When it comes to creating forms or collecting answers to surveys, Google Forms is one of the popular and convenient options. This simple service allows you to easily create forms, and the fact that it’s free makes it a bonus. However, it is not the only tool out there. Apart from Microsoft Forms and JotForm, there is another service called Typeform.
Typeform debuted in 2012, and has a modern interface that makes filling out (and creating) forms fun.
But if you put them side by side, which service is best for you? Is Typeform the tool you’ve always been looking for? Or, should Google Forms always be the permanent choice for conducting digital surveys and contests?
Well, that’s what we’ll find out today as we compare some of the best features of both Google Forms and Type Forms.
Because it’s going to be long, let’s jump right in, shall we
Types of questions and answers
The variety of question types is what separates a great tool from the rest.
Google Forms contains many different types of questions. From simple multiple check questions to upload files and drop down menus, it gives you plenty of options to explore.
Choose one from the collection and start designing your own template.
If you are surprised by the types of questions that Google Forms provide, you will be surprised by Typeform. Well, I may have exaggerated the script a bit, but you get the gist.
Click on the Plus icon – and everything will be revealed. From multiple choices and long text questions to picture options and assessments, there is plenty to play with.
And there’s more to the story. You can also add website links, legal entries and payment details, which is missing in forms
Simply click on the question type, and it will be added to the form. These question types make it easy to design a variety of surveys and quizzes in the writing form.
Check the answers
In 2018, Google released an update that helps you check answers before submitting. For example, if you have a specific field for age, you can specify that the answer can only be between 0 and 50 (or some other number).
The same is true for emails, URLs, and text answers. This can all be taken care of when creating the test. The Responses pane will be handled by Forms.
Typeform takes the short way when it comes to validation. While forms let you decide if the text field will be for email, URL or number, the form separates and nip the problem in the bud by categorizing them as different types.
So, if you want to provide a specific file for an email, date or number, the type must be specified when creating the form.
However, Typeform also comes with its own validation set. You can specify the maximum number of words in a Long Text question or the maximum number of the number field.
In general, I liked the modular approach. He tries to settle everything from the beginning. But in hindsight, all kinds of different questions can confuse a first-time form builder.
Embed video and other media
Including videos and images in forms and surveys makes them more attractive and engaging. Interestingly, Google Forms allows you to add photos and videos between the form. So, if you want your model to start with a beautiful video or a soothing welcome photo, it is possible.
The best part is that you can upload the images from your computer, or you can search for them via the Google search option.
But the option I like the most is the integration of Google Photos and Google Drive. This integration means that as long as you have access to your Google account, you can create your forms from just about anywhere.
But there is a slight catch. You cannot add multiple-choice questions based on images.
When it comes to including media elements, Typeform lets you do both. Yes, you can add video and images between the questions in your form. Similar to Google Forms, the trick will perform a single click on the image/video icon.
Interestingly, the image question type also allows you to add images as answers to multiple choice questions. If you have this type of entry in your survey, it makes the drafting part much easier.
Available templates and themes
When it comes to templates, you can either create a quiz from scratch or choose one of the many templates available. Probably, like all Google products, forms also have a set of forms.
Although there are less than 20 models, the odds are more that you will find one that matches your requirements.
Currently, there are forms for registering events, ordering work, and inviting party, among others. And the template makes survey/test drafting work much easier.
Well, you can also combine these templates with existing themes to create the look.
In contrast to the above, Typeform comes with templates and themes that deserve to be commended.
You can choose from a variety of pre-existing forms such as application, rental agreement, exams, and more. And the best part is that the forms are beautiful and the questions go well with the shapes
Apart from the above, both services come with the option to fork. This allows you to direct the user to specific sections of the form based on the answer.
One of the new features of Google Forms is that it allows you to import questions from old and past forms. This comes into the picture if you often ask a certain type of question. This feature is effective enough to help you save time in the long run.
Click on the Import Question icon (second from the top), choose an old template and make your choices. Yes, it is that easy.
At the time of writing, Typeform does not have any feature that allows users to import questions from an old form into a new form.
One of the paid features of Typeform is Hidden Fields. These allow you to customize your forms to better analyze the data. Based on your requirements, you can modify it according to your needs.
For example, you can associate two forms with hidden fields, or you can choose to track respondent data. The field is available as a question type.
Note that Hidden Field is a patterned feature, and you must upgrade to the Professional plan to use it.
Built-in app support
Another feature that is limited to Typeform is the integration of third-party applications. While Forms packs in-house apps like Sheets, Images, and Google Drive, Typeform goes a step further and lets you connect apps like Slack, Google Sheets, Analytics, Dropbox, and many more.
All these applications are easily available under the Connection tab.
Analysis of responses
Your existing Google Forms user should already know that Forms allows you to link a spreadsheet to collect responses. After collecting responses, you can either open the spreadsheet to create custom charts and graphs. Or you can use the pie charts on the Responses tab.
The best part is that you can copy the charts from there and paste them on the PowerPoint slide.
While Typeform gives you the gist of all the answers. For MCQs, you get a graph of how people respond. However, for the fig you want a detailed analysis, you can always connect with applications like Cumul.io to increase the process.
As mentioned above, it is more suitable for business-oriented users.
Here the real difference stands out. All Google Forms features are completely free. As long as you have a valid Google account, all features are accessible. In addition, there is no limit to the number of responses or the number of templates.
On the other hand, Typeform is a free service. Some features are free, but not all. For example, if you’re on the free plan, you’ll only be able to have three active forms at a time.
Paid features are unlocked if you subscribe to one of three paid plans, as described above.
Which service should you choose
Well, the answer is very simple. If you are a student and looking for a free solution to create surveys and surveys, then Google Forms is the best solution for you.
You can collect unlimited responses and the templates are well suited to getting started. Once you know how to approach the different types of questions, starting a form from scratch is not as difficult as it seems.
If you are looking for templates for marketing surveys where the questions are as important as the look and feel of the form, you should use the template.
The interface is modern and simple. What makes the deal even sweeter is that the answer part is also a work of art. You need to add your answer, press Enter, and the next question will appear neat.