Add delays to Zaps

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Delay is a tool that allows you to put your Zap on hold for a specified amount of time before your actions run. You can use delays to set up scheduled emails, get notified of incomplete tasks, send automatic follow-ups, and automate other tasks on your timeline.

Using this tool doesn't count towards your task usage.

There are three types of Zap delays:

  • Delay for
  • Delay until
  • Delay after queue

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Adding a delay step will not prevent throttling in your Zaps. Learn more about rate limits and throttling in Zapier.

Delay for Delay until Delay after queue

Delay for

  • In the Zap editor, click the Action step, or click the plus + icon to add an action.
  • Search for and select Delay.
  • In the App & event section, click the Event dropdown menu and select Delay For.
  • Click Continue.
  • In the Time Delayed For (value) field, enter the amount of time (in numbers) the Zap should delay for before it moves on to the next step. 
  • Click the Time Delayed For (unit) dropdown menu and select a unit of time.
  • Click Continue.


  • Tasks can be held for a maximum time of one month (31 days). 
  • Your Zap must be on for the Delay to run. Any actions scheduled to run while a Zap is off won’t run when you turn your Zap on again.
  • Delay releases instantly when:
    • The Date/Time Delay Until value is set in the past.
    • The Time Delayed For value is 0 or a negative number.
  • If you change any part of your Zap during a delay, your Zap will not continue once the Zap resumes. We define change as switching actions, replacing apps, add steps or delete steps. 
  • If you replay a Zap run, any Delay For steps that did not run yet will start when the Zap is replayed. 

After setting up your delay, click Test & Review and check if the date matches the delay conditions you’ve set up.

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If you want your action(s) to run based on a recurring event that doesn't occur at fixed intervals, you can create a recurring event in Google Calendar and add a Google Calendar action to schedule your action(s).

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