Disable password changed/reset e-mail notification

One of the bigger projects I am working on currently has 30k+ users. Having that many users means that many also will reset their password, and you will receive an e-mail every time.

So how do you disable it?

The function sending this e-mail is called wp_password_change_notification and is declared in pluggable.php. The great thing about the functions in pluggable.php is that if you declare a function with the same name as one of its functions, your function will overwrite it.

So if you want to disable it, simply create a plugin with these lines of code:

if ( !function_exists( 'wp_password_change_notification' ) ) {
 function wp_password_change_notification() {}

Update: Earlier I said that you could write these lines in your functions.php but as Stefan pointed out, it does not seem to work


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12 comments on “Disable password changed/reset e-mail notification
  1. Stefan says:

    This would be great!!
    But does this really work? There is no change for me, I still get those annoying emails when users change/resets password.
    (wordpress 3.1)

  2. Another option would be to insert the code in your wp-config before “require_once(ABSPATH . ‘wp-settings.php’);”

  3. I have put together a plugin that puts implements the disabling the sending of password changed notification:


    It’s based on the helpful info I found in your post 🙂

  4. rheide says:

    Is this working for you guys? I have installed and activated the plugin and we still receive the emails. Thanks in advance!

  5. Doktor Mobil says:

    It looks like it’s not working any more Compatible up to: 3.3.2….

  6. c.bavota says:

    If you hook it into the ‘muplugins_loaded’ action it should work. Testing it out now.

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