Deactivate WordPress Plugins without Logging Into WP Admin (Video Tutorial)

Every now and then we get users who find themselves in a tough situation where they need to deactivate a plugin but they can’t log into the WordPress admin dashboard. Peter created a video tutorial covering 2 techniques that you can use to deactivate your WordPress plugins witout having to log into your WP admin.

These 2 techniques will come in handy if you ever find yourself in one of the following situations:

  • Installed a WordPress plugin and you get a white/blank screen when you log into your WP Admin
  • Edited some PHP code from the plugin or theme editor and there was an error so you can’t access the WP Admin anymore
  • Installed a WordPress securiy plugin that locked you out and you can’t get inside WP Admin

Deactivate a WordPress plugin via PHPMyAdmin or FTP

Alternatively, you can watch this videos on YouTube by going to the following link:

Hopefully this video will save the day if you ever find yourself in this situation.

Comments (14 responses)

  1. Codey May says:

    You are a live saver! Thanks so much. Your video saved me hours.

  2. john says:

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for creating this tutorial! I had activated a security plugin and was subsequently locked out of my WP dashboard. My attempts to reload the .htaccess file were fruitless. This video got me up and running again! Thank you a thousand times!

  3. Robert says:

    Thanks alot! for creating this video i had a corrupt plugin. And couldn’t login in wp-admin panel anymore. After removing the plugin using your tutorial it worked again!

  4. Annett Bone says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Helped me tremendously!

  5. TurboTax Canada says:

    Deleting the folder all together will also have the same effect. But then you will need to reinstall if there’s an update that appears to work fine.

  6. tablet pc says:

    Very useful, I try to look

  7. Bee says:

    Thanks for this tutorial 🙂 I like it, i will try it 🙂 Thank again!

  8. martin says:

    wow, great . i will test it !

  9. Laureen says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. I wasn’t able to login to WordPress after installing one of the plugins. You saved me.

  10. Khan says:

    Wow it’s really good. I try it and it working.Thanks…

  11. Eric says:

    Nice “trick” and really useful in some situations. Thanks!

  12. Technopolis WD Team says:

    That is useful. it also works on wordpress themes. renaming it’s folder will set default wordpress theme as current theme, if you hadn’t deleted it before!

  13. Robert says:

    Thank you for creating this video tutorial. I was customizing a plugin and I started receiving an error message after I updated the plugin file. This error prevented me from being able to go to the plugins menu in WP dashboard and deactivate the plugin. I applied the FTP method to deactivate the plugin and start over.

  14. Steve says:

    I like to rename the plugin folder from cpanel and that deactivates the plugin, pretty simple. But this is rarely needed cause most plugins work with the most recent WP versions.

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