Approval Workflow Missing in SharePoint 2016?

Problem: SharePoint approval workflow not available! This happened after migrating from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016!

sharepoint 2013 approval workflow missing


This is due to a workflow feature not being activated for the site collection. Activate the “Workflows” feature for the site collection to resolve this issue. Steps in detail:

  1. Login to your target site collection as a Site collection administrator
  2. Click on Site settings gear >> Click on “Site Collection Features” and click the activate button next to “Workflows” Feature.
  3. That’s it! This brings approval workflows back! And all other out-of-the-box workflows like collect feedback, Collect signatures, etc.
sharepoint 2010 approval workflow not available

PowerShell Script to activate Workflows feature for all site collections:

You can use PowerShell to activate a workflow feature on all site collections, which resolves the approval workflow template missing issue.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
#Workflow Feature ID

#Get all Site collections in the farm
$SiteColl =  Get-SPSite -Limit All 
#$SiteColl = Get-SPWebApplication -Identity "" | Get-SPSite -Limit All

#Get the Target Feature to Activate
$FeatureToActivate = Get-SPFeature | Where {$_.ID -eq $FeatureID}
#Iterate through each site collection
ForEach($Site in $SiteColl)
    #Check if Feature is already activated
    $FeatureActivated = Get-SPFeature -site $Site | Where {$_.ID -eq $FeatureId}
    If($FeatureActivated -ne $null)
        Write-Host "Feature is already activated at: "$site.Url -ForegroundColor Yellow
        #Activate the feature
        Enable-SPFeature -Identity $FeatureID -URL $Site.URL -Confirm:$False
        Write-Host "Activated Feature on "$site.Url -ForegroundColor Green

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