Overview on Data Collection Tools

KoBoToolbox allows data collection in multiple ways. Because KoBoToolbox is built on the Xform/ODK standards, our forms are compatible with a number of different tools that can be used for data collection.

For Android devices, we recommend using Collect Andoid app app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and installed on any standard Android phone or tablet.

For any other devices (including iPhones, iPads, or any laptop or computer), we recommend using the webform for collecting data.

A quick rundown on the differences between the two options

  Webforms KoBoCollect
Devices Any mobile device or computer Android only
Runs in... Browser Native Android application
Configurable Server-wide On each device
Default form display All questions on the same screen One question per screen
Data upload Automatically when connection available On user request or immediately if connection available
Phone-specific meta-questions (subscriberid, simserial, phonenumber) No Yes
barcode question type No (except manual entry) Yes
Different form styles Yes No
Encryption Not for storage, but always during transfer Can be enabled on-device, always during transfer
hide-input appearance for maps to hide manual GPS inputs Yes No
Advanced map appearance options (streets, terrain, satellite, [other]) Yes No
Text formatting in notes and labels (bold, italics, links) Yes No
Combine subsequent notes into a single note on the screen Yes No
multiline appearance for text questions Yes No
horizontal-compact appearance for select-type questions Yes No
likert scale appearance for select-type questions Yes No
compact-2 appearance for select-type questions No Yes
no-calendar appearance No Yes
Advanced image appearances (annotate, draw, signature) Yes Yes
Calculation command repeat_count() Set a minimum number of repeat groups Set an exact number of repeat groups

Collecting data using KoBoCollect

After deploying a project, you can go to Form - Collect data, and then select the Android application.


For details on how to set up KoBoCollect on any Android devices, read this article.

Collecting Data using the Enketo Webform

To use the webform, after deploying a project, you can go to Form - Collect data, multiple options (online or offline, single or multiple submissions) are available. The default option is Online-Offline (multiple submission).