How can I uninstall my plugin?

Looking to uninstall a plugin by Yoast? This guide will tell you how!

Uninstalling the plugin does not remove Yoast SEO data from your database so you can safely remove and reinstall the plugin without losing any of your hard work.

For the health and safety of your site, we recommend making a complete backup of your website, including the database file, before removing a plugin.

Using the WordPress Dashboard

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Plugins’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Plugins’.

  3. Click ‘Deactivate’.

    ‘Plugins’ will be highlighted in the menu and you will be shown the plugins you have installed. Locate the plugin you want to uninstall and click deactivate. If the plugin is not active, you can skip this step.

  4. The page will reload after the deactivation process completes.

    If you plan to use the plugin at a later time, you can stop here!

  5. Click ‘Delete’. (optional)

    If you do not plan on using the plugin again, you can delete it.

  6. Click ‘Yes, Delete these files’.

    After clicking delete, you will see a confirmation screen. You must click ‘Yes, delete these files’ or the plugin will not be deleted. If you would like to see the list of files to be deleted, click the link below titled ‘Click to view the entire list of files which will be deleted’.

Manually using FTP

In some situations, you may need to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to log into your site and manually delete the plugin and the files. You would need to delete the plugin folder(s) for the specific plugin you want to remove in /wp-content/plugins/ from your site using an FTP program such as FileZilla and your FTP details.

If you are not sure about how to use FTP, where the plugin directory exists, or your FTP details, please speak with your host provider.

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Complete data removal

If you want to remove all traces of our plugins, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Please search the database for entries containing wpseo and manually remove the data.
  2. Please search the database for entries containing wp_yoast and manually remove the data. Those entries are:
  • wp_yoast_indexable
  • wp_yoast_indexable_hierarchy
  • wp_yoast_migrations
  • wp_yoast_primary_term
  • wp_yoast_prominent_words (note: only available in Yoast SEO Premium)
  • wp_yoast_seo_links
  • wp_yoast_seo_meta
If you are not sure how to remove these terms, we suggest contacting your host provider for more information.

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