Change or schedule a topic status

You’re able to change the status of your topics at any time. You can also schedule a topic status change for specific dates. You're only able to change the topic status on Flipgrid for web.

There are 3 different topic statuses:

  • Active: The topic is open for members to post new videos and comments, depending on the other topic settings.
  • View only: The topic can be shared and found, but no new videos or comments can be posted, and members can’t change video details. A “This topic is view only” message shows up on the topic page.
  • Hidden: The topic is hidden from everyone except group leads. New members aren’t able to join with the Join code or link.

A topic status change can allow you to share your topics with other non-members and help you stay organized in your group.

Important: You're able to change your group status between "Active" and "Hidden". Learn how to edit your group settings.

How to change a topic status

After you select a new topic status, it should change immediately.

  1. Go to admin.flipgrid.com.
  2. In the top left, select Topics Topics.png.
  3. At the right of the topic, where the current topic status is, click the down arrow Down.png.
    • Depending on the topic’s current status, next to the arrow it either says “Active,” “View only,” or “Hidden."
  4. Select the new status for the topic: Active, View only, or Hidden.

 Note: You’re also able to change your topic status in the topic’s settings.

How to schedule a launch or freeze date

You’re able to schedule when you want your topic status to change. This allows you to create a topic before it's active and gives you the opportunity to set the duration of when a topic is active. The default launch date is set to the date you created the topic. The default freeze date isn't set.

  • Launch date: If you change this to a future date, the current topic status is changed to “Hidden.” The topic status changes to “Active” at 12:01 AM in your time zone for the date you choose. Members aren't able to join the topic until the topic is active. If they try to join, they get a “Coming soon” screen that tells them when the topic will become available.
  • Freeze date: The default date isn't set, which means that the topic status remains “Active” unless you change it. If you set a freeze date, the topic status changes to “View only” at 11:59 PM on the date you choose.

To schedule a launch or freeze date:

  1. Go to admin.flipgrid.com.
  2. In the top left, select Topics Topics.png.
  3. Next to the topic you want to schedule, click Edit topic Edit_pencil.png.
    • To create a new topic, at the top right of the topics home, click Add topic Plus_sign.png.
  4. Next to “Edit topic” or “Create a topic,” select Settings Settings.png.
  5. Set your launch or freeze date.
    • Under "Launch date": Enter the date you want to launch your topic. 
    • Under "Freeze date": Enter the date you want your topic to become "View-only."
  6. At the bottom right, click Save changes.

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