Alert! Your flow is not running

Do you want to re-enable flows that were suspended automatically? Have you noticed that flows that aren’t running are automatically switched off?

Switched off flows

This can be very annoying! you have a flow that doesn’t run very often and after 30 days these flows are being switched off!

I’ve never understood this feature and even wore, as far as I know there is no way of disabling the disabling of the flows.

So, how do we stop this or avoid flows not running and being stopped?

Re-enable flows

I was thinking that we could just create a flow. Actually, maybe we should create two flows to re-enable flows that have been stopped.

Why two?

Well, what if my flow doesn’t run for 30 days? Alternatively I can schedule my re-enable flow to run daily and I will not have a problem.

Building the Re-enable flow

I’m going to create a scheduled flow that will ruin daily.

Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate Microsoft Power Automate created scheduled flow to re enable flows

Then I’m going to collect all the flows that I’ve got using the Get Environments and the List Flows as Admin actions.

List My environments

From the output we can now see some of the details of my flows.

Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate Microsoft Power Automate Output list flows action

Ok, that is good but that gives me a lot of data to process. A typical mistake to now make id to extend that apply to each with another apply to each so that we nest our apply to each steps. Unless you want to make a lot of coffees, you better use the Pieter’s method.

We will only need the flow name, the environment name and the status. Using the select I’m just going to create records for these three properties.

Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate Microsoft Power Automate image

Looking in the run mode this will give us an array of just the properties that we want.

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However we are not interested in the started flows, we just want to ones that have been suspended. Flows that have a stopped status were stopped by someone suspended flows are flows that were stopped by Microsoft because they didn’t run or they caused too many failures.

To get just the suspended flows I’m going to add a filter, just before the select action.

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All we need to add in the Compose is the following code:

outputs('Select')

Note that you will have to type this as the dynamic content will not show the out of scope content.

Ok, I could still transform my json from that compose a bit, but I’m going to be lazy this time. Just a nested apply to each to process the flows for each environment and switch them back on.

The flow part of this will look like this. Using the turn on flow action

re-enabled flows

There are 4 pieces of code here. in the Apply to each 2:

outputs('Compose')

In the apply to each 3 :

items('Apply_to_each_2')?['body']

In the Turn On flow:

items('Apply_to_each_3')?['environment']

and for the Flow :

items('Apply_to_each_3')?['name']

And as a result all my flows have been re-enabled within a minute.

More thoughts

You could of course also add an email telling the users that the flow was suspended by accident and that they can ignore that email that was sent out to them.

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By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

47 thoughts on “Automatically re-enable flows that were suspended in Power Automate”
  1. I just started receiving notifications this week that some of my manual flows have been turned off because they hadn’t been run. This info came at the right time for sure. Thank you!

  2. Hi Pieter. Thank you for sharing this!

    However I’m getting a forbidden error on “Turn On Flow” action. Like this:
    {“code”:”ConnectionAuthorizationFailed”,”message”:”The caller with object id ’63ec116a-6408-4330-bc28-b5e3ff689011′ does not have permission for connection ‘ceb4cd77-d6ae-4c12-b3ef-ff49e89a3f4c’ under Api ‘shared_logicflows’.”}

    I have Power Platform admin and Power BI Administrator roles.

      1. But the purpose of this flow is to re-enable flows suspended by Microsoft for users running under Microsoft 365 license. If I buy Power Automate license, my flows will not be suspended anyway.

      2. It looks like you would need premium to do this. I would need to look into that ownership thing. Potentially if the flow can take ownership of other flows then that might work.

  3. This solution is great if you want ALL of your suspended flows to be re-enabled. I create a lot of “proof of concept” type flows which – if suspended – I wouldn’t want to re-enable. What I ended up doing was creating a list in MS Lists to “inventory” all of my flows and track their status. I have a yes/no column in that list labeled “Mission Critical” which I set to Yes for “production” flows. This lets me run a daily check of only those flows and re-enable them if they are suspended.

    The only piece of data I can’t seem to find a way to get is the timestamp of the last run of a flow (it would be useful to have in that list). This isn’t included in the “Get flow” output. I’ve suggested adding it in the Flow Ideas forum in the Power Automate Community, but who knows if it’ll ever get picked up.

    1. It would be useful if run data could be enabled. I am quite sure that John Liu’s tools to manage flows will get the run details. So that must mean that the APIs can be used to develop what you want.

  4. Hi Pieter, I want to achieve similar functionality but the difference is- for a particular solution in a particular environment. Can you please suggest something if it is feasible? Thanks.

  5. Hi Pieter, Thankyou for sharing this.
    I have a similar requirement but the difference is I want to do it for the flows in particular solution & particular Environment. I am still learning Power automate, so not sure if this is feasible.
    Can you please shed some light on this if this is achievable. Thanks.

  6. Dear Pieter, thank you for sharing this wonderful process! I have implemented exactly the same way and the flow is running successfully. In first run, it enabled one suspended flow as well. However some flows suspended after that, didn’t get enable. Any idea why is that? they are in other users account..

