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WordPress is a free website development and management tool that offers tons of features to ease out the website creation process. One such feature is the automatic Themes and Plugin updates in WordPress. When it comes to websites, apps, OS, software, or any technology, it is important to update it regularly for new features and security. In WordPress, the updation process can be automated using the auto-update feature. But sometimes updates may lead to break/damage the website or any of its functionality. In this scenario, it is best to disable the auto-update features on the Plugins in WordPress.

This error usually occurs when a plugin update does not match the theme or WordPress version. In this case, it is important to check the update support and compatibility. With Auto-update turned on, it is impossible to check the update note and what’s new on the update. To disable the Auto-Update plugins in WordPress, check our detailed guide in the article below.

Steps to Disable Auto-update Plugins in WordPress

Follow these steps one by one to disable auto-update in WordPress plugins.

[1] From your WordPress dashboard, click on the Plugins and choose Add New.

Add New Plugin
[2] Search for the Easy Updates Manager plugin in the search bar.

Easy Updates Manager plugin
[3] Click on Install Now to install the plugin from the WordPress plugin store.

[4] Once installed, click on Activate to activate the plugin on your WordPress website.

[5] Go to WordPress dashboard, click on Update Option from the left panel.

Update Options -How to Disable Auto-Update Plugin in WordPress
[6] Now Select Disable all Updates at the top to disable auto-update everywhere on your WordPress.

Note: We do not recommend our users to prefer the Disable all update option. As they will stop all the updates along with hiding the update notification. This might bring in security issues to your site. In that case, try these Best Security Plugins For WordPress for ultimate protection.

Instead, you can manually set for each and every setting on your WordPress as follows.

Update settings
  • WordPress Core Update – Auto update all minor versions
  • Plugin updates – Disable auto updates
  • Theme updates – Disable auto updates

Note: Even, if you disable both plugin and theme updates in the manual settings, it will also stop you from seeing the update notifications in your plugins and themes lists just like the Disable all updates option.

Update logs - How to Disable Auto-Update Plugin in WordPress

Apart from these, the Easy Updates Manager has the features of keeping logs of each update. With this feature, you can roll back any WordPress update with ease. You can try using various auto-update plugins like

How to Disable Automatic WordPress Updates Without Plugin

Also without plugins, you can stop auto-update on your WordPress website. To do that you need to copy/paste some of the below-mentioned code snippets in your WordPress source code which can be accessed from your cPanel.

To disable all the auto-update in WordPress, add the following code in the wp-config.php file.

define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );

To disable automatic WordPress plugin updates, add the code to the specific plugin folder.

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_false' );

To disable automatic WordPress Theme updates, add the following code in the functions.php file in the theme folder.

add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_false' ); 


These are some of the possible ways to disable auto-update on WordPress websites. If you are a beginner, it is best to turn on the automatic updates to have your site secured. Also, if you own an e-commerce website, it is best to turn off and check for update manually every day because a website crash may result in loss of business. If you have any queries let us know in the comments section below.

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