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How to Change the WordPress Admin Email (The Easy Way)

Are you looking for the easiest way to change your WordPress admin email?

WordPress sends you an email after you’ve updated your admin email to confirm the change. But too often, these emails don’t arrive in your inbox. And if you’re not getting emails from your WordPress site, you can’t change the admin email address.

We’re going to show you the best way to solve this issue so you can easily change your WordPress admin email!

How Do I Change My WordPress Admin Email?

Easy, by using a mailer plugin to ensure that you and your recipients receive all WordPress emails. This means you can change your WordPress admin email address without any trouble.

There are several mailer plugin options to choose from, but we’re going with the most popular WordPress SMTP and PHP mailer – WP Mail SMTP.

How to Change the WordPress Admin Email

We’ll now walk you through the installation process and then show you how to reset your WordPress admin email.

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1. Install WP Mail SMTP

To get started, log in to your WP Mail SMTP account. Then click on the Downloads tab.

Download WP Mail SMTP

You’ll then see a list of your available licenses. To download the plugin, click on the Download WP Mail SMTP button next to your highest license level. This will save a zipped file of the WP Mail SMTP plugin to your computer.

Download WP Mail zip file

With the zip file downloaded, head to your WordPress admin area for the site where you want to install WP Mail SMTP. In the admin dashboard, click Plugins » Add New. Then press the Upload Plugin button.

Add new plugin button

You’ll now see the option to upload the plugin. Click on the Choose File button and select your WP Mail SMTP zip file.

Choose file button

After your file is uploaded, click on the Install Now button.

Install now button

WordPress will then install WP Mail SMTP for you. Once the plugin is installed, click the Activate Plugin button to activate the plugin.

Activate plugin button

That’s it! You’ve now successfully installed WP Mail SMTP on your WordPress site.

2. Choose Your New Email Address

Now that you’ve installed the plugin, the second step is to choose your new email address.

Typically, website beginners use their personal email addresses when setting up WordPress. But after a while, users want to change to a professional business email address. They may also want to use a separate email address for site administration and the admin user.

You can use a free email service like Gmail or Yahoo, but this does not look very professional. Ideally, you would want to use a branded email address using your website’s domain name. For instance, [email protected]

For detailed instructions on how to get an email address like that, see our guide on how to get a free business email address.

3. Set Up SendLayer Mailer

Now that you’ve installed WP Mail SMTP and chosen your new email address, we’ll show you how to use the SendLayer mailer.

SendLayer is an affordable and simple way to authenticate your outgoing emails, ensuring they always reach your and your recipients’ inboxes.

First, you’ll need to set up an account so you can connect your WordPress site with SendLayer. If you don’t have an account yet, see SendLayer’s instructions on creating a new account.

SendLayer homepage

Once you’ve set up your SendLayer account, log in to the SendLayer dashboard. From here, you can begin the mailer setup.

But before you can send emails with SendLayer, you’ll need to authorize your domain. You need to show email servers that you’re the confirmed owner of your sending domain and that your emails are being sent from a legitimate source.

For step-by-step details on doing this, check out SendLayer’s guide to authorizing your domain.

SendLayer domain verification

4. Connect WP Mail SMTP and SendLayer

Now that WP Mail SMTP has been installed and your SendLayer account is set up, it’s time to connect the dots.

On your website’s dashboard, head to the WP Mail SMTP plugin. The plugin will then open the Setup Wizard automatically for you. If it doesn’t, you can hit the Launch Setup Wizard button in the plugin settings.

Red arrow pointing towards the Launch Setup Wizard button

First, click SendLayer in step 1 of the Setup Wizard process.

Select SendLayer option

Click save and continue.

Next, you’ll need to add your API key, set From Name and From Email. If you’re unsure what these fields mean, simply click the read how to set up SendLayer button to learn more.

Red arrow pointing towards how to set up SendLayer button

Lastly, in step 3 of the Setup Wizard, you can choose to enable email logs. The first two are included as standard, but you can choose to enable the last two. Each log has a description underneath it outlining its purpose.

Email logs summaries on WP Mail SMTP

The wizard will now run a check to ensure everything’s working correctly. It’s always a good idea to send a test email to trial the new system!

5. Change the WordPress Admin Email Address

Now that you have WP Mail SMTP installed, a new email is chosen, and SendLayer is connected, it’s time to change your WordPress admin email address.

First, in your WordPress dashboard, go to Settings » General and change the ‘Administration Email Address’ option.

admin email settings

Change this field to your desired admin email address! Don’t forget to save your changes.

WordPress will now save your new admin email address. However, it will not change the admin email address until you verify the email.

Admin email change notification

Once you have verified the email address, WordPress will start sending important administration-related emails to the new address.

Next, suppose you want to change the email address of the admin user account. In that case, you need to go to Users » All Users and click on the Edit button below the desired user.

edit user

This will open the profile edit page for that user account. Scroll down to the email option and then update the email address.

Update user email address

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Update profile’ button to save your changes.

If you are currently logged in to the user account that you are changing, then WordPress will now send an email notification to the new email address.

You need to click on the link in the email to confirm the change of your email address, and you’re done!

Next, Prevent Unauthorized Password Reset Requests

If you have a personal WordPress account or allow user registration on your WordPress site, then the password reset option allows users to recover lost passwords. However, if you constantly receive password recovery emails, it could be someone trying to break into your website with force, or someone phishing for a password.

Prevent these pesky spam notifications and learn how to prevent these spambots from sending unauthorized password reset requests.

Also, if you’d like to mass email your WordPress users, it’s actually very easy to do as explained in our guide.

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