WordPress: Disable Automatic Updates

There are many reasons you might want to disable automated updates within WordPress. The most obvious would be a heavily customized WordPress installation. Disabling automatic updates will prevent breakage in your system.

In this article I will go through 2 different methods, the first will disable WordPress core updates but still enable your themes/plugins to be updated. The second method will disable all updates (core, theme and plugins).

Disable Core Updates (keeps plugins & theme updates enabled):

Simply add the following line to your wp-config.php file:

Stop the core auto updates:

define( 'WP_AUTO_UPDATE_CORE', false );

Then Enable the plugins/themes:

add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_true' );
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_true' );

How to completely disable the WordPress auto updates –

If you want to disable the WordPress auto updates completely, open the wp-config.php file and add this line to it:

Important: If you disable WordPress auto updates completely, that will disable both plugins, themes and core auto updates no matter what configurations you’ve made for themes or plugins.

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