Companion Auto Update is one of my WordPress Plugin's available to download for free. If you like it please consider donating.

Version 3.8.3 has been rated 9.6 out of 10 based on 95 reviews.

About this pluginDescription

Companion Auto Update is a powerful and completely free plugin that allows you to manage all the updates on your WordPress site. Our aim is to give you the best control over these updates and stay in the know at all times.

We understand that you might not always be able to check if your WordPress site has any updates that need to be installed. Especially when you maintain multiple websites keeping them up-to-date can be a lot of work. This plugin can help you with that. We’ll keep your site up-to-date and keep you posted about what’s happening and notify you when we need your help with something.

Main features

  1. Auto-updating for plugins, themes, core and translation files
  2. Filter plugins and themes to not be updated
  3. E-mail notifications about old software, pending updates and complete updates
  4. An update log with all updates
  5. Option to delay automatic updates with an x number of days

Full control over everything

Full control, that’s what this plugin is all about. With this plugin you can enable (or disable) automatic updating for plugins, themes, WordPress core updates (both minor and major can be changed separately) and for translation files. Don’t want to run the updater for all plugins? Don’t worry, just disable auto updating for the plugins you’d like to skip and we can even notify you when there’s an update for these plugins so you can go and update them yourself.


By default we’ll check for updates twice a day but you can change this to several different options if you’d like. When choosing to update on a daily basis you can even select at what time you’d like it to run. Besides the updaters you can also schedule te notifications, want to update every hour but only recieve notifications once a day? No problem!
Sometimes developers will push an update that will cause errors on your site, they’ll often fix it within a day but if the updater has run in the mean time it can cause all kinds of issues. Now you can choose to delay updates with an x number of days to prevent this from happening.

Know what’s happening

We want you to know what’s happening on your website. This plugin offers settings for various email notifications. We can send you an email when an update is available, when a plugin has been updated or when wordpress has been updated.
But if you don’t want to recieve emails about this you can still log in and view the changelog to see what happened.

If you have a feature suggestion or idea you’d like to see in the plugin, we’d love to hear about it! Suggest a Feature

Check it outScreenshots

Full control over what to update and when to recieve notificationsDisable auto-updating for certain plugins and/or themesAdvanced scheduling options for updating and notifcationsKeep track of updates with the update log
Full control over what to update and when to recieve notificationsDisable auto-updating for certain plugins and/or themesAdvanced scheduling options for updating and notifcationsKeep track of updates with the update log

5 star averageReviews

Excellent plugin!

By ecomturbo on January 11, 2022

So far an excellent plugin! Well done Pappin. I just wish you were replying to all reviews especially the one saying that this plugin is slowing down sites.

I don't trust this plugin

By markzoi on March 12, 2021

After installing this plugin in about 20 websites I find out that I was blocking the autoupdate from WPML plugins (perfectly register with my license key) all other plugins and theme updates where working ... So I had several issue by passing from a old version of WPML to last versions in some websites!

Excellent plugin, amazing work and support, thank you!

By guilamu on December 22, 2020

Excellent plugin, amazing work and support, thank you!

CAUTION: This plugin will slowdown your entire website, including the backend.

By spikespiegel on December 15, 2020

This plugin does what it promises, but I've passed through hell because of it. My server has been getting constant slowdowns and it took me a while to suspect that plugins were the reason, since I'm running a basic VPS plan and thought it was a problem with the hosting company. My first action was to open a support ticket and wait, until they told me the server speed is just fine. Then I decided to disable plugin by plugin, until I found out this one was the reason why the ENTIRE site was slow. And to think that I almost moved to another hosting company.

Life saver

By brentRnelson on November 26, 2020

This plugin is great to keep other plugins up to date to avoid malware vulnerabilities. Recommended!

No more annoying emails and webhosting so much easier now.

By ZC Web on November 17, 2020

Thank you for your plugin. It is excellent. I love the control regarding timing, what plugins/themes/core to update, and I love the notifications or lack thereof. I was bombarded by annoying emails which were hard to turn off. Your plugin gives me that level of control.

Cool & Great Plugin

By (pepe-gonzales) on November 2, 2020

Thank you for this plugin! It saves a lot of time and makes live more easy!


By FBAm on October 22, 2020

Especially when you manage multiple websites this is perfect. Saves me tons of work!

This is how WP updates should work out of the box

By Robert Reiser (RobertReiser) on September 8, 2020

I really hope that this plugin will at some point be integrated into WP. This is how we should be able to configure WP updates. The author is open to suggestions and keeps adding new and useful features. A must-have, in my opinion!


By lifecafe on August 24, 2020


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