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How to Disable New User Notifications in WordPress

Do you want to stop receiving new user email notifications in WordPress?

If you have enabled user registration on your site, then WordPress sends a notification email to the admin email address every time a new user registers. On sites where many users join every day, these emails can become annoying.

In this article, we will show you how to disable new user notifications in WordPress.

How to Disable New User Notification in WordPress

Why Disable User Notification Emails in WordPress?

Allowing user registration in WordPress has a lot of benefits. If you have a multi-author blog, online store, or membership website, then user registrations are necessary.

However, there is also a downside. WordPress will send an email by default to the admin email address notifying you whenever a new user registers.

While these emails are good for keeping an eye on who is registering on your website and keeping out spam registrations, they can be annoying to deal with if you have several people joining each day.

Having a lot of new user notifications can clutter your email inbox, making it difficult to spot important emails from your clients and customers.

This is where disabling emails about new users can come in handy. Let’s take a look at how you can disable new user notifications in WordPress.

Disable New User Notifications using WP Mail SMTP

WP Mail SMTP is the best WordPress SMTP plugin on the market and dramatically improves your email deliverability.

The plugin fixes the problem of emails not being delivered to your customers. That means that all your users will be sure to receive any emails from your site instead of ending up in their spam folder or being blocked completely.

WP Mail SMTP also offers different settings to take control of your WordPress emails, such as disabling automatic update notifications. Among these settings is the option to disable new user notification emails sent to the admin’s email.


For this tutorial, we’ll be using the WP Mail SMTP Pro version since it includes the Email Control options. There is also a free version of WP Mail SMTP that you can use to fix email deliverability issues on your site.

First, you’ll need to install and activate the WP Mail SMTP plugin on your WordPress site. If you need help, then follow our step-by-step guide on how to install a plugin.

Upon activation, you can go to WP Mail SMTP » Settings from your WordPress admin panel and then enter your license key. You can find the license key in your WP Mail SMTP account area.

WP Mail SMTP license

After entering the key, go ahead and click the ‘Verify Key’ button. You’ll now see a popup showing that you’ve successfully verified the key, and the site will receive automatic updates.

Successfully added license key

Next, you can head over to the ‘Email Controls’ tab from the menu on the top in WP Mail SMTP.

Email controls tab in WP Mail SMTP

After that, simply scroll down to the New User section and click on the toggle to disable the ‘Create (Admin)’ option.

Disable new user notifications

Once this setting is toggled off, the admin won’t receive an email. However, the new user who registered will still get an email confirmation.

Now go ahead and click the ‘Save Settings’ button.

That’s it! You’ve successfully disabled new user notification emails for admins using the WP Mail SMTP plugin.

We hope this article helped you disable new user notification emails in WordPress. You may also want to see our expert comparison of the best email marketing services and best business phone services for small businesses.

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15 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these specific instructions with us. I have been searching for how to disable new user notifications for a long time but didn’t find anything helpful. Your article helps me a lot. So. Thank you

  2. Hey,

    Is there a plugin or other solution for directing the New User admin emails to a second admin email address? So that the new user admin alerts would only go to this second email and the main admin email would remain clutter free.

    • Unless I hear otherwise, we don’t have a specific plugin we would recommend for that at the moment.


  3. Hey WPBeginner!!

    Go to Settings > General page and make sure the membership option is unchecked.


  4. Thanks for your input and it worked as I was getting emails daily like 50 saying new registration to your site and finally today it got resolved.
    Thanks for your Input.

  5. You should not need to install a plugin for turn off a site feature. What was WP thinking when they designed new user notifications? The way currently it works doesn’t scale at all.

  6. I have a sales site set up with wordpress but do not have ANY forms for “New User registration” Can any one tell me how I keep getting these notifications?

    Even the blog comments are turned off so I can’t see how these users are signing up and I can’t tell where the traffic is coming from in my google analytics. I even started sending emails back to the new sign ups asking them to help me figure this out and offering a valuable backlink software for their time and trouble… This really has me baffled, Please Help!

  7. I had started to get hit by waves of ‘New User Registration’ around 20 per minute. All are generated requests and hugely irritating as the notification was triggered even though the registration was blocked as spam. Our plug-in stopped the constant ‘bing’ as new notifications came through, huge thanks!

  8. Thanks a lot for the tip ! New user registration notifications were on the verge of killing me, but you saved my life with this ! :D

  9. That’s so strange.. I’ve been searching for the past 30 minutes how to activate email notifications to site’s admin about each new subscriber (or, as in my case, new contributor). Now I see people actually try to turn it off. Any tips from someone on where could I activate these notifications? Thanks!

  10. Thanks for this.

    Not your fault of course – but a minor rant: You shouldn’t need to install another plugin to do this! It should be a feature in the WordPress dashboard, under “Settings”.

    I try to keep my active plugins to a minimum of 12-13 on my site. I heard too many plugins can bog down your site, use too much bandwidth, be buggy and interfere with each other.

  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Not only for your specific instructions and easing my mind that I’m not missing something important for building my community but also for your speedy quick responsiveness to your own community. Impressed with you guys! Keep it up!

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