choice.

Once they confirm the vote, their answer will be added to the poll and sent to the other group members.

The ability to create vote-based questions in WhatsApp groups will help users easily make a decision for the group or acquire the opinion of group members on something.

The polls feature on WhatsApp is similar to the voting polls feature on other social platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Much like the WhatsApp messages, the group polls, including the questions, options, and answers are end-to-end encrypted.

Hence, the group polls are exclusive to the groups and cannot be accessed by anyone outside of the WhatsApp group, including WhatsApp itself.

Coming to the availability of the new group polls feature, WABetaInfo says that it isn’t available for beta users and WhatsApp needs to further refine the polls feature before rolling it out.

As a result, it might take some time for the Meta-owned company to roll it out in the stable channel.

However, we can expect more teasers like these ahead of its release.

So, stay tuned, and let us know your thoughts on WhatsApp’s new group polls feature in the comments below.

Implications:

This poll WhatsApp feature is not yet available for android users.

Also, the feature will have a challenge in that only at most, 512 members can vote during a poll.

That is the highest number of members in a WhatsApp group chat so far.

However, the feature will be useful especially to researchers, students, media organisations and the likes.

People will conduct WhatsApp polls to get respondents’ opinion about an issue.

It would also help in authentication of source and data referencing to validate a study or course.

Meanwhile, we believe that the feature will soon be available to all WhatsApp users, including Android users.

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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