WooCommerce: Disable Emails For a Single Order

This is a cool customization that can come useful for WooCommerce store admins, especially when they do manual order status changes via the Orders admin page.

As you know, each order status change triggers an order email (“processing”, “completed”, “on-hold”, etc.), and sometimes the store manager doesn’t want to resend them after each edit.

In this quick tutorial, we will see how to add a checkbox to the single order edit page, so that emails are disabled as long as the checkbox is kept checked. Enjoy!

This cool checkbox will allow you to disable WooCommerce order emails for a single order.

PHP Snippet: Checkbox to Disable Order Emails @ WooCommerce Single Order Edit Page

 * @snippet       Disable Emails for Single Order @ WooCommerce Admin
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 * @author        Rodolfo Melogli
 * @compatible    WooCommerce 7
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add_action( 'woocommerce_admin_order_data_after_order_details', 'bbloomer_disable_order_emails', 9999 );

function bbloomer_disable_order_emails( $order ) {
	woocommerce_wp_checkbox( array( 
		'id' => '_disable_order_emails', 
		'label' => '<b>Disable Order Emails</b>',
		'description' => 'Check this if you wish to disable emails when order status changes',
		'wrapper_class' => 'form-field-wide',
		'style' => 'width:auto',

add_action( 'save_post_shop_order', 'bbloomer_save_disable_order_emails' );
function bbloomer_save_disable_order_emails( $order_id ) {
	global $pagenow, $typenow;
	if ( 'post.php' !== $pagenow || 'shop_order' !== $typenow ) return;
	if ( defined( 'DOING_AUTOSAVE' ) && DOING_AUTOSAVE ) return;
	if ( isset( $_POST['_disable_order_emails'] ) ) {
		update_post_meta( $order_id, '_disable_order_emails', $_POST['_disable_order_emails'] );
	} else delete_post_meta( $order_id, '_disable_order_emails' );

add_filter( 'woocommerce_email_recipient_customer_on_hold_order', 'bbloomer_disable_customer_emails_if_disabled', 9999, 2 );
add_filter( 'woocommerce_email_recipient_customer_processing_order', 'bbloomer_disable_customer_emails_if_disabled', 9999, 2 );
add_filter( 'woocommerce_email_recipient_customer_completed_order', 'bbloomer_disable_customer_emails_if_disabled', 9999, 2 );
// TARGET OTHER EMAILS WITH https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-add-extra-content-order-email/
function bbloomer_disable_customer_emails_if_disabled( $recipient, $order ) {
    $page = $_GET['page'] = isset( $_GET['page'] ) ? $_GET['page'] : '';
    if ( 'wc-settings' === $page ) {
        return $recipient; 
    if ( get_post_meta( $order->get_id(), '_disable_order_emails', true ) ) $recipient = '';
    return $recipient;

Where to add custom code?

You should place PHP snippets at the bottom of your child theme functions.php file and CSS at the bottom of its 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 guide "Should I Add Custom Code Via WP Editor, FTP or Code Snippets?" and my video tutorial "Where to Place WooCommerce Customization?"

Does this snippet (still) work?

Please let me know in the comments if everything went 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.

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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.

2 thoughts on “WooCommerce: Disable Emails For a Single Order

  1. This is a great snippet! Would there be a clean way to reset it after every order save? Because if you forget about it and you do a bulk update via the backend order list the email will also be ignored and you would not know about it.

    1. Or you could add a column to the order list to know if it’s enabled / disabled. Similar example: https://www.businessbloomer.com/woocommerce-add-column-to-orders-table-wp-dashboard/

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