WooCommerce: Checkbox to Disable Related Products Conditionally

Here’s how you can display a “checkbox” in the product edit page in order to hide the Related Products section in case this is checked. This is something you can also reuse to hide other sections in the same way – for example you might need to hide product tabs or featured image in certain cases.

I’ve coded this in 15 minutes for a client so why not sharing it with you too? Here’s the full snippet, enjoy!

Use a custom checkbox in the product edit page to hide Related Products @ WooCommerce Single Product Page

PHP Snippet: Hide Related Products on a Per-Product Basis

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// -----------------------------------------
// 1. Add new checkbox product edit page
add_action( 'woocommerce_product_options_general_product_data', 'bbloomer_add_related_checkbox_products' );        
function bbloomer_add_related_checkbox_products() {           
   woocommerce_wp_checkbox( array( 
      'id' => 'hide_related', 
      'class' => '', 
      'label' => 'Hide Related Products'
// -----------------------------------------
// 2. Save checkbox into custom field
add_action( 'save_post_product', 'bbloomer_save_related_checkbox_products' );
function bbloomer_save_related_checkbox_products( $product_id ) {
	global $pagenow, $typenow;
	if ( 'post.php' !== $pagenow || 'product' !== $typenow ) return;
   if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
   if ( isset( $_POST['hide_related'] ) ) {
      update_post_meta( $product_id, 'hide_related', $_POST['hide_related'] );
   } else delete_post_meta( $product_id, 'hide_related' );
// -----------------------------------------
// 3. Hide related products @ single product page
add_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', 'bbloomer_hide_related_checkbox_products', 1 );
function bbloomer_hide_related_checkbox_products() {
   global $product;
   if ( ! empty ( get_post_meta( $product->get_id(), 'hide_related', true ) ) ) {
      remove_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', 'woocommerce_output_related_products', 20 );

Where to add custom code?

You should place custom PHP in functions.php and custom CSS in style.css of your child theme: where to place WooCommerce customization?

This code still works, unless you report otherwise. To exclude conflicts, temporarily switch to the Storefront theme, disable all plugins except WooCommerce, and test the snippet again: WooCommerce troubleshooting 101

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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. Follow @rmelogli

11 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Checkbox to Disable Related Products Conditionally

  1. This didn’t work for me. Is there an updated snippet?

    1. Should work, unless your theme customizes the Related Product code. Can I ask you to try on a default theme e.g. Storefront or 2022 and see if it works there?

  2. Thanks a million! This works a treat

  3. Rodolfo,

    It seems the code snippet causes a critical error.

    1. Actually… It seems that the code doesn’t cause a critical error, but it doesn’t seem to actually hide the related products.

      1. Cool. Did you try with a different theme (a default one if possible)?

  4. Rodolfo, this worked perfectly dude!
    Thank you.

    1. Great!

  5. This is what I have thus far:

     function remove_woo_commerce_hooks() {
    	global $avada_woocommerce;
    	remove_action( 'woocommerce_after_single_product_summary', array( $avada_woocommerce, 'output_related_products' ), 15 );
    add_action( 'after_setup_theme', 'remove_woo_commerce_hooks' ); 

    It removes it from all product pages. I would much rather use your method.

    1. Hello Al, 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!

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