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Google Forms Email Validation (Easiest Way in 2024)

In this article we will show you how to do email validation in google forms is just a few simple steps using our custom formula. Simply follow the steps below.

Google Forms Email Address Validation

1. Add a Short Answer box for Email

To add a question box to Google Forms, click the Add question icon at the top of the floating box on the right side of the page. 

google forms email validation

Click the multiple choice drop-down box on the right-side of the question box that appears and Select Short answer instead of the default Multiple Choice.

Google forms, change question type to short answer

Then type “Enter your Email” or “Email” as the question. This is arbitrary text.

Google forms email address question

Alternatively, just type “Email” and Google Forms will automatically change the question type to Short answer. 

Google forms email address automatically adjusting to short answer question

2. Enable Response validation

We can filter the input text by enabling response validation, just like in Google Sheets. To enable response validation, first click the three dots besides the Required toggle in the lower-right corner of the question box. When you hover over it, the More options label should appear. Click it. 

More options button on lower-right corner of the question

You will get two options: Description and Response validation. Click Response validation.

google forms email address validation

You will get options to set the response validation in the question. 

google forms email address validation

Screencap of this step:

google forms email address validation

3. Set response to match regular expression [a-zA-Z0-9_\.\+-]+@[a-zA-Z0-9-]+\.[a-zA-Z0-9-\.]+ 

We now need to set the validation options. Click the first drop-down box, then select Regular expression. 

email validation google forms

Click the second drop-down box, then select Matches.

email validation in google forms

Screencap of the steps so far:

google forms validate email

On the text box labeled Pattern, paste the following code:


You can also provide a custom error text via the next text box. For this example, we will use the following error text:

Please provide a valid email address

google forms validate email address


You are now done! To check the output, click Preview icon on the upper-right corner of Google Forms:

Google forms preview form

If you try to enter an email address that does not follow the email address format from our regular expression the error text will appear:

Wrong input to google forms, error shown

If you enter a valid email address format, the error disappears.

Error disappears after email input corrected

We hope you now have a better understanding of how to do email validation in Google Forms. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our article on how to create Google Forms for event registration or our article on how to add comments to multiple choices in Google Forms. If you want to set up Google Forms email confirmation, we also suggest checking out our detailed guide. 

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