How to notify only administrators about WordPress updates

This article shows you how to only notify WordPress updates to only administrators using a short script.

To hide update notification to non admin users in WordPress, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to WordPress as the administrator.
  2. On the Dashboard in the left sidebar, click Appearance, and then click Editor:

  3. On the Theme Editor, select the Theme you want to edit from the dropdown:

  4. The files for this selected theme are listed on the right column under Theme Files. Click on the file named “functions.php”:

  5. Insert the following code to the end of functions.php file and click Update File Button to save the changes:

     Display notifications to admins only
    function notify_admin_only() {
      if(!current_user_can( 'update_core')) {
        remove_action('admin_notices', 'update_nag', 3);
    add_action( 'admin_head', 'notify_admin_only', 1 );

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