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How to Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress

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Our readers often ask us to help them resolve issues related to file upload limitations. This simple website setting can have unexpected effects on your site.

For example, sometimes a low file upload size limit can stop you from uploading files with the media uploader or installing larger WordPress plugins and themes. This can be very frustrating, especially when you’re not sure how to change the limit.

In this article, we’ll show you how to easily increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress to fix those issues.

How to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress

Why Increase the Maximum File Upload Size in WordPress?

Your WordPress hosting provider will set a default maximum file upload size when you sign up and install WordPress. Your hosting provider defines this limit, and it usually ranges from 2MB to 500 MB.

For most WordPress website owners, this limit will be more than enough.

However, there are times when you’ll need to raise this limit so you don’t run into upload errors.

For example:

That being said, let’s show you how you can increase the maximum file upload size on your WordPress site.

Note: Keep in mind that displaying a lot of large files on your website can seriously slow down its speed and performance. That’s why we typically recommend never to upload videos to WordPress.

Since most users have different WordPress hosting setups, we will cover the following:

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How to Check Your Maximum File Upload Size Limit in WordPress

WordPress will automatically show the maximum file upload size limit when you are uploading images or other media.

To check this, simply go to Media » Add New in your WordPress admin panel, and you will see the maximum file upload size limit for your WordPress site.

Check current file upload size limit

Now that you know how to find the size limit, let’s show you how to increase the maximum upload size in WordPress.

Method 1: Contact Your WordPress Hosting Provider

One of the easiest ways to increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress is to reach out to your WordPress hosting provider.

This is a relatively simple task for their customer service team and can be done in a couple of minutes.

For beginners, this can be much easier than adding code to WordPress and editing server files. 

Simply head over to your hosting provider’s website, like Bluehost, and log in.

Then, click the ‘Chat’ icon at the bottom of the screen. You can then ask the support staff to increase the file upload size on your WordPress site. 

Clicking the Bluehost live chat support button in the dashboard

You can also reach out to support from within your hosting account dashboard.

Method 2: Create or Edit an Existing php.ini file

Another way to increase the maximum file upload size is by creating or editing a file called php.ini. This file controls a lot of settings for your WordPress hosting environment.

Most WordPress hosting providers like Bluehost have a beginner-friendly cPanel to help manage your website.

If your web host has a cPanel dashboard, then you can increase the file upload size through the built-in tools.

Note: The following is from the Bluehost cPanel. However, most shared hosting providers will have similar steps.

You will find a cPanel button at the bottom of the Hosting tab in Bluehost.

Open cPanel in Bluehost

Clicking this button will open your cPanel dashboard.

Now you need to scroll down to the Software section and click on ‘MultiPHP INI Editor’.

MuliPHP INI Editor in Bluehost's cPanel

Next, scroll down to the section labeled ‘upload_max_filesize’ and enter a new maximum filesize into the box.

Then, click the ‘Apply’ button.

Upload Max Filesize Setting

Alternatively, you can click the ‘Editor Mode’ menu tab, and then you can change the maximum file upload size directly in the editor.

You need to edit the ‘upload_max_filesize’ section to increase your file upload size.

Once you are finished, just click the ‘Save’ button.

Change max upload filesize in code editor

Edit php.ini by Adding Code

If your current hosting provider doesn’t offer the cPanel option, then you’ll need to edit this file manually.

To do this, you can use an FTP client or the file manager option in your WordPress hosting control panel.

If you are using shared hosting, then you might not see the php.ini file in your hosting directory. If you don’t see one, then simply create a file named php.ini and upload it to your root folder. 

Then, add the following code snippet to the file:

upload_max_filesize = 256M
post_max_size = 256M
max_execution_time = 300

You can modify the ‘256M’ limit to the file size you need for your WordPress blog.

Method 3: Add Code to Your WordPress Theme functions.php File

This method involves adding code to your functions.php file in your WordPress theme.

Instead of editing the file directly, we recommend using WPCode. It’s the best code snippets plugin that allows you to add code to your website without breaking it.

If you haven’t done this before, then see our beginner’s guide on how to add custom code in WordPress.

First, you need to install the free WPCode plugin. For more details, see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you should navigate to Code Snippets » + Add Snippet. You will need to hover your mouse over the ‘Add Your Custom Code’ option and then click the ‘Use snippet’ button.

Add a Custom Snippet in WPCode

On the next screen, you need to give your new snippet a name and change the code type to ‘PHP Snippet’.

Then you can copy and paste the following code snippet under ‘Code Preview’. Make sure you change ‘256M’ to the maximum file size you need:

@ini_set( 'upload_max_size' , '256M' );
@ini_set( 'post_max_size', '256M');
@ini_set( 'max_execution_time', '300' );
Save Your Custom Snippet in WPCode

Finally, switch the toggle at the top to ‘Active’ and then click the ‘Save Snippet’ button. The code will now be executed on your website.

Method 4: Add Code to Your .htaccess File

Another way to increase the maximum file size is by modifying the .htaccess file. This file controls the high-level configuration settings for your website.

To do this, you need to log in to your website server via FTP. If you haven’t done this before, then see our guide on how to use FTP to upload files to WordPress for beginners.

After that, you need to locate your .htaccess file in your website’s root folder. 

