How to Set the Default Preferences for Email Notifications in BuddyPress

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Are you looking for a way to disable some preference options by default? While there’s probably a plugin for this, we have created a quick code snippet that you can use to set the default preferences for email notifications in BuddyPress.


All you have to do is add this code to your theme’s functions.php file or in a site-specific plugin:

add_action( 'bp_core_activated_user', 'wps_set_email_notifications_preference');
function wps_set_email_notifications_preference( $user_id ) {

    $settings = array(
        'notification_activity_new_mention'         => 'yes',
        'notification_activity_new_reply'           => 'yes',
        'notification_friends_friendship_accepted'  => 'yes',
        'notification_friends_friendship_request'   => 'yes',
        'notification_groups_admin_promotion'       => 'yes',
        'notification_groups_group_updated'         => 'yes',
        'notification_groups_invite'                => 'yes',
        'notification_groups_membership_request'    => 'yes',
        'notification_messages_new_message'         => 'yes',
    foreach( $settings as $setting => $preference ) {
        bp_update_user_meta( $user_id,  $setting, $preference );

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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