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How to Disable New User Notifications in WordPress (Easy Way)

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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. As your site grows, you will get many new users joining every day, which can make these emails annoying to deal with.

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

Disable new user notification in WordPress

Why Disable User Notification Emails in WordPress?

WordPress sends email notifications by default any time updates occur. Besides the core site updates, you’ll also receive email notifications for events such as new users created, new comments submitted to your site, password reset confirmation, etc.

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. We will look at two beginner-friendly ways to help you turn off email notifications. The best part is that you won’t have to know how to write code.

Let’s look at how to disable new user notifications in WordPress using WP Mail SMTP and WPCode:

Method 1: Disable New User Notifications Using WP Mail SMTP

If you want to take better control of your WordPress emails, including new user notifications, then this method is for you.

WP Mail SMTP is the best WordPress SMTP plugin on the market that can dramatically improve your email deliverability.

The plugin fixes the problem of emails not being delivered to your customers. That means that all your emails will reach your users instead of ending up in their spam folders or being blocked completely.

WP Mail SMTP website

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.

Note: For this tutorial, we will 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 will 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, 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 verify key

After entering the key, go ahead and click the ‘Verify Key’ button.

You will now see a popup showing that you have successfully verified the key, and your WordPress website will receive automatic updates.

verification key confirmed

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

This is where you can customize your new user registration email notifications.

Email controls

After that, simply scroll down to the New User section.

Then, you need to click on the toggle to disable the ‘Create (Admin)’ option. And don’t forget to hit ‘Save Settings’ when you are done.

New user

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

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

Method 2: Disable New User Emails in WordPress Using WPCode

If you don’t want to use an SMTP plugin, then you can add a code snippet to your theme’s functions.php file or use a code snippet plugin to disable email notifications:

function wpcode_send_new_user_notifications( $user_id, $notify = 'user' ) {
	if ( empty( $notify ) || 'admin' === $notify ) {
	} elseif ( 'both' === $notify ) {
		// Send new users the email but not the admin.
		$notify = 'user';
	wp_send_new_user_notifications( $user_id, $notify );

	function () {
		// Disable default email notifications.
		remove_action( 'register_new_user', 'wp_send_new_user_notifications' );
		remove_action( 'edit_user_created_user', 'wp_send_new_user_notifications' );

		// Replace with custom function that only sends to user.
		add_action( 'register_new_user', 'wpcode_send_new_user_notifications' );
		add_action( 'edit_user_created_user', 'wpcode_send_new_user_notifications', 10, 2 );

However, we don’t recommend editing your functions.php file directly. That’s because even the tiniest of mistakes in the code snippet can make your site inaccessible.

The easiest way to add custom code in WordPress without breaking your site is with the free WPCode plugin. It is the most popular code snippets plugin, used by 2 million+ WordPress websites.

The first thing you will need to do is install and activate the WPCode plugin in WordPress. For more detailed instructions, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Head over to Code Snippets » + Add Snippet in the WordPress site admin area. There, you will see a library of code snippets from which to choose.

The good news is that WPCode has a pre-made template for disabling new user notification emails. Just type in ‘user’ in the search bar and click ‘Use snippet’ under the ‘Disable New User Notifications’ snippet.

Add disable new user notification snippet

Since the template already has the code inside, you don’t have to write your own.

You will see the code already in place with the ‘Code Type’ set as a PHP snippet.

Disable new user notifications code snippet

If you want to adjust where this code runs, you can scroll down. The Insertion method should be set to ‘Auto Insert’.

You can open the dropdown menu to decide where you want the code to be executed or even set a schedule for when you want the code to be active.

Insertion method in WPCode

For example, you can set the code snippet to disable user registrations from certain pages. This could be handy if you have custom user registration pages for different membership programs.

You can even choose to have the code only disable user registrations from WooCommerce, Easy Digital Downloads, or MemberPress.

Woocommerce auto insert

But for most website owners, leaving the default setting to ‘Run Everywhere’ is the way to go.

Once you are done configuring where to execute the code snippet, you can scroll to the top right corner and toggle the ‘Inactive’ button to ‘Active’ to activate the code.

Inactive button in WPCode

You have now successfully disabled the new user notification emails.

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

Update button in WPCode

Bonus: Turn Off Comments Notifications in WordPress

WordPress notifications can be super annoying. If your website receives a high volume of traffic, particularly on older posts, then you may also be flooded by comment notification emails.

The good news is that there’s a quick fix for this.

All you have to do is go to Settings » Discussion. The comment notification emails are automatically enabled by default in WordPress.

Turn off comments notifications in WordPress

You can disable comment notifications by unchecking the boxes next to ‘Anyone posts a comment’ and ‘A comment is held for moderation.’ That way, you won’t receive emails when someone posts a comment or when a comment is held for moderation.

For more details, check out our post on how to turn off comments notifications in WordPress.

We hope this article helped you disable new user notification emails in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to disable WordPress admin email verification notices or our expert comparison of the best email marketing services to grow your audience.

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    Lifesaver! Those email chains used to drown me. This makes managing comments & users SO much easier. Thanks for the clear, step-by-step guide!

  3. Ralph says

    I used to run user profiles on my website. I wanted everbody to have their nickname for their own, upload own avatar, get notifications about replies to the comments etc. But that notificaitons were hell. All the time! I had to turn registration off, deleted all profiles and stuck to regular comments. However i plan to open new website with profiles for contributors of content so this guide is a blessing.

  4. Sharon says

    Hey there! I just wanted to drop a quick thank you to WPBeginner for the awesome tips on disabling new user notifications in WordPress. Your tricks have been a lifesaver for my web design and development work. Also, something I can pass on to others as well. Since I am using the Pro version of WP Mail SMTP, I used that path to disable the notifications. I will also be using PHP to write up a WooCommerce version. Keep ’em coming, and I’ll keep benefiting from your expertise!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for your kind words and we hope our content continues to be helpful to you!


  5. Alice Elliott says

    I am not in a position to be bothered by constant notifications from WordPress about people subscribing to my site, but I can certainly imagine how useful it would be to people who are how to stop this. Thank you for this detailed tutorial, very clearly set out, even if it is set at a higher level of beginner than I’m used to.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You’re welcome, it depends on the person and their preferences but we’re glad our article was helpful!


  6. Thomas Kim says

    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

  7. Aaro says


    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.

    • WPBeginner Support says

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


  8. JARROD WARD says

    Hey WPBeginner!!

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


  9. shivakumar says

    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.

  10. ikomrad says

    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.

  11. Tom says

    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!

  12. Anthony King says

    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!

  13. Melchior says

    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

  14. Tomas Skoglunn says

    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!

  15. Angie says

    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.

  16. Kaley Perkins says

    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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