Install and Set up Polly

You can interact with Polly in three ways: through the tab, conversing with the bot, or via compose extensions. In order to start polling in Microsoft Teams, you'll need to install it either as a personal bot, or for your team.

Install Polly for your team

To get Polly set up correctly, you need to ensure that the Polly bot has been installed to the team. If you just pin the tab without adding the bot, you won’t be able to create any polls and Polly won’t recognize any @ mentions.

Step 1: Add Polly (bot) to your team

 
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Step 2: Pin the Polly tab to channels you’d like to poll. More details below.

Step 3: Start polling!


Install Polly as a personal bot with Message Extensions

To do so, navigate to the conversation of your choosing, and click on the “...” overflow menu, at the bottom of the new conversation box. Then search for the Polly app.

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Note: if someone on your team has already installed Polly (above steps for 'Installing for your team'), you may already Polly listed as an app. In which case, you do not need to install Polly as a personal bot -- this only applies if Polly isn't already installed. 

From the app marketplace, locate Polly and click on the app. Then click Add

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Then, for added convenience, you have the option to pin the Polly bot as a message extension so you can eliminate the number of steps it takes to create a poll. It'll always be available - and makes it that much easier to create polls in channels that may not have Polly installed, or within group chats. 

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Pinning Polly As A Channel Tab

How do I pin Polly to my channel's tab?

Polly provides the ability to view a dashboard of all polls by visiting the Polly tab in your channel (you should do this for every channel you plan to use Polly in). If you don’t have a tab pinned, here’s what you’ll need to do.

  • Step 1: Make sure the bot has already been added to this team.
  • Step 2: Hit the plus sign from your channel to add the tab
  • Step 3: Click on the Polly logo from the list of available Tabs
  • Step 4: Accept the terms and conditions (you may not see this step if you’ve already added a tab before to a different channel)
  • Step 5: Hit the ‘Save’ button
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That’s it! Now that the tab is there, you’ll have the latest poll results available to you right within Microsoft Teams!


Is your tab requesting admin approval when clicking the Polly tab? Please see our troubleshooting guide for steps to resolve with your IT admin.