How to Disable auto-updates email notifications from WordPress – Disable Plugin auto-update Email Notifications

How to Disable auto-updates email notifications from WordPress


Since WordPress 5.5, if you have enabled plugin or theme auto-update you will receive an email notification when a plugin or them auto-update is successful or when it has failed.

If you manage a dozen of websites, then the constant stream of auto-update emails may be annoying.

This plugin seeks to cure the problem by automatically disabling plugin and themes email auto-update notifications.

All other notification will be ON. This plugin only stops plugin and theme auto-update notifications. Not core WordPress updates.

More about the Plugin

  • This is a lightweight plugin that is less than 2 kb and has zero effect on your website load speed
  • No settings are required. Just install the plugin, activate, and you are done.
  • It is compatible with the latest version of WordPress.
  • Plugin article page.


Where are the settings?

There are no settings. This plugin does its magic without any settings.

Disable Auto-Updates Email Notification From Wordpress

WordPress 5.5 comes with a feature that makes it possible to enable or disable theme or plugin auto-updates. Once a plugin or theme has been updated, you will receive an email notification. You will also receive a notification when auto update fails.  

Clicking on Enable auto-updates will schedule a plugin for update in 3 hours if it has a new version available for update.

Wordpress Plugin Auto Update Feature
Wordpress Plugin Auto Update Feature/Photo

NOTE: Only plugins that are available in the WordPress plugin repository can be auto updated. 

Should you enable auto-updates? 

Enabling auto-update is essential for users who manage websites with no plugin or theme customization and have no time to manually update their plugins. However, if you run websites with plugins or themes that have been customized then automatic updates might break them if they are found to be incompatible.

If you have decided to enable auto-update the next concern will be about auto-update email notifications.  

Problem with auto-update email notifications 

Wordpress Plugin Auto Update Email Notification
Wordpress Plugin Auto Update Email Message/Photo

When a theme or plugin auto-updates you will receive an email notification. The notifications are not a problem if you manage one website with one or two installed plugins. However, if you run several websites then the notifications will be too many, and irritating. They will get even more overwhelming, if you have a developer who updates his plugin frequently.  

To get peace, you need to disable auto-update email notifications. Below is how to do it 

How to disable Auto updates email notification 

To stop WordPress from sending theme or plugin auto-update email notifications, you need to install a plugin called Disable auto-update Email Notifications.  The plugin is only 2kb in size and has zero effect on the load speed of your website.

Once you have installed the plugin, all plugins and themes auto-update email notifications will be turned off. Other WordPress email notifications not related to auto-update will be sent as usual.  

Method 1: Disable Automatic Update Email Notification Using Plugin

This method is simpler and does not require you to add any code to your WordPress site.

First thing you need to do is install and activate the Disable WordPress Core Update Email. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

The plugin works out of the box, and there are no settings for you to configure.

Upon activation, it simply disables email notification sent after WordPress automatic update.

Method 2: Disable Automatic Update Email Notification Using Code

This method requires you to add code to your WordPress files. If you haven’t done this before, then take a look at our beginner’s guide on pasting snippets from web into WordPress.

You will need to add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or a site-specific plugin.

12345678add_filter( 'auto_core_update_send_email', 'wpb_stop_auto_update_emails', 10, 4 ); function wpb_stop_update_emails( $send, $type, $core_update, $result ) {if ( ! empty( $type ) && $type == 'success' ) {return false;}return true;}

This code simply adds a filter to disable email notification after automatic core update.

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