Remember Me Controls

Author: Scott Reilly
Version: 2.0.1
First released: 2010-09-27
Last update: 2023-06-19
Compatibility: WP 4.9 – 6.2.5
Download: [ zip ]

Have "Remember Me" checked by default on the login page and configure how long a login is remembered. Or disable the feature altogether.

Extended Description

Take control of the “Remember Me” login feature for WordPress by having it enabled by default, customize how long users are remembered, or disable this built-in feature by default.

For those unfamiliar, “Remember Me” is a checkbox present when logging into WordPress. If checked, WordPress will remember the login session for 14 days. If unchecked, the login session will be remembered for only 2 days. Once a login session expires, WordPress will require you to log in again if you wish to continue using the admin section of the site.

This plugin provides three primary controls over the behavior of the “Remember Me” feature:

  • Automatically check “Remember Me” : The ability to have the “Remember Me” checkbox automatically checked when the login form is loaded (it isn’t checked by default).
  • Customize the duration of the “Remember Me” : The ability to customize how long WordPress will remember a login session when “Remember Me” is checked, either forever or a customizable number of hours.
  • Disable “Remember Me” : The ability to completely disable the feature, preventing the checkbox from appearing and restricting all login sessions to 2 days.

NOTE: WordPress remembers who you are based on cookies stored in your web browser. If you use a different web browser, clear your cookies, use a browser on a different machine, or uninstall/reinstall (and possibly even just restarting) your browser then you will have to log in again since WordPress will not be able to locate the cookies needed to identify you.


Other than the plugins listed below, compatibility has not been tested or attempted for any other third-party plugins that provide their own login widgets or login handling.

Special handling has been added to provide compatibility with the following plugins:

Links: Plugin Homepage | Plugin Directory Page | GitHub | Author Homepage

Find out more at the plugin’s WordPress Plugin Repository page.


Click to see full-size image.

  1. A screenshot of the plugin's admin settings page.

    A screenshot of the plugin’s admin settings page.

  2. A screenshot of the login form with "Remember Me" checked by default

    A screenshot of the login form with “Remember Me” checked by default

  3. A screenshot of the login form with "Remember Me" removed

    A screenshot of the login form with “Remember Me” removed


  1. Whether installing or updating, whether this plugin or any other, it is always advisable to back-up your data before starting
  2. Install via the built-in WordPress plugin installer. Or install the plugin code inside the plugins directory for your site (typically /wp-content/plugins/).
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ admin menu in WordPress
  4. Go to “Settings” -> “Remember Me” and configure the settings

Release Log

2.0.1 (2023-06-19)

  • Fix: Fix info banner reporting the wrong remembered duration (of “2 days”) when the default WordPress remembered duration applies (which is “14 days”)
  • New: Add get_default_remembered_login_duration()
  • Change: Add optional argument to get_login_session_duration() to indicate if the default duration should be the default remembered duration or not
  • Change: Updated screenshot

2.0 (2023-06-14)

