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How to Turn Off Comments Notifications in WordPress

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Do you want to turn off comment notifications on your WordPress site?

If you are just starting a new blog, then WordPress will default to alerting you about new comments that you can respond to. However, these comment notifications could become annoying as your blog grows and you start getting a lot of them.

In this article, we will show you how to easily turn off comment notifications in WordPress.

Turning Off Comment Notification Emails in WordPress

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Turning Off Comment Notifications From Your Own WordPress Website

First of all, you need to log in to your WordPress dashboard and go to the Settings » Discussion page.

From here, scroll down to the ‘Email me whenever’ section, where you will see these two checkbox options:

  • Anyone posts a comment
  • A comment is held for moderation
Default WordPress comment email notifications

As shown in the image above, comment notification emails are enabled by default in the WordPress admin.

To disable comment notifications, you need to uncheck both boxes.

Disable Comment Notification Emails in WordPress

Now, just click on the ‘Save Changes’ button at the bottom of the discussion settings page.

WordPress will now stop sending comment notification emails to the WordPress website administrators and post authors.

Clicking the 'Save Changes' button on the WordPress Discussion settings page

If you want more tips to improve your WordPress comment notifications, then you can see our guide on how to manage WordPress comment notifications emails.

Turning Off Comment Notification Emails From Other WordPress Websites

Are you receiving comment notification emails from websites other than yours?

If you have commented on a post on another blog and subscribed to its comments, then you will receive comment notification emails every time a new comment is added to the post.

Many blogs nowadays use a comments plugin like Subscribe to Comments Reloaded that allow people to get notified when there are replies to their comments.

You probably checked or forgot to uncheck the comment subscribe option.

For example, you can see the ‘subscribe to comments’ option under the comments section of this article.

Subscribe to Comments in WPBeginner Blog

This feature can be useful if you have asked a support question and are waiting for a response from the post author. But if you posted a general feedback comment, then it can distract you and get annoying.

You can unsubscribe to these comment notification emails by merely clicking on the unsubscribe link in the email.

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Now that you know how to deactivate your comment email notifications, you may also want to check out the following articles:

We hope this article helped you to learn how to turn off comment notifications in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to completely disable comments in WordPress and our expert picks for the best WordPress plugins to improve comments.

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  2. SteveInCO says

    I have a different problem. I have a basically moribund blog, but I comment on other peoples’ blogs.

    I get an e-mail every time someone hits the little star to like a comment I made on someone else’s blog. It’s a busy blog, and I am getting just absolutely buried in these totally useless emails. I can’t seem to find anything out about how to solve this, as everything google fu turns up is about emails for one’s own blog.

    Meanwhile, if someone actually troubles to REPLY to that comment, I get nothing at all. I’d actually like to get those e-mails.

  3. Josh says

    Is there a way to remove a specific user from a specific comment thread? She can’t figure out how to unsubscribe and contacted me about it.

  4. Will says

    WordPress is sending me Facebook notifications each time someone comments on my linked blog. How do I disable the Facebook notifications from wordpress?

  5. Daan van den Bergh says

    Is there a way to turn off notifications on a per account basis?

    I’m the administrator and I’m using the WordPress-app on my smartphone, which notifies me of new comments all the time.

    But disabling notifications in the admin-settings, turns it off for all accounts.

    Is there a way to turn it off for the administrator and leave it on for the contributors?

  6. CC says

    Is there a way to turn off comment notification on a post-by-post basis? Some posts I’d like to receive notification for, while others I’d rather not, but it seems to be an all-or-nothing situation.

    • Editorial Staff says

      None that we are aware of. You can always use subscribe to comments plugin to get notified if there is a new comment. Alternatively, you can just check your dashboard every few hours.


  7. ReelSEO Video Guide says

    You know, out of the blue, we’re getting repeat notifications over and over again for one particular post on our site. I’ve tried disabling (per your instructions above) and re-enabling, but we’re still getting hundreds of repeat notification emails. Have you ever seen this or do you have any idea of how one might fix that? Thanks in advance.

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