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Flow works in test mode but not in normal mode

I have created a basic flow that sends me an email when someone fills out a forms on the forms app. When in test mode I get the email and it works fine but when I save and exit it stops working. The form still submits but I do not get the email.

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Hi @ Jaime,


Could you please share a screenshot of the configuration of your flow?


what is the normal mode that you mentioned?


I have made a test on my side, the flow always work fine and never stops working.


Please check if you have turn off the flow so the flow wouldn't run when a new response is submitted in forms.

Please share more details about the normal mode and your flow so we could provide a proper workaround for you.


Alice Zhang

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Hi Alice,


The normal mode I mean is just normal opperation. When I set it up I tried a test in test mode and it worked so I saved and exited thinking it would continue to work but then it didnt send me an email when a new form was submitted. I am unsure how to add a photo into this chat box so I cannot show you the flow however it does say it is active and it is the pre-built flow called 'Send an Outlook email for each Microsoft Forms survey response". The connections are through OUTLOOK and FORMS and both connections are working fine.


Is there any other infomration I can provide that may assist?







Hi @ Jaime,



Please see the run history of the flow when a response is submited.

If a response is submited,the flow would run and have the run history as below:



Also please make sure you have submit the response to a same form as the form in the trigger of the flow.





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Hello, @Anonymous!


Have you had a chance to apply @v-yuazh-msft‘s recommendation to adapt your Flow? If yes, and you find that solution to be satisfactory, please go ahead and click “Accept as Solution” so that this thread will be marked for other users to easily identify!



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I didn't use the solution so I cannot confirm it works but the flow did start working the next day. I feel it may have just needed time to get started. The solution may have worked but I did not use it.



I am in the same situation. The flow works in test mode, but failing in normal operations. How did you fix your issue?

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Hi Silva,

I just waited until the next day and it worked. Looks like it just needed some time.



i wait for an hour to receive the email.
any way that can speed it up?
assume it can be done timely?
like when i click teat run, i can receive email immediately

Hi Silva. Did your workflow started working? I face the same situation . Flow runs in test perfectly doesn't run in operation mode. Please let me know what's your outcome

Apparently mine got fixed as simply doing nothing.

um.. yes, just wait and will send the email after 30 mins time haha

Problem solved.

It's the template setting makes the delay.


One of my friend suggested another way of setting and it works!


  • Press New to create a flow, choose “auto – from blank”
  • At trigger, search for forms, and choose “when a new response is submitted”
  • Choose your form, and then add next step
  • Search for forms, and choose “get response details”
  • Fill in the form ID and content as get response
  • Then add another step
  • Search for “send an email” under office 365 outlook
  • Fill in the details


The finish should be like this.  See if you are OK.  Thanks.



I literally created an account and signed in just to tell you to thank you for this. Appreciate the people who find the solutions and actually come back to help. MUCH appreciated!

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Hi all. I have a really really simple flow that works when testing but never seems to trigger when I'm executing outside of test. I also cannot trigger if I test manually.


When a File is created in Folder - Create List Item and add attachment. It worked fine and then one day it just stopped. MS support has been "assessing" my issue for a month. Does anyone have any idea why these flows are so glitchy? My issue is baffling support. And as I read, I do see a lot of other people having issues with Flows. Any thoughts anyone?

New Member

Hi - I am having a similar problem. I created a very simple flow where when a file is created in OneDrive an email is sent to 2 individuals. The flow works in test but doesn't get triggered. It is On. 

New Member

I have the same issue: Flow works well in test mode but not in normal mode. During normal mode - flow is running but some steps are missing and when I check the run history it is stuck in Create and approval flow.

I have a very similar situation to the one described above.
My flow is to save an attachment from an incoming email to a sharepoint destination.
The thing is I have 5 of these (built on the exact same template). 4 out of 5 works like a charm daily (and one of them 3 times daily). But ONE flow just refuse to trigger.

As the cases above it works perfectly when doing a manual test.
But then next day nothing. No error. Just no trigger.
I have waited several days (even weeks) and it does not change anything.

I have again used one of the functioning flows as template and recreated it (with a new flow name) just changing the email subject and the location for the file. And again same result. Works in testing but not in the day to day.
It is almost driving me crazy. Especially since I am SUPER happy with all my working flows since it saves me so much time daily.
See my flow below.

Anyone that can suggest something.

Frequent Visitor

Same issue and I have waited a day for the issue to resolve itself, besides that tactic is there another. 

I just reviewed this @HenriktheSwede My workflow is even simpler than yours.  I am simply waiting for an email to come in to a particular email address and I create a text file of the email body.   Can't be simpler.


I actually had a running Power Automate and I simply changed the 'To' email address.


A little more information...   I ran a test using the Manual selection and it ran great, but I didn't like the filename format, so I made a minor change.    From that point on, I could not run a manual test as it never triggers.  I could, however, use the automated test my workflow is perfect.   


I know this isn't any help just yet, but promise to continue to research and get back on this thread and post when I figure it out.

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