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How to Delete Responses on Google Forms (2 Methods)

Last Updated: Sat Jun 29 2024

In 4 simple steps, we will show you how to delete responses on Google Forms. Both, individual responses and all responses in one click.

Steps:

  • Go to Your Google Form
  • Go to the Responses Tab
  • Delete an Individual Response
  • Delete All Responses

Step 1: Go to Your Google Form

Open Google Forms. Click on the form from which you want to delete responses from.

red arrow pointing to a existing form in google forms

Step 2: Go to the Responses Tab

Once your form is open, locate the "Responses" tab near the top of the page. Click on it to see all the responses that have been collected.

red arrow pointing to ‘Responses’ tab

Step 3: Delete an Individual Response

To delete a specific response, click on the "Individual" tab under the Responses section to view responses one-by-one.

red arrow pointing to ‘Individual’ section in ‘Responses’ tab

Use the arrows to scroll through the submissions until you find the one you want to delete.

red arrow pointing to right arrow to change respondents submissions

Click the trash can icon located at the upper-right corner of the response box.

red arrow pointing to trash box

A confirmation dialog box will appear. Confirm by clicking "Yes" to permanently delete the response. Important to know, this action cannot be undone.

red arrow pointing to ‘Yes’ button to confirm deletion

Step 4: Delete All Responses

If you need to delete all responses, on the "Responses" tab, Click on the three vertical dots (More options) located at the top-right.

red arrow pointing to three dots in ‘Responses’ tab

Select "Delete all responses" from the dropdown menu.

red arrow pointing to “Delete all responses” in the menu

A warning dialog box will prompt you to confirm the deletion. Click ‘OK’ to remove all responses permanently. Again, Important to know, this action cannot be undone.

red arrow pointing to ‘OK’ to confirm all responses deletion
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Finished!

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Sometimes, you might run into issues where responses aren't deleting as they should. Here’s what you can do:

Check Network Connection: Ensure you have a stable internet connection as a poor connection can interrupt the deletion process.

Refresh the Page: Sometimes, simply refreshing the page can help complete the deletion if it didn’t process initially.

red arrow pointing to “Trying to connect” when troubleshooting to delete responses

Alternatives to Deletion

Deleting responses should be done with caution as it's irreversible. Here are some alternatives:

Use Filters: Apply filters to hide unwanted responses instead of deleting them. This keeps the data intact for future reference.

Adjust Form Settings: Modify your form settings to prevent certain types of responses in advance, reducing the need for deletion.

red arrow pointing to ‘Settings’ tab

By following these steps, you can efficiently manage and delete responses on Google Forms, keeping your data clean and relevant for analysis. Remember, once a response is deleted, it cannot be recovered, so make sure you have evaluated all alternatives before proceeding.

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