i take it this is a one off, meaning that you want to rip through the whole list of posts and assign the field X image to the featured image.
Why dont you write a script (one run) that will load in all posts for assigning retroactively, check for the custom image, if it exists, set it as the thumbnail of the post.
NOTE* whenever writing custom scripts like this, backup your database and when the script has run successfully, delete the file from your server.
something like this, sitting in the root would probably work, this was written of the top of my head so check the code.
<?php require('wp-load.php'); // get the wp api $args = array( 'post_type' => 'your_post_type', 'posts_per_page' => -1 ); $queryWP = new WP_Query($args); while ($queryWP->have_posts()) : $queryWP->the_post(); // get the post id $postID = get_the_ID(); // get the custom field image as an object $field_image = get_field("your_field_key"); // get the image id $imageID = $field_image['ID']; // check if the post does not have a featured image and that the image id is not empty if(!has_post_thumbnail($postID) && $imageID!=''): // set the post featured image set_post_thumbnail( $postID , $imageID ); // output confirmation echo "post set - ".$postID."<br>" echo "thumbnail id as featured image - ".$iamgeID."<br>"; endif; endwhile; ?>
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