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Passing in a “from” header to wp_mail() does not work

I ran into an issue today where I was setting the “from” header in wp_mail(), but it didn’t show up when I received the email. The code looks like this:

$headers = 'From: Company <[email protected]>' . "\r\n";
wp_mail($email, $subject, $message, $headers);

I learned that the only reason my “from” header wouldn’t show up correctly is if one of the following filters overwrites it:

function custom_wp_mail_from($email) {
  return '[email protected]';

function custom_wp_mail_from_name($name) {
  return 'WordPress';

Most likely you have plugin enabled that uses the previous filters to overwrite the “from” header that is being passed into wp_mail().

You have two options to fix the issue:

  1. You disable the plugin that’s causing this.
  2. You overwrite the plugin’s filter by creating another filter right before calling wp_mail().

It would be a good practice for you to remove that filter upon sending the email, especially if you are creating a plugin that’s going to be used by an audience other than yourself. The reason for this is now apparent :).

You can do this via the remove_filter() function:


Important: WordPress notes the following:

To remove a hook, the function and priority arguments must match when the hook was added. This goes for both filters and actions. No warning will be given on removal failure.

So if you set a priority, be sure to match it. In my example above, I didn’t specify a priority, so the default of 10 was used.