Deactivate WordPress Plugins Even if You Cannot Login [Video]

Sometimes if you cannot login to WordPress admin area it can make it very hard to troubleshoot any problems you are having. Thankfully, if you have self hosted WordPress, (running WordPress on hosting you purchased) you can then access more settings to see if you can fix the problem that way. This tutorial is not for the faint hearted non technical person. It is a risk editing files and folders on your server hosting if you are not sure of what you are doing. Therefore you must proceed at your own risk.

In this tutorial I will show you how to deactivate WordPress plugins manually, without having to login to your WordPress dashboard.

How to Deactivate WordPress Plugins

I will show you two ways to deactivate WordPress plugins when you cannot login to WordPress  Of course you need to be able to access your server either through your domain cpanel or FTP software.

1. Deactivate WordPress Plugins Manually Through

Through either FTP or your cpanel file browser and renaming the entire plugin folder so they actually do not exist in your WordPress site.

2. Deactivate WordPress Plugins Through PHPmyadmin

Entering the PHPmyadmin area and changing your active__plugins within your options database table.

This is a great tip to know because we often install plugins that can cause errors with our blogs. If you can disable WordPress plugins just so you can access your admin area to delete the offending plugin, you will be saving loads of money on DIY fixes.


  1. Mahendra Chhimwal says

    Hello Mitz..
    I never faced a situation like this when I find problem in login to my WordPress admin area.But who can predict a future.I will remember the trick for deleting a problematic plugin without log in to WordPress.By the way awesome video tutorial.Thanks
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  2. Richard says

    It good to be able to access plugins from outside wordpress just incase you have issues and are unable to access your website. *I’ll be trying this out so I know what to do if I ever have this problem
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  3. yogesh pant says

    yes, many a times we face multiple problems by installing a plugin in wordpress. And when we want to remove the concerned plugin, we are annoyed to find that we are unable to login to the wordpress account. This is great to find that we can still deactivate and thereby delete the problematic plugin when we cannot login to the wordpress account.Thanks for sharing!
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    • mitz says

      Yes it is good to know if you are running a WordPress website. Especially if you cannot login to your dashboard.

  4. Trung Nguyen says

    Infact, I couldn’t believe you can deactivate Ưordpress plugins without login into admin panel. Your video surprised me, great tips, btw. Let’s me make a try to see how it works.

    Thanks Mitz.
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  5. says

    WordPress can make you go crazy from time to time)) lol. Once I got into similar trouble, I was unable to log in into the dashboard through a PC, but after many attempts I tried through mobile and deleted the plugin. Don’t know how or why it happened but just tried my luck
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  6. Sudipto says

    Hey Mitz,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these useful tips for deactivate plugins without login to wordpress. I used the first step mentioned by you recently when I have facing some problem on login to wordpress but after deleting some plugins from cpanel, I fixed the problem.Thanks for sharing the other method for disable the plugins.
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    • mitz says

      That is kind of the same..but this way you just rename the folder, then rename it and they are all disabled. this is especially good if the plugin problem is stopping you from logging in to your dashboard. runs on the Genesis Framework

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