I'm wondering if it's possible to logout all users 2 times a day using the function wp_logout() ?

I see loads of plugins who can logout idled users but we want to log out every single users twice a day at

2PM and 10PM

Hope someone can help me with this.

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    This question has already been answered here: wordpress.stackexchange.com/a/348483/118534
    – Tim
    May 19, 2022 at 12:14
  • @Tim that answer gives some of the question but it doesn't fully answer this or the other question either
    – Tom J Nowell
    May 19, 2022 at 14:32
  • Good point Tom, I didn't spot that it was only using wp_logout(). it should be possible to log out everyone by deleting all the session data from the database. WP_Session_Tokens::drop_sessions() is provided for this purpose. I'll write a solution below.
    – Tim
    May 19, 2022 at 17:19

2 Answers 2


This should be possible, WordPress provides the WP_Session_Tokens class to manage logged in sessions. Then it's just a matter of connecting it to the cron. The following is a simple plugin file which I think should do it. Add it to the plugins directory and it should start working. *not tested.

Plugin Name: Logout Users
Description: Forces all users to be logged out twice a day.
Author: Tim Ross
Version: 1.0.0
Author URI: https://timrosswebdevelopment.com

 * Create hook and schedule cron job on plugin activation.
 * Schedule recurring cron event.
function logout_users_plugin_activate() {
    $timestamp2pm = strtotime( '14:00:00' ); // 2:00 PM.
    $timestamp10pm = strtotime( '22:00:00' ); // 10:00 PM.
    // check to make sure it's not already scheduled.
    if ( ! wp_next_scheduled( 'logout_users_plugin_cron_hook' ) ) {
        wp_schedule_event( $timestamp2pm, 'daily', 'logout_users_plugin_cron_hook' );
        wp_schedule_event( $timestamp10pm, 'daily', 'logout_users_plugin_cron_hook' );
        // use wp_schedule_single_event function for non-recurring.
register_activation_hook( __FILE__, 'logout_users_plugin_activate' );

 * Unset cron event on plugin deactivation.
function logout_users_plugin_deactivate() {
    wp_clear_scheduled_hook( 'logout_users_plugin_cron_hook' ); // unschedule event.
register_deactivation_hook( __FILE__, 'logout_users_plugin_deactivate' );

function logout_all_users() {
    // Get an instance of WP_User_Meta_Session_Tokens
    $sessions_manager = WP_Session_Tokens::get_instance();
    // Remove all the session data for all users.

// hook function logout_users_plugin_cron_hook() to the action logout_users_plugin_cron_hook.
add_action( 'logout_users_plugin_cron_hook', 'logout_all_users' );

Managed to solve this issue myself by deleting the usermeta from the database directly by doing as follows:

$stmt = $dbh->prepare('DELETE FROM wp_usermeta WHERE meta_key=\'session_tokens\'');

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