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Can I change issue type from Epic to Story?

I see I can change an issue type from Epic to Sub-Task. Can I change the issue type to Story? Or do I need to delete and create a new issue as a story?

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Jonny Adams
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Mar 27, 2018

Under Administration>Issues select "Issue Type Screen Schemes" and find the scheme associated with the project you are working in then click on configure. Does the Issue type Story have the same Screen Scheme as Epic? If so, then you should be able to just edit the issue type field in the issue (assuming you have permission). If the schemes are different then you can try using move.

In the issue there should be a "More" button. Click on the button and below "Convert to Sub-task" should be an option to "Move". You should be able to move the issue to story and choose what to do with fields that are present/required in one scheme and not the other. 

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Mar 29, 2018

@user22 if this answer resolved your issue, please click accept. 


@Jonny Adams 

What happens when an Epic has tasks or stories linked to it and the Epic is changed into a Story?

Are these stories moved to tasks / sub-tasks of the Story? or does they need to be re-added as sub-tasks?

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Thanks, Jonny, also worked for me!

Excellent. Thank you very much :-)

Rolf Lader
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Dec 07, 2021

@emmanuelhas anyone answered your absolutely legitimate question?

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It seems Atlassian does not know the answer to that.

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Thanks this helped me today. I created some bugs by accident as they are flagged differently, they needed to be stories. 

The above steps helped to resolve my situation thanks for sharing the knowledge cheers.

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I converted in Epic into Story, but I'm not able to put the Story in another Epic. All I can do is associate the Story as child, or parent or reference of the Epic.

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This is how I did it:
Just choose More -> and select "Move"
You will be prompted to add missing fields data.
Click next -> review changes and click "Move".

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@emmanuel @Rolf Lader 

Sadly converting an Epic incl Child Tasks to a Story with Sub-Tasks does not work as during the move operation you need to select the parent issue for the Sub-Tasks, which must be a Story and at this step of the conversion the parent is still an Epic. So it is impossible to directly convert an Epic to a Story if it contains Child Tasks.

In addition a warning: If you convert an Epic with Child Tasks to a Story and set "Task" for the Child Tasks, their parent is removed without (!) warning (as a Story can't have Tasks as Child). So you finally would get a Story and all Child Tasks are independent Tasks on their own! And you can't rollback this change! 

A "workaround":

  • create a dummy Story
  • move the Epic with its child issues
  • select for the Epic the new type "Story" and for the child issues select "Sub-Task", which forces you to select a Story
  • choose the dummy Story
  • execute the move operation
  • your Epic is a Story and its child Tasks are Sub-Tasks of the dummy
  • open the dummy Story
  • click on the three dots above the Sub-Tasks list and make a bulk-change
  • select all Sub-Tasks
  • now choose the correct Story
  • execute the move operation
  • your Epic with child Tasks has become a Story with Sub-Tasks

Now you can re-use the dummy Story for other Epics, which needed to be converted, too, but you have to do this for each Epic separately.

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