Re: How to Add Delay as an Action in Airtable Automation?

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5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast


here is the solution to this frequently asked question. Just replace the value in delay( ) to change the time of delay. The maximum delay you can give is 30 Sec per action or automation will fail. For adding more delay the work way around is to add two scripts actions one below the other (See Image).

function delay(ms) {
var limit = new Date();
limit = limit.setMilliseconds(limit.getMilliseconds() + ms);
while ((new Date()) < limit) {
    // do nothing
delay(20000); //delay 20 second

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Just be aware that if the purpose of the delay is to let field values update, such as waiting for an attachment to upload, you will still have the original field values unless you do something to get the updated values, such as a “find records” action to get the new field values. Otherwise you will still be working with the original old field values.

Indeed! and in such cases, you can add one more search Action