How to Deactivate All Plugins When Not Able to Access WP-Admin

Are you trying to deactivate all WordPress plugins but can’t get into the WordPress admin area?

When troubleshooting WordPress, it’s common to be told to deactivate all plugins and then reactivate them one by one. What if you can’t go into the WordPress admin area to disable the plugins?

When you can’t enter the wp-admin area, we’ll show you how to quickly deactivate all WordPress plugins.

Without accessing the admin area, deactivate all WordPress plugins.

Continue reading the instructions below if you prefer written instructions or prefer to work at your own pace.

Basically, there are two ways to deactivate plugins without having to go into the admin area. We’ll show you both of them, and you can choose which one appears to be easier.

Method 1: Using FTP, deactivate all WordPress plugins

You’ll need to utilize an FTP client or the file management feature in your WordPress hosting control panel for this procedure.

To begin, use an FTP program or cPanel’s File Manager to connect to your website. You must go to the /wp-content/ folder once you’ve joined.

rename the plugins directory

You’ll find a plugins folder inside the wp-content folder. This is where WordPress keeps track of all the plugins you’ve installed on your site.

To rename the plugins folder, right-click it and select Rename. After that, alter the name of the plugins folder to whatever you like. We’ll call it “plugins.deactivate” in our example.

All plugins have been deactivated by renaming the plugin folder.

All of your plugins will be deactivated as a result of this action.

To load the plugin files, WordPress looks for a folder called plugins. When it can’t discover the folder, it disables the database’s active plugins automatically.

When you’re locked out of your admin area, this method is usually used. If the problem was caused by your plugins, you should now be able to access your WordPress admin area.

You’ll receive notifications for all the plugins that have been deactivated now if you go to the Plugins page in the WordPress admin area.

Plugins for WordPress have been disabled.

You’ll see that all of your plugins have vanished as well. Don’t worry, they’re all safe and simple to reinstall.

Return to your FTP client and navigate to the /wp-content/ folder. You must now change the “plugins.deactivate” subdirectory to plugins.

You can now return to the WordPress admin area’s Plugins page and activate one plugin at a time until your site fails again.

At that point, you’ll know which plugin caused the problem. You can then use FTP to remove the plugin from your site or contact the plugin author for assistance.

Method 2: Using phpMyAdmin, disable all plugins.

In our opinion, the FTP technique is the most convenient, although phpMyAdmin can also be used to disable all WordPress plugins.

Important: Please ensure that you have a complete database backup before proceeding. If something goes wrong, this will come in handy.

The next step is to log into your web hosting dashboard. We’ll show you a cPanel dashboard in this example. The dashboard of your hosting account may differ.

You must select the phpMyAdmin icon from the ‘Databases’ area.

This will open phpMyAdmin in a new tab in your browser. If it isn’t already selected, you’ll need to choose your WordPress database. After that, you’ll be able to see the tables in the WordPress database.

Tables in the WordPress database

As you can see, the wp_ prefix appears before the table name in the database. It’s possible that your tables have a different database prefix.

You must select the wp options table. There are rows of different settings in the wp options table. You must first locate the option ‘active plugins’ and then select the ‘Edit’ link next to it.

Option to edit active plugins

Change the option value field to a:0: on the following screen, and then click the Go button to save your changes.

Active plugins should be reset.

That’s all; with phpMyAdmin, you’ve successfully disabled all WordPress plugins. If a plugin was preventing you from logging into the WordPress admin area, you should now be able to do so.

We hope that this tutorial has assisted you in deactivating all WordPress plugins.