How to Add Guests


There are two ways to add guests to your poll. One is to send the to your guests so they can add themselves to the poll. The other is to and have WhenAvailable send them an email. You can to your poll, but that can cause confusion.

To add guests, either copy the shareable link and send it to your guests or send the invitations directly from the poll:

adding guests
1. Share with link

Sharing the poll with a link allows anyone who has the link to add themselves to the poll (for free polls the 20 people limit still applies). You can share the link on social media, with sms, or however works best for you.

When your guests open the poll from the link they will see the current state of the poll. As they add themselves, they will have the option to include only their name, or add both their name and email address. The screenshot below shows the dialog the guests receives when they identify themselves:

guest adding themselves to poll

The poll will update in real time as the guests enter their votes. The screenshot below shows the poll as a guest would see it:

guest voting
2. Add Guests

The other option is to send an email directly to your guests through WhenAvailable. Each guest will then receive a unique link to the poll.

To send through WhenAvailable enter the names and email addresses of your guests. You can add multiple guests by copying and pasting a list of names and emails seperated by a comma, e.g. Ann Smith ann@example.com, Don don123@example.com, Tony tony@example.com

adding guests to poll

The email the recipient receives looks along these lines:

guest email screenshot

Adding guests this way to your poll keeps it more private than using the shareable link. Each guest receives a unique link to the poll in an email so you have more control over who has access to it.

3. Add guests AND share with a link

For each poll, you can either send an email from WhenAvailable, share a general link to the poll, or both. However, it can be confusing for the recipient, if you use both methods for the same poll so we advise against it.

When you add guests to the poll they’ll each receive an email with a unique link to the poll. If those same guests also receive the shareable link and attempt to add themselves to the poll using that link the poll won’t allow it. To fix this you can either:

  • Ask your guests to search their email (inbox & spam) for an email sent from whenavailable@whenavailable.com and open the poll from the email instead of from the shareable link.
  • Remove the guests you added from your poll so that each guest can add themselves to the poll. When you have removed the guests from the poll they won’t be able to open the poll from the link in the email anymore.

To avoid confusion, we advise against using both methods for the same poll.