WhatsApp is testing polls in its group chats

Source: Luke Filipowicz/iMore

WhatsApp is testing a new feature that will allow people to place a poll into a group chat.

The new feature, which is available to those running the beta version of WhatsApp via TestFlight, allows people to add a question and then a number of optional answers before allowing people to vote. The move was first spotted by WABetaInfo and could allow people to more easily settle decisions like what to eat for dinner or what bar to meat at.

Notably, because WhatsApp is encrypted, so are the polls and their answers.

WhatsApp asks to enter the question of the poll to send in a WhatsApp group. Since the feature is under development, there aren’t other details right now, but this screenshot is a confirmation that WhatsApp is really planning to introduce polls on WhatsApp. Thanks to polls, you can ask for a question and other people can vote the answer. Note that polls will only be available in WhatsApp groups and they are end-to-end encrypted… even your answers! So only people in the group can see the poll and the results.

While there is no timescale available for when this feature will make its way to the App Store version of WhatsApp, the instant messaging outfit is normally pretty good at moving things from beta to production. WhatsApp is already one of the best iPhone apps for sending and receiving encrypted messages and this move is sure to be welcomed by its users.

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