MongoDB / Mongoose: MarkModified a nested object

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

Unfortunately I don’t have a record I can test this on, but I can’t find any information on this anywhere.

Say I have a document like this:

  email:  {
       type: 'Gmail',
       data: {//freeform data},

I want to update I need to use markModified() or else the data won’t save correctly.

Do I mark modified like this? = newData;

Or do I just do markModified('email') and Mongoose will work out the rest?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

You need to provide the full path the modified object field, so it should be:


Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
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