Open .htaccess file

If you can’t find your .htaccess file, then it could be hidden by your file manager or FTP client. To learn more, see our guide on why you can’t find the .htaccess file on your WordPress site.

Next, you need to add the following code snippet to your .htaccess file:

php_value upload_max_filesize 256M
php_value post_max_size 256M
php_value max_execution_time 300
php_value max_input_time 300

To increase your maximum file upload size even more, simply change the ’64M’ to the size you require.

Method 5: Use a WordPress Plugin to Increase File Upload Size

Another way you can increase the maximum file upload limit is by using the WP Increase Upload Filesize plugin. If you are not comfortable adding code to WordPress, then this could be a good option for you.

The first thing you need to do is install and activate the plugin. For more details, see our guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, navigate to Media » Increase Upload Limit in your WordPress admin panel.

This brings you to a screen where you can select a new file upload size in the ‘Choose Maximum Upload File Size’ drop-down. 

Then, click the ‘Save Changes’ button.

Increase file upload size with plugin

Note: The maximum file upload size will be set by your hosting provider. If you need a file size limit that’s larger than the one listed in the drop-down, then you need to contact your hosting provider and ask to increase the limit. 

We hope this article helped you increase the maximum file upload size in WordPress. You may also want to see our guide on how to choose the best website builder and our expert picks of the best virtual business phone number apps with free options.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    The first working guide that worked for me. Eventually, I also found out why. Many tutorial sites only address the size of the uploaded file and only adjust this value. That didn’t work for me, and I didn’t know why. Usually, I ended up with a 500 server error. Your guide worked, and when I investigated the difference, I found out that, unlike others, you also change the max execution time. That was my problem. Although I had the file size set correctly, I hit the small script runtime limit, and the file couldn’t upload because the server terminated the script after a minute. So, thanks for considering such details, and now I know why the other guides didn’t work for me.

  3. Dayo Olobayo says

    Thanks for showing how to check the default limit. Just checked mine now and saw it’s 1GB. I think that’s good enough for me so I won’t be touching anything. I must also add that the wpcode method would have been my preferred method if I needed to change anything.

  4. Ray Konopka says

    Thanks for the tips. My site is hosted in BlueHost so I first tried Method 2. However, after changing the upload_max_filesize value, the Add New media page for my site still showed 64 MB. I went back into the MultiPHP INI Editor and looked at the other values. One other value stood out:
    Sets max size of post data allowed. This setting also affects file upload. To upload large files, this value must be larger than upload_max_filesize. Generally speaking, memory_limit should be larger than post_max_size.

    After I increased the post_max_size value as well, then the Add New media upload page showed the new limit. Perhaps you can update the post to include this tip.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for sharing this, we’ll be sure to look into it and possibly add it to the article in the future :)


  5. Mark says

    All my limits were increased as suggested, but I started getting ‘files are too big’ after a plugin update. After double checking everything server and email side, the solution was changing from 5M to 5120kb in Contact Form 7 settings. The plugin suddenly stopped recognizing M when trying to override the default 1024kb setting.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on your host and what else is set up on your server for what will work. If nothing else works you can always reach out to your host for assistance.


  6. Muhammad Farooqi says

    You comments and thanks secion is almost 10 times longer..than the content of this page is guarantee of your amazing tips

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If the recommendations are not working for you, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider and they should be able to assist if this is something they’ve set on their end.


  7. Abdullah Ashraf says

    Thank you so much. I tried all the methods and the last method was helpful for me.
    I would like to know should I undo the second last step that was php.ini?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It is not required to remove that file but you can remove it if it is not working for your server.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      If none of our recommendations work, we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider to see if it is a restriction that they have set on their servers.


  8. Ben says

    If you have access to the FTP, can I just upload the file in the wp-content/uploads/[year]/[month] folder?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      It would depend on the method you are using but it could help with restoring a backup that large.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      If none of the recommendations worked we would recommend reaching out to your hosting provider for assistance.


  9. Ahmad says

    I tried this but the size did not change… status is same please help what should I do know I am using localhost

    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to try restarting your localhost service just in case, otherwise, you would want to ensure you added/editied the php.ini correctly for the most common reason.


  10. Vittorio says

    I think
    @ini_set( ‘upload_max_size’ , ’64M’ );

    should be
    @ini_set( ‘upload_max_filesize’ , ’64M’ );

    • WPBeginner Support says

      upload_max_size currently increases that value as well as a few other things which is why we don’t use upload_max_filesize


  11. Oliver says


    I made a file ini.php then uploaded it, then renamed it from ini.php.txt to ini.php and it worked.


    • WPBeginner Support says

      If our recommendations do not work you would want to reach out to your hosting provider to ensure they do not have it as part of their settings.


  12. Asad says

    How can i increase the upload limit while i have the wordpress hosting also functions.php isn’t updating

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If the file will not update, you would want to reach out to your hosting provider and they should be able to assist


  13. Chris says

    I want to increase the limit to 250mb but i dont know if this exposes my site to security treats, though am only using gravity form and I have also set to disable php execution on my upload folder. And have allowed only jpg, and mp3 files.
    Please do you think this may affect my site load times as huge upload is coming from several users?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      If multiple users attempt uploads at the same time it can have an effect on your site’s load time but it shouldn’t open you to security threats


  14. Janice says

    Nice article, but I tried adding your 3 lines of code to the functions.php file, but got an “unknown @ rule” error. What’s that all about?

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