WooCommerce: Change Input Field to Textarea @ Checkout

Let’s say you require to make the “address” field at checkout bigger. Instead of an “input type = text”, we’d require an “input type = textarea” in HTML. This was my WooCommerce client’s challenge: how can I edit a checkout field input type programmatically? Here’s the snippet!

WooCommerce: Chenge Input Field to Textarea @ Checkout Page
WooCommerce: Change Input Field to Textarea @ Checkout Page

Snippet: Change Input Field to Textarea @ WooCommerce Checkout Page

/**
 * @snippet       Change Input Field to Textarea @ WooCommerce Checkout
 * @how-to        Get CustomizeWoo.com FREE
 * @sourcecode    https://businessbloomer.com/?p=19122
 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 2.4.7
 */

// Change address field at checkout

add_filter( 'woocommerce_checkout_fields' , 'bbloomer_change_address_input_type', 10, 1 );

function bbloomer_change_address_input_type( $fields ) {
$fields['billing']['billing_address_1']['type'] = 'textarea';
return $fields;
}

Where to add this snippet?

You can place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file (delete "?>" if you have it there). CSS, on the other hand, goes in your child theme style.css file. Make sure you know what you are doing when editing such files - if you need more guidance, please take a look at my free video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything worked as expected. I would be happy to revise the snippet if you report otherwise (please provide screenshots). I have tested this code with Storefront theme, the WooCommerce version listed above and a WordPress-friendly hosting on PHP 7.3.

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Rodolfo Melogli

Business Bloomer Founder

Author, WooCommerce expert and WordCamp speaker, Rodolfo has worked as an independent WooCommerce freelancer since 2011. His goal is to help entrepreneurs and developers overcome their WooCommerce nightmares. Rodolfo loves travelling, chasing tennis & soccer balls and, of course, wood fired oven pizza.

8 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Change Input Field to Textarea @ Checkout

  1. Hi Rodolfo,

    Excellent tutorials!

    I have added your snippet to an existing line of code that functions for registered users only in a “read-only manner”. However, users can inspect element to change the value attribute and data will save on POST submissions. Examples being user area and checkout forms.

    Question is, how would one go about applying your technique to display field values ONLY, I.e. a span tag for registered customers. Essentially removing the input field altogether. The idea is to prevent users from altering data such as email address and mobile number for security purposes.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Connor, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

  2. Hello Rodolfo,
    Thank you for great snippet.
    I have a question about textarea row’s number? How can i set to 2 or 1 instead of this?

    And also i need to change product review’s message textarea row’s number too,
    Could you please help me with that?

    Regards

    1. Ahmet, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

  3. I copied your snippet and placed it on my child-theme’s functions.php and it worked on my CHECKOUT page but the billing_address1 on MY ACCOUNT page still use TEXT as input type. How could I change it to TEXTAREA on MY ACCOUNT page? Thanks.

    1. Hello King, thanks so much for your comment! Yes, this is definitely possible, but I’m afraid it’s custom work. If you’d like to get a quote, feel free to contact me here. Thanks a lot for your understanding!

  4. Hi Rodolfo, thanks for the tutorial. How can I modify this snippet to make checkout fields smaller width? For example, postal code, city and address text boxes are all the same size and the user typically does not require this much space. Do you get Thanks so much

    1. Hey James, thanks so much for your comment! You can use CSS to make them smaller, you won’t require PHP 🙂

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