Are you looking for a way to disable WordPress email notifications?
When you have lots of plugins and third-party tools installed on your WordPress site, email notifications can pile up in your inbox very quickly.
In this article, we’ll show you how to disable email notifications in WordPress, so you only receive emails that are most important to you.
What Causes Automatic Email Notifications in WordPress?
WordPress is a regularly updated, open-source Content Management System (CMS). For security purposes, many of these updates are installed automatically. By default, WordPress sends you an email notification when these updates happen.
Other than core site updates, WordPress also sends email notifications for events like password reset confirmation, new comments submitted to your site, new users created, and so on.
Plus, if you’ve enabled automatic updates for your WordPress plugins, you’re going to get an email every time each one of your plugins is updated. The same goes for your WordPress theme.
As your website grows, you’ll likely get busy working on marketing and optimization tasks. So these extra notification emails can fill up your inbox unnecessarily.
Thankfully, it’s very easy to disable email notifications if you’ve got the right plugin
How to Disable WordPress Email Notifications
We’re going to walk you through the steps for disabling your WordPress email notifications:
Let’s dive right in.
1. Install WP Mail SMTP
WP Mail SMTP is the best and most widely used SMTP plugin for WordPress. It authenticates your email addresses and makes sure your messages reach you and your customers’ inboxes without errors.
WP Mail SMTP Pro (the paid plan) gives you additional controls over your email settings. With this plan, you also get the ability to disable WordPress notifications that you don’t want to be receiving anymore.
So, the first thing you need is to purchase the WP Mail SMTP Pro (or higher) plan. Next, visit your account dashboard, and click on the Downloads tab. Then, click on the Downloads WP Mail SMTP button.
This will download the WP Mail SMTP ZIP file on your computer. You’ll also find your license key in the same window. Make note of this (you’ll need it later).
Now, open your website’s WordPress dashboard and move your mouse over Plugins to pop out a new menu. Here, click on Add New and then press the Upload Plugin button.
Click on Choose File and navigate to the location of your downloaded WP Mail SMTP ZIP file. Select the file and then click on Install Now.
Once it’s installed, click Plugins on your WordPress dashboard’s sidebar menu, and locate WP Mail SMTP in the list of installed plugins on your site. Then, click on the Activate button below it.
Activating WP Mail SMTP Pro normally launches the Setup Wizard automatically. But if it hasn’t launched for you, click on WP Mail SMTP » Settings on the left-hand bar, Then, scroll down to the Mail section. You’ll find the Launch Setup Wizard button here. Click on it.
WP Mail SMTP’s setup wizard simplifies the whole configuration and setup process.
2. Configure WP Mail SMTP Settings
After launching the setup wizard, you’ll be directed to a new screen. Here, click on Let’s Get Started to start the process.
In the next step, select your preferred mailer service.
For beginners and small sites, we recommend Brevo (formerly Sendinblue). This mailer is easy to setup and it also has a free account that has a max limit of 300 emails per day. For a comparison of different third-party mailer options, see our guide on WordPress transactional email service providers.
When you’ve chosen your mailer, jump to the doc link below of your selected mailer to see its setup guide:
|Mailers available in all versions
|Mailers in WP Mail SMTP Pro
|Microsoft 365 / Outlook.com
|Google Workspace / Gmail
Come back to this post after you’ve set up the mailer in WP Mail SMTP.
After setting up the mailer, move through the final steps in the Setup Wizard by following the simple on-screen instructions.
3. Change WordPress Email Notification Settings
Once WP Mail SMTP Pro is successfully set up on your WordPress site, you should activate the Pro version using the license key you earlier copied.
To do this, click on WP Mail SMTP » Settings on the left-hand bar of your WordPress to visit the settings page. In the General tab, you’ll find the License Key field where you can enter your key to activate WP Mail SMTP Pro.
Once your Pro plan is activated, click on the Email Controls tab to access email notification settings.
Here, you’ll find various different types of email notifications that you can configure including:
- Change of Admin Email
- Change of User Email or Password
- Personal Data Requests
- Automatic Updates
- New User
If you have lots of plugins and premium themes that are regularly updated, then Automatic Updates is one of the most important types of emails you can control with WP Mail SMTP.
Simply use the toggle buttons to disable automatic update notifications in WordPress.
You might also find email controls for comment notifications very useful. For instance, you may only wish one of your site’s post authors to be notified when a comment is published, but don’t want any notifications when a comment is awaiting moderation.
All you have to do is disable the Awaiting Moderation email, and leave Published emails on in the Comments section.
Similarly, you can disable notification emails of various types with WP Mail SMTP’s Email Controls feature. And all it takes is a single click!
At the same time, however, you might want to set up email notifications for authors when their posts are published.
And that’s it! You now know how to disable WordPress email notifications in the easiest way possible.
Next, Change Sender Email in WordPress
If you’d like to change your sender details for outgoing emails from WordPress, check out our tutorial on how to change the sender name and email in WordPress.
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