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Trouble updating item after starting an approval

I am building an approval flow that is triggered on a sharepoint list on create/modify.  What I want to do is as soon as the approval is started, update the sharepoint list item with an approval status of "pending" and the ID of the approval.  However, it won't update the item until the flow is approved or rejected - it just stays in the "running state" until then.


Any advice?


This is a screenshot of the flow



And this is a screen of the flow attempting to run


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Hi @wordsmither,


It is a default behavior that flow won’t move on to the next action until the previous action finished.

About your scenario, it won’t move on to Update item action until the approver submitted the response.

If you would like to update the approval status to “Pending”, please add the Update item before the approval action. Then update the Approval ID after the approval action.

Hope it could be your reference.


Best regards,


Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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