Edit an Active Automation

This feature is only available on paid accounts and requires Author user level or higher.

After you start your automation, you'll be able to make changes to the automation and the emails it contains. When editing the automation, you can pause or resume all emails at once, change your workflow settings, reorder the sequence of content, and add new emails.

In this article, you'll learn how to find and edit an active automation.

Before You Start

  • To learn how to edit triggers, schedules, segments, actions, or content, check out Edit Automation Emails.

  • To learn how to change who receives your automation, read Manage Subscribers in an Automation.
  • Date-based automations allow subscribers to move in and out of queues, depending on their eligibility and your delivery settings. If the overall automation or an individual email is paused on the date a subscriber is scheduled to receive an email, the subscriber misses that email and moves into the next email queue in the automation.

Filter Automations

If you manage a lot of automations, try the filter tool to find the automation you need. Use the Filter menu to sort your automations by list and status.

To filter your automations, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.
  2. Click the Filter drop-down menu, and choose to filter by List, Status, or both.
    Grab three dots and drag with hand cursor.
  3. Choose the options you want from each drop-down menu, and click Apply.
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To clear the filter, click the X icon in the blue alert box.
Click X on alert.  

Pause and Resume Emails

After an automation is active, you can no longer make changes to the automation type or list. However, you can pause emails in a automation to make other changes.

To pause all emails in an automation, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the automation you want to work with, and choose Pause all emails.
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To resume an automation, click the drop-down menu next to the paused automation, and choose Unpause, or navigate to the Confirm step and click Resume Workflow.

Edit Workflow Settings

In your automation workflow settings, you can rename your automation, change your From name or From email address, choose different tracking options, and more.

To edit your workflow settings, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the automation you want to work with, and choose Pause all emails.
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  3. Click Edit.
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  4. Click Edit Workflow Settings.
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  5. Edit your Workflow name, From name, or  From email address as needed. You can also change the tracking options and other settings. 

  6. Click Update Settings.
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  7. Navigate to the Confirm step and click Resume Workflow.

Reorder Emails in an Automation

You can swap the content of any emails in a draft or paused state, which allows you to reorder your automation. Triggers, scheduling, segmentation settings, queues, and post-send actions will remain the same. 

To reorder emails in a automation, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.

  2. Click Edit next to the automation you want to work with.

  3. Navigate to the Emails step.

  4. Click and drag the three dots icon next to the draft or paused email you want to work with, and drag the content to its new position. It's important to note that the email you want to swap content with must also be in a draft or paused state.
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Add an Email

After you start an automation, you can continue to add new emails. For list activity automations, we'll hold subscribers who have already met or exceeded the set delay in a queue and send them the new email when you resume the Automation.

To add an email to an active automation, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.

  2. Click Edit next to the automation you want to work with.

  3. Navigate to the Emails step.

  4. Click Add Email.
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  5. Continue through the Email Designer to create your automated email.
  6. When you’re done, return to your automation timeline and click Start Email.
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Repeat this process to include up to 100 emails in your automation.

 

Delete Automation

When you delete a automation, you also delete its report data. Automation reports give insights into how automations perform, and can help you understand how to improve subscriber engagement. To save this information, export your report before you delete anything from your account.

To delete an automation, follow these steps.

  1. Navigate to the Automation page.

  2. Click the drop-down menu next to the automation you want to work with, and choose Pause all emails. Repeat this step for each automation you want to delete.

  3. Check the box next to each automation you want to delete.

  4. Click Delete.
  5. In the Are you sure? pop-up modal, type DELETE, and click Delete.
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