Disable WordPress Auto-Update Email Notifications

Ever since WordPress 5.5 you can now have your plugins and themes auto-update. This is a great feature to keep your site up to date and working properly. Especially if you have many sites you manage this is a welcomed feature. While this is a great feature if you manage a lot of sites the emails WordPress sends confirming automatic updates can become quite a lot.

Today I’ll show you how to disable the plugin/theme auto-update emails notifications using a plugin or PHP code snippet.

WordPress email notification about auto-updated plugins

First I’ll show you how to do this using a WordPress plugin.

Disable WordPress Auto-Update Emails with Plugin

If you aren’t familiar with adding code to your site the plugin “Disable auto-update Email Notifications” is the easiest way to disable these emails.

This plugin simply disabled the WordPress 5.5 auto-update email notifications when active.

Code Snippet to Disable Auto-Update Emails in WordPress

This code snippet can be used in your theme’s function.php file or added to your site using a plugin like code snippets.

//Disable plugin auto-update email notification
add_filter('auto_plugin_update_send_email', '__return_false');
//Disable theme auto-update email notification
add_filter('auto_theme_update_send_email', '__return_false');
Andy Feliciotti

Andy Feliciotti

Andy has been a full time WordPress developer for over 10 years. Through his years of experience has built 100s of sites and learned plenty of tricks along the way.

6 Responses

  1. Thanks for the simple instructions. I already had hundreds of wordpress alerts in Gmail in a few weeks, I had to look for a solution to limit it 🙂

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