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How to Change the WordPress Admin Email (3 Methods)

Do you want to change the WordPress admin email for your website?

By default, WordPress uses the first email address you provide as your website’s admin email. It is also used as the email address of the first admin account.

In this article, we will show you how to easily change the WordPress admin email address.

Changing WordPress admin email

Why and When You Need to Change The WordPress Admin Email?

Normally, beginners use their personal email address when installing WordPress. Also some WordPress hosting companies have auto-installers which automatically use your hosting account’s email address during the installation.

This email address is then used by WordPress as the website’s email address as well as the email for the first admin user account.

Your website will use this email address to send important notifications. For example, when a new user account is created, an auto-update is installed, and for comment moderation notices.

The admin user’s email address is used to recover lost password and notifications about their account.

Most website owners soon realize that they want to use a professional business email address instead of generic free email accounts. They may also want to use a different email address for site administration and the admin user.

Having said that, let’s take a look at how to easily change the WordPress admin email address.

Things to Do Before Changing Admin Email Address in WordPress

First, you need to choose the email address you want to use as your WordPress admin email address. You can use a free email service like Gmail or Yahoo. However, this does not look very professional.

Ideally, you would want to use a branded email address using your website’s domain name. For instance, info@yourbusinessname.com

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to get a free business email address.

Secondly, you’ll need to make sure that you can receive emails from your WordPress website.

Once you change your admin email address, WordPress will send an email to verify the new email address. If you cannot receive emails from your WordPress site, then you will not be able to verify the new admin email address.

To ensure that, you need to install and activate the WP Mail SMTP plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

For detailed instructions, see our guide on how to set up WP Mail SMTP with any hosting company.

Now that you are all set, let’s take a look at how to change the WordPress admin email address.

Method 1. Changing WordPress Admin Email Address via Admin Area

This method is simpler and recommended for beginners. In most cases, you will be using this method to change your WordPress site email and your WordPress admin user account’s email address.

To change the WordPress website email address, go to Settings » General and change the ‘Email Address’ option.

Changing WordPress site admin email

Don’t forget to save your changes.

WordPress will now save your new admin email address. However, it will not change the admin email address until you verify the email.

Verify email address

Once you have verified the email address, WordPress will start sending important administration related emails to the new address.

Next, if you want to change the email address of the admin user account, then you need to visit Users » All Users page and click on the ‘Edit’ link below the user you want to change.

Editing a user account in WordPress

This will open the profile edit page for that particular user account. Simply scroll down to the email option and then change the email address.

Change email address

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update profile’ button to save your changes.

If you are currently logged in to the user account that you are changing, then WordPress will now send an email notification to the new email address.

You need to click on the link in the email to confirm the change of your email address.

User profile updated

Method 2. Change WordPress Admin Email without Verification (using a Plugin)

If you are unable to get the verification email to change the admin email address, then you can use this method.

It basically allows you to bypass the WordPress verification and directly change the admin email address.

First, you need to install and activate the Change Admin Email plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Settings » General page. Go to the ‘Administration Email Address’ option and enter the new email address you want to use.

Change admin email address without verification

Finally, click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your changes.

The plugin will immediately change the admin address without verification. It will also send you a test email to the new admin email address.

Method 3. Change WordPress Admin Email via PhpMyAdmin

In this method, we will show you how to change both of these email addresses via phpMyAdmin. This method should only be used when you are unable to access the WordPress admin area.

First, you need to visit the cPanel dashboard on your hosting account. Under the database section, you need to click on the phpMyAdmin icon.

phpMyAdmin in cPanel

Note: Depending on your hosting company, your cPanel dashboard may look slightly different than the above screenshot. We’re using Bluehost, so that’s the screenshot of our control panel.

This will launch the phpMyAdmin app. It is a database management tool, and we will be using it to directly change the admin email address in the WordPress database.

In the phpMyAdmin window, you will see your database listed in the left column. Clicking on it will show you all the tables inside it. You need to locate the _options table and click to open it.

Options table in phpMyadmin

It will now show you the data rows inside the options table. You need to click on the ‘Edit’ button next to the row where option_name is ‘admin_email’.

phpMyAdmin will now open the row in a form where you can just go ahead and change the admin email for your site.

Change site admin email

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Go’ button to save your changes.

You have successfully updated the email address for WordPress website email notifications.

Let’s go ahead and change the email address for the admin user account.

Click to open the _users table in phpMyAdmin window. Next, click on the edit button next to the row where user login matches the user you want to edit.

edit user account via phpMyAdmin

PhpMyAdmin will now open the user row in a form. You can enter the new email address in the user_email field.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Go’ button to save your changes.

Troubleshooting

Sometimes WordPress email notifications may never reach your inbox. It is a common issue, and you might be unable to receive password reset or user confirmation emails because of this.

If you are unable to receive WordPress email notifications, then please see our guide on how to fix WordPress not sending email issue.

We hope this article helped you learn how to change the WordPress admin email. You may also want to see our ultimate guide on WordPress user role permissions, and our expert pick of the must have WordPress plugins for all websites.

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  1. The second method worked for me. Thanks for sharing this.
    Is it ok to delete the plugin now from my site?