  • New: Add a notice banner to settings page to provide human-friendly summary of current login session duration
  • New: Add getters for the acceptable maximum, minimum, and default non-remembered login duration values
  • Change: Enforce a minimum of one hour for login session duration
  • Change: Return default login session duration (2 days) if for some reason a 0 duration is encountered
  • Change: Improve plugin’s settings page
    • Change: Dynamically disable settings input fields if their functionality is disabled by another setting’s value
    • Change: Display notable helptext for settings as inline notices
    • Change: Clarify that disabling the “Remember Me” feature will causes sessions to last 2 days, not 1
    • Change: Use a number field as the duration input field
    • Change: Reword labels and help text for clarity and brevity
    • Change: Add additional help text to clarify how settings are related
    • Change: Improve style and layout of help text
    • Change: Output newlines after block-level tags in settings page
  • Change: Omit type attribute to script and style tags
  • Change: Improve formatting of text in Help panel
  • Change: Add FAQ item to address how to make login session duration changes take effect immediately
  • Change: Update plugin framework to 065
    • 065:
    • New: Add support for ‘inline_help’ setting configuration option
    • New: Add support for ‘raw_help’ setting configuration option
    • New: Add support for use of lists within settings descriptions
    • Change: Add an ‘id’ attribute to settings form
    • Change: Add styles for disabled input text fields and inline setting help notices
    • Change: Support ‘number’ input by assigning ‘small-text’ class
    • Change: Tweak styling for settings page footer
    • Change: Note compatibility through WP 6.2+
    • Change: Update copyright date (2023)
    • 064:
    • New: For checkbox settings, support a ‘more_help’ config option for defining help text to appear below checkbox and its label
    • Fix: Fix URL for plugin listing donate link
    • Change: Store donation URL as object variable
    • Change: Update strings used for settings page donation link
    • 063:
    • Fix: Simplify settings initialization to prevent conflicts with other plugins
    • Change: Remove ability to detect plugin settings page before current screen is set, as it is no longer needed
    • Change: Enqueue thickbox during 'admin_enqueue_scripts' action instead of during 'init'
    • Change: Use is_plugin_admin_page() in help_tabs() instead of reproducing its functionality
    • Change: Trigger a debugging warning if is_plugin_admin_page() is used before 'admin_init' action is fired
    • 062:
    • Change: Update is_plugin_admin_page() to use get_current_screen() when available
    • Change: Actually prevent object cloning and unserialization by throwing an error
    • Change: Check that there is a current screen before attempting to access its property
    • Change: Remove ‘type’ attribute from style tag
    • Change: Incorporate commonly defined styling for inline_textarea
    • 061:
    • Fix bug preventing settings from getting saved
    • 060:
    • Rename class from c2c_{PluginName}_Plugin_051 to c2c_Plugin_060
    • Move string translation handling into inheriting class making the plugin framework code plugin-agnostic
      • Add abstract function get_c2c_string() as a getter for translated strings
      • Replace all existing string usage with calls to get_c2c_string()
    • Handle WordPress’s deprecation of the use of the term “whitelist”
      • Change: Rename whitelist_options() to allowed_options()
      • Change: Use add_allowed_options() instead of deprecated add_option_whitelist() for WP 5.5+
      • Change: Hook allowed_options filter instead of deprecated whitelist_options for WP 5.5+
    • New: Add initial unit tests (currently just covering is_wp_version_cmp() and get_c2c_string())
    • Add is_wp_version_cmp() as a utility to compare current WP version against a given WP version
    • Refactor contextual_help() to be easier to read, and correct function docblocks
    • Don’t translate urlencoded donation email body text
    • Add inline comments for translators to clarify purpose of placeholders
    • Change PHP package name (make it singular)
    • Tweak inline function description
    • Note compatibility through WP 5.7+
    • Update copyright date (2021)
  • Change: Move translation of all parent class strings into main plugin file
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 6.2+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2023)
  • Change: Tweak installation instruction
  • Unit tests:
    • New: Add unit tests specific to plugin framework
    • Change: Restructure unit test directories
      • Change: Move bin/ into tests/
      • Change: Move tests/bootstrap.php into tests/phpunit/
      • Change: Move tests/test-*.php into tests/phpunit/tests/
    • Change: Remove ‘test-‘ prefix from unit test file
    • Change: Rename phpunit.xml to phpunit.xml.dist per best practices
    • Change: In bootstrap, store path to plugin file constant
    • Change: In bootstrap, add backcompat for PHPUnit pre-v6.0

1.9.1 (2021-02-13)

  • Fix: Add missing textdomain. Props @kittmedia.
  • Change: Enhance a FAQ answer to make clear that an existing login session will not be affected by an update to the remember me duration (must log in again)
  • Change: Note compatibility through WP 5.6+
  • Change: Update copyright date (2021)

Copyright & Disclaimer

Copyright © 2010-2024 by Scott Reilly (aka coffee2code)

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
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