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 tab, 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.

Limitations

  • 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 step 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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