How To Disable Divi Auto Updates Tutorial by Pee Aye Creative

How To Disable Divi Auto-Updates

Nelson Miller Pee Aye Creative
In this tutorial I will show you how to permanently disable and hide the auto-update option for the Divi Theme.

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where to check auto updates in the Divi Theme

Here you can check on what it says. One option may be if it says “Disable auto-updates” and this means that automatic updates are indeed enabled. This should alarm you a little! Keep going!

Divi auto updates enabled and scheduled

If you see “Enable auto-updates” then rest easy knowing that automatic updates are not enabled. However, keep reading learn how to disable this or hide it completely.

Divi auto updates disabled

Where To Place The Code

Controlling the auto-update feature involves adding PHP code to your website. To follow this tutorial you will need to have a child theme installed on your website. If you don’t have a child theme you can download and use our free Divi child theme. The snippets shared should be added into the functions.php file of a child theme. Alternatively, you may use a PHP code snippets plugin.

How To Disable Divi Theme Auto-Updates

You have two main options, you can either disable the feature or hide it completed. If you just want to disable the feature, our code will remove the “Enable auto-updates” link and change the text to “Auto-updates disabled” and you won’t be able to click it.

// Disable Theme Auto Updates
add_filter( 'auto_update_theme', '__return_false' );

After placing the code, you will see that auto-updates are now disabled.

how to disable Divi auto updates
// Remove Themes Auto Update Option
add_filter( 'themes_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );

Disable Plugin Auto Updates

// Disable Plugin Auto Updates
add_filter( 'auto_update_plugin', '__return_false' );

Remove Plugins Auto Update Option

// Remove Plugins Auto Update Option
add_filter( 'plugins_auto_update_enabled', '__return_false' );
how to disable automatic theme updates with the Divi Assistant plugin
How to disable automatic plugin updates with the Divi Assistant plugin

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Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

Nelson is the owner of Pee-Aye Creative in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania. He loves helping small businesses, exploring outdoors, building websites with Divi, and teaching others.

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  1. Claus Nielsen

    Again a nice easy to follow tutorial. THX appreciate your work

  2. James H

    That is ripper of little bit of code. This will stop clients updating their themes on auto and wondering why they break!

  3. John Sharkey

    Hi Nelsen

    Thanks so much for this and all your great tutorials! 2 Questions:

    1. If you CAN just click to disable the auto-updates and it sticks, is it ok to just do that, rather than add the PHP code? I am also on Siteground and can disable the features in their admin area.

    2. How do you recommend then getting notified about available theme/plugin updates?

    Kind regards,

    • Nelson Lee Miller (aka The Divi Teacher)

      Hi John,
      Sure if there is some other way to disable it, go for it. My main point would be to prevent client users from even seeing the option at all.

      I’m not sure about notifications. There should be a plugin for that!


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