How To Make a Survey in Google Forms

A free alternative to Survey Monkey!
Britt Britt (54)
5 minutes

Google Forms is the best free (and easy) alternative to Survey Monkey out there. Between ease of use and the ability to use add-ons, there’s very little you can’t do on Google Forms. Whether it's for customer feedback, job applications, or even evaluations, Google Forms provides users with a way to gather information without the hassle. This guide will go through the steps to create a survey within Google Forms and how to create a spreadsheet to store responses!

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create a survey google forms google drive

Go to your Google Drive storage and either create a new folder or pick the folder you wish for your survey and its data to go.

create a survey google forms create a form
Click the arrow symbol to view templates!

On the top right, click the New button and then Google Forms from the drop-down list.

create a survey google forms change name add description

Change the name of the Google Form on the top left, as well as in the box above the first question. Also make sure to add in a description, so respondents know what type of survey you’re conducting!

create a survey google forms change the question type

Every new form comes with a multiple choice question box already provided. You can either edit it or change the type of question via the drop-down box shown in the picture above.

create a survey google forms add new question

It’s very easy to add new questions in Google Forms. Click the plus (+) symbol in the sidebar to the right of the question box to add a new question. Repeat step 4 until you have as many questions as you want!

create a survey google forms make a question required

If you want a question to be required, make sure to hit the switch button in the bottom right of the question box.

create a survey google forms add new section

Depending on how long your survey is, you can add in sections of questions based on categories. Using the example shown in the photo, let’s separate the customer information from the rest of the form by clicking the bottom button in the question sidebar. Repeat steps 3 to 6 until you’re satisfied with your survey!

create a survey google forms settings

Click the cog wheel at the top right of the page to open up settings for the survey. Some important settings are:

  • Under the General tab, you can choose to collect emails, limit to one response, and allow respondents to edit after submission.
  • In the Presentation tab, you can choose to show a progress bar, shuffle question order, and edit the confirmation message that appears to respondents after submission.

Make sure to hit Save before moving on to the next step.

create a survey google forms create data spreadsheet

While you can view responses within Google Forms, it’s a good practice to create a Google Sheets spreadsheet with responses as well. Not only will it make exporting data easier, but it’s also easier to read through.

Click the Responses tab at the top of the page, then click the green Sheets icon as shown above. A window will pop up which allows you to edit the name of the spreadsheet if you’d like. Hit Create once you’re satisfied!

The spreadsheet will be saved wherever the Google Form is and it will automatically update with each new response.

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You’re finally ready to share your survey!

Click the Send button at the top right of the page. Inside the popup, choose how you’d like to share your survey: through email, social media, a custom link, or even embed it onto a website.

Congratulations on making your survey! If you’re interested in add-ons for Google Forms that add new question types or integrations, check out our list of Add-ons for Google Forms!

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Britt Britt (54)
2 minutes

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