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Remove Avatars


Note: You must have BuddyPress installed and active to use this plugin!

This plugin will completely remove ALL avatars (including default, uploaded, or gravatar) from displaying on your BuddyPress site. This includes hiding the step for choosing avatars when creating groups or user accounts, and removing the menu items for editing avatars. This gives a more consistent (avatar-free) user experience than simply turning off the display with CSS alone. There is also the option to remove the icons in the user menus and activity filters.

Please let me know if you find any bugs, or if there are tweaks needed. I will respond promptly.


History.txt – contains all the changes since version .1

License.txt – contains the licensing details for this component.


  • Default website before activating plugin
  • After activiating plugin and removing avatars
  • After turning off icons in the admin menu


Make sure WPMU and BuddyPress are installed and active.

Copy the plugin folder buddypress-remove-avatars/ into /wp-content/plugins/

Browse to the plugin administration screen and activate the plugin.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me, especially if you run into trouble. I will respond promptly.

Contributors & Developers

“Remove Avatars” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Fixed bug where “Change Avatar” was still in backend admin bar


  • Removed “Change Avatar” link from admin bar


  • Improved BuddyPress 1.2 compatibility


  • Initial Release