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How to Collect Contact Info Using Google Forms on Mobile Devices

Simon Batt Updated 06-05-2020

If you want to collect and analyze a large amount of user data easily, you can do so for free with Google Forms. Google Forms lets you quickly create a data-entry form for an online poll or a survey. And you can create one on both PC and mobile.

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Let’s explore how to create a Google Form and how to share it with others.

How to Create a Google Form on Mobile and PC

The steps for creating a Google Form on PC and mobile are very similar. For the sake of this article, we’ll be using PC screenshots for better clarity; however, they look near-identical on a mobile phone.

To create a form, head over to the Google Forms page. You can find it at forms.google.com, which will take you to the form editor on mobile, or the form manager on PC.

If you’re on PC, take a look at the templates at the top of the page. Google already provides a few template forms designed to fit common uses. As such, if one catches your eye, be sure to select it and save yourself some work.

For example, if you want to make a free website contact form with Google Forms How to Create a Free Website Contact Form With Google Forms Need a contact form for your website or blog, but don't like the default options? Use Google Forms and collect responses in Google Sheets! Read More , you’ll want to select the Contact Information template.

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We’ll be making a template from scratch to show all of Google Form’s features. To start, click Blank at the left of the templates.

Creating a new blank form in Google Forms

Editing and Adding Questions on Google Forms

You’ll have one question template waiting for you. By default, it’s a multiple-choice question where you can enter a selection of answers for users to choose from.

If you don’t want a multiple-choice question, click on the dropdown menu that says Multiple Choice.

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Once done, you’ll see the different kinds of questions you can choose from. Each style of question has its advantage, so choosing the right one for your form is key.

Choosing a question type in Google Forms

The top five entries are the most commonly used question formats.

Short answer is good for collecting names or short comments, while Paragraph is better for long-form.

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Multiple choice is best if you want the user to select as many options as they like.

Checkboxes is better if you want the user to select a finite number of choices (e.g. “Pick two from the following list” questions).

Dropdown is best for restricting the user to one answer from a list of responses.

If you want to customize a question, click the three dots at the bottom-right of a section. This will give you additional options depending on the question type. For example, a checkbox question will show an option for restricting the number of boxes a user can check.

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The three dots for customizing a Google Forms question

On the right of each question, you’ll find buttons for customization. This includes setting a title and description for your questions, as well as adding an image or video to give more context to a question. You can also add a new question from here, or add a new section to better separate your form.

The sidebar for a Google Forms question

If you need a user to answer a specific question, don’t forget to click the Required switch at the bottom. When it’s turned on, users can’t submit a form unless the question is answered.

Editing the Google Form’s Theme

The default form colors are a little boring, but you can change the form’s appearance to your liking. Just look for the palette icon at the very top of the screen. Click on it to open the theme menu.

The theme icon in Google Forms

Here, you can change the background color and the font that the form uses. You can also add a header image for your organization or business to make it look professional.

Previewing the Google Form

Once you’ve set up your form, it’s worth giving it a trial run. That way, you can spot any flaws before you send it out to people.

The preview icon in Google Forms

To do this, click the eye icon at the top of the page. Now you can take the form as if you were a recipient and test out the questions. If you’re on mobile, you may need to tap on the three-dot icon to expand the list of options first.

Do note that if you submit a form through the preview feature, Google Forms will store it as a legitimate response. As such, if you don’t want to enter your test data, don’t submit the form.

Publishing the Google Form for Others to Take

Once the form is ready to go, hit the purple Send button at the top right. From here, you can send emails out to people, get a link you can share, or embed the form on your website for easy data gathering.

The Send button on Google Forms

Once you’ve sent the form off, don’t worry about gathering the data. Google Forms will collect all the information that’s entered and compile them into a response page. As such, once the form is out in the wild, the hard part is done.

Checking People’s Responses for the Google Form

There’s a good chance that, by now, you’ve already noticed the Responses tab at the top of the form. When people fill out your form and send in their responses, a number appears beside the tab name.

A number showing new responses in Google Forms

You can click the tab to see all the responses to your survey. The responses page is divided up into different categories to better view the data.

The different response categories on Google Forms

Summary shows you the results at a glance, which is good for a general representation of the results. Question lets you analyze how a specific question was answered so that you can hone in on a specific group of data. Individual lets you see how a specific person responded to better understand how that user answered.

Once you have a wealth of responses coming in, you can move the response data over to Google Sheets for further data manipulation. Don’t worry about copy-pasting all the data, however; just click the Google Sheets icon at the top-right of the responses window.

The Google Sheets button on Forms

This will let you either create a new sheet for your data, or import the information into an existing Google Sheets document.

Getting the Most Out of Google Forms

Google Forms is very easy to use, whether you’re making the form on your PC or using your phone for a form on the go. Now you know how to make a form, preview it, and finally send it off for others to take.

If you want to take your form creation skills even further, be sure to try out these awesome Google Forms addons Google Forms Can Do Anything With These Awesome Add-Ons Google Forms is an underutilized tool. Here's how to make your forms more dynamic with these advanced Google Forms add-ons. Read More .

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  1. Vignesh Manickam
    December 8, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Now you can use Google forms in android using 'Forms (Google Forms)' app.
    Thanks

  2. Trey Wodele
    June 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm
    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Trey, when it comes to public eduction, passwords, and the like, I assume it gets very tricky for Google. I'm not defending their practice or terms of agreement, because I haven't investigated it enough. Also, I think there's always a risk when using online or even third part applications for collecting data. I used Bento for the iPad to collect several names at an event, and when I tried to sync that data, it all got deleted for some reason. So yes, I would take precaution when using this technology. Test it out several times before using it with data that is really important to you.

  3. Martin Baker
    May 1, 2012 at 9:07 am

    google forms work ok on google mobile sites but the pararaph text box throws the form out of the screen area.

    Can this be edited ?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Hmm, sorry Martin, that I'm just now seeing your question. No, I'm not sure why the the text box throws the form out of the screen area. Maybe if you send me a screen shot (use the email attached to my byline name) I can get idea of what it looks like.

  4. slywlf
    April 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Interesting, but considering Google's recent changes as far as privacy - as in there is none! - I would not be happy having anyone listing me on one of these spreadsheets. Call me old fashioned, but I already have Facebook on lockdown - no apps, total friends only and log off when I leave, I only log into Google when I need to check my gmail accounts, and I now use Ghostery full time. This sounds like a back window into other peoples privacy.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      April 22, 2012 at 5:37 am

      Yep, something worth considering.