  7. Hi Pieter, thanks for the prompt reply! The flow finds the flows available only in selected connection account (which is a Global Admin account). I am assuming that, since we are using ‘List flows as an Admin’ action, it will list all the flows in our environment. Correct me if I am wrong 🙂
    Do I need to assign any specific license to this account? it has a per-user plan of power automate.

  8. Hi Pieter, I have it working up to the Apply to Each 3 loop. The error is:
    ExpressionEvaluationFailed. The execution of template action ‘Apply_to_each_3’ failed: the result of the evaluation of ‘foreach’ expression ‘@items(‘Apply_to_each_2’)?[‘body’]’ is of type ‘Null’. The result must be a valid array.

    1. Hi Steve,

      What is the source of data in the Apply to each 2 set to? most likely there is something wrong there. To debug it I would probably add some compose actions before each apply to each set to the source data identical to the apply to each.

  9. I do see that it will list out flows that are in a solution with their status, however; I don’t see Environment Name being output as a choice to filter on. It appears environment is its own section in the json output. I think I will probably have a need for this with a few of our clients having flows that trigger off of, let’s say an import entity that they only do every 6 months kind of deal. Have this filter on just that environment, just that flow name, and where the status is Suspended, and then turn it on. Not sure if it’ll work though as the turn on flow option doesn’t see flows in a solution, but the list flows does.

  10. When I filter for Suspended flows, I’m getting flows that I can’t find. Anyone else experiencing this? I’m using List My Flows and not List Flows as Admin. They are not under “Shared with me” either. The FIow names look familiar – perhaps they are deleted flows?

    1. In the output from the List My flows there is a field “id” this gives you the url of the flow. Once you open the flow you might be bale to find out where they come from, who owns them etc.

      1. Thanks for the quick reply! My mistake – I missed the “Show More” at the bottom of the flows list and there they were.

  11. Hi Pieter,

    Thank you for sharing this solution. I’ve tried following your steps to recreate this but can’t seem to get it right (for example cannot find Output expressions (Output(…)? in expresssion section.

    I know its a bit much to ask but could you share these instructions in a video?

      1. Hi Pieter,

        Yes it was outputs that I was searching for but the one you had Outputs(…) wasn’t there.

      2. Hi Pieter, I can get to this stage too by clicking on the word “outputs” to select it, then shows outputs in the expression field as above. Clicking on Okay then gives me the message “The Expression is invalid”. This is where I’ve been getting stuck.

      3. Can you post the full expression that you are typing? The outputs expects the name of the action that you want to collect the data from with the spaces of names replaced by an underscore ( _ )

      4. Oh okay. I was following your instructions and going by the screenshots you provided and didn’t see anything about typing in any action names.

        Maybe this is too complicated for a newbie to follow without deeper understanding of those commands.

  12. We managed to figure out the step above for Compose. It was to put in outputs(‘Select’) which worked.
    We are stuck now at the last steps to enable to suspended flows.
    You mentioned you in your procedure to create “Apply to each 2” and use outputs(‘Compose’). Is this an extra step below to previous Compose? Looking at the screenshot you provided the Outputs is from the Dynamic content and not an expression.

    I can see before that I have 1 suspended flow that needs to be enabled.

    My flow is failing at “Apply to each 2” with error “ActionFailed. An action failed. No dependent actions succeeded.”

  13. Hi Pieter,

    I am continually receiving the following message in the ‘Apply to each 2’ loop:
    The execution of template action ‘Apply_to_each_2’ failed: the result of the evaluation of ‘foreach’ expression ‘@outputs(‘Compose’)’ is of type ‘Object’. The result must be a valid array.

    I’m thinking there must be an issue with what I’ve entered for the compose step, but I can’t seem to figure it out. In the compose section, I’m clicking the ‘outputs(actionName)’ expression under the Referencing functions and entering ‘Select’ in the action name. The complete expression ends up being: outputs(‘Select’). In the ‘Apply to each 2’ loop, I’m using: outputs(‘Compose’) as the expression. What am I missing?

  14. Hi Pieter,

    As a follow up to my previous comment, I was able to figure out what I was doing wrong. I had incorrectly embedded the ‘Apply to each 2’ loop into the original ‘Apply to each’ loop by adding it as an action after the ‘Compose’ step rather than adding it as a ‘New Step’. Adding the same content as a ‘New Step’ resolved the issue. Thank you for your help with this, works perfectly now.

  15. Pieter,
    Excellent resource for users. My question is if there is a way to be proactive about the ‘suspended issue’? My situation is that flows during our migration process, and some flows in general, may not be used/accessed in a 90 day period for reasonable reasons (testing on hold, application only runs every 60 – 180 days, etc…). Rather than have users get the suspended message I would like to ensure that a flow never becomes suspended at all. What would be your suggestion? Thanks, Greg

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