Responding to questions

Poll Everywhere accepts responses from SMS text messages, from a web browser, and through our mobile apps. Instructors may enable or disable these response methods depending on their needs, so the options you have for how to participate may vary by instructor. The fastest and most common way to response to an activity is from a web browser or through the mobile app.

Responding via the web

During class, an instructor will display a Poll Everywhere activity on-screen. The visualization will display a web address that looks like PollEv.com/ProfessorSmith. From your phone, laptop, or tablet you'll enter the web address and be taken to a screen that allows you to respond to the activity.

Read more about web responses

Responding via the mobile app

For quick, regular access to Poll Everywhere, it's best to download and install the mobile response apps:

During class you'll launch the app and go to the web response page that the instructor displays on-screen.

The mobile apps have the same functionality as responding through a web browser.

Read more about responding via the Poll Everywhere app

Responding via SMS

During class, an instructor will display a Poll Everywhere activity on-screen. The visualization on screen may have instructions for responding via SMS text messaging. The instructions vary depending on the activity type and the configuration of the activity:

  • Multiple choice questions - SMS text messaging instructions for multiple choice question activities may read, Text KEYWORD to 12345 once to join, then A, B, C, or D. The initial KEYWORD you text in is remembered so that the second time you respond to an activity, you only have to submit A, B, C, or D in your SMS text message. You'll need to leave the presenter session by texting LEAVE if you're responding via SMS text messages in another class.

  • Open ended questions - SMS text messaging instructions for multiple choice question activities may read, Text KEYWORD to 12345 once to join, then text your message. When you respond to a second open-ended activity you may skip submitting the original KEYWORD. You'll need to leave the presenter session by texting LEAVE if you're responding via SMS text messages in another class.

  • Surveys, Q&A, Ranking and clickable images - Some of the more advanced activities only work over the web, and not SMS. You'll need to respond through a web browser either on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop.

Read more about SMS text message responses