    • Unless we hear otherwise, after it has updated your email you should be able to remove it :)

      Admin

  2. With any of these 3 options, do the notification or confirmation emails go to the original site admin email address? Either when we input a new email or when the new email is confirmed?
    Either using the dashboard, a plugin, or PHPMyAdmin?

    • If you wanted to avoid the confirmation email you would want to use either the second or third method from this article.

      Admin

  3. If you are using the plugin above, make sure you cancel your pending request first.

    The plugin method only works after the pending change is cancelled. Then you can make a fresh attempt and the plugin worked for me (wp 5.6.2 Mar of 2021)

    Good luck!

  4. I have been trying to change my admin. email to try business name from personal and I saved my changes but from days ago it still says “There is a pending change to your email”. It says an email will be sent to the new email for verification, I have yet to received this email. Thanks for your help.

  5. Thank you so much! I was able to login back to my admin area just now after changing the email in the database. That was so helpful. Thanks again!

  6. I need to have a clickable link on my website redirect to a new email address- how do I make this change?

    • You would want to check in the settings of the plugin or tool you are using for your inventory in case there is a specific setting for what you’re using.

      Admin

  7. If you change the admin email address using either of these methods – what happens to the admin password? is the admin password still the same (as set by the original admin)? Thanks

  8. I use google cloud to host my website and changed the email address on administration but received this –

    The new address will not become active until confirmed.

    There is a pending change of the admin email to ” but not getting any email to the new address.

  9. hi
    i got the mistake of changing the email of admin user, but i not received any email on my new account. now i am unable to login to my website by new or old email. please solve this. how i can now get to login to my site. still new email is on users menu

  10. As per the article i edited the admin email table in db, changed admin email and clicked ‘Go’ but it automatically revert to old mail address. Any idea how to fix. It doesn’t work from wp-admin either

    • You may want to check with your hosting provider to ensure you are not being prevented from editing the address for some reason.

      Admin

  11. Thank you!. Is it possible to turn off the email notification for whenever you receive a comment on your blog?

  12. Thank you so much. I have two websites in BlueHost – one for me and one for my husband and I could not change the admin email in WordPress. It kept saying that an email was sent to my husband’s email address to verify change request but it never came. I followed your method 2 by updating it in phpMyAdmin. Now, the only reason why I was able to do that were your very detailed steps. Thank you!

  13. Hey I have tried to change my email address by following method 1 but they didn’t send me the verification email. I repeated this few times , there is no response.

  14. Thanks – had to help a client get things changed as the old web person used their personal gmail account as the admin email. The issue we were having was that the confirmation email wasn’t sending. Using your instructions via PhpMyAdmin worked great!

  15. Hi,
    I change the email using my WordPress dashboard but after they sent me the mail i click on the confirm link but is does not change the email. And is still showing me email confirmation pending.

  16. Naive question here. I am trying to set up a Mailerlite account. As part of the sign up process they require me to verify an email address associated with my website. Unfortunately the only email address their site will accept is one with @myname.com which is the end of my website address.
    Can you tell me how to find my created email address ending in @myname.com so I can see if any emails have gone there?

  17. Hi,

    I managed to change the admin’s email address using the phpMyAdmin window, but my WP Form still isn’t sending the emails to the new email address. I reverted to the original admin email and it works! The original admin email is Gmail, and the new one is on Outlook Office.

    Any ideas? Help, please. I’ve already spent over an hour trying to figure this out.

    Thanks
    Michelle

  18. Is there a way to remove an email from a site which you no longer have access to other than notifying the site owner?

    • Unless the site has a tool or method specific to it, you would need to reach out to the site owner

      Admin

  19. Nice and helpful write up. However, how do I change the default wordress@mywebsite email address from email notifications. Thanks

  20. We get this message “The new address will not become active until confirmed.

    There is a pending change of the admin email to ” but not getting any email to the new address plz help.

  21. Hello! I don’t see the email address setting on the General > Settings page for my site. Do I need to upgrade to a business account? I am hosting directly at wordpress.com.

    Thanks!

    • Our tutorials are for WordPress.org site would be part of the issue, WordPress.com would require you to change your account settings.

      Admin

  22. Hi, We currently have 2 admins on our WP site. The first original admin guy’s email address appears as the site admin while I am in logged in. If I were to change it to my email address while I am logged in as admin, would that change mean there are now 2 admin emails? Is this even possible, or can a WP site only have 1 admin email? It would be good to have more than one person getting admin info, so how can I do this change to make 2 admin emails? Thanks.

    • By default, you can only have one admin email, there are plugins to allow multiple admin emails but unless I hear otherwise we do not have a specific one we would recommend at this time.

      Admin

  23. Thank you !! I had installed WordPress in AWS. but don’t know to how to change default Email Address. After Read This Awesome Article and easy step i have done it.

  24. Congratulations on your website. It is full of excellent articles that have really helped a beginner like me!
    I have tried to change my admin email using method 1, but I have not recieved any emails from wordpress in order to confirm my new email address.
    What could be the problem?
    Should I use method 2?
    If you have any advise to give me, I would greatly appreciate it!
    Thank you!

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