The form is one of the most important things on a website or in an app. Without it, a site or an app won’t be able to collect feedback, email addresses, or accept payment from the users. For example, to use Facebook, you must register a new Facebook account by entering the required details on the registration page. To build a form (survey, quiz, poll, etc) manually from scratch, you must know HTML, CSS, and a programming language. The programming language will process or handle the information entered by the person who has filled the form and submitted it. Although HTML is easy to understand and learn, it takes several months or even years to learn a programming language such as Java, PHP, Ruby, etc. If you hire a developer to create a form for you, the developer may charge 50 to 200 USD. If you own a business or you don’t want to spend time finding a developer or learning a new language, you can use the following free form creator apps on your Android or iOS device or PC.
Best free form builder apps for iPhone, Android OS, and PC
Google Forms is one of the most widely used services of Google. This application supports 7+ HTML elements and has an option to insert an image or video in the form. It lets users import questions from the existing form templates and has an option to set a solid color as the form’s background. The application also allows you to change the font of the text. Google has not launched a mobile version of its Forms app. As the site is mobile-friendly, you can access and use the application on a browser. You can configure this application to limit responses per user to 1 and let the users edit their responses.
Forms by Microsoft is a part of the MS Office suite. It is similar to Google Forms app. It offers 8 solid color themes and 10 attractive image themes to free users. You can also upload a custom image or use a picture that you find on Bing as the form’s background image. The Microsoft app lets users generate an iframe code for embedding the form in websites. It can also create a QR code that users must scan to access the form.
The forms you build with Google’s and Microsoft’s form builder application are saved on Gdrive and OneDrive.
JotForm is one of the most popular online form maker apps. It gives users access to 100s of customizable ready to use templates. It also lets users integrate payment services such as Square, Paypal, Stripe with their forms, and accept payment from users. JF allows users to add a signature, captcha, table to the form. You can configure JF forms to show/hide fields, perform some calculations, open a page, send email alerts when the users fill the form, and submit it. JF can also show notifications on the phone/tablet of the form creator when there’s a new response.
The Forms App ships with several templates. Once you select a template, you must share the shareable link with people from whom you want to collect data. This application lets unregistered users create up to 5 forms for free. Below the form name, this application shows the number of responses. The responses count will update each time someone fills your form and submits it. To see the responses, you will have to log in to the application. FA lets users duplicate forms and customize the template.
Mobile Forms by Zoho
To use the Mobile Forms app by Zoho corporation, you must log in to the application with either your Google account or Zoho account. MFA’s form builder interface is easy to use. It shows a list of elements on the screen. If you tap on the element, the application will insert the element in the form. The application supports 17+ elements including file/image uploader.
TypeForm is one of the most widely used online form builder apps. Like JotForm, it gives free account users access to many premade forms. It allows uses to connect their forms with popular third-party services such as Google Analytics, Slack, MailChimp, Asana, Dropbox, etc, and has the option to create an embeddable version of the form you’ve built. Free users can create 3 forms and collect up to 100 responses from users.
Why registration is required? To keep the responses safe. You can access or go through the responses only after logging in to the website/application. This ensures that only you have the access to the information and no one else.
Limitations: The applications don’t give full access to their features for free. You can create complex as well as simple forms and get limited responses from the users.