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How To Limit Responses in Google Forms (3 Methods)

Limiting the answers to an online form is appropriate when you want to ensure accurate survey results, meet a deadline, or when you want to close your survey. Here’s a quick guide on how to limit responses in Google Forms:

  1. Open your form.
  2. Go to “Settings” > “Responses.”
  3. Turn on the option for “Limit to 1 response.”

While this method works, we will also discuss other ways you can stop accepting responses altogether. We will also teach you how to make your Google form limit responses automatically.

How To Limit Responses in Google Forms by Account

If your online form deals with important information like email addresses and phone numbers, limiting the responses per account would prevent double entries in your records. This keeps your data clean and avoids confusion.

By limiting users to one response per account, each of them would have to sign in first before answering your form. Here’s how:

  1. Launch your browser and go to forms.google.com.
  2. Open the specific online form where you want to limit the number of responses.
  3. Go to the “Settings” tab.
  4. Open the “Responses” drop-down.
How to limit responses in Google Forms—Settings for responses

 

  1. Toggle on the option for “Limit to 1 response.”
Toggling on the "Limit to 1 response" option

Related: How To Find Answers on Google Forms (Easy 2024 Guide)

How To Make a Google Form Stop Accepting Responses

Have you already met the quota for your Google form? You can choose to restrict users from answering it further:

  1. Open your online form.
  2. Switch to the “Responses” tab.
  3. Toggle off the switch for “Accepting responses.”
Switch for accepting responses in Google forms

 

If you want to leave a message for future respondents, add it under the “Message to respondents” field. This is optional. A default message will be displayed instead if you choose not to customize it (as illustrated below).

Message field for users to see when the form is closed

How To Set Google Form Response Limits Using formLimiter

You might also ask, “Can you limit responses on Google Forms automatically?” This question arises because automating the process can make it more convenient. While the platform itself doesn’t have a built-in feature for this, there is an add-on that you can use to accomplish it.

Configuring the formLimiter Add-on

formLimiter is a third-party extension that you can add to Google Forms. To use it, you may need to grant certain access permissions, which are generally harmless based on our first-hand experience.

Here’s how to add formLimiter to your Google Form:

  1. Open your Google Form.
  2. Click the vertical three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  3. Select “Get add-ons” from the displayed drop-down menu.
Where to find the "Get add-ons" option in Google Forms

 

  1. Type “formLimiter” in the search bar of the Google Workspace Marketplace panel.
  2. Choose the corresponding option from the search results (as shown below).
The formLimiter add-on in Google Workspace Marketplace

 

  1. Click the “Install” button and follow with the installation instructions.
Installing the formLimiter add-on

Limiting the Number of Responses in Google Forms by Date and Time

Suppose you want to set some deadlines for your online form, especially when using it for a quiz or event registration. formLimiter allows you to do this by using date and time parameters. Here’s how to limit the number of responses in Google Forms based on a schedule:

  1. Once formLimiter is installed, click the add-on icon in the top-right portion of your screen.
  2. Select formLimiter from the drop-down menu displayed.
Opening the formLimiter add-on

 

  1. Choose “Set limit” from the panel appearing for the add-on.
"Set limit" option in formLimiter

 

  1. A panel will appear on the lower-right corner of your screen.
  2. Under “Limit Type,” choose “date and time.”
Setting the form limit type to "date and time"

 

  1. Configure the date and time settings under “Stop accepting responses” to specify when you want to limit the form.
Setting the date and time schedule in formLimiter

 

  1. Optional: Under “Message when submissions are closed,” add a message for future respondents when the form closes.
  2. If you want to receive an email when the form stops accepting responses, tick the checkbox for “Email form owner when submissions are closed.”
  3. Once you’re finished, click “Save and enable.
Options for adding a message and getting email notifications in formLimiter

Setting a Google Forms Max Responses Number

If you want to control the capacity of your online form by setting a quota, you can use the corresponding option available in formLimiter. Here’s how to limit Google form responses based on a quota:

  1. Click the add-on icon again > formLimiter > “Set limit.”
  2. Select the “number of form responses” option under the “Limit Type” section.
Using a set number of responses as a form limit

 

  1. Indicate the maximum number of form answers you expect in the “when responses are greater than” field.
  2. Optional: You can leave a message for future respondents when the form closes.
  3. You can also toggle on the option for “Email form owner when submissions are closed.”
  4. Hit the “Save and enable” button once you’re done.
Indicating the maximum number of responses allowed for a form

Canceling the Form Limits

You can always disable the restrictions you have set if you want to. The feature for this can also be found in the formLimiter’s menu.

Here’s how to disable the restrictions using formLimiter:

  1. Click the add-on icon, choose formLimiter, and click “Set limit.”
  2. Hit the “Disable” button to finish.
Disabling form limits in formLimiter

Final Thoughts

If you have already met your survey quota or want to limit users to one response only, you can always restrict further responses from entering your form. Just use our guides on how to limit responses in Google Forms in this article, and you should be all set.

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