How To Change “Set Featured Image” Text in the WordPress Admin

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Want to change the “Set featured image” text in the WordPress admin? This snippet will change the “Set featured image” text to “Set default image” or whatever text you would like.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin. Optionally edit the replacement text on line 2.

function custom_admin_post_thumbnail_html( $content ) {
    return $content = str_replace( __( 'Set featured image' ), __( 'Set default image' ), $content); 
add_filter( 'admin_post_thumbnail_html', 'custom_admin_post_thumbnail_html' );

Note: If this is your first time adding code snippets in WordPress, then please refer to our guide on how to properly copy / paste code snippets in WordPress, so you don’t accidentally break your site.

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  1. Dmitrii Kustov August 1, 2020 at 2:02 am

    Any idea how to do this for the Gutenberg?

  2. Does not work with Gutenberg

    1. Yes, this is for the classic editor. Editing the text in the new Block editor requires different code.

    2. i love wordpress from the bottom of my heart I love it.

  3. Pramod Kharade March 9, 2015 at 1:36 am

    How to added meta labels to featured images in wordpress using custom type

  4. How could I change the “Featured Image” title of the metabox?

  5. Hey, any idea on how you could limit this to particular custom post types such as “Events” and “Locations” while leaving the default text for standard wordpress pages and posts?

    1. if ($_GET[‘post_type’] == ‘Events’ || $_GET[‘post_type’] == ‘Locations’) {

      #your code….


  6. great site

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  8. Nice site. I’ve a little problem. When i click on the Set Featured Image it shows the media library and here there are three options saying “Insert into Post” , “set as featured imaged” and “Cancel” which is very confusing I dont want “Insert into Post” appear here. Any ideas, how i can remove insert into post also i dont want Alignment row. 

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    […] Renamed “Set featured image” to “Set featured image (315w x 190h)” using WPSnipp’s function. […]

  10. Almost exactly what I want. Great site! Your solution works until a featured image is set. Then it gets replaced with “Remove featured image”. I’m sure you could replace that text too, but I want the metabox’s heading to be “Featured Image (315w x 190h)” instead of “Featured Image”. Thanks.

    1. Hi Cliff sorry about the delay did not see your comment, anyway you could do something like this.

      add_filter(  ‘gettext’,  ‘change_featuredimage_txt’  );
      add_filter(  ‘ngettext’,  ‘change_featuredimage_txt’  );
      function change_featuredimage_txt( $translated ) {
           $translated = str_ireplace(  ‘Featured Image’,  ‘Slideshow Image’,  $translated );
           return $translated;

      1. Turns out you only need the 2nd one:
        // 1function custom_admin_post_thumbnail_html( $content ) {    return $content = str_replace( __( ‘Set featured image’ ), __( ‘Set featured image (315w x 190h)’ ), $content);}add_filter( ‘admin_post_thumbnail_html’, ‘custom_admin_post_thumbnail_html’ );
        // 2add_filter(  ‘gettext’,  ‘change_featuredimage_txt’  );add_filter(  ‘ngettext’,  ‘change_featuredimage_txt’  );function change_featuredimage_txt( $translated ) {     $translated = str_ireplace(  ‘Featured Image’,  ‘Featured image (315w x 190h)’,  $translated );     return $translated;}
        By having both of those codes in functions.php, the header says “Featured image (315w x 190h)” (which is what I want), but then the link to set the image reads “Set Featured image (315w x 190h) (315w x 190h)”. So I took out the 1st code and just have the 2nd and it works just like I wanted.
        The header reads the same as before, but the link text reads “Set Featured image (315w x 190h)”.
        Thanks! 🙂

        1. Cool glad you got everything working.

      2.  Fantastic little bit of code that one!! Everything I needed and nothing more. Thanks for posting it.

      3. Thanks for posting very helpful

  11. Davey IJzermans August 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you very much! I find WordPress lacks in a nice overview of where you can find everything. This site’s a great example!

    1. Hi Davey, Glad I could help and enjoy the rest of the site.

  12. Great site

    1. Thanks glad you like the website,

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