I changed the email at Settings > General from [email protected] to [email protected]. It seems like the email didn't change, although I received the confirmation email to change. I'm still receiving emails from [email protected].

Do I still need to change the Administrator email under Users to [email protected] for the change to take effect?

Using WP 5.1.3

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The email address that emails such as new user notification or password resets come "from" is not the same as the site's admin email. While it's possible to have the actual email address be the same for both of these, they are completely unrelated to each other.

In WP's Settings > General, the "Administration Email Address" is the email address used to administer the site. This is saved in the WP db options table (wp_options) as "admin_email".

This value should not be confused with the "from" email address that emails going through wp_mail() will come from (or appear to be coming from). These are two entirely different things.

If you want to change the address that emails come from, you need to do one of two possible things:

  1. Filter the "from" address for wp_mail() using the wp_mail_from and wp_mail_from_name filters.
  2. Configure wp_mail() to send through an authenticated SMTP account or install a plugin to do it for you.

Update: It sounds like you might already be using one of the two above methods to change the "from" address. You'll need to update that accordingly if you're changing the email address.

  • I'm referring to the admin email under WP's Settings > General. I'm not referring to emails going through wp_mail(). Under Settings > General, I changed from my gmail address to [email protected] but I still get "Welcome" and other notification emails from my gmail.
    – vocotipex
    Commented Dec 9, 2019 at 22:26
  • Please reread what I wrote (and I'll try to edit for some additional clarity). The two things you're talking about are not related. Your emails' "from" address is not controlled by the admin email setting.
    – butlerblog
    Commented Dec 10, 2019 at 2:45
  • Do you mean I need to change my administrator user email address that is located under User menu?
    – vocotipex
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 6:27
  • The email in your user profile is the email address that WP would send messages to, not from. I read your question to mean that you are speaking specifically about changing the "from" address that WP's emails are coming from. Is that correct?
    – butlerblog
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 13:48

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