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How to bulk move issues to another project

From the backlog view, you can click on an individual issue, and in the details sidebar, click the [...] button to "Move" the issue to another project.

This option is not available from the [...] button on the backlog list view, with multiple issues selected (where you can move to top or bottom of backlog, for instance).

Is there a way to bulk move issues from one project to another in the next-gen jira?

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Hello Josh,

Yes, there is a way to do that.

  • Go to the Advanced search view and search for issues to move
  • Select the options button (3 dots in top-right corner) > Bulk Change...
  • Select the issues you'd like to perform the bulk operation on, and select Next.
  • Select Move Issues, and select Next.

More details here

Thank you! I didn't realize how many more actions were possible from the search results!

Hi Tuncay,

I don't see the tools menu in the Next Gen project like we do on the issues screen in classic.  Is there a screen shot you can include.  I need to move all my epics and stories from a Next Gen project to a classic, because we can't use the Next Gen without subtasks.  Right now, I am only seeing a way to move one item at a time, and no option to bulk move.



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you need to click on search icon on the left hand side blue global bar and then click on View all issues. once you are on issue navigator page, specify your search results for your next gen projets. once you see your issues then click on 3 dots on the top right. here is a screenshot for youchrome_2018-12-20_16-11-01.png

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What are the search parameters to select the whole Backlog in a classic project?

I want to move all the Backlog items to the To Do column in a next-gen project.


on my search results tool menu (see screenshot), there is no 'bulk change', per Gurpreet's screenshot.

So.. what is the trick to bulk move ?

(... as It's not the API)

or is it truly not possible? 



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Yes, I have the same limitations as Alex does above. When I click on the three ellipses, I either see Clear Sorts or No Available Options.

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I also have the same limitations. I have no way to bulk move to a classic project. Next Gen totally does NOT work for me. Have been fiddling with this all morning. It's getting to be annoying. And when I create a classic project, I am still getting next gen. Why???

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Working work between classic projects. Thanks for the tip.

This is just another example of why Next gen projects were released waaaay too early. 

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I did end up finding the bulk action. However, it was NOT exactly the same as before. There are definitely differences. So now I just share my original classic project workflow with new projects.

I'm still trying to determine if bulk move is supported for Next Gen projects. Can anyone confirm? 

My project is a classic project, and I see "No Available Option(s)" when I click on the ellipsis. Does anyone know if this is a permission issue? And if so, what is the correct permission setting to get the Bulk Change setting back?

I was trying to look up for the Issues & Filters Tab to filter out issues for a Next-Gen Project.. Thankfully this suggestion helped me work around it!

No wonder its been removed to declutter UI!

Thanks for the Solution! One less reason to Curse Next-Gen Projects! :)

I'm glad it helped

If you don't have 'Bulk' actions in your dropdown - check your permissions.

Do you happen to know which setting would provide this correct permission? 

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Mo Beigi Atlassian Team Jan 17, 2020

Ensure you are a member of a group with Jira Admin permissions in

Try this to bulk move in the Next Gen version: 


Go to the project with the tasks you want to move. 

On the left hand navigation menu click on "Issues".

In the upper right hand side, click on the "Advanced Search" link.

in the far upper right corner, click on the "meatball menu" - the three dots. Click on "Bulk change all".

Select all tasks using the higher list checkbox.

Click on Next.

Select "Move Issues" and click Next.

Select the project you want to move the tasks, subtasks, or Epics to. Note: you may want to move based on task type so that you can maintain the type for the task in the other project.

 Click on Next. 

Verify the target status and click Next.

Verify the task fields and click Next.

Conifrm the changes

Click Confirm.

G subramanyam Community Leader Oct 14, 2020

Thank you @Jason Taylor 

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I found how to execute a bulk move in Next Gen Jira! 

  1. Click on the search bar at the top as if you were going to search for an issue.
  2. Click on "Advanced search issue"
  3. Select your issues based on the filter criteria
  4. Click on the "..." on the upper right
  5. Select "Bulk change"

Hi there! 

I have a question related to this topic. I made bulk move from a classic project to next gen one. The problem is that the issues kept the previous parent epics. Is it supposed to work like this? 


Thank you! 

How to extend/increase the bulk limit from 1000 to 2000 in jira Cloud version

Hi There!

I would like to know if the Comments, History will be maintained in the destination project once they are bulk moved.

Yes History remains the same as it is and that move will also get recorded in history.

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I dont see the bulk move option in cloud jira.

How do I see it. 

There is a permission setting for Bulk Move now in the Global Permissions settings.  You will need to have an Admin grant you that permission before you will see the option. 

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