Responding to questions
Poll Everywhere accepts responses via SMS text message, from a web browser, and/or through our participant apps for mobile and desktop.
During class, an instructor will display a Poll Everywhere activity on-screen. The visualization will display the instructor’s username for you to be able to join: pollev.com/username. From your phone, laptop, or tablet you will enter the web address and be taken to a screen that allows you to respond to the activity.
Read more about web responses
For quick, regular access to Poll Everywhere, it’s best to download and install the associated Participant response apps:
- Download Poll Everywhere for iOS
- Download Poll Everywhere for Android
- Download the participant app for desktop
The participant desktop and mobile apps have the same functionality as responding through a web browser. They will also display recent instructor’s usernames you have participated with and allow you to join in just a click.
Read more about responding via the Poll Everywhere app
If SMS responding is enabled, the instructions on screen will appear slightly different. Here, you will be texting your instructor’s username instead of inputting it into a web browser as a URL.
Multiple choice questions - SMS text messaging instructions for multiple choice question activities may read, Text your instructor’s USERNAME to 22333 once to join, then A, B, C, or D. The initial USERNAME you text 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 USERNAME to 22333 once to join, then text your message. When you respond to a second open-ended activity you may skip submitting the original USERNAME. 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 smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Read more about SMS text message responses