WEBFI-WordPress-How to Uninstall and Delete a WordPress Theme

Do you have an old WordPress theme installed on your site that you’re ready to remove but unsure how to do so safely? WordPress itself comes with pre-installed themes and some hosting providers add more themes to your site so you have multiple options on what you can choose from. This can use up space on your hosting and if you tested some older themes, it has a small chance to leave your site vulnerable. In this video, we will show you how to properly Uninstall and Delete a WordPress theme.

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0:00 Why you should uninstall and delete unused WordPress themes
0:50 How to safely delete unused theme
1:25 How to backup your theme to save locally
2:32 Method 1: how to delete theme from WordPress dashboard
2:55 Method 2: delete unwanted theme via FTP
3:10 How to recover a theme that you accidentally deleted
3:59 How to use maintenance mode when working with themes

There are a few different methods for deleting a theme, to start we would recommend creating a backup of any themes you are wanting to keep. For doing this we would recommend connecting to your hosting provider using FTP or your file manager if you have a host that offers this. Go under wp-content, themes, and you should see folders named after your installed themes that you can compress into a zip folder to allow you to download it.

For deleting your theme, under Appearance, Themes, if you select a theme that is not active there should be a link in the bottom right-hand side where you can click delete. Another method, if you are still connected via FTP or a file manager you can go into your wp-content then themes folder and delete the folder for the theme you want to delete.

You can always add back any theme you had deleted either by uploading the zip file for the theme or use the Add New button under Appearance, Themes to search for and readd a theme to your site.

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  • Ronna on February 24, 2020

    Thank you for teaching us the things that may be obvious to people who have been doing this for a while 🙂🙂 Your work is greatly appreciated ❤️

  • Tech Shehdadzai on March 1, 2020


  • Shane Collins on March 29, 2020

    Appearance > Themes > click into theme > bottom right, click delete! you really don't need to sit through almost 5 minutes of this video for that!

  • Tech Rupee Intel on April 6, 2020

    Thank you 🙂

  • Yudhi Megananda on April 10, 2020

    simple things but the newbie need a lot, highly appreciated…

  • Music Super Relaxing on April 13, 2020

    Very easy explanation and saving a lot time to figure out, how to do it,=Thanks

  • Insta Lives on May 1, 2020

    Thanks dear!!

  • Color Lover on May 2, 2020

    Hi i don't have C panel, my hosting is cloudways manage hosting. how can i remove theme from file manager?

  • Vanessa Mota on May 24, 2020

    I don't have the delete button when I view the installed theme. how can I delete it?

  • eddie robles on May 29, 2020

    Great tutorial. Thank you very much

  • Excellence Mode ON on June 27, 2020

    Thank you so much dear, it really help me alot

  • Miu Art Studio (U.K.) on June 30, 2020

    Thank you ! very helpful and well explained

  • Diego Reynoso on July 11, 2020

    How do I log in to my file manager?

  • Suzana Terumi on July 11, 2020

    there is no "Delete" button on my WordPress… seriosly I'm so pissed that I'm almot deleting my WordPress. I had one in the past but I didn't have any problems with themes and customizing (no problems at all, actually)

  • RP EXCELLENT on August 8, 2020

    how to go to file manager?

  • John Smith on August 25, 2020

    Been banging my head on my desk for a long time, help me please.
    I have a website
    I am trying out a few themes
    I worked on a few of them
    however menu's and contact us info, and a little content is being retained.
    Like I install website 1, I play with it
    I install website 2 I play with it
    I install website 3 some information is being retained from 1 and 2
    I did 2:35 but still, information is being retained from 1 and 2
    Cab ya help me

  • Lisa R Kippen on September 18, 2020

    There are 447 themes showing in my theme box and no delete option.

  • Acorn to Icon on October 1, 2020

    I'm only using one theme but it doesn't give me the option to delete. How do I do this please?

  • Joshiwu Thir on November 6, 2020

    so this is useless. how do you deactivate and remove all themes. what a waste of time

  • sgs_ labs on November 18, 2020

    thank you

  • Kunall Waghmare on December 17, 2020

    Thanks your just thumbnail helped me out

  • Raveendra on January 3, 2021

    Thanks for your tutorial i learned something

  • serbian wolf gaming on January 13, 2021


  • Leo BS on January 25, 2021


  • Hang Sang on February 6, 2021

    Nice and Helpful video.

  • Omkar Yadav on March 3, 2021

    Thank you

  • Ishmeet Ahuja on March 4, 2021

    I need help. I had put a template(of food blogging) just to see how it looks but I didn't like it but later I installed another theme and activated it now both of them are showing together
    I don't have any idea as it is my first time doing something like this
    here is the link to f'd up site
    pls help

  • Gino Banasig on March 9, 2021

    Thank you

  • Sincerely Sweets on March 9, 2021

    This was easy to follow and exactly what I needed!

  • Yamin Ahmed on March 16, 2021

    how do I delete neve themes and reinstall again?

  • ISMAYIL K P on April 15, 2021


  • All about Wirings on May 22, 2021

    How go to "File manager" ?

  • HaBiBi on May 24, 2021

    You are a Good Teacher.

  • g00glian0 on June 1, 2021

    So you can't remove it from the themes menu? That seems crazy! And if true, why not just say 'you can't delete it through the themes menu'. That was maddening!

  • Muhammad Ali Haider on June 2, 2021

    Thanks for this video…

  • Md Ramim Khan on July 3, 2021


  • Jay carvalho on August 29, 2021

    how do u got to this file?

  • Hassan Abdullah on September 7, 2021

    Nice to see

  • Elizabeth Stone on November 10, 2021

    Didn't work. WP loaded with four themes, I added two, and I can't get rid of any of the inactive ones.

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