The anonymity of polls on Snapchat depends on whether you use the Snapchat “Poll” sticker or third-party polling software and their functionality.
Users on the Snapchat platform enjoy the built-in features that are unique to this social networking site.
In order to use polls on Snapchat, you can add a “Poll” sticker or use third-party polling software, which will determine whether your poll is anonymous or not.
Snapchat’s features and their role on the platform
Snapchat’s popularity as a social networking site among the younger demographic users is steadily increasing. The platform was used daily by 332 million active users across the globe in the first quarter of 2022.
Many experts credit Snapchat’s built-in features, such as the Lenses, Filters, AR functionality, Snapmaps, Bitmojis, and more, as part of the reason why the platform continues to be one of the most popular sites for users to connect with their friends, celebrities, and various brands.
The addition of new filters doubled the number of downloads of the Snapchat mobile application in 2019, which shows just how many users value these features on this platform.
Are Snapchat polls anonymous?
Even with the popularity of these built-in features, Snapchat has not yet introduced a native polling feature onto their platform.
Although other social networking and social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok have proven that polls increase engagement and immersion on these social networking platforms, Snapchat has not yet developed a built-in poll that users can use on their platform.
The platform is slowly rolling out a new poll sticker, but since this feature limits answers to an emoji and only two possible answers, it is not really a proper native polling feature.
However, despite the fact that there is no button that you can click on the platform itself to create a poll on Snapchat, there are third-party polling applications that can be integrated with the Snapchat mobile application so that you can still post polls on Snapchat.
You can also use the “Poll” sticker to create a poll, and although this is a somewhat simpler process, it will not be anonymous. This means that as long as the third-party polling software that you are using to create a poll allows for anonymous polling, your Snapchat poll will be anonymous, but if you use the “Poll” sticker, the poll will not be anonymous.
Fortunately, there are only a few things that you need to use both these polls on Snapchat and a few different third-party polling software versions that you have to choose from.
How to use the “Poll” sticker on Snapchat
Snapchat started rolling out a new “Poll” sticker late in 2021. This feature allows users to ask a question on their Snapchat Story and then people who view the story can respond by clicking on one of the two emoji options. You can view the results of this poll and share the results with your friends.
In order to use the new “Poll” sticker on Snapchat, you need to follow these steps:
- Step one: Open the Snapchat camera screen to take a photo or video or to select an image from your gallery
- Step two: Select the “Stickers” option from the menu
- Step three: Select the “Poll” option at the top of the screen
- Step four: Type in the poll question that you would like to ask
- Step five: Change the emoji response options by clicking on either emoji
- Step six: Resize and position the poll to suit your content
- Step seven: Post the poll to your story
What you will need to run a third-party poll on Snapchat
If you really want to have an anonymous poll, or the “Poll” sticker is not available on your Snapchat mobile application yet, using third-party polling software may be the best option. This is slightly more complicated than just pressing a button to add a sticker, but you will have more control over your poll as long as you have the following:
- The latest version of the Snapchat mobile application
- A good understanding of how a poll should work
- A plan for what insight you would like to gain from your poll
Different third-party polling software options
There are many third-party polling software options that integrate with the Snapchat mobile application, namely:
|Polling software:||How it works||Anonymous polling functions|
|PollsGo||Creates a link that you can share on your Snapchat story||Yes|
|Opinion Stage||Generates a link||No|
|Pollie||Generates a link||Yes|