How To Disable All WordPress Plugins At Once

Deactivate All WordPress Plugins At Once: If you are using WordPress you probably have faced issues or error with your WordPress site. And often you will be recommended to deactivate all the plugins and check if issue stills persist. But what if you are unable to log in to your WordPress admin dashboard. If you ever had the white screen of death issue, then you would clearly understand what I am talking about.


In this article, I will show you how to deactivate all WordPress plugins when you are unable to access your WordPress admin dashboard. So I will be discussing two methods to disable/deactivate your WordPress plugins. This method will not delete or remove your plugins from your WordPress installation. They will simply deactivate your WordPress plugins and you can easily activate them from your WordPress admin dashboard once your issue is fixed.

How To Disable/Deactivate All Plugins Via FTP

You can either use FTP software or File manager feature in your cPanel to disable all WordPress plugins quickly. Just go to /wp-content/ folder of your WordPress installation directory. In the wp-content folder, you will see a folder named Plugins. Now just rename the plugins folder to anything you like. For example, you can rename the plugins folder to “plugins.old” or “plugins.disable”. Once you successfully renamed your plugin folder, all your plugins will be deactivated.

Now check if the issue is fixed. If there some issue with your plugins, then you will be able to login to your WordPress admin dashboard and your WordPress site will again start working.

Once you do this, go back to your /wp-content/ folder and rename “plugins.old” or “plugins.disable” back to plugins. Now from your WordPress dashboard activate one plugin at a time until your site again breaks. This way you can check which plugin causing the issue and breaking your WordPress site.

How To Disable/Deactivate All Plugins From Database Via phpMyAdmin

Before we begin this meYou can also deactivate your all plugins at once using phpMyAdmin. Firstly login to your cPanel and under databases, click on phpMyAdmin.


Under databases tab select your WordPress database. Now go to wp_options table (in some cases it is yourdatabase_options). Now locate the option_name column named “active_plugins” (You may need to click the > button at the bottom of the page to view more column).

Now edit its option_value and change it to a:0:{}

Now again check if your site starts working or not. If the issue is fixed. Then active one plugin at a time from your WordPress admin dashboard until your WordPress site breaks again.

Which Method Should You Use ?

The answer is very simple. If you have no idea about phpMyAdmin then you must avoid further complicating the issue. I would recommend FTP method to deactivate all plugins at once. The method is very simple and can be easily performed by even a newbie.

I hope this article will help you and you will be able to deactivate all WordPress plugins at once when you can’t access your WordPress dashboard. If you know any other way just share with us via comments.

Here are some more guides to fix some common issues or errors which you can get while using WordPress.

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