How to Create an Anonymous Google Form

Creating an anonymous Google Form can be crucial for collecting candid feedback or sensitive data. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through how to design your Google Form to ensure complete anonymity for your respondents.

How to Create an Anonymous Google Form
Do not index
Do not index
Google Forms is a powerful tool for creating surveys, quizzes, and more. One of the many features it offers is the ability to collect data anonymously. This can be particularly useful for sensitive topics, feedback forms, or any situation where you want to encourage candid responses.
In this blog post, we'll walk you through the steps to create an anonymous Google Form. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your form is truly anonymous, so respondents can answer freely without fear of retribution.

Step 1: Create a New Google Form

  1. Sign in to Google Drive: Navigate to Google Drive and sign in using your Google account.
    1. notion image
  1. New Form: Click on the New button on the top left corner, hover over More, and then select Google Forms.
    1. notion image

Step 2: Design the Form

  • Add questions and options as you normally would when designing a Google Form. You can add multiple-choice questions, short answers, paragraphs, etc., depending on the information you are looking to gather.
notion image

Step 3: Turn Off Data Collection of Email Addresses

By default, Google Forms does not collect email addresses, but in some cases—especially for organizations—it may be set to do so. Here’s how to make sure this feature is off:
  1. Settings: Click on the gear icon at the top-right corner to open the Settings panel.
  1. Collect Email Addresses: Under the ‘General’ tab, make sure the box that says “Collect email addresses” is unchecked.
notion image

Step 4: Confirm Anonymity

Go through your questions to make sure none of them could inadvertently reveal the identity of the respondent. For example, don’t ask for names, email addresses, or specific details that could be traceable back to an individual.

Step 5: Send the Form

  1. Send Button: Click the Send button (it looks like a paper airplane) at the top-right corner of the screen.
    1. notion image
  1. Send Via Email/Link: You have the option to send the form via email, generate a link, or create an HTML embed code to place the form on a webpage. Choose the one that best suits your needs.
    1. notion image
Note: If you send the form via email directly from Google Forms, your email address will be visible to the respondents. To maintain complete anonymity, share the form link through an anonymous email service or via a method that doesn’t reveal your identity.

Step 6: Collect and Analyze Responses

Once the form is live, you can start collecting responses. These will be truly anonymous, meaning you won't be able to identify who submitted which response unless the questions in the form are designed to do so.
notion image

Important Considerations:

Clear Communication

Make it clear to the respondents that the form is anonymous. This can encourage more honest and open responses.

Double-check Settings

Before disseminating the form, double-check all the settings to ensure the form is set up to collect responses anonymously.

Ethical Guidelines

If you’re conducting research or gathering sensitive information, make sure you’re abiding by ethical guidelines. This may include informed consent, even for anonymous surveys.
And there you have it! You've created an anonymous Google Form. You can now collect data without collecting any personal information from the respondents, allowing for candid feedback or responses.

Upgrade your form builder

Try Fillout, the modern form builder. Collect 1000 submissions/month for free.

Sign up for free
Dominic Whyte

Written by

Dominic Whyte

Dominic is the co-founder of He previously worked on engineering & product at Retool. Prior to Retool, he started Cheer ( acquired by Retool in 2020).