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How to Disable WordPress Admin Bar for All Users Except Administrators

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How to Disable WordPress Admin Bar for All Users Except Administrators

Recently while working on a membership site, we had to create multiple level of users. We did not want the users to have access to the WP-Admin panel because it was not customized for their experience. Rather we had put everything necessary (such as edit profile page), user dashboard etc, on the front-end. While S2 Membership Plugin allowed for us to disable wp-admin access for all users except for admins, there was no option to disable the admin bar by default. In this article, we will show you how to disable WordPress admin bar for all users except for Administrators.

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Disable Admin Bar for All Users Except for Administrators

Paste this code in your theme’s functions.php file or your site-specific plugin.

add_action('after_setup_theme', 'remove_admin_bar');

function remove_admin_bar() {
if (!current_user_can('administrator') && !is_admin()) {

Disable Admin Bar for All Users

If you want to disable it for all users, then simply put use this code in your theme’s functions.php file or your site-specific plugin.

/* Disable WordPress Admin Bar for all users but admins. */

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  1. eli says:

    if(!current_user_can(‘administrator’)) {
    add_filter(‘show_admin_bar’, ‘__return_false’);

  2. Gordon Cockburn says:

    How do I remove an individual ex member from access to members only area of website

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Login to your WordPress admin area using an Administrator account. Click on the Users menu item from the admin sidebar. This will show you a list of users registered on your WordPress site. Locate the user you wish to remove. Click on the Delete link below the username of the person you want to remove.

  3. Jguiss says:

    Didn’t worked for me…
    It’s worked with that : add_filter(‘show_admin_bar’, ‘__return_false’);

    • JGUISS says:


      Didn’t worked for me…
      It’s worked with that : add_filter(‘show_admin_bar’, ‘__return_false’);

      how does the code look like with this added I’m not familiar enough with php to add it in

  4. The Little Binger says:


    Thank you so much for being such a great help! I installed this code on the function file but it does not seem to work. I loaded my page on a different browser but the Log In bar is still there. Why is that? I also read your article about adding codes to the PHP file.

    I hope you could help me out on this. Thanks!!

  5. Vic says:

    Hi! First of all, thanks for these codes, it’s very helpful, provided I considered myself not a first timer anymore who remember to add after the codes!
    I locked myself at the first time trying to add the php coding in my functions.php file as well, thanks to the “expert” web developer who didn’t show the full set of codes for a function. And thanks to your “what to do when you are locked out of WordPress admin area” site, I found out why I was locked out in the first place! But it took me a downtime of 3 days to figure out how to use the FTP, which at the end failed to function, but my webhost Helpdesk suggested me to use the File Manager in their Control Panel instead! Luckily it works! Lessons learnt the hard way, but worth it.. :P
    Just a kind suggestion, since this site was supposed meant for “WPBeginner”, I think all of the WP users beginner would appreciate if full set of codes are provided, rather than every other person “shouting” in the comment section that “The codes didn’t work, and locked me out”, and then you have to advise them to read a full length of another tutorial how to unlock their website, even though yes, you wish to teach us “How to fish” instead of “Fish for us” every time!
    Anyway, thanks again and appreciate your efforts here in guiding us, the WP Beginners! :)

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      Thanks for the feedback. We try to make code easy to paste and use. However, usually there is already code in your functions.php file, which may affect the end result. We are glad you found your way out. :)

  6. Louis says:

    It works just perfect!
    Easy and functional.
    Thank u!

  7. lucas says:

    Yo your code line has ruined both of my sites I cannot acces the wp-admin at all I get a fatal error message.. how can I fix this please :(

  8. Peters A P says:

    I did what was mentioned on the link you send me.

    Now the entire site is gone

    I cannot see anything, please check for yourself and see.

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