How to Disable WordPress Emoticons
By default, WordPress automatically converts text smileys to graphic images. For example, when you type
;-) in your post you see 😉 when you preview or publish your post. Now, you want to disable this feature and would like to show only text. Here are two easy methods to disable these emoticons in wordpress.
Method #1: Using WordPress Filter
Assuming you have active child theme, you can add one line of code to prevent emojis to display on the frontend.
- Go to your active theme directory and look for
- Open it and add the following code at bottom of file.
add_filter( 'option_use_smilies', '__return_false' );
- Save the file and that’s it. Now, reload the page with emojis.
Method #2: Using WordPress Plugin
If you don’t feel comfortable editing your active theme’s functions.php file. You can use this plugin called “Keep Emoticons as Text” to easily remove emojis and display only text on your website pages.
- From your wordpress dashboard, navigate to Plugin > Add New menu.
- Search for: “Keep Emoticons as Text”. This plugin is developed by Jaime Lerner – the Geek Goddess.
- Install and activate the plugin.
This plugin does not offer settings or options; it works out-of-the-box and the Emoji should now be completely disabled.
Here is a video tutorial for you too!
That’s it. I hope you enjoyed this article.
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4 thoughts on “How to Disable WordPress Emoticons”
What is different “keep as text” and “disable emoji” meaning? thanks bro
“Keep as text” or “disable emoji” is same thing. In both cases emoticons are displayed as text code. Also its good to use “Keep Emoticons as Text” plugin for this purpose.
Really help me after try some way from Google Search, only your code help me keep Emoji as text like a plugin
Thanks for the article! I can suggest using “Really Disable Emojis” plugin which is pretty easy to use (just install and activate) and it fully disables all automatic emoji replacement stuff. https://wordpress.org/plugins/really-disable-emojis/