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How to Let Users Update Their Form Submissions at a Later Date

How to Let Users Update Their Form Submissions at a Later Date

You can now let users update an entry on a later date. To do so, first create an auto-responder email if it is missing on your form (autoresponders exist by default on new forms). Then add an {edit_link} tag to the body of the email.

When a user submits the form they will receive a confirmation email containing a link to the pre-filled form. From that link, they can update their entry.

1. While you are in the Form Builder go to:

Settings > Emails > Autoresponder > Edit icon

2. Add the {edit_link} to your autoresponder body and save the changes.

Email > Form Fields > Edit Link > Save button


That's it! If you have any questions, please post it to our support forum or leave a comment below!

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  • marxmyth

    How long is the edit link valid? In the past, I used a "starter form" that gave students a link to their scholarship application. They kept the email that came to them and used it to get back into their application.

    This method looks easier, but I want to be sure it will work for every student.

  • jruncie

    The ease of producing a simple-to-use form is great! However I do need some guidance with the following:
    Our users may often fill out one or several copies of the same form in locations with no internet access, and may need to generate multiple forms in a day to record separate events. When they return to an office or internet-accessible location one or several days later they then complete the forms and submit them. How can I make it easy for a user to open multiple copies of the same form in a day, partially fill them out while out of range, and then complete these forms and submit? The device may run out of power while in the field, so there needs to be some way to re-acquire each individual copy of the form with the data already entered.


    Hi! We made a JotForm for an event and now that the date, place and price have changed we want to send emails with the new event flyer and a confirmation button, how should i do?

  • judedixon

    Thank you for the above, although I would like to know how you can self populate the managers email address from the form submitted as I am creating a form for a large organisation and the line managers email address will always be different?

    Is there anyway to pull data/content from the form?

  • newpanda

    Our initial survey is generated from a button on our website - and we pass our UserID field in the URL parameter (or within the embed code to you). I need for our user to be able to use that button on our site to return to the same survey and their existing submission survey page - where they will see their existing answers and be able to edit and save them. The submission would be updated and that's the only logic I need related to updates.

    Question: is there a way I can always go to an existing survey submission based on a match of the UserId parameter we send (using a hidden field)? If there is no existing submission for that UserID then a new submission would be created. I never want a user to create a new submission if they've already completed it once.

    We can't send the user an autoresponder email, because we're basically just using the survey to get a couple checkbox settings for a feature. And I don't have a way to program the storing of the Edit link. I just need editing to based on my UserID parameter.

  • lan liss

    when i was using other form maker that having same method with jotform came with edit link to update data later time, i found some data was gone missing, it was because some sort of cache timeout. this is the reason i am looking for online form that has login username and password.

  • Hangchanleakna

    Hi , i got it .
    So nice seeing this result. But my teams are using Smartphone to see this result. I can see the link Pop up on Laptop but disappear when i see by On Phone.

    Any idea how to fix this ?

  • donnapineau

    This is fantastic! Is there a way to send the responder a confirmation email after they have edited the form?

  • Advking

    Does this method of allowing users to complete forms at a later date enable the "next button" to save the entry? If so, how does the user know where to find the partially filled out form if they get disconnected from the form (accidentally shut down browser or unexpected computer shut down, etc.)

    Would the auto save feature work here?

  • SmileyStars


    I followed your advice from above so who submit my form an resubmit it again, and it is not happening.

    I can not also manage to send who submitted the form the filled form itself.

    Please help.
    Smiley Stars

  • zbastani

    This is great. But, if a user updates there submission and creates a new appointment date their data is duplicated in the excel document that our clients are using to track all of their appointments. They are having to go into the excel document and manually delete the original submission for each change. Is there a good work around on this?

    Thanks so much

  • wagsmcsa

    I have enabled and allowed users to update their form entries, I can see the original submission date in the form entries but I cannot seem to see the "edit" date. Is it possible to display both the submission date and any subsequent edit dates?
    The relevant submission is:-
    (initial submission)
    Submission Date
    2017-10-26 10:36:04
    Tracy Nicholls
    (0433) 267826
    Kellie Moran
    Hub Gymnastics
    Level 8 - Max 1:15 (75 Seconds)

    Which was edited on Saturday 13th Jan 2018

  • piranhablonde

    If I have a required payment in my form, is there any way I can edit submitted forms without having to take the form out of publication, remove the requirement for payment, do the edits and then reapply the requirement and publish the form again? This is extremely cumbersome but when I follow the directions for changing submissions, it will never let me submit the changes without doing all that.

  • gruebz

    Is there a way of doing this so that in the submission data that the original submission is shown and also the edited submission is shown as two different submissions rather than the edited submission just overriding the original submission?

