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5 Steps: How To Make Google Forms Anonymous

Last Updated: Thu Apr 11 2024

Are you curious about how to make Google Forms anonymous?

This swift guide shows you the process in seven easy steps, making it simple for anyone to anonymize Google Forms.

Are Google Forms Anonymous By Default?

Google Forms automatically collects information about respondents by default. However, it provides diverse settings enabling you to minimize identifiable details, thereby enhancing the anonymity of the forms.

1 – Add a Question To a New Form

Start by creating a new form. Add a question by clicking the ‘+’ icon at the top of the floating navigation bar on the right.

Red arrow pointing towards the add new question icon

The question format depends largely on the purpose of the form. In this guide, we will create a checkbox grid to survey respondents’ satisfaction with our services. It will help you better understand Anonymous settings in Google Forms.

2 – Select The Question Type In The Drop-Down Menu

Select the question type in the drop-down menu beside the question input box. We are using checkbox grid questions for this guide.

animated gif showing the question format drop-down menu

3 – Write the Question and populate the checkbox rows and columns

Write the question and the survey options. Populate the rows with questions or survey items and columns with choices.

The checkbox grid question type

Ensure no identifying information, including names, email addresses or transaction numbers, is shared. Questions asking for specific identifiable information should not be included in anonymized Google Forms.

populated checkbox grid question type

4 – Click The Settings Tab

To make a form anonymous, there are some settings you need to change. Go to the settings tab at the top of the Form page.

Animated gif showing how to access the settings tab in Google forms

The settings page has quite a few settings to check. Do not get overwhelmed. They are pretty straightforward.

Red arrows pointing towards the settings tab and the responses section.

5 – Set Do Not Collect Email Addresses And Ensure Allow Response Editing Is Toggled Off

Expand the responses section. There are then several different settings:

The responses section was populated to make a Google Form anonymous.
  • Collect email addresses: You want to set this to 'Do not collect'. On the other settings of 'Verified' or 'Responder' it will require them to login.

  • Allow response editing: will automatically turn off when you select the ‘Do not Collect’ option. However, just double check the toggle is set to off.

  • Limit to 1 response: Ensure this is toggled off, otherwise it will require a user to sign in.

You are done. Click the preview at the links cluster at the top of the page to check what your Google Form looks like.

Red arrow pointing towards the preview icon on Google Forms.

Review the forms page and the questions. Look at the ‘Not Shared text below the account information. It means that the Form is anonymous. The data will not be collected and shared.

Red arrow pointing towards the Not Shared message indicating the anonymity of the Google Form.

Google Form Template

This is a template for a google form. You can use this to copy the results from the tutorial.

Click here to create a copy

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