WhatsApp is preparing a fix for the biggest issue with its polling feature. It will finally limit users to selecting just one option in polls. As things stand, you can select multiple or all available options. The change should arrive with an update for the Meta-owned messaging app in the coming weeks. The existing ability to select multiple options will not go away, though. Poll creators will be able to define whether to restrict respondents to just one option or all.
Polls in WhatsApp will get better soon
WhatsApp added a polling feature to its messaging app last year. Following a few months of beta testing, the feature rolled out widely to everyone in November. It lets you create polls in one-on-one conversations as well as groups, though they are particularly useful in groups. Not everyone may use the feature but many find it helpful in various situations. Brands can even run surveys using polls, with the app allowing up to 12 choices.
However, WhatsApp polls came with a caveat — users can select every option there is to select. Perhaps the company overlooked it or just didn’t bother baking the feature fully before rolling it out to the public. This defeated the purpose in many cases. Instead of selecting one correct option, respondents selected all. Unsurprisingly, WhatsApp was flooded with requests to limit polls to just one option. The company has finally listened.
The folks over at WABetaInfo spotted that the latest beta version of the app adds a toggle to limit polls to only one choice. The toggle appears below the answer options when creating polls. When enabled, respondents will be able to select only one correct option. If you want to keep multiple choices open, you can simply disable the toggle before publishing the poll. It’s a simple but effective feature that makes WhatsApp polls a lot better.
An upcoming update for WhatsApp will bring this change
The ability to restrict WhatsApp polls to just one correct option is currently in development. The feature is available for beta users on Android with version 220.127.116.11 of the app. A public rollout should follow in the coming weeks once the company ensures that the new toggle is stable and ready for prime time. Watch out for an update for WhatsApp on your Android device. You can also click the button below to download the latest version of the app from the Google Play Store.