  • royden.wood

    When the user edits their submission, can the email we receive with the edited information highlight what was changed?

  • LAAAg825

    Can the user edit their submission WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY AGAIN, if payment is required on the original form?

  • czani

    I've done that, but when the sender clicks the form to be edited is slightly different than the original (i.e. it contains a field that is hidden in the original one. How can I hide that in the editable form?


  • internhongkong

    Hi Jotform,

    this is great function. but i am wondering if the admin got another notification when the user submit their edit? it seems it did not to me. did i miss out any steps?

  • Phil

    I have a form that has a document upload field.
    1. How will the attachment be displayed in the submission table on the webpage (iframe) e.g. links
    2. can the user upload another document via the edit link if they wish to?
    Would it override the existing attachment or add to it?

  • SharonPalaceWilson

    Is there a way in settings to ONLY allow those with the Edit Link to update their forms while disabling the form for any NEW submissions?


    I'm having issues with the edit mode. I have included the edit submission link, but it will not allow my users to edit.


  • creshjho

    but only some specific fields. not all the form.

    for eg: i dont want them to change thier name or contact. but only some fileds . when they click on edit link

  • defcon6

    I did that but only receive a test mail with the code edit link but no link to edit

  • CTec


    Is there not a danger (however small) of anyone coming across the page and being able to edit the data held within?


  • ctonozzi

    Hello, if there is credit card payment info on the form in the first submission, and the user adds data to the form, and then re-submits, will it re-charge the credit card? Any precautions I need to take in this regard? The credit card information is required on my form.

  • Gerry2015

    I want to add one question that needs to answered by another person other that the one filling the form. Like an approval from a second party. How can i set this up?

  • escolaformacio

    I don't have the "edit submission" option!!!! in the Autoresponder

  • LEIOCorp

    Is there a way to track changes that a user makes to a form? Any version control or something on a submission similar to the form?

  • kingsart

    If a user cannot find their email with the link to edit their submission - how do I resend them a new link?

  • Air_ranger10k

    Can I set a deadline for they to update? we can't allow them update their data from time to time

  • kingsart

    Is there a limit on the number of times a form can be edited and is there a time frame they have to go back and edit the form?

  • bdxbranddynamix

    Can i limit data that users can edit?
    For example i do not what them to be able to edit their names after submission.

  • JamesValleyHousing

    I have added the line for edit link just like is says above, but that does not show up on my auto-responder email. I want to be able to open the form again so that I can print it in the form layout that I have created. I saw on another thread that this was the only way to print the filled out form to look like the form that I build.

  • rbeazley

    I have followed the steps above. However when I test the form the {edit_link} is not in the email.

    Form is


  • djnf

    Thanks! This helped me figure it out!

  • garvief2

    I need to export and save the form edit links with the submissions. How can I do this? Thanx

  • profhill

    I want to allow those who submit forms to edit until a certain cut-off time. Is that covered by setting the expiration date? Or can a person edit a form even after the form has expired?

  • Kelea

    When I do this I can not edit signatures - we want to be able to have one person sign the form, then send to another who then signs on a second signature line.

  • EagleGrace

    When I click on the "Edit Submission" link it takes me to a blank form. How can I fix this so it automatically pre-fills the information I entered? I already enabled auto fill. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • Jennifer

    When users go to edit their form it does not resubmit the data entered in the form collapse. Is there a way to fix this so that the data in a form collapse is resubmitted along with any new data entered?


    FOR EXACTLY HOW LONG will Jotform keep the pre-filled form data?

    Can a user click the "edit" link 12 months later and still recover their original submission?

  • AdminHAPPY

    Hi, I just tested this and it emailed me but did not pre-fill the form??
    Did not do the following*****
    'When a user submits the form they will receive a confirmation email and it will contain a link to the pre-filled form. Then they can update their entry."

    Can you please advise if this is correct and perhaps I have missed something or, it just doesn't work?? Thanks Annie

  • nmhgmarketing

    When user clicks link and edits form it does not send another, updated autoresponder email. Is there something we need to do to make that happen?

  • jason

    same here, would have been nice to see the answer..

  • areinhart

    I agree! I also need access to the individual links from submitters.

  • JotFormSupport

    Please post your questions to the forum.

  • Flick

    I have the same problem as above - is there anyway of the edit link for each submission to be sent to me so if I receive an enquiry asking what their personal edit link is I can tell them?


  • Nixor

    Hi, I have permitted an an Auto Responder email on my form(so that the form and its edit link gets emailed back to the person filling out the form)

    But in many cases this does not happen. I am recieving the notifications that a person has applid but the person who has applied is not getting the mail and this is happening for users with gmail and yahoo accounts perhaps more . Please help.