Remove Automatic Plugin Updates WordPress 5.5

August 24, 2020
Posted in General
August 24, 2020 Niall Flynn

Another new feature loaded with issues, is the WordPress 5.5 auto updates.

There are here only cons to this idea:

  • Plugins will now update randomly, it could happen at any time
  • You may have a client mid purchase, this could stop that
  • You may have a client filling out a form/converting
  • This could very well break your site
  • It will start to send you emails, which you at present cannot disable
  • The concept is flawed in every way

How to remove it:

Edit your themes functions.php, ideally using a child theme

/* Disable Auto Updates */
add_filter( 'plugins_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );
add_filter( 'themes_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );

What this code does

Line 1: Is Just a comment, optional
Line 2: Disables the plugin updates and the UI call to action in the plugins section
Line 3: Disables the auto theme